The mercury is rising and so is anticipation for the Marcus Johnson Summer Jazz Camp, which takes place from July 22 – Aug. 2. This offshoot of the Gulf Coast Ethnic & Heritage Jazz Festival has provided high-quality music instruction for area students for nearly 20 years now. And enrollment is now open.
Mobile music icon Hosea London of Jazz Studio and the Excelsior Band is chief clinician, and featured among his fellow teachers this year will be jazz legend Benny Golson.
The sessions run 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Monday through Friday at the History Museum of Mobile (111 S. Royal St.). The highlight of previous years has been a one-day field trip to New Orleans for instruction from some of the best music educators in the Crescent City. Camp concludes with an Aug. 2 concert at the University of South Alabama’s Laidlaw Performing Arts Center.
Enrollment is $75 per student and includes instruction, materials and refreshments. Students must have their own instruments and be capable of basic scales. The field trip is an additional $35 per person.
For more information, call 251-478-4027 or go to gcehjazzfest.org.
May MOJO with Roman Street
The Mystic Order of the Jazz Obsessed (MOJO) will feature nuevo-flamenco sensations Roman Street at their monthly event on May 27 at 6:30 p.m. in Bellingrath Hall at the Central Presbyterian Church (1260 Dauphin St.; corner of Ann and Dauphin).
This will be the jazz society’s second show in their new digs since relocating from inside the Hank Aaron Loop. On-site parking is available with overflow parking at the Alabama School of Math and Science across the street.
Entrance is $15, $12 for students/military and $10 for MOJO members. A light jambalaya dinner is included and beverages are available.
For more information, call 251-459-2298 or go to mojojazz.org.
Dynamics of deprivation at Archaeology museum
Talk of food deserts has heightened in our area over the last few years, thanks to projects like Raise 251 and the ease with which these areas can be found. For the uninitiated, a food desert is an area with limited access to affordable and nutritious food, which usually occurs in low-income neighborhoods.
A new show at the University of South Alabama Archaeology Museum (6052 USA S. Drive) looks at how urban renewal from the 1950s to the 1990s created food desert characteristics within the 36603 zip code. Photos of existing buildings are contrasted with archival images and bolstered by interviews with residents who lived through the shift.
The exhibit will be on display through the summer and is co-presented by the USA Center for Healthy Communities.
Hours are 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Tuesday – Friday. General visits are self-guided and free.
For more information, call 251-460-6106.
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