It’s surprising bass players don’t all have inferiority complexes. They don’t enjoy the glamour of front line instruments like the sax and trumpet. Even their fellow rhythm section instruments like the guitar, piano and drums get more attention.

Now, the Mystic Order of the Jazz Obsessed (MOJO) is taking the heart of the back line and putting it front and center. The jazz lovers aim to show Mobilians why musicians like Ron Carter, Ray Brown, Milt Hinton, Charles Mingus, Stanley Clarke, Jaco Pastorius and Charlie Haden chose to showcase their virtuosity on this oft-overlooked instrument.

Local bass legend Joseph “JoJo” Morris, Jr. will fill the spotlight joined by his brother Bryan on drums. Joining the Brothers Morris will be Sara Smith, Sean Worrell and Bob Erickson. John Nodar will provide narration.

MOJO will also prepare for the Thanksgiving season by accepting your non-perishable food items for donation to the Mobile Area Food Bank.

Entrance is $12, $10 for student and military, $8 for MOJO members and includes a light jambalaya dinner. A cash bar is available.

For more info, call 251-459-2298, email mobilejazz@bellsouth.net or go to mojojazz.org.


MOJO Jambalaya- Back to Bass-ics
Where: Gulf City Lodge, 601 State St.
When: Oct. 26, 6:30 p.m.