David Jones certainly qualifies as a Renaissance man. The Birmingham-area native was drawn to the arts, playing trumpet and singing at the age of 12. After fulfilling a music scholarship through college, he entered the teaching world, which included coaching basketball, but never put music completely aside.

Finally, after 30 years away from musical composition, he put together an album’s worth of material in what he called “soul jazz.” This debut album, “Beautiful Music,” has made an appearance on the Smooth Jazz charts and propelled him to widening fame across the nation.

Appearing with Jones at this special seasonal opener will be guitarist Dennis “Finger Roll” Nelson, horn player Larry Carter, bassist Chris Snowden, drummer Rickey Duffy and keyboardist Gino Rosaria.

Entrance is $12, $8 for members with student and military rates available. Fee 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 with David Jones
Where: Gulf City Lodge (601 State St.)
When: June 23, 6:30 p.m.