When Alfred Lion, Max Margulis and Francis Wolff formed Blue Note Records in 1939, they wanted to support art they loved. The label became one of the most storied in jazz, patterning their recording availability to the artists’ desires. They supplied alcohol and recorded in the hours after working musicians had finished their paying gigs in clubs and bars.
Blue Note embraced the bebop revolution, was a staple of the hard bop set and welcomed the avant-garde. The label’s unique album covers embodied the simple yet stylized midcentury graphic design that embodied an era.
The Mystic Order of the Jazz Obsessed will salute this monumental label with “A Night at the Blue Note” on Monday, May 28, 6:30 p.m. at Gulf City Lodge (601 State St.). Live performances by trumpeter Chip Herrington and Friends are featured.
Entrance is $15, $12 for students and military and $10 for MOJO members. A light jambalaya dinner is included and a cash bar is available.
For more information, call 251-459-2298 or go to mojojazz.org.
Local songsmith featured at MTG
Milton Brown is a local legend, known in the entertainment realm for his acclaimed and award-winning work in film, theater and music. Mobile Theatre Guild (14 N. Lafayette St.) will stage his musical comedy “Closed Session” June 8-17.
The story involves rascally recording studio owner Bill Statler and the efforts of his long-suffering wife to seize control of her own fate. Her path to that actualization comes complete with hijinks and unexpected twists.
Directed by Daniel Mainwaring, it features a dozen songs Brown wrote expressly for the play.
Friday and Saturday curtain is 7:30 p.m.; Sunday matinee is 2 p.m.
Tickets cost $20 for adults and $15 for seniors, students and military.
For more information, call 251-433-7513 or go to mobiletheatreguild.org.
“Mamma Mia!” tryouts at JJP
Joe Jefferson Playhouse will stage the ABBA-infused musical “Mamma Mia!” in mid-August but players are needed. Auditions will be held Sunday, June 3, and Monday, June 4, 6:30 p.m. at JJP (11 S. Carlen St.). All hopefuls must complete a dance and vocal audition to be considered.
Have a 16- to 32-bar cutting (30 to 90 seconds) of a musical theater or ABBA song prepared to sing. Sheet music is preferred, with clearly marked start and stop points. An accompanist will be provided.
Wear dance-appropriate attire, including character or jazz shoes. Clothes should be flexible. JJP wants a diverse group with experience in voice, dance, gymnastics and other skills. They also need a chorus of dancing and singing men, aged 17-30, who are comfortable performing shirtless.
Have a list of conflicts on hand before you audition. Show dates are Aug. 10-26.
For more information including character descriptions, go to joejeffersonplayers.com/on-stage/auditions/.