For decades, jazz was built on the framework of popular music. Composers like the Gershwins, Cole Porter and Jerome Kern wrote the songs performers borrowed for improvisational flights of fancy. Before long, the players were penning their own numbers and names like Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter became known for the longevity of their compositions as well as the inimitable performances.

Keyboardist Paul Stewart leads the combo Sound Minds in a show written to call attention to oft-overlooked aspects of genius. The quintet will focus on work that emerged after the Bop era revolution.

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

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Men With Pens- Jazz Composers
Where: Gulf City Lodge (601 State St.)
When: Nov. 25. 6:30 p.m.