On top of the Beatles’ chemistry and innovation, John Lennon and Paul McCartney shared a nearly unmatched gift for melody and musical hooks. It made them one of the most storied songwriting teams of the latter half of the 20th century.
Those beloved and recognizable tunes lent themselves to reinterpretation, so jazz greats did what they had with pop music for generations beforehand. Legends such as Wes Montgomery, Grant Green, Ramsey Lewis, Count Basie, Lena Horne, Gabor Szabo, Buddy Rich, Herbie Hancock and Jaco Pastorius were among those reinventing Fab Four tunes as soon as they emerged.
On Monday, June 27, at 6:30 p.m. the Mystic Order of the Jazz Obsessed will honor Lennon and McCartney, aided by the highly talented Guffman Trio (keyboardist/vocalist Cynthia Domulot, bassist Tom Latenser and drummer Fred Domulot) with saxophonist Chuck Schwartz and guitarist Steve Watkins. Narration will be provided by program developer Peter Kerr.
Entrance to the event at Gulf City Lodge (601 State St.) is $12, $10 for students and military and $8 for MOJO members. A light jambalaya dinner is included and a cash bar is available.
For more information, call 251-459-2298, go to mojojazz.org or email [email protected].
Funny things happen at JJP
The first two weeks’ reviews are in and audiences are cackling over Joe Jefferson Players’ rendition of “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.” The raucous laughter over the social satire has packed them into the theater at 11 S. Carlen St. for the last couple of weekends.
You have three more chances to catch this comedy before the fall of the Roman Empire’s curtain. The final triumvirate of shows take place June 24, 25 and 26.
Friday and Saturday performances begin at 8 p.m. Sunday matinee is at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $20, $15 for seniors and military and $10 for students.
For more information, call 251-471-1534 or go to joejeffersonplayers.com.
Choral group stages late June patriotic show
The Greater Mobile Choral Society presents its annual “Patriotic Show” on June 26, 5 p.m., at the Tanner Williams United Methodist Church (1500 Grand Bay/Wilmer Road). Musical selections include works by George M. Cohan, Irving Berlin and other popular favorites.
Following the free concert, attendees are invited to stay for homemade ice cream and sweets.
For more information, call Artistic Director Terry D. Maddox at 251-434-9325 or email [email protected].