Saxophonist David Sanborn arose from session work to become one of the most widely recognized names in modern music. The Missouri native began performing professionally as a teen with Albert King, Little Milton, James Brown, Eric Clapton, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, Todd Rundgren, Steely Dan, Bob James, Jaco Pastorius, Gil Evans and many others.

The Mystic Order of the Jazz Obsessed will salute Sanborn on Monday, Nov. 28, 6:30 p.m. with a show curated by musical director Gino Rosaria and featuring the talents of saxophonist Al Alvarado. The event takes place at Gulf City Lodge (601 State St.), across from Dunbar Performing Arts School in downtown Mobile.

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

MOJO will be accepting nonperishable food donations for the Salvation Army’s food drive along with unwrapped new toys for the Angel Tree.

For more information call 251-459-2298, email or go to

Art award finalists announced
The Mobile Arts Council released its list of finalists for the 2017 Arty Awards. The annual program celebrates the contributions individuals, groups and businesses make to the Mobile cultural community.

Three finalists in nine categories were selected from what was described as a “record number of nominations.” Two awards — Lifetime Achievement and Patron — will be announced in December.

Finalists are:
• Artistic Innovation: Fry Building Project, Live from Avalon and The Lost Garden

• Organization: Mobile Big Band Society, Mobile Fashion Week and Mobile Museum of Art

• Artistic Design: Jason D’Alessandro, Ron Barrett and Tripp Gustin

• Visual Artist: April Livingston, Devlin Wilson and J.D. Crowe

• Literary Artist: Tom Perez, John Sledge and Frye Gaillard

• Performing Artist: Excelsior Band, Lauren Woods and Tommy Rowell

• Business: Hargrove Engineers, PNC Bank and Wind Creek Hospitality

• Art Educator: Eric Brown, Paige Vitulli and Robert Ham

• Art Soldier: Bob Spielman, Steven Alsip and Red Cup Revolt (conz8000, Noelle Goodson, Stallworth, Diplomat).

The nomination committee includes Devin Ford (Devin Ford Photography), Hillary Anaya (Mobile Arts Council), Lucy Gafford (Mobile Arts Council/working artist), Ardith Goodwin (working artist/St. Paul’s), Carmen Brown (musician), Elyse Goonan (One Mobile), Stacey Driskell (Mobile Opera), Karen Kennedy (Mobile Ballet), J.C. Barker (Mobile Symphony), Amanda Solley Wilson (Alabama Contemporary Art Center), Stan Hackney (Mobile Museum of Art), Bradley Sanders (Joe Jefferson Playhouse volunteer) and Gwendolyn Mulamba (professional actress).

Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on Friday, Jan. 27, at 7 p.m. at the Alabama Contemporary Art Center (301 Conti St.). Tickets are on sale now and available at the Mobile Arts Council or