Like the country that birthed it, jazz was formed from disparate cultural elements, mixed until they formed something new and tasty. That tradition continued through its history, for instance, when Dizzy Gillespie folded in Afro-Cuban percussion and rhythms in the mid-20th century.
A new recipe arrives in Mobile on Nov. 4, at 7 p.m., when the Brooklyn-based music ensemble Ajoyo takes the stage in Bellingrath Hall at Central Presbyterian Church (at the corner of Dauphin and Ann). The concert was arranged by the Mystic Order of the Jazz Obsessed (MOJO) and will raise funds for MOJO, the 2019 Arty Award-winning Central Arts Collective and Central Presbyterian’s food pantry for those in need.
Ajoyo calls its work a stew of “African tradition, jazz and soul.” In more digestible terms, it’s akin to jazz fusion of the 1970s with a heavy world music vibe. Fans of Peter Gabriel and Paul Simon’s work in the 1980s and ’90s will find it relatable.
Tickets are $25. Unlike MOJO Jazz Jambalayas, there’s no food service, but beverages will be available by donation. VIP tickets are $40 and include a pre-show Champagne meet-and-greet reception. The deadline for VIP tickets is Oct. 31, while general admission tickets will be available at the door. Tickets are available at mystic-order-of-the-jazz-obsessed.square.site.
Oldshue featured in Sway show
Lynn Henderson Oldshue has filled a niche highlighting the marginalized and pure-hearted residents of our area. Now she will fill Sway Downtown (10 S. Conception St.) with the same.
“Faces and Souls of Mobile” will feature 10 stories from the 1,400 Oldshue collected in her “Our Southern Souls” series and a collage of roughly 200 photos from her “Faces of Mobile” series. It spotlights people like a man performing 30 good deeds for his 30th birthday, a working mother raising a baby with cancer and a woman growing up with physical challenges.
The show will be in place through November.
ESAC goes outside for fall
The Eastern Shore Art Center (ESAC) (401 Oak St., Fairhope) is turning to the great outdoors in the South’s most welcome season. The Plein Air Society specializes in landscape work executed au naturale — we don’t mean nude.
They will demonstrate the practice with a unique event. About 40 artists will set up Nov. 7 – 9, sunrise to sunset, throughout the bayside town. The public can walk around and visit the sites as a map with suggested painted zones will be available online. The works produced will make an exhibit in ESAC’s Courtyard Gallery throughout December.
Other exhibits in November are ESAC’s annual members’ open show and the American Watercolor Society’s 152nd Annual International Exhibit. An opening reception will be held Nov. 1, 6 – 8 p.m.
For more information, call 251-928-2228 or go to esacenter.org.
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