and Mississippi are two hubs for jazz music in the Deep South. When in
Mobile, Alabama recently I saw a nice jazz show by drummer Jimmy
Roebuck. It was interesting because Jimmy’s guitarist was playing tenor
sax on this night, and his pianist was playing bass. This group has a
residency at an Italian restaurant called Bilotti’s. You can catch them
every Friday night at this café. I requested they play Softly As In
A Morning Sunrise, and they honored me with a splendid
arrangement. They also played On Green Dolphin Street during
the set. If you are ever passing through Mobile on the way to New
Orleans, don’t forget to eat the catfish at their local restaurants.
Biloxi, Mississippi is also on the way to New Orleans. If you make it
to Biloxi, you can gamble and watch jazz shows at some of nicest Casinos
outside of Las Vegas. Boyz II Men and Natalie Cole will be at the
MGM-owned casino in Biloxi later this year. Clarinetist Pete Fountain
is featured at one of the other casinos every week. If you are a big
enough gambler, the casino may actually comp you for one of these shows.