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  Mobile and Biloxi  
  by Dustin Garlitz  

        February 2005:

      Alabama 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.