Jabo Starks


When people think of jazz music, the streets of New Orleans and Mardi Gras may come to mind. Just to the east, the city of mobile claims to be the original home of Mardi Gras. And if you ask Carmen Brown, mobile’s jazz scene is strong, though somewhat overlooked…

“They know about Louis Armstrong; New Orleans Louis Armstrong, Al Hirt. Well Mobile, gave the world James Reese Europe and Donald Ashwander and Jabo Starks and Lil Greenwood and Cootie Williams,” says Brown. “So we have our folks who’ve made their mark.”