For nearly a decade beginning in the late ‘90s, Wilmington’s Mo ‘Jazz Café, an intimate bohemian style haunt that was housed beneath the Wilmington Pub, served as the only legitimate club for miles around offering jazz exclusively on weekends. Pianist Christopher Bakriges often held court at Mo’ Jazz, appearing with artists making their pilgrimage from around the world. Bakriges is being joined by various special guests to commemorate the café in a series entitled Mo’ Jazz Remix. Proceeds from the shows are donated to area charities. Proceeds from the event go to Jessica’s Closet, a concern that provides formal and semi-formal dresses and accessories to young women who would not otherwise be able to afford to attend special events like proms or balls.
Bakriges will be joined by drummer Gabe Jarrett and bassist Rich Mollin. Mollin, headquartered at the State University of New York’s Oneonta campus, has long-standing ties with Spyro Gyra alumnus Jeremy Wall as well as legendary pianist Paul Bley. He also performs with the Catskill Symphony and Glimmerglass Opera in upstate New York. Jarrett, faculty member at the SUNY, Plattsburgh and son of jazz giant Keith Jarrett, has played with a wide variety of musicians including Tom Chapin, Trey Anastasio, Grace Potter, and Ernie Watts. A temporary move to Vermont to join Burlington’s Jazz Mandolin Project became permanent several years ago. There is also a special guest appearance by vocalist Molly Melloan.