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Jazz Bistro making a comeback in downtown Gulfport

ANITA LEE/SUN HERALDThe 13th Street Jazz Bistro is coming back to life in downtown Gulfport with a reopening scheduled for June 10-11. The business has been one of the only jazz venues along the Mississippi Coast.
ANITA LEE/SUN HERALDThe 13th Street Jazz Bistro is coming back to life in downtown Gulfport with a reopening scheduled for June 10-11. The business has been one of the only jazz venues along the Mississippi Coast.

GULFPORT -- The 13th Street Jazz Bistro was a one-of a kind jazz club for the Coast, but it didn't last long.

The club was forced to close after co-owner Herbert Meyers Jr. of New Orleans was shot dead with an AK-47 in March 2015.

Co-owner Mark Mornay will reopen the club with Christopher Meyers, Herbert Meyers' youngest son, the weekend of June 10.

The club will feature a lineup of jazz bands beginning at 3 p.m. that Friday and Saturday.

The bistro, which seats 122, has a bar along one wall and cafe tables that face the stage.

Mornay and Christopher Meyers want to support local jazz musicians and jazz music in general, just as Herbert Meyers did.

Jake Patterson, drummer and manager for Band of Gold, was a customer of the first Jazz Bistro and will play with his band on opening weekend.

"You couldn't ask for anything better for a jazz venue," Patterson said. "It gives an outlet to the local musicians, and an opportunity to come and play."

New musicians on tap

The Jazz Bistro is bringing in musicians from other areas, too, including New Orleans singer Jonte Mayon, who will perform June 11 with Dei One.

The cover for evening performances on opening weekend will be $10.

The bistro will feature jam sessions for local musicians on Monday nights.

Plans are to expand hours, and service, including meals from its kitchen.

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