John C. Pope

In 1902, at the age of 19 John C. Pope became leader of the Excelsior Band which was founded by his father John A. Pope.

In 1972 Pope was recognized by the Mobile Jazz Association for his contributions to jazz music in Mobile.

Pope, who owned and operated a small diner in Mobile’s Southside area, on the corner of Dearborn and Selma Streets, died in 1972 at the age of 88.