Southeast Tourism Society has named JazzFest 2017 as a Top 20 Festival & Event winner for the month of April!

Read more about the honor here.


Bergeron to lead Gulf Coast All-Star Collegiate Jazz Band

Wayne Bergeron
Wayne Bergeron

Jazz Pensacola announces West Coast super trumpeter Wayne Bergeron will lead the Gulf Coast All-Star Collegiate Jazz Band in a rehearsal and clinic Friday, March 31.

Free and open to the public, the event is 7 p.m. at the Ashmore Fine Arts Auditorium, Building 8, Pensacola State College, 1000 College Blvd.

Bergeron is enjoying a career as one of the most sought-after musicians in the world. Studio sessions, film dates, international touring, jazz concerts, guest appearances, and clinics keep him busy not only in his hometown of Los Angeles, but worldwide. He has recorded and played with Quincy Jones, Gordon Goodwin, Arturo Sandoval, Pat Williams, Sammy Nestico, Jack Sheldon, Tom Kubis, Bob Florence, Bob Curnow and many others. His debut effort — “You Call This a Living?”— garnered a Grammy nomination in 2004 for Best Large Jazz Ensemble.

The Gulf Coast All-Star Collegiate Jazz Band consists of competitively selected student musicians from the University of West Florida, Pensacola State College, Northwest Florida State College and Faulkner State College in Fairhope, Ala.

The goal of the rehearsal/clinic is to prep for the Pensacola JazzFest performance slated for 2 p.m. Saturday, April 1, at historic downtown Pensacola’s Seville Square.

Bergeron's appearance is sponsored by contributions from Schmidt's Music, PSC, UWF and NWFSC. Bergeron is a Yamaha Performing Artist.

Get ready for JazzFest!

2017jazzfestposter_350The 34th Annual Pensacola JazzFest is scheduled for April 1-2, 2017. Pensacola JazzFest is a FREE all-jazz festival held in historic Seville Square in downtown Pensacola. Jazz Pensacola produces the event with assistance from a variety of corporate sponsors, community organizations and donations. The two-day festival celebrates America’s unique musical art form—jazz. Jazz Pensacola volunteers work yearlong to present the festival as their annual gift to the community. It's been named among the TOP 20 festivals and events by the Southeast Tourism Society. Read more about it here.

We have a great lineup of performers among our JazzFest headliners, including Greg Abate, Wayne Bergeron, Annie Sellick and Dimas Sanchez and Fusion Beat. Read about them here.


Jazz Jam

trumpet-148550__180Join the fun as Jazz Pensacola presents Jazz Jam 6:30 to 9 p.m. Monday, March 6, May 1 and June 5 at Horizen Restaurant, 3103 E. Strong St., Pensacola. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. No Jazz Jam in April due to JazzFest.

Featuring the House Band and guest musicians, Jazz Jam is strictly for fun, an opportunity to play jazz with other musicians on the first Monday of every month.

Admission is free for participating musicians, including high school and college students with student IDs. Each participating student also receives one free admission ticket for one guest. Drummers, please bring your own sticks/brushes.

Admission is $10 for Jazz Pensacola members and guests, $12 for non-members, free for students with ID and military in uniform. Join Jazz Pensacola at the event, and admission is free. Dinner and drinks available.

Proceeds support Jazz Pensacola's house rhythm section and annual Pensacola JazzFest.

Jazz Gumbo

miles-davis-kind-of-blue-cd-coverJazz Pensacola holds its next Jazz Gumbo 6:30 to 9 p.m. Monday, March 20, at Phineas Phogg's, Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

The event features trumpeter Roger Villines and a sterling sextet performing Miles Davis’ quintessential jazz album "Kind of Blue." First issued in 1959, "Kind of Blue" is widely recognized as one of the greatest jazz albums ever made with many re-issues and sales over $4 million as of 2008. Joining Villines: Bob Maksymkow on alto sax, Mike Lyle on tenor sax, Gino Rosaria on piano, Steve Gilmore on bass and Jimmy Roebuck on drums. The first set of the evening consists of the five album compositions in the album order. The second set features a variety of blues-oriented jazz tunes in keeping with the “Kind of Blue” theme.

Jazz Gumbo is held the third Monday of each month, except December. Admission is $10 each for Jazz Pensacola members and guests, $12 for non-members, free for students with ID and military in uniform. Also, join Jazz Pensacola at this event, and admission is free.

Admission includes a cup of seafood gumbo, and you can order from the menu and cash bar. Hold onto your admission tickets for Door Prize drawings. Attendees can also purchase 50/50 tickets for a cash drawing. The winner gets half, and Jazz Pensacola gets half to benefit its music program.


Jazz Pensacola events in red.

Details on these events and others here.


Browse through our extensive archive of photos and videos, chronicling the many great jazz events in Pensacola over the years. And come back often, as new photos are added all the time!


Roger Villines, left, trumpeter and president of Jazz Pensacola, shares his thoughts on the current local jazz scene and his experiences in jazz performance and jazz education in his blog, "The President Blows His Horn."

Norman Vickers, right, Volunteer Executive Director Emeritus and one of the founders of Jazz Pensacola and JazzFest, brings you reviews of current jazz books and albums in his eponymous blog.

  • The President Blows His Horn – A Few Notes from Roger
    Early in January, I had some great jazz fun attending the Annual Jazz Education Network (JEN) Conference – this time in New Orleans, the birthplace of jazz. Each year, thousands of educators, students, musicians and jazz fans get together in a major conference hotel for four days of morning-to-late-night clinics, presentations and performances. This year … Continue reading "The President Blows His Horn – A Few Notes from Roger"...
  • pressedforalltime Book Review: 'Pressed for All Time' by Michael Jarrett
    PRESSED FOR ALL TIME: Producing the Great Jazz Albums From Louis Armstrong and Billie Holiday To Miles Davis and Diana Krall ©Michael Jarrett, 2016 University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill pp. 303 with index Michael Jarrett is a published author and jazz authority as well as an English professor at Pennsylvania State University at York, Pa. … Continue reading "Book Review: ‘Pressed for All Time’ by Michael Jarrett"...
  • whitemanbook Book Review: 'King of Jazz: Paul Whiteman's Technicolor Revue'
    KING OF JAZZ: Paul Whiteman’s Technicolor Revue By James Layton and David Pierce Media History Press 1725 Grand View Ave. Severn, MD 21144 ©2016, pp. 303 This elegant book, 8 ¾ x 11”, comes at a time when the 1930 early Technicolor movie about Paul Whiteman and his band is undergoing a revival. The authors … Continue reading "Book Review: ‘King of Jazz: Paul Whiteman’s Technicolor Revue’"...
  • ehsjazz Southeast Tourism Society Selects JazzFest as a Top 20 Event
    The Southeast Tourism Society has named JazzFest one of the STS Top 20 Event in the Southeast for April of 2017. This year’s JazzFest is April 1-2. The STS Top 20 Festival and Event Awards have highlighted programs around the Southeast since 1985. Travel industry experts select 20 events per month, and STS publicizes them … Continue reading "Southeast Tourism Society Selects JazzFest as a Top 20 Event"...

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Support levels for all types, including discounted admission to monthly events









We also have Jazz Pensacola advanced sponsorships at the Partner, Patron, Benefactor and Sponsor levels. Jazz Pensacola is a non-profit organization, which means that applicable portions of your gift or support may be tax deductible.
And don't forget our Jazz Pensacola Event Card, which provides discount admissions to Jazz Pensacola events and performances.
More information here.


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