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.


Wayne 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

img_0232-1Jazz Pensacola holds its next Jazz Gumbo 6:30 to 9 p.m. Monday, April 17, at Phineas Phogg's, Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Celebrating the 50th wedding anniversary of Jazz Pensacola President Roger Villines and wife Kat Villines, the special event is free. Reflecting Jazz Pensacola's dedication to jazz education, the evening features three area college/university jazz ensembles.

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.

  • girlsinger Book Review: 'Girl Singer,' Mick Carlon
    Girl Singer By Mick Carlon Leapfrog Press © 2015 pp. 164 paperback This is the third novel in the jazzseries for juveniles. The reader follows a 19 year old African-American girl singer.In this fictional account, she meets real-life characters such as bandleader William “Count” Basie, Lester ” Pres” Young, drummer Jo Jones vocalists Billie Holiday … Continue reading "Book Review: ‘Girl Singer,’ Mick Carlon"...
  • bergcrantz CD Review: 'Soulfully Yours,' Anders Bergcrantz
    Anders Bergcrantz: Soulfully Yours Vanguard Music Boulevard Malmo, Sweden Anders Bergcrantz is a prize-winning Swedishtrumpeter/composer. He has just released this recording of seven compositions, six of which are his originals and the seventh is composition of his wife, an internationally acclaimed composer, Anna-Lena Laurin. There are varying personnel on these seven numbers, some with … Continue reading "CD Review: ‘Soulfully Yours,’ Anders Bergcrantz"...
  • kilgore CD Review: 'This and That,' Rebecca Kilgore and Bernd Lhotzky
    Rebecca Kilgore and Bernd Lhotzky: This and That Arbors Records: ARCD 19455 Recorded April 25-27, 2016 Munich, Germany Here’s a professionally performed CD—just vocal and piano with 15 tunes by Gershwin, Ellington, Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern and others. What makes it special is the pairing of Rebecca Kilgore with German pianist Bernd Lhotzky. Many readers … Continue reading "CD Review: ‘This and That,’ Rebecca Kilgore and Bernd Lhotzky"...
  • The President Blows His Horn – A Few March Notes from Roger
    Pensacola’s jazz scene is definitely heating up as we move into March. I hope to see you at Jazz Jam 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 6, at Horizen Restaurant in Pensacola. Come enjoy the fun evening of spontaneous collaboration. And don’t miss the Student Jazz Competition. Finals are 7 p.m. Friday, March 17, at the Ashmore … Continue reading "The President Blows His Horn – A Few March Notes from Roger"...

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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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