The venue features a sprawling live-oak canopy and a picturesque central gazebo used as the Main Stage. This year, everyone needs to bring their lawn chairs! And don't miss out on the great eats from one of our quality food vendors.
Pensacola JazzFest is a family-oriented festival that celebrates all types of jazz and attracts approximately 15,000 enthusiastic listeners over the weekend. The music includes a variety of jazz styles, presented by prominent national, regional and local artists, as well as area college and high school jazz bands. We also feature a “Kids Jam” with harmonicas and kazoos each afternoon for the children. In addition, an area is reserved for arts and crafts exhibitors to sell their wares, enhancing the festival atmosphere and adding value for our attendees.
Jazz Pensacola has been the sole presenter of Pensacola JazzFest since 1999, following WUWF-FM’s tenure as event presenter. The event is presented as a gift to the community from members and sponsors, and funds are raised in various ways throughout the year to finance this annual event.
Don't miss your chance to become a corporate sponsor for the 36th annualPensacolaJazzFest. By joining us as a Pensacola JazzFest Corporate Sponsor, you will have your company or organization prominently featured in marketing and advertising, as well as on the banner across the Main Stage. Help make jazz happen in Pensacola and reap promotional benefits for your business at the same time.
Jazz Pensacola’s Board of Directors has selected art created by cartoonist/graphic designer Mike Suchcicki for the 2019 Pensacola JazzFest poster and marketing materials.
Jazz Pensacola recently held a poster art contest and received submissions from across the state. It selected Suchcicki’s work because of the design's strong sense of place. One of Pensacola’s most colorful landmarks, the city’s legendary Graffiti Bridge is the central image in Suchcicki’s design. The scene also depicts a sports car speeding toward the viewer, driven by local drummer and Jazz Pensacola president Fred Domulot. A group of silhouetted jazz musicians is assembled atop the bridge, with vibrant notes streaming around the scene.
Enjoy some of the area's best professional musicians and vocalists at our next Jazz Jam, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Monday, March 4, 2019, at The Vineyard Restaurant, 1010 N. 12th Ave., Pensacola. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Featuring the House Band, Jazz Jam is strictly for fun, an opportunity to play jazz with other musicians. (Lineup subject to change.)
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. Become a Jazz Pensacola member at the event, and admission is free. Dinner and drinks available. For more information, call (850) 433-8382.
February features Super Jazz Gumbo fundraiser
In February, we will turn up the Mardi Gras excitement meter for our Super Jazz Gumbo, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18, at Phineas Phogg's, Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Cajun and zydeco music is considered such an important part of early developing jazz that it is featured prominently in New Orleans. So, come have a fun evening of Cajun jazz featuring Fais Do-Do.
Fais Do-Do and its emblematic Louisianan music is an experience worth savoring. The band’s deep Acadian rhythms feather onto the traditional music of an ancient era, bringing the sounds of a moss-covered world to vivid life. Watch the arcing energy between the rural fiddle, the squeezebox, and the danceable rhythms that have serenaded the shuffling dance steps of a rich and colorful American culture. Band members: Chris Nida, bass/vocal; Doug Dickerson, guitar/vocal; Teddy Lehmann, washboard/vocal; Sean Dietrich, accordion/vocal; Dave Goldflies, fiddle; and Fred Domulot, drums/vocal.
Cost of this Super Jazz Gumbo, our last fundraiser before Pensacola JazzFest in April, is $20 each.
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.
Attention Student Jazz Musicians
Student jazz musicians, you are invited to submit an entry to the 2019 Student Jazz Competition, the finals of which will be the March Jazz Gumbo, 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 18 at Phineas Phogg's in Seville Quarter!
Three finalists from each division — College Instrumental, High School Instrumental, Jazz Vocal — will perform at the live finals. Awards for first, second and third in each division, ranging from $100 to $500, will be presented at the conclusion of the event.
Application deadline is Friday, March 1, 2019. Click here to download the 2019 application, the current flyer and backing tracks (if you need them).
Have questions: send an email to info (at) jazzpensacola.com or call 850-433-8382.
To assist the Jazz Education Program, under the donation title Jazz Education Team Supporters (JETS), Jazz Pensacola invites you to become a JETS member by making a tax-deductible donation of $100 or more.
When we launched jazz education initiatives in 2010, it was a brand-new effort by the Jazz Society of Pensacola to reach out to younger musicians, as they begin their lifetime adventure with music. The first year’s program included our first Student Jazz Competition and 12 in-school workshops, presented by top musician educators who worked one-on-one with area middle and high school jazz bands.
To date, more than $22,000 in awards has gone to students to use toward jazz camps, school tuition, purchase and repair of musical instruments, and lessons, helping young musicians continue their development. Encouraging and supporting students is vital to the future of America’s music—Jazz.
Now, as we near our ninth year, our main goal is to continue with the 2019 Student Jazz Competition. As a JETS member, you will help make the next Student Jazz Competition possible. You will be recognized with our special thanks on the Jazz Pensacola website, jazzpensacola.com, and in the program for the ninth annual Student Jazz Competition planned for Monday, March 18, 2019 at Phineas Phogg's in Seville Quarter.
Please send your JETS donation as a check payable to Jazz Pensacola to: Jazz Pensacola, 3 West Garden St., Suite 418, Pensacola FL 32502-5633. Or donate via credit card by phoning the office, (850) 433-8382, during office hours, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday. JETS donations are tax-deductible contributions, and any amount you choose to give will be greatly appreciated.
We hope you will give that extra support to our jazz education programs, highlighted by the annual Student Jazz Competition, and the young jazz musicians we seek to encourage, develop and inspire.
Thank you for supporting Jazz Pensacola.
President, Jazz Pensacola
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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.
PROMOTING, ADVANCING JAZZ IN PENSACOLA
Jazz Pensacola aspires to be the premier Jazz Society on the Central Gulf Coast dedicated to promoting all forms of jazz -- America's Music.
We endeavor to provide a social forum for jazz performance, education and enjoyment for listeners and musicians.
Jazz Pensacola is an organization of business and professional people, musicians, teachers, students and listeners working together for the purpose of advancing jazz music in Pensacola and the surrounding Central Gulf Coast region. Jazz Pensacola endeavors to provide a social forum for jazz performance, education and enjoyment for listeners and musicians.