"And what a festival it will be," says Jazz Pensacola president Fred Domulot. "There will be music for everyone."
While the event officially takes place on Saturday and Sunday, JazzFest Weekend kicks off at 7 p.m. Friday, April 6, in the Ashmore Fine Arts Auditorium at Pensacola State College, 1000 College Blvd. Trombonist Andy Martin will hold a rehearsal with an all-star collegiate band made up of students from Pensacola State College, University of West Florida, Northwest Florida State College and Coastal Alabama Community College. This event is free and open to the public.
Saturday, at the main JazzFest site at Seville Square in downtown Pensacola, the amazing line-up begins at 10 a.m. with a selection of middle, high school and college bands.
At 1 p.m. will be the great guitarist Gene Bertoncini and his Trio. "Gene will be here only on Saturday, so check him out, all of you guitarists out there," Domulot says.
Andy Martin will be with the collegiate band on Saturday and with Don Snowden’s Big Band on Sunday.
New Orleans/New York resident and jazz pianist Michael Pellera will hit the stage with his trio.
For the smooth jazz enthusiasts, the awesome Paula Atherton brings her saxophone and vocals. The native New Yorker is "guaranteed to get you up and moving," says Domulot.
The Scott Wilson Quintet will satisfy all the straight-ahead or Brazilian jazz lovers. "World class," Domulot says.
Patrick Frost will bring his mixture of “Island Jazz," steel pans, conch shell, trombone and keys.
"Although they may be labeled a jazz fusion band, they prefer to call their sounds 'Journey Music,'" Domulot says. "They will take you on a journey for sure!"
There also will be a Kids Jazz Jam both days, as well as JazzFest merchandise sales featuring posters and T-shirts with the 35th anniversary art by DeFuniak Springs artist Carol Ferony. A Jazz Pensacola membership booth will offer free JazzFest posters to new members, while they last.
Here at Jazz Pensacola, we're not the type to brag. Wait, who are we kidding, we love to brag. If you missed the Feb. 19 Super Jazz Gumbo fundraiser, you missed an evening of solid, get-up-and-dance, genuine jazz from The Village Brass Band and The Seville Saints.
In March, Jazz Gumbo settles back into its regular routine, but that doesn't mean we're dialing back any of the fun. It takes place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Monday, March 19, at Phineas Phogg's, Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
The program will feature The Music of John Coltrane, featuring Rebecca Barry on sax, Gino Rosaria on keys, Josh Titford on bass, Jimmy Roebuck on drums and Kevin Lee as narrator.
Cost of Jazz Gumbo 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.
Come ready to eat and ready to party.
Be a 2018 Pensacola JazzFest VIP
Of course, our Pensacola JazzFest, scheduled for April 7 and 8, is open to everyone. But only a relative few get to enjoy the festival in the lap of luxury. At previous JazzFests, surely you've noticed the big, white tent strategically placed near the stage -- filled with people sitting in the shade sipping drinks and enjoying snacks. This special tent is for VIP donors and corporate sponsors.
You can become a VIP donor for only $100 (or more if you wish), and invite a guest to join you in the VIP tent. Your name will also be listed in the program as a VIP, acknowledging your special contribution toward making Pensacola JazzFest a reality. Please consider joining other VIP donors by giving a special contribution and enjoying the best seat in the house. You can do this by sending your check for $100 or more payable to Jazz Pensacola (for JazzFest VIP donation), donate here or by calling the office at (850) 433-8382. Charge cards accepted.
Jazz Pensacola needs to maximize fundraising of corporate and personal donations to ensure the future of Pensacola JazzFest. We wish you a wonderful holiday season, and thanks for supporting Jazz Pensacola.
2018 Student Jazz Competition
The live finals of the Jazz Pensacola 2018 Student Jazz Competition will be held 7 p.m. Thursday, March 15, at the Ashmore Fine Arts Auditorium on the campus of Pensacola State College. This is the eighth year that the competition has been held.
Part of Jazz Pensacola's mission is to encourage and assist emerging jazz musicians during their student years. The jazz community, including musicians and educators, feels that by welcoming students and giving them an opportunity to showcase and develop their talents, we are helping to create the jazz musicians of the future.
Admission to this event is free and open to the public, and no tickets are required. Family, friends, teachers and band mates of the finalists, as well as the general public, are encouraged to attend and provide support to the finalists. The competition includes three divisions: College Instrumental, High School Instrumental and Jazz Vocal. The applications and preliminary recordings have been reviewed and the following applicants will compete for monetary awards at the live finals:
High School Instrumental Division
Aundre’ Connor – Upright Bass – Booker T. Washington High School Andrew Connor – Trumpet – Booker T. Washington High School Noah Hall – Alto Sax – Booker T. Washington High School Ty Kannegieter – Tenor Sax – Bayside Academy Andrew Tinch – A. Crawford Mosley High School
Jazz Vocal Division
Anastasia Leech – University of West Florida Isabelle Peterson – University of West Florida
College Instrumental Division
Jensen Cadenhead – Vibraphone – Northwest Florida State College Mathew Hall – Guitar – Northwest Florida State College Troy Harris – Piano – Pensacola State College
Each finalist will perform two songs, with backing by a professional rhythm section, before three judges and a live audience. While the judge's scores are tabulated, the audience will be entertained by an All-Star group of professional jazz musicians. The placing will be announced at the conclusion of the evening, with a short jam session to include all finalists to close the show. Monetary awards ranging from $100 to $500 will be applied toward jazz education needs chosen by the students. Past examples include tuition assistance, private instruction, jazz camps, instrument purchases and music software. Awards to date total close to $20,000.
The judges for the event will be Rebecca Barry, Tim Jackson and Bobby van Deusen.
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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.