April 14, 2018

Well … That turned out to be a blast! I’m talking about the 35th annual Pensacola JazzFest. Saturday, the rain stopped our early bands: Random Middle School Jazz Band, Tate High School Jazz Band, Tate High Vocal Jazz Ensemble and the Northwest Florida State College Jazz Ensemble. If you get a chance to hear these[…]

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February 4, 2018

Happy February! Two months away from the 2018 Pensacola JazzFest! And what a festival it will be. There will be music for everyone. Our headliners this year: Starting off the event at 7 p.m. on Friday night, April 6, at Pensacola State College, Andy Martin will hold a rehearsal with the collegiate band made up[…]

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January 7, 2018

Goodbye 2017 … Hello 2018! Out with the old … but wait! The old can be great memories to cherish, especially in jazz. In 2017 we lost a list of many treasures. Gone, but not forgotten: Charles “Bobo” Shaw … Keely Smith … Mundell Lowe … Jeter Thompson … Della Reese … Sol Schlinger …[…]

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December 8, 2017

Greetings! I want to say “Thank you” to all who participated and attended the 2017 Jazz Pensacola Jingle Jazz! There was a great turn out . The music was topnotch! Jazz for the holidays …the holiday season always takes me back to an album crate I still have. I push to the Holiday Section, and[…]

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October 26, 2017

Jazz = music of the city. You typically find jazz thriving in large metropolitan areas because that’s where the music was born. But what if you have a passion for jazz and don’t live in a major city? How do you keep growing as an artist/musician? Some tips: Go find the music. It’s there; you[…]

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September 29, 2017

Embracing young jazz musicians Why don’t we have a pool of young high school and college students at the monthly Jazz Jams? Reasons: Too busy? Can’t drive? Didn’t know about it? Location? Didn’t get a warm welcome feeling from other musicians? Crushed by a bad vibe? Bad vibe: When a young player – feeling uncomfortable[…]

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