October 5, 2016

Derek Smith was guest pianist for two Pensacola JazzFests in the early 1990s. There was a trio with bassist Milt Hinton and drummer Bobby Rosengarden. Derek also was pianist for our 1991 Pensacola Jazz Party. Accompanying photos were from that event. Also, Derek was also guest pianist for the first Pensacola ball—also early 90s. That[…]

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October 4, 2016

Plans for the 2017 Student Jazz Competition have begun, and applications will be accepted through Feb. 17, 2017. This will be the seventh year for the competition – showcasing the region’s talented student jazz performers and contributing much needed financial support. To download a flyer with more information on the competition, click here (PDF, 250K).[…]

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September 19, 2016

Algorithmic Society The Girshevich Trio Tapestry Records Here’s an intriguing recording for the adventurous jazz listener. It features then-12 year old drummer, Aleks Girsevich, father and pianist Vlad Girshevich and virtuoso, elder-statesman bassist Eddie Gomez. The title is sort of a double-entendre—Algorithmic Society. The real definition can be stated as a formula for solving a[…]

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September 13, 2016

JazzPensacola currently is seeking sponsors for the 2017 Pensacola JazzFest, to be held April 1-2 in downtown Pensacola. 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 and community organizations. The weekend festival, held early each[…]

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September 13, 2016

Dream Suite Songs in Jazz and Blues on poems by Langston Hughes Distributed by Di-tone Records This is an “outside the box” recording in that it is not the standard jazz CD. It features poetry by Langston Hughes set to music by composer Louis Rosen. Vocalists are Alton Fitzgerald White and Capatha Jenkins. Likely the average jazz[…]

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August 30, 2016

VANHEUSENISM A Tribute to Jimmy Van Heusen This CD features pianist/vocalist Daniela Schachter with a small group performing eleven of composer Jimmy Van Heusen’s famous tunes. She is visiting professor of voice at Berklee College of Music. This is her fourth album. All twelve songs—there is one original by Ms. Schachter entitled Vanheusenism –are arranged[…]

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