Every year, Jazz Pensacola sponsors a Student Jazz Competition, and every year we go through the moves to make it a great success — not only for Jazz Pensacola, but also for the young musicians who are truly reaching the goal of playing jazz in front of an audience.

They are playing themselves. Yes, they are playing standards, but for at least two choruses, they get to shine. They tell us who they are by their note selection ... how they feel at that very moment. They are expressing themselves to us in a way that may not ever happen again.

It is priceless, it is history, it is honest. It is jazz!

This is why we do this.

Peace

Fred Domulot

President, Jazz Pensacola

Click here to learn more about the upcoming Student Jazz Competition.

Student Jazz Competition winner Jackson Willis performs at a Jazz Pensacola Jazz Gumbo event at Seville Quarter. Since winning the competition, Willis has gone on to become one of the most requested jazz trombonists in the area.