JazzFest 2012

Jazz Society of Pensacola – JazzFest

Pensacola JazzFest 2012
Saturday & Sunday – April 14 and 15, 2012

The 2012 Pensacola JazzFest was held on a beautiful Gulf Coast weekend in April, and had a great turnout of approximately 8,000 people each day. The Jazz Society of Pensacola (JSOP) produced the event with able assistance from a variety of corporate sponsors, individual donors, as well as an army of volunteers. The 2-day festival, held in early spring each year, celebrates America’s unique musical art form-Jazz. JSOP works all year to present this festival as its annual gift to the community, and we sincerely thank our individual and corporate donors for their essential support.

Pensacola’s historic Seville Square, with its beautiful live oaks and historic surroundings, provided the perfect springtime setting for the Pensacola JazzFest.  The music was great, with an outstanding line-up of jazz artists.  Headliners included saxophonist Lou Marini, pianist/vocalist Champian Fulton, keyboardist Jeff Lorber, Louis Ford & His New Orleans Jazz Flairs, Hammond organist Linda Dachtyl, Roman Street, and Dan McMillion Jazz Orchestra. The headliners performed one set each day. Rounding out the schedule was Jazz  Ensembles from the University of West Florida, Pensacola State College, and Northwest Florida State College, local middle and  high school groups. Guitarist Art “Arturo” Carnrick led the annual popular “Harmonica and kazoo jazz jam just for kids” both days, each giving the kids an opportunity to discover the joy of creating music.

Returning for the fourth year was an arts & crafts exhibit and sales in nearby Fountain Park, which featured  55 exhibitors offering everything from jewelry, fine art, clothing, home accessories and much more.

In addition to the great music lineup, food, drinks and jazz merchandise were available – JazzFest posters, a variety of jazzy shirts and memorabilia, plus beer and wine and soft drinks. (All merchandise sales help support the festival and keep it free for our loyal fans). Also, many local area venders offered tasty food options for hungry jazz listeners.

To view a great selection of photos from the 2012 Pensacola JazzFest, click here, or go to “Gallery” from the main menu.

We look forward to seeing you at the expanded 30th Annual Pensacola JazzFest, “Viva Pensacola Jazz”, set for April 1-7, 2013!

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