We had two great days of awesome weather. Our sales were great —merchandise, beverages!
The music was topnotch! Every act from middle school to our national jazz artist…out of the ballpark!
I want to thank all of the volunteers that help to keep this machine running. It was perfect!
As your Jazz Pensacola president, I want to, especially with much love, thank Jazz Pensacola’s fantastic board members.
Dave Schmidt…a champ! Always saves the day! Dustin Bonifay…it would not happen without you! Ali Egan…get ready, it’s getting interesting! John Link…always a savior when it counts. Tom Bell…you have the VIP Tent rocking! Or jazzing! John Eisinger…always keeping us in check. Alice Crann Good…it doesn’t run without you!
If you were not at our Foo Foo sponsored gumbo this past Monday, too bad.
Annie Sellick and Chris Walters Big Time Band … unbelievable
If you decided to watch Monday Night Football (no offense to Giant and 49er fans), too bad.
If you think you can find this kind of jazz anywhere in town, any given night, wrong … too bad. If you missed the eclipse last year, too bad. If you think you’ve heard Bob Maksympko, George Petropoulos and Jackson Willis sit in with national touring jazz artists in town, wrong … too bad. They played like they were touring with Annie and Chris!
If you missed it, you’ll never know. It was one of those … you had to be there!
Pensacola … wake up!!! Jazz is alive!
Come support it!!! If you felt like it wasn’t your kind of “jazz” … too bad … too bad.
Here’s the thing: Every time there is a world-class act, make time to support it. Moments like this do not happen every week, or month.
Jazz Pensacola will be bringing in more world-class jazz to the area. You will get another chance to hear and see some of the best in the world of jazz today! And that is not “too bad.”
The article, by Mike Roberts, looks at how the posters of various Pensacola festivals over the years, including Pensacola JazzFest, the Pensacola Seafood Festival and the Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival, have chronicled the look, temperament and social customs of our city, and includes interviews with several poster artists, including DeFuniak Springs artist Carol Ferony, who produced the art for the 30th and the 35th JazzFests.
Roberts also interviewed Jazz Pensacola co-founder and director emeritus Norman Vickers.
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 ensembles, please do! They will not disappoint!
After the rain finally cleared, we were able to begin with our headliners. We got to start with the great Gene Bertoncini.
What a treat; alas, he was there only for the Saturday performance.
The Collegiate All-Star Big band was next, featuring one of our headliners, Andy Martin.
Pianist Michael Pellera from New Orleans was up next with his trio playing classic standards.
Smooth jazz artist Paula Atherton took the stage and had the crowd moving with her quartet.
The Scott Wilson Quintet was next playing a killer set of hip arrangements and originals … smoking!
Patrick Frost and his trio brought a very cool island jazz vibe to the festival … steel pans (not drums), conch shells and ukulele!
And … for those of you in town that left … for those of you in town that did not come out … shame …
At the end of the day, Pensacola was introduced to one of the hippest bands to play this area in a long time: The 4 Korners! You can ask those who were there … a musical journey!
Sunday, of course, was a much better day weatherwise … a little cold, but dry!
We had a great line-up of high school and college bands: Milton High Jazz Band, Pace High Jazz Band, Pensacola State College, Booker T. Washington Jazz Band and the University of West Florida Jazz Band. They all were awesome!
Don Snowden’s Big Band was there on day two to perform with headliner Andy Martin.
The headliners were as awesome on day two as they were on day one!
Although the weather throughout the weekend was not jazz friendly, the music was spot-on!
The great thing about Jazz Pensacola’s monthy Jazz Jams is that anything can happen and anyone can show up to join the House Band.
Jazz Jam for Feb. 5 was no exception. The House Band — Roger Villines on trumpet and flugelhorn, Gino Rosaria on keyboards, Steve Gilmore on bass and Fred Domulot on drums — was joined by a variety of talented musicians and singers, including 12-year-old Vincent Imperial, who sat in on saxophone for one number, his proud father Vinnie taking photos from the sidelines.
Jazz Jams occur on the first Monday of every month at Horizen Sushi Restaurant, 3103 E. Strong St. Admission is free for participating musicians, including high school and college students with student IDs. Each participating student also receives one free admission ticket for one guest. Drummers, please bring your own sticks/brushes.
Admission is $10 for Jazz Pensacola members and guests, $12 for non-members, free for students with ID and military in uniform. Become a Jazz Pensacola member at the event, and admission is free. Dinner and drinks available.
The next big event for Jazz Pensacola will be the Super Jazz Gumbo from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 19, at Phineas Phogg’s, Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
This New Orleans music extravaganza, a fundraiser for JazzFest, will feature the sounds of The Village Brass Band and The Seville Saints, playing everything from Second-Line to Dixieland to Swing to Funk and what Jazz Pensacola president Fred Domulot tells us will be a lot of surprises! This is one you can’t miss.
Cost of Super Jazz Gumbo is $20.
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.
Here’s a gallery of photos from the Feb. 5 Jazz Jam, featuring photos by Norman Vickers and Mike Suchcicki.