Jazz Pensacola is a community organization of jazz enthusiasts, including musicians, teachers, students and listeners, working together for the purpose of advancing jazz in Pensacola and the surrounding Central Gulf Coast region. Jazz Pensacola endeavors to provide a forum for jazz performance, education, and enjoyment for listeners and musicians.

We have memberships at all levels — individual, couple, corresponding (outside the area) and student, as well as advanced memberships all the way up to Sponsor.

Professional musician and long-time Jazz Pensacola member Roger Villines leads Jazz Pensacola’s monthly Jazz Jams.

Upcoming Events

Jazz Jam

Jazz Pensacola presents Jazz Jam 6:30 to 9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6, at Odd Colony Brewing Co., 260 N. Palafox St., Pensacola, Florida.

Featuring the House Band, Jazz Jam is strictly for fun, an opportunity to play jazz with other musicians. Drummers, please bring your own sticks/brushes. Vocalists, bring your mic.

November’s House Band: Roger Villines, trumpet and flugelhorn; Andrew Gregg, keys; Steve Douglas, bass; Jimmy Roebuck, drums.

Admission: Donations.

Check out the brewery at oddcolony.com.

Jazz at the Library

Jazz Pensacola and The West Florida Public Library co-sponsor a series of free “Jazz by the Book” concerts hosted by a Jazz Pensacola founding member, Joe Occhipinti.

Professional musician Joe Occhipinti

Typically, concerts are 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays at various library branches. The next concerts are Jan. 17 at the Tyron branch, 1200 Langley Ave., and Jan. 24 at the Spring Street branch, 239 N. Spring St. 

Occhipinti and his friends perform jazz standards as an educational outreach to highlight the Jazz Room on the second floor of the downtown library.

The Jazz Room was made possible by a donation from the late Ralph Knowles, a devoted member of Jazz Pensacola. The collection of books, CDs, play-along recordings and other materials are valued at over $20,000 and are available for anyone with a library card. The Spring Street Jazz Room is one of only two rooms devoted exclusively to jazz in public libraries in the United States.

For more information, contact the downtown library reference desk at (850) 436-5064 or Amy Horosky at (850) 436-5005.

Jazz Gumbo

Glenn Parker

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, come enjoy the sounds of Gulf Coast rhythm and blues sensation Glenn Parker Band at our January Jazz Gumbo scheduled for 6:30 to 9 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16, 2023, at Phineas Phogg’s, Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

The Glenn Parker Band will offer an evening of music with a ’70’s soul, funk, rhythm and blues theme. This band is popular across the Gulf Coast, shifting genres with ease. A native Floridian born in Milton, Parker has traveled widely, including headlining in Las Vegas. He led the house band at Beau Rivage in Biloxi for many years. A guitarist and vocalist, he later led the house band at the Silver Star Casino in Mississippi for seven years. Currently, Parker’s band performs mainly in the Southeast. Joining Parker is Rocky Sleight on keyboard; Steve Hauth on bass quitar; and Joseph Lyons on drums.

Cost: $10 for Jazz Pensacola members and guests; $12 for non-members; free for students and military with ID. Become a member at the event and get in free.

Details: (850) 433-8382

Calendar

Alice Crann Good

Help Jazz Pensacola Administrator Alice Crann Good get your jazz events on the calendar by sending complete info — event date, beginning and end time of event, location, cost and contact info — to [email protected]. Thank you!