Jazz Pensacola is an organization of business and professional people, musicians, teachers, students and listeners working together for the purpose of advancing jazz music in Pensacola and the surrounding Gulf Coast region. Jazz Pensacola endeavors to provide a social forum for jazz performance, education and enjoyment for listeners and musicians.
Jazz Pensacola friends: Jazz Pensacola is working hard to plan events that were canceled due to the pandemic. The 2020 Pensacola JazzFest is “tentatively” rescheduled for Nov. 14-15 at historic Seville Square in downtown Pensacola. We are working with the City of Pensacola to make it happen. Meanwhile, we are trying to plan livestream concerts, Jazz Jams and Jazz Gumbos.
Live-stream Concert Sept. 10
Join Jazz Pensacola live from Artel Galley as it presents the 2020 Student Jazz Competition winners in a concert 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10.
Featured student musicians are Noemi Ruiz, trumpet; Duncan Miller, sax; Max Levesque, bass; Chris Cannon, keys; Jensen Cadenhead, drums/vibes. Accompanying the students: John Link, keys; Tom Latenser, bass, Fred Domulot, drums.
For safety reasons, the concert will not be open for in-person viewing. To enjoy the live-stream concert, simply go to Jazz Pensacola’s Facebook page: Facebook.com/JazzPensacola.
Following the livestream, the concert will be posted on Jazz Pensacola’s Facebook page and website.
Donations for the concert will be greatly appreciated. You can donate to the Jazz Pensacola General Fund on the website or send a check to Jazz Pensacola, 3 W. Garden St., Suite 418, Pensacola, FL 32502; or you can call the office, (850) 433-8382.
Jazz Pensacola gives a big “thank you” to Artel Gallery for this opportunity. Located at 223 Palafox Place, Artel Gallery is also a non-profit run totally by volunteers. Keep up with all of Artel’s contemporary art exhibitions and special events at artelgallery.org.
Don’t just stand on the outside looking in. Come join Jazz Pensacola and take part in all the fun! Monthly jazz events! Special concerts with national headliners! The annual Pensacola JazzFest! Jazz Pensacola members enjoy discounts and special benefits in all of these activities.
It’s all available through a selection of great membership packages. From our Individual membership for only $40 to our Couples package at $60. Or if you’re from out of town, take advantage of our $20 Corresponding membership. And if you’re a Student, become a member of Jazz Pensacola for only $5!
We also have Jazz Pensacola advanced sponsorships at the Partner, Patron, Benefactor and Sponsor levels. Jazz Pensacola is a non-profit organization, which means that applicable portions of your gift or support may be tax deductible.
And don’t forget our Jazz Pensacola Event Card, which provides discount admissions to Jazz Pensacola events and performances.
Join JETS and help students soar!
Jazz Pensacola conducts two main projects that depend heavily on special donations from the membership: Pensacola JazzFest and its Jazz Education Program highlighted by the annual Student Jazz Competition.
To assist the Jazz Education Program, under the donation title Jazz Education Team Supporters (JETS), Jazz Pensacola invites you to become a JETS member by making a tax-deductible donation of $100 or more.
When we launched jazz education initiatives in 2010, it was a brand-new effort by the Jazz Society of Pensacola to reach out to young musicians, as they begin their lifetime adventure with music. The first year’s program included our first Student Jazz Competition and in-school workshops presented by top musician educators who worked one-on-one with area middle and high school jazz bands.
Our dedication continues. In November 2019, Schmidt’s Music, owned by Jazz Pensacola board Vice President Dave Schmidt, sponsored Jazz Hang, a workshop held at Gulf Breeze High School that attracted more than 140 students from the greater Pensacola area. Jazz Pensacola board members and officers, past and present — including Fred Domulot, Roger Villines and John Link — worked one-on-one and in groups with middle school, high school and college students. The event will become an annual event, Schmidt says.
To date, the Student Jazz Competition has awarded more than $25,000 to students. Jazz Pensacola believes encouraging and supporting students is vital to the future of America’s music—Jazz.
Now, as we near our 10th year, our main goal is to continue our student mission. The 2020 Student Jazz Competition will be 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 16, at Phineas Phogg’s in Seville Quarter. The event, which will be the March Jazz Gumbo, will be free and open to the public.
As a JETS member, you will help make the next Student Jazz Competition possible. You will be recognized with our special thanks on the Jazz Pensacola website, jazzpensacola.com, and in the program for the 10th annual Student Jazz Competition.
Please send your JETS donation check payable to Jazz Pensacola to: Jazz Pensacola, 3 West Garden St., Suite 418, Pensacola FL 32502-5633. Or donate via credit card by phoning the office, (850) 433-8382, during office hours, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday. JETS donations are tax-deductible contributions, and any amount you choose to give will be greatly appreciated.
We hope you will give that extra support to our jazz education programs, assisting the young jazz musicians we seek to encourage, develop and inspire.
Thank you for supporting Jazz Pensacola.
President, Jazz Pensacola
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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!