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.

UWF student Nehemiah Trotman on melodica with Roger Villines on trumpet at the March Jazz Jam. Photo by Dean Vanderhoof

Upcoming Events

Jazz Jam

Monday, May 1, 2023 Jazz Jam at Odd Colony Brewing Co. on North Palafox. Music begins at 6:30 PM. Free admission. Donations requested. Professional and amateur instrumentalists and vocalists welcomed

Admission: Donations.

Check out the brewery at oddcolony.com.

Jazz at the Library

Professional musician Joe Occhipinti

Typically, Concerts are held from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays at various library branches. Library concerts with Joe Occhipinti for the month of May will be held:

Tuesday, May 2, 2023 Free Jazz by the Book Concert at WFPL Spring St. 4:30 to 6:30 PM  * Note new time

Saturday, May 20, 2023, Free Jazz by the Book Concert atBellview Library 11:00-1:00 PM

Tuesday, May 23, 2023, Free Jazz by the Book concert WFPL Spring St. 4:30 to 6:30 PM  * Note new time

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 Lindsey Corey at (850) 438-5060 ext. 17642.

Jazz Gumbo:

May’s Gumbo features the very popular Band Directors’ Band which is comprised of band directors who are teachers in the area’s public and private schools. This extremely talented group of musicians are on the forefront of passing on the history and legacy of jazz to the younger generation of student musicians who will take jazz into the future. They present a wide variety of jazz standards and big band music. It’s a chance to hear a fantastic group of teachers who play for the sheer love of music. 

Doors open at 5:30 PM and the music begins at 6:30 PM. Admission is $10 for members of jazz Pensacola and their guests and $12 for non-members. 


Raveen Kyles

Help Jazz Pensacola Administrator Raveen Kyles 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!