Come enjoy the music

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.

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. Learn more here.

Upcoming Events

JAZZ JAM

Roger Villines

Enjoy some of the area’s best professional musicians and vocalists at our next Jazz Jam,   6:30 to 9 p.m. Monday, March 2, at The Vineyard Restaurant, 1010 N. 12th Ave., Pensacola. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Featuring the House Band, Jazz Jam is strictly for fun, an opportunity to play jazz with other musicians. (Lineup subject to change.)

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. For more information, call (850) 433-8382.

JAZZ GUMBO

Grover Washington Jr.

Jazz Pensacola features Music of Grover Washington Jr. Monday, Jan. 20, at Phineas Phogg’s, Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Music starts at 6:30 p.m.

The evening presents Jim Andrews, sax; Bryce Lyublanovits, keys; Aundre Conner, bass; James Proctor, drums/vocal.

One of the most popular saxophonists of all time, Grover Washington, Jr. was long the pacesetter in his field, accoring to AllMusic. His roots were in R&B and soul-jazz organ combos, but he also fared very well on the infrequent occasions when he played straight-ahead jazz. A highly influential player, Washington Jr. pushed himself with the spontaneity and risk-taking of a masterful jazz musician. Washington Jr.’s father also played saxophone and was his first influence. The younger son started playing music when he was ten, and within two years was working in clubs.

Cost of Jazz Gumbo is $10 each for Jazz Pensacola members and guests, $12 for non-members, free for students with ID and military in uniform. Also, join Jazz Pensacola at this event, and admission is free. Dinner and drinks available. For more information, call (850) 433-8382.

STUDENT JAZZ COMPETITION

Click here or on the image to download the flyer and the 2020 application.

Join Jazz Pensacola

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.

Learn all about it here.

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.

Fred Domulot
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!