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.

Upcoming Events:

January Jazz Gumbo

Jazz Pensacola takes a jazzy trip to the past for its Monday, Jan. 17, 2022, Jazz Gumbo 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 features The Horace Silver & Art Blakey Jazz Trumpet Legacy, performed by Allen Beeson, trumpet; Jonathan Martin, trumpet; Cynthia Domulot, keys; Tom Latenser, bass; Fred Domulot, drums.

Horace Silver

Horace Silver (Sept. 2, 1928 – June 18, 2014) was an American jazz pianist, composer, and arranger, particularly in the hard bop style that he helped pioneer in the 1950s. After playing tenor saxophone and piano at school in Connecticut, Silver got his break on piano when his trio was recruited by Stan Getz in 1950. Silver soon moved to New York City, where he developed a reputation as a composer and for his bluesy playing. Frequent sideman recordings in the mid-1950s helped further, but it was his work with the Jazz Messengers, co-led by Art Blakey, that brought both his writing and playing most attention. Their Horace Silver and the Jazz Messengers album contained Silver’s first hit, “The Preacher.”

Art Blakey

An American jazz drummer and bandleader, Art Blakey (Oct. 11, 1919-Oct. 16, 1990) made a name for himself in the 1940s in the big bands of Fletcher Henderson and Billy Eckstine. He then worked with bebop musicians Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, and Dizzy Gillespie. In the mid-1950s, Silver and Blakey formed the Jazz Messengers, a group that the drummer was associated with for the next 35 years.

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.

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.

Students apply now!

Yes, it’s that time of year. It’s time for all high school and college music students to submit their 2022 Student Jazz Competition applications. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to win cash awards. The application deadline is Friday, Feb. 18, 2022.

Go to the Student information page for more details.

Attention fine artists & graphic designers

Jazz Pensacola, a non-profit organization, invites fine artists/graphic designers to submit renderings for the official 2022 Pensacola JazzFest poster.

The commission is $500. 

The Jazz Pensacola Board of Directors will consider all renderings and make a selection.

Initial drafts are due by Jan. 18, 2022. If selected, the completed submission deadline is Feb. 24, 2022.

Pensacola JazzFest is an annual two-day music festival focusing on the art of jazz and primarily on the local jazz music scene. It traditionally occurs in Seville Square in historic downtown Pensacola. The poster design should reflect the deep, rich, diverse jazz music heritage of Pensacola and communicate a sense of place.

Submission Requirements
Submissions should conform to a vertical orientation using a ratio that will fit, with margin, on a final poster size of 18 inches wide by 24 inches high. All content must be the submitter’s original creation, and must be unpublished. The submitter must have all rights to images and graphics used in the final artwork and during the design process. The poster must include the name of the festival: 2022 Pensacola JazzFest.

The festival event information, including date, location, sponsors, and any additional information will be added to the poster in the graphic production process. There is no need to include this information within the artwork.

Any mixed media suitable for two-dimensional mechanical reproduction is allowed, including both hand-drawn and computer-generated graphics.

Rough drafts or sketches can be submitted but, if selected, the final art MUST conform to the submitted draft or sketch. Substantial deviation from the submitted sketch or draft will result in forfeiture by the artist of the cash prize and the selection of a new winner by Jazz Pensacola.

Submissions must be in low-res (72 ppi) JPEG format and emailed to [email protected]. There is no limit to the number of entries by a single artist. Each entry must include the artist’s name, address, email, and telephone number.

The selected artist is responsible for the preparation of the art for high-resolution reproduction. The artist will be contacted following the selection process and receive technical specifications for the production file.

All profits from any sale featuring the poster’s original artwork will go to Jazz Pensacola, a non-profit organization. The sole financial consideration for the artist is $500.

Jazz Pensacola will reproduce the winning poster for sale during the festival and other Jazz Pensacola events. Only a limited number of signed copies of the poster are available for sale each year. The artist will be asked to sign the posters.

The selected art becomes the property of Jazz Pensacola. Poster may be displayed and reproduced at the sole discretion of Jazz Pensacola. In addition, the poster artwork and design will be included in the festival program, website, social media, collateral, press releases, signage, etc.

The artist/graphic designer retains the copyright of the design image, but Jazz Pensacola reserves the right to unlimited reproduction and use of the image or parts of the image for arts festival materials and products for sale.

The determination of eligibility of submissions and any interpretation of these rules is at the sole discretion of Jazz Pensacola, and shall be final and binding upon all entrants.

Participants agree to allow Jazz Pensacola to use their names and photographs for promotional and publicity purposes without further compensation. Participants agree to abide by and be bound by all these rules.
Questions? Call Jazz Pensacola office at 850-433-8382, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. M-Th.

Calling arts & crafts exhibitors!
Jazz Pensacola is calling arts and crafts exhibitors to submit applications for the 2022 Pensacola JazzFest.

39th Pensacola JazzFest: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 2; 10 a.m.
to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 3, at Seville Square in historic downtown Pensacola.

Application form: https://jazzpensacola.com/pdf/2022-JazzFest-Arts-Crafts-App.pdf

Only original art and handmade crafts will be accepted. No commercial/mass-produced products will be accepted. Please read the complete contract, particularly concerning refunds.

All entries are $200 for a 10′-by-10′ canopy or smaller. All fees go to support Pensacola JazzFest, a free event for the community.

Questions? Send an email to [email protected].


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!