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.

In the News

Jazz Pensacola announces new board member
 Lawrence Young Jr. to its Board of Directors

Lawrence Young Jr. was born and raised in Pensacola and is the son of two career music educators, Lawrence and JoAnn Young, Sr. He currently serves as band director at Booker T. Washington High School. Young directs the Marching Band, Jazz Band, Concert Band/Wind Ensemble, percussion ensemble. Plus, he is a freelance drummer, playing with numerous groups throughout the area.
Young is a 1993 graduate of Booker T. Washington High School. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from the University of West Florida and a Masters in Education, with an emphasis in music, from Florida A & M University. 

Young is very passionate about music education for young people and maintains a profound love of this community. Young’s professional affiliations: Florida School Music Association, National Association for Music Education – NAfME, Florida Music Educators Association, Florida Bandmasters Association, and Phi Beta Mu (International Bandmaster Fraternity).

Upcoming Events

Jazz Jams

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

Join in some fun jamming as Jazz Pensacola presents a Jazz Jam 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 4, at The 5 Barrel Brewery & Taproom, 121 S. Palafox St., downtown Pensacola.

Get to The 5 Barrel for super evenings of jazz. The venue is large and spacious with great acoustics. Led by professional musicians, Jazz Jam is strictly for fun, an opportunity to play jazz with the best. Drummers please bring your own sticks/brushes, and horn players please follow guidelines.

Admission is free for participating musicians and vocalists, including high school and college students with a student ID.

General admission: Donations.

Craft beers, made-in-house seltzers, fine wine, sodas and a variety of menu items are available at The 5 Barrel.

Horace Silver

Jazz Gumbos

Jazz Pensacola features the music of two jazz legacies at Jazz Gumbo Monday, Aug. 16, at Phineas Phogg’s, Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Music starts at 6:30 p.m.

Get into the groove with the music of Horace Silver and Art Blakey, performed by Allen Beeson, trumpet; Jonathan Martin, trumpet; Cynthia Domulot, keys; Tom Latenser, bass; and Fred Domulot, drums.

Art Blakey

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.

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!