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.

In the News

Executive Director Emeritus Norman Vickers named a 2021 Jazz Hero by Jazz Journalists Association

Dr. Norman Vickers, Executive Director Emeritus of Jazz Pensacola, has been named a 2021 Jazz Hero by the Jazz Journalists Association.

The group’s Jazz Heroes are “advocates who have had significant impact in their local communities. The ‘Jazz Hero’ awards, made annually on the basis of nominations from community members, are presented by their local fans and friends in conjunction with the JJA’s annual Jazz Awards honoring significant achievements in jazz music and journalism.”

Read more about the honor.

Jazz Pensacola’s Student Jazz Competition presents new musical stars for 2021

Master of Ceremonies Roger Villines, student competitors Jensen Cadenhead, Max Levesque, Brianna Marler, Katarina Marshall, Joshua Mullikin.

In its ongoing mission to promote all forms of jazz in the Central Gulf Coast region, Jazz Pensacola presented the 11th Annual Student Jazz Competition on Monday, March 15, at Phineas Phogg’s in downtown Pensacola. Jazz Pensacola seeks to encourage emerging jazz musicians (vocalists and instrumentalists) during their student years. The larger jazz community, including musicians and educators, feel that by welcoming students and giving them an opportunity to showcase and develop their talents, they are helping create the jazz musicians of the future, and thereby fostering the future of jazz.

Find all of the winners, sponsors and judges on our Student Jazz Competition page.

Upcoming Events

April Jazz Gumbo

Jazz Pensacola invites students, family and friends to a special Jazz Gumbo featuring The Band Directors’ Band. Come support our region’s school band directors and music educators Monday, April 19, 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 school band directors and music educators from Escambia, Santa Rosa and Okaloosa counties.

Musicians include Ashley Hicklin, private music instructor; Dustin Hicklin, Escambia High School; Megan Couey, Holley Navarre Middle School; Doug Holsworth, Escambia High School; Tory Donahoo, Gulf Breeze High School; William Shaner, Lincoln Park & Lakeview Day School; Armand Navarro, Pensacola High School; Sarah Nennig, Liza Jackson and Ryan Murphy, Workman Middle School; Colin Slavin, Bailey Middle School; Phillip Michanowicz, Pace High School; Tony Denaro, Pace High School; Lawrence Young, Booker T. Washington High School; Michael Young, Booker T. Washington High School; Chris Snyder, Tate High School; Derek Fields, Fort Walton Beach High School; Stuart Campbell, Baker High School; Mike Philley, Avalon Middle School.

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.

May & June 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 Jazz Jams 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, May 5 and June 2, 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, seltzers made in-house, a selection of fine wine, as well as sodas, are available at The 5 Barrel. Minimal menu, so plan ahead.

2021 Pensacola JazzFest

The 37th annual Pensacola JazzFest will be May 15-16, 2021 at Seville Square in historic downtown Pensacola.

As always, JazzFest is a free and celebrates America’s unique musical art form, jazz. With its beautiful live oaks and historic surroundings, Seville Square and the gazebo stage offer a perfect springtime setting for Pensacola JazzFest.

This year’s headliners include Doug Horn, Joe Murphy Quartet, Tony Viviano, Allen Beeson and Freedom Jazz Dectet, La’Roy Bodiford Quartet, Excelsior Brass Band, Fais Do-Do, Five Alive Quintet, Chip Herrington Quintet, Neighbors You Know, Nobius, Alex Nollan, Glenn Parker Band, Isabelle Schrack Band, and the Jack Zoesch Quartet. Read all about them.

Check out the 2021 Pensacola JazzFest Schedule.

As usual, Pensacola JazzFest could not be possible without the kind and generous help of our great sponsors.

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!