Jazz Pensacola Jazz Pensacola is a community organization of jazz enthusiasts, includingmusicians, 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

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

Get Tickets Now! Fundraiser Honors Vickers & Occhipinti

The Sparks volunteers of Jazz Pensacola invite you to a special event honoring Jazz Pensacola Founder and Volunteer Executive Director Emeritus Dr. F. Norman Vickers and Founding Member Joseph Occhipinti, along with past Jazz Pensacola board members and past and present volunteers.

Featuring music by Joe Occhipinti and his Combo, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar, the event is 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, July 25, at V. Paul’s Italian Ristorante, 29 Palafox Place, downtown Pensacola. The event is dressy casual.

Event tickets are $50 per person to benefit Jazz Pensacola’s General Fund.Please make checks payable to Jazz Pensacola and send to: Jazz Pensacola, 3 W. Garden St., Suite 418, Pensacola, FL 32502-5633. To pay by credit card, contact Administrator Alice Crann Good, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday-Thursday,
at (850) 433-8382.

We expect this event to sell out and encourage you to purchase your tickets as soon as possible. For more information, call Board Secretary Carolyn Tokson at (850) 637-3102.

2021 Annual Business meeting

Jazz Pensacola’s 2021 Annual Business Meeting is set for 6 p.m. via Zoom Wednesday, June 23.

Members who send an RSVP with the subject title “Annual Meeting RSVP” to Secretary of the Board of Directors Carolyn Joyce Tokson at [email protected] will receive a Zoom invitation from the Secretary with information to sign in to the Zoom meeting.

The Board of Directors will present the Annual Report. The Secretary will send an email copy of the Annual Report to any member who signs up or requests a copy.

Any member who wishes to speak for a limit of two minutes should sign up by sending a separate email to the above email address. Members will be called to speak in the order that their request was received by the Secretary.

Please send in your request for an invitation and/or a reservation to speak at the meeting by noon Friday, June 18. If you cannot attend the meeting by Zoom but wish to send a comment, the Secretary will present your comments to the Board.

Presently, Jazz Pensacola has one vacancy on the Board and will hold an election at this annual meeting. The Nominating Committee has met and recommended Lawrence Young Jr. as the  candidate to replace Tom Bell, who finishes his second three-year term this month. Young is band director at Booker T. Washington High School. Any active member may vote.

We regret that we are unable to have an in-person meeting with the membership and have set up procedures that we hope will facilitate a meeting that satisfies the needs of everyone. We appreciate your patience and understanding in this matter.

We hope to “see” you on Zoom.

July Jazz Jam

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 Jam 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 7, 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.

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!