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.

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Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe

Karl Denson

Presented by Jazz Pensacola and Foo Foo Festival, internationally renowned Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe performs Monday, Nov. 7, at Vinyl Music Hall, 2 Palafox Place, downtown Pensacola, Florida. Opening act is AC3.

Tentative schedule: Doors open at 5 p.m. AC3 performs at 6 p.m., followed by Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe at 7 p.m.

Tickets, $25, are available at the door and https://www.seetickets.us/event/Karl-DensonsTinyUniverse/493354.

Touring saxophonist with The Rolling Stones, Karl Denson fronts the seven-member jazz/funk/rock group from San Diego, California, “as if he’s preaching the gospel,” according to The Kate, a live music series from CPTV featuring bold performers with something to say. “Merging funk, soul, rock, jazz, blues and more, his energy and spirit are contagious while his songwriting serves a larger message of fellowship—across generations, genders, religions and cultures.”

Denson’s energy and spirit are contagious while his songwriting serves a larger message of fellowship—across generations, genders, religions and cultures. Highly regarded as one of the best live acts on the planet, KDTU distills the sweeping stylistic range of its concert performances into their own authentic sound. Along with KDTU and touring with The Rolling Stones, Denson also holds down his role as a founding member of the seminal funk band The Greyboy Allstars.

Check out this new video: https://bit.ly/2O89aLk“Something Sweet”

Opening Act AC3 gets the stellar evening soaring.

Austin Paul Jr. of AC3

AC3 is comprised of three brothers — Austin Paul Jr.Andrew Conner and Aundre Conner — who started their careers at a very young age. The leader of the band is Austin Paul Jr., a five-time winner of the Apollo Theatre Award in Harlem, New York. He has also performed at the world-famous Carnegie Hall. Andrew and Aundre are twins who currently attend Florida A&M University and have made great strides in the jazz community. The group has performed with significant artists including Gerald Albright and Kenny G. All AC3 members are members of the world-renowned Marching 100. Having traveled across the country, AC3 is now working with Grammy Award-winning producer Mike Will Made It (Michael Len Williams II) and was recently featured on Alicia Keys’ new album “Keys.”

Jazz Jam

Jazz Pensacola presents Jazz Jam 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7, at Odd Colony Brewing Co., 260 N. Palafox St., Pensacola, Florida.

Featuring the House Band, Jazz Jam is strictly for fun, an opportunity to play jazz with other musicians. Drummers, please bring your own sticks/brushes. Vocalists, bring your mic.

Admission: Donations.

Check out the brewery at oddcolony.com.

Jazz Gumbo

Matthias Williams

Spice it up this summer at Jazz Pensacola’s Jazz Gumbo with Caribbean musician Matthias Williams, performing his music as well as some John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins. Joining Williams: Destiny Howard, vocalist; John Link, keys; Donovan Murdorf, bass; Jensen Cadenhead, drums.

The event is 6:30 to 9 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15, at Phineas Phogg’s, Seville Quarter, 130 E.Government St. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Cost: $10 for Jazz Pensacola members and guests; $12 for non-members; free for students with ID and military in uniform. Become a member at the event and get in free.

Williams is a Caribbean musician with the tenor saxophone being his instrument of choice. The spice Caribbean island of Grenada is his home, but his roots and heritage are Vincentian. He calls himself both a musician and an educator. He holds degrees in education from the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus (Chancellor Hall) Jamaica and the University of West Florida. He also holds a music performance degree from UWF.

Williams grew up on the island of Grenada with roots in Caribbean gospel music. He has been the bandleader with Grenadian gospel band Jade and also the producer of Grenadian events Gospel Splash/Gospel Xpressions and also the producer of a smooth jazz event Rhythms of Summer/Spice.

He has recorded Caribbean gospel music with Jade Gospel Band but his three singles: “Share my Love,” “Back to You” and “The Reggae Lounge” in 2022 are his debut work as a Caribbean smooth jazz saxophonist. With the 2022 launch of these three tracks, Williams hopes this is the beginning of new and wonderful things to come. He positively looks forward to this new chapter as a recording solo saxophonist from The Isle of Spice.


Alice Crann Good

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