Come enjoy the music

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. Learn more here.

Upcoming Events

NOVEMBER JAZZ GUMBO

Jazz Pensacola features music of The Crusaders with the Clint Hall Band Monday, Nov. 18, at Apple Annie’s, Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Music starts at 6:30 p.m.

The evening presents Clint Hall, guitar; John Link, keys; Tom Latenser, bass; Larry Carter, sax; Jackson Willis, trombone; Fred Domulot, drums; and special guest/vocalist Isabelle Peterson.

The Crusaders: Back in 1954, Houston pianist Joe Sample teamed up with high school friends tenor saxophonist Wilton Felder and drummer Stix Hooper to form the Swingsters, according to AllMusic. Within a short time, they were joined by trombonist Wayne Henderson, flutist Hubert Laws, and bassist Henry Wilson and the group became the Modern Jazz Sextet. With the move of Sample, Felder, Hooper, and Henderson to Los Angeles in 1960, the band (a quintet with the bass spot constantly changing) took on the name of the Jazz Crusaders. The following year they made their first recordings for Pacific Jazz and throughout the 1960s the group was a popular attraction, mixing together R&B and Memphis soul elements with hard bop; its trombone/tenor frontline became a trademark. By 1971, when all of the musicians were also busy with their own projects, it was decided to call the group simply the Crusaders so it would not be restricted to only playing jazz.

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. Dinner and drinks available. For more information, call (850) 433-8382.

DECEMBER’S JINGLE JAZZ

Jazz Pensacola invites the community to a free event of seasonal fun Monday, Dec. 9, at Phineas Phogg’s, Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Music starts at 6:30 p.m.

This year’s Jingle Jazz is a gift from Jazz Pensacola’s Board of Directors. So, bring your family and friends to spread the cheer!

Get into the Christmas and holiday spirit with band North Pole Panic, performing all of your classic holiday tunes with a twist! The event guarantees to have you singing and dancing.

The band: Isabelle Schrack, keys/vocal; Mat Hall, guitar/vocals; Tom Latenser, bass; John Link, keys/sax/vocals; Fred Domulot, keys/vocals; Jensen Cadenhead, drums; Noemi Ruiz, trumpet; Jackson Willis, trombone; Katarina Marshall, sax.

JANUARY 2020 JAZZ JAM

Roger Villines

Enjoy some of the area’s best professional musicians and vocalists at our next Jazz Jam,   6:30 to 9 p.m. Monday, Jan. 6, at The Vineyard Restaurant, 1010 N. 12th Ave., Pensacola. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Featuring the House Band, Jazz Jam is strictly for fun, an opportunity to play jazz with other musicians. (Lineup subject to change.)

Admission is free for participating musicians, including high school and college students with student IDs. Each participating student also receives one free admission ticket for one guest. Drummers, please bring your own sticks/brushes.

Admission is $10 for Jazz Pensacola members and guests, $12 for non-members, free for students with ID and military in uniform. Become a Jazz Pensacola member at the event, and admission is free. Dinner and drinks available. For more information, call (850) 433-8382.

Submit your ideas for the 2020 Pensacola JazzFest Poster

The 2014 Pensacola JazzFest poster

Jazz Pensacola invites fine artists/graphic designers to submit renderings for the official 2020 Pensacola JazzFest poster. The commission is $300.

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

The submission deadline is Jan. 6, 2020. If selected, the completed art deadline is Feb. 28, 2020.

See more details here.

2020 Student Jazz Competition

Click here or on the image to download the flyer and the 2020 application.

Join Jazz Pensacola

Don’t just stand on the outside looking in. Come join Jazz Pensacola and take part in all the fun! Monthly jazz events! Special concerts with national headliners! The annual Pensacola JazzFest! Jazz Pensacola members enjoy discounts and special benefits in all of these activities.

It’s all available through a selection of great membership packages. From our Individual membership for only $40 to our Couples package at $60. Or if you’re from out of town, take advantage of our $20 Corresponding membership. And if you’re a Student, become a member of Jazz Pensacola for only $5!

We also have Jazz Pensacola advanced sponsorships at the Partner, Patron, Benefactor and Sponsor levels. Jazz Pensacola is a non-profit organization, which means that applicable portions of your gift or support may be tax deductible.
And don’t forget our Jazz Pensacola Event Card, which provides discount admissions to Jazz Pensacola events and performances.

Learn all about it here.

Our Blogs

Drum Roll, Please: A Foo Foo kind of weekend

Wowza! Jazz Pensacola and the Foo Foo Festival! Whew! What a weekend! Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 2 & 3, Jazz Pensacola sponsored the Jazz Stage with International Paper at the Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival. Holly Shelton with Bob Andrews and John Link….Nobius…..Isabelle Schrack Band….and Rhythm Express. What a great alternative!And a huge shout out to …

Playing By Ear and By Eye

Jazz improvisation, which is basically making and playing a little composition in real time, is a creative act coming from the performer’s personal storehouse of ideas and techniques. Students often remark that they just can’t think of anything to play. Two concepts that are crucial to this ability can be termed as “playing by ear” …

On the Jazz Calendar

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!