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.

Upcoming Events

Jazz Jam

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

Jazz Pensacola presents Jazz Jam 6:30 to 9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, 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.

November’s House Band: Roger Villines, trumpet and flugelhorn; Andrew Gregg, keys; Steve Douglas, bass; Jimmy Roebuck, drums.

Admission: Donations.

Check out the brewery at oddcolony.com.

Vocalist Saundra Daggs

Jingle Jazz

Jazz Pensacola invites the community to a free blast of seasonal fun with popular vocalist Saundra Daggs and a five-piece band Monday, Dec. 12, at Phineas Phogg’s, Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St.

Get into the Christmas and holiday spirit with Daggs and professional musicians Mary Chavez, vocals and keyboard; Bob Maksymkow,saxophone; George Petropoulos, trumpet; Jimmy Roebuck, drums; and Steve Douglas, bass.

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

Jingle Jazz is a gift from Jazz Pensacola’s Board of Directors. So, bring your family and friends to spread some jazzy cheer. Donations are always accepted to help support Jazz Pensacola’s annual Pensacola JazzFest, annual Student Jazz Competition and many other events! And it is a Food Drive. Please bring non-perishable items, which will be donated to a non-profit that assists those in need.

Jazz at the Library

Professional musician Joe Occhipinti

Jazz Pensacola and The West Florida Public Library co-sponsor a series of free “Jazz by the Book” concerts hosted by a Jazz Pensacola founding member, Joe Occhipinti.

Typically, concerts are 1 to 3 p.m. the first and fourth Tuesday of each month. The next concerts are Nov. 22, Dec. 6, and Dec. 27.  “Jazz by the Book” events are held in the first-floor meeting room at the Spring Street Branch, 239 N. Spring St. 

Occhipinti and his friends perform jazz standards as an educational outreach to highlight the Jazz Room on the second floor of the library.

The Jazz Room was made possible by a donation from the late Ralph Knowles, a devoted member of Jazz Pensacola. The collection of books, CDs, play-along recordings and other materials are valued at over $20,000 and are available for anyone with a library card. The Spring Street Jazz Room is one of only two rooms devoted exclusively to jazz in public libraries in the United States.

For more information, contact the library reference desk at (850) 436-5064 or Amy Horosky at (850) 436-5005.

Calendar

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!