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

June 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, 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.

37th Annual Pensacola JazzFest Plus Two Special Events

Jazz Pensacola’s Board of Directors selected poster design by graphic designer/artist Sheila Overstreet.

Jazz Pensacola will joyfully celebrate the 37th Annual Pensacola JazzFest May 15-16 in historic Seville Square, downtown Pensacola.

Enjoy fantastic jazz 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, with a sensational lineup of musicians and vocalists. Please bring chairs.

Drawing thousands of jazz fans to its annual premier event for several decades, Jazz Pensacola promises a spectacular weekend. The two-day festival will feature national, regional and local jazz bands.

National headliners include one of the top recording tuba and acoustic/electric bass players in the United States, Joe Murphy, and his quartet; international jazz pianist Tony Viviano; and national saxophonist Doug Horn. Regional/local headliners include Freedom Jazz Dectet; Five Alive Quintet; Glenn Parker Band; Neighbors You Know; jazz pianist Alex Nollan; La’Roy Bodiford Quartet; Chip Herrington Quintet; Excelsior Brass Band; Isabelle Schrack Band; Nobius; Fais Do-Do; Jack Zoesch Quartet; and Dharma Beats.

In addition to the sounds of jazz, Pensacola JazzFest posters, T-shirts, memorabilia, fine arts and crafts exhibitors, and food vendors will make the festival even greater. Check out the complete 2021 Pensacola JazzFest Schedule.

Also, Jazz Pensacola and The District invite the community to two FREE special events. Everyone is invited to the Pensacola JazzFest Meet & Greet at 7 p.m. Friday, May 14, at The District, 123 E. Government St. Come meet jazz greats Tony Viviano, Doug Horn, Alex Nollan and many more. On Saturday, May 15, following the first day of Pensacola JazzFest around 7 p.m., head to The District to enjoy Jam Band Night featuring musicians from the festival, including Tony Viviano, Tom Latenser and Fred Domulot. Read more about the Pensacola JazzFest headliners.

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!