We had two great days of awesome weather. Our sales were great —merchandise, beverages!
The music was topnotch! Every act from middle school to our national jazz artist…out of the ballpark!
I want to thank all of the volunteers that help to keep this machine running. It was perfect!
As your Jazz Pensacola president, I want to, especially with much love, thank Jazz Pensacola’s fantastic board members.
Dave Schmidt…a champ! Always saves the day! Dustin Bonifay…it would not happen without you! Ali Egan…get ready, it’s getting interesting! John Link…always a savior when it counts. Tom Bell…you have the VIP Tent rocking! Or jazzing! John Eisinger…always keeping us in check. Alice Crann Good…it doesn’t run without you!
There will be middle, high and college jazz bands! The best of the best from the Gulf Coast. It’s going on this weekend. Bob Sheppard, sax great…this weekend. Food….arts…crafts….kids jazz area….music. This weekend!
Did I mention it is a “Free” festival? Yes, it’s here, this weekend, April 6-7!
On March 19 we had our latest Student Jazz Competition! It was an awesome event. Congratulations to all of the wonderful students! The new format, using a monthly Jazz Gumbo slot to present our student competition, worked! The venue gave the students the feeling as if they were playing in more of a “jazz club” environment. Well done!
What’s next? Pensacola JazzFest! Get ready friends … get your blankets, lawn chairs, cameras, sun screen, smiles and ears! Check out the lineup …both days are guaranteed to bring the best of jazz from the region. It will be another event that you do not want to miss.
Every year, Jazz Pensacola sponsors a Student Jazz Competition, and every year we go through the moves to make it a great success — not only for Jazz Pensacola, but also for the young musicians who are truly reaching the goal of playing jazz in front of an audience.
They are playing themselves. Yes, they are playing standards, but for at least two choruses, they get to shine. They tell us who they are by their note selection … how they feel at that very moment. They are expressing themselves to us in a way that may not ever happen again.
It is priceless, it is history, it is honest. It is jazz!
This is why we do this.
President, Jazz Pensacola
Click here to learn more about the upcoming Student Jazz Competition.
2018 … so long. 2019 … hello. Favorite quotes … Jazz is great, jazz is good. Music and people make the world go ’round. If you have to ask what jazz is, you’ll never know. Is music good for your health? Is music food for the soul? Jazz is a conversation, a give and take. Boxing is like jazz. The better it is, the less people appreciate it. Jazz is not dead, it just smells funny. The spirit of jazz is the spirit of openness. Jazz is rhythm and meaning. Jazz can be a blank canvas full of possibilities. A jazz musician is a juggler who uses harmonies instead of oranges. Jazz is a beautiful woman whose older brother is a policeman. Jazz is something you have to feel, something you have to live. Jazz is the sound of surprise. Jazz stands for freedom. Jazz music doesn’t have an expiration date. Jazz is one of the best things that you can find in life, it can always be your friend. Without jazz, life would be a mistake. Happy New Year!!!! Peace