Drum Roll, Please: Jazz, keeping it alive

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.


Fred Domulot

President, Jazz Pensacola

Click here to learn more about the upcoming Student Jazz Competition.

Student Jazz Competition winner Jackson Willis performs at a Jazz Pensacola Jazz Gumbo event at Seville Quarter. Since winning the competition, Willis has gone on to become one of the most requested jazz trombonists in the area.

Drum Roll, Please: JazzFest 2019 is ON!

Greetings and guess what?

Jazz Pensacola is going to have a jazz festival this year.

Despite possible rumors that we were not … guess what? We are! In fact, there was never a doubt! At least not by the ones that matter and make the decisions.

And what a line up! Check the website’s homepage and
JazzFest section to get information about the 2019 Pensacola JazzFest.

It will be another Jazz Pensacola event not to be missed. Do get ready … bring your blanket and lawn chairs April 6 & 7.

Jazz matters … Jazz Pensacola matters!


Drum Roll, Please: Hello, 2019

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!!!!

Jazz Pensacola president Fred Domulot

Drum Roll, Please: November Foo Foo show not to be missed

Annie Sellick and Chris Walters

It was a few years back …

The Guffman Trio was playing around town and the regional area quite often.

We were even threatening to record a long awaited CD … I did say threatening. My wife, and one of my favorite all time musicians, Cynthia, found a very cool version of the Lambert, Hendricks and Ross tune Cloudburst, written by Jimmy Harris and Leroy Kirkland. I remember saying, “Who is this?” She replied, “Annie Sellick.” Wow!

We became fans! It became a much requested tune in our set list. We went to the JEN Conference later and got to hear Annie live! It was awesome…It was amazing!

After I got involved with Jazz Pensacola and was asked to be part of the planning of booking acts, Annie Sellick was first on my list. The Gulf Coast was lucky to have her at the festival a couple of years ago, now we are lucky to have her at our November Foo Foo Festival concert, 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12 at Phineas Phogg’s, Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St.

Not only are we lucky to have Annie, we also get Chris Walters on piano and their Big Time Band!!!! Chris also is the music director/pianist for JD Souther. He is also a member of Jeff Coffins Mu’tet. Chris is the real deal.

This is definitely a show that should not be missed.

Wake up Pensacola!!!! Jazz is in your house!!!!


Fred Domulot
“Give Peace A Chance”

GET YOUR TICKETS NOW! All tickets are $25. Cash, credit cards and checks are accepted. Purchase tickets at the door, at Schmidt’s Music, 105 N. Palafox St., or by calling Jazz Pensacola at (850) 433-8382.

Jazz is alive, bigger and better than ever, in Pensacola

Jazz Pensacola president Fred Domulot

After a summer break, we are back in full swing!

Jazz is alive!

Jazz Pensacola is up and running strong!

The summer had an awesome lineup at the Jazz Gumbos.

Jazz at its best! We had good turnouts at the monthly Jazz Jams, too.

September we will have Daniel Rivera doing his best Jack Kerouac, as he reads “On The Road,” backed by The Dharma Beats: Cynthia Domulot on keys, Tom Latenser on bass and yours truly on drums.

The October Jazz Gumbo will feature the great Joe Occhipinti and his Big Band playing all of the big band classics, just like you want!

November … Foo Foo Festival! We will have our concert featuring world class vocalist Annie Sellick! Joining Annie will be New Orleans born pianist Chris Walters. This one you do not want to miss! World class!

Jazz is still alive in Pensacola!


Drum Roll Please: The All-Stars of May

One month after JazzFest …

May is considered the last month of spring, but folks, it’s hot out there! This month you can cool off at the May Jazz Gumbo.

The Music of Grant Green!

Clint Hall will be playing the music of Grant with an awesome band. Featuring Clint on guitar, the great Steve Gilmore on bass, Chris Gardner on keys and Charles Pagano on drums. Guaranteed to be an awesome show, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Monday, May 21, at Phineas Phogg’s, Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St.

Jazz luminaries with birthdays in May include Fats Waller (upper left), Dee Dee Bridgewater (upper right), Miles Davis (lower left) and Benny Goodman.

May is also the birth month of many jazz greats.

May 1

Shirley Horn, James Newton

May 2

Richard “Groove” Holmes, Eddie Louis

May 3

John Lewis, Jymie Merritt

May 4

Ron Carter, Maynard Ferguson

May 5

Stanley Cowell

May 6

David Friessen, Till Bronner

May 7

Arthur Blythe, Teresa Brewer

Michael Formanek, Vic Berton

May 8

Keith Jarrett, Red Nichols

May 9

Tania Marie, Dennis Chambers

May 10

Mel Lewis, Ahmed Abdullah

May 11

King Oliver, Carla Bley

May 12

Gerald Wiggins, Gary Peacock

Krause Doldinger, Marshall Royal

May 13

Gil Evans, Red Garland

May 14

Sidney Bechet, Jay Beckenstein

May 15

Joe Gordon, Jimmy O’Bryant

May 16

Woody Herman, Betty Carter, Billy Cobham

May 17

Jackie McKean, Dewey Redman

May 18

Big Joe Turner

May 19

Cecil McBee, Tom Scott, Sonny Fortune

May 20

Victor Lewis, Louis Smith

May 21

Fats Waller, Bill Holman

May 22

Sun Ra

May 23

Artie Shaw

May 24

Archie Shepp, Charles Earland

May 25

Wallace Roney

May 26

Miles Davis, Lew Tabackin

May 27

Ramsey Lewis, Dee Dee Bridgewater

May 28

T-Bone Walker

May 29

Sean Jones, Kenny Washington

May 30

Benny Goodman, Dave McKenna

May 31

Christian McBride, Red Holloway

Louis Hayes

Imagine an all-star band from the month of May!

I remember an older jazz musician friend of mine … great pianist named Nick Janus.

He would always have something cool to say about everything!!!

“First Of May, first of May … outside music starts today!”


“Give Peace A Chance”