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 John Link for providing sound.
But, wait! Monday night! At Vinyl on Nov. 4, we held our Foo Foo Festival event featuring Big Bad VooDoo Daddy and opening act Village Brass. We had a great turnout! The bands were on fire! People could not stand still! Village Brass got it started, and then BBVD took it home!
Thanks to Foo Foo Festival! Thank you Alice Crann Good….Ali Hayes Egan….Dustin Bonifay…Paul Bruno…Carolyn Tokson…Dave Schmidt…John Eisinger…Tom Bell…and comrade John Link. It worked because of this team. I thank you!
Ever had a moment when everything you did was wrong? The feeling you had as a 10-year-old when getting the word you were not 100 percent in the school spelling bee…the first time you fell off the bike, post training wheels…the time you opened your lunchbox and realized you got your brother’s or sister’s awful food…the moment you realized the teachers just forgot (not intentionally) your ribbon of achievement.
They say that you can’t please everybody. Correct.
The same goes for jazz.
Dixieland is not everyone’s cup of tea. Smooth jazz is not for everyone..bebop…not for everyone…Latin jazz…not for everyone….fusion…forget that one. Fusion often causes the comment: ”That’s not our kind of music, too loud, you can’t dance to it!”
Truth is, music is music. I tell students to hear and find the music in every style. Imagine being a 10-year-old going to a buffet for the first time. You see all of this food. You taste it. Some stuff you like, love, adore…can’t get enough of it. Other stuff? Well, you tasted it, and in the future you skip over it. But at least you know what it tastes like.
Music can be like that. Just eat off of the menu. Save room for desert!
So friends, we hope you have enjoyed the smorgasbord of “jazz” that Jazz Pensacola has offered!
Try not to fight it. Sometimes, the fight just ain’t there.
Grumpy The definition of grumpy is irritable or grouchy. An explanation of grumpy is a person who is always complaining and unhappy.
Charles Mingus Nearly as well known as his ambitious music was Mingus’ often fearsome temperament, which earned him the nickname “The Angry Man of Jazz.” His refusal to compromise his musical integrity led to many onstage eruptions, exhortations to musicians, and dismissals. Although respected for his musical talents, Mingus was sometimes feared for his occasionally violent onstage temper, which was at times directed at members of his band and other times aimed at the audience. He was physically large, prone to obesity (especially in his later years), and was by all accounts often intimidating and frightening when expressing anger or displeasure. When confronted with a nightclub audience talking and clinking ice in their glasses while he performed, Mingus stopped his band and loudly chastised the audience, stating: “Isaac Stern doesn’t have to put up with this crap.” Mingus reportedly destroyed a $20,000 bass in response to audience heckling at the Five Spot in New York City.
Most of us can (I hope for the sake of jazz) can agree….Mingus was one of a kind. Musical genius…. he deserved the respect at a performance.
At that level. Wow!
Which brings to me this news.
Our Jazz Jams and Jazz Gumbos should be treated as jazz concert performances. It not only shows respect to the musicians you have come out to support, but to the organization that we are trying to grow. Is it a social event? Sure. But it is still a performance. Please show respect. At the venues we hold our events, please show respect. Our Jazz Jams are held at a venue that normally is closed on Mondays. They open so we can have a venue in which to present our Jazz Jams. Tipping is a cool thing. The servers are there for you. Treat them with respect. Treat them as you would want to be treated.
Jazz Concert Etiquette If you are considering attending a jazz concert, keep in mind these basic rules: Even though the concert takes place in a social setting – bars, clubs, etc. – make an effort and restrain yourself from talking during performances. Turn off your phone, or at least put it on vibrate.
Let us continue to keep making forward steps. We need it now more than before.
Please, Give Peace A Chance Still Your President Fred Domulot Taye Drums Dream Cymbals Silverfox Drumsticks AFM Local 389
“Look What They’ve Done to My Song, Ma” is one of my favorite tunes covered by the great Ray Charles. It was written by Melanie Safka, whose fans knew her simply as Melanie. She was a Woodstock performer and a writer of other great hits.
Ray Charles’ version is a killer version!
The song is about how music companies change artists’ music, and their true message. They can ruin the deepness of an artist because their intentions are to make money…take control. This happens every day.
But look at what positive change can do, look at what we’ve done to Jazz Pensacola:
We received the 2019 Majority Opinion Research Survey of Events & Festivals, which is done annually for Visit Pensacola/Escambia County.
Check this out, according to the report:
The 2019 Pensacola JazzFest attracted an estimated 17,000 attendees, which surpasses previous years.
31% of the 2019 event attendees were visitors to Pensacola, which is a record high for this event.
85% of the destination visitors (26% of total attendees) were aware of the event before visiting (up from previous years), and 59% came to Pensacola specifically for the event (also up from previous years).
12% of attendees spent the night in paid accommodations (highest since 2014) and stayed an average of 2.0 nights (similar to most years).
Factoring in that 59% of the destination visitors at the event specifically came to Pensacola for the event, it is estimated that the
2019 Pensacola JazzFest generated 745 room nights in Escambia County, which is another record high for this event.
On average, destination visitors attending the 2019 Pensacola JazzFest spent $691.01 during their stay ( more than any other year, except 2015 and 2016) and resident parties spent an average of $63.29 (more than any other year, except for 2015) in the course of attending the event.
All together, it is estimated that the 2019 Pensacola JazzFest attendees contributed $1,505,020 to the Escambia County economy (more than any other year).
Factoring in that 59% of the visitors at the event specifically came to Pensacola for the event, it is estimated that the event directly aided in $992,920 being spent in the Escambia County economy (yet another record high for this event).
According to the 2019 Majority Opinion Research Survey of Events & Festivals, Jazz Pensacola broke many records with its last JazzFest.
One of the significant growth areas is how we are reaching out via social media. From April 2 to April 29, Facebook analytics show: posts reached 12.2K, had 2.9K engagements, 218 link clicks and 77 new page likes. Shout out to: Mike Suchcicki, Jazz Pensacola administrator Alice Crann-Good and Jazz Pensacola board member/secretary Ali Egan for this growth! Well done!
Plus, Jazz Pensacola’s 2019 Student Jazz Competition In March was a tremendous success. The students, families and guests greatly enjoyed having the annual event at Phineas Phogg’s in Seville Quarter. Giving the competition a “real life” performing experience with a jazz room vibe was a very positive change.
Our community recognition is reaching new heights. The Downtown Improvement Board has asked Jazz Pensacola to orchestrate the July Gallery Night with a jazz theme.
And, get this. Jazz Pensacola recently came in 3rd out of 37 grant applications for 2019 Foo Foo Festival grants! Another shout out to our administrator Alice Crann Good for the grant writing. Full funding! Our act this year will be Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. More info on that soon.
“It’s the only thing that I could do half right…and they’ve turned it upside down.”
Just be nice. Listen to “Sketches of Spain” in the morning. it will change your day.
Fred Domulot Jazz Pensacola President AFM Local 389