Joe Occhipinti featured in Pensacola News Journal profile

Joe Occhipinti

Jazz Pensacola’s own Joe Occhipinti is the subject of a feature article in a recent Pensacola News Journal.

The beloved saxophonist is this year’s Gulf Coast Ethnic & Heritage Jazz Festival Hall of Fame inductee.

Reporter Erin Stephens’ article looks at Occhipinti’s life and career and features comments and anecdotes by Jazz Pensacola Executive Director Emeritus Norman Vickers.

“Those of us in Pensacola can recount all the contributions Joe has quietly made over these many years,” Vickers said. “Joe is not a good self-promoter, but he’s always there. He’s done the things that need to be done. He’s kept music alive.”

Click here to read the PNJ profile.

Norman Vickers featured in Syncopated Times

Norman Vickers, Jazz Pensacola Volunteer Executive Director Emeritus, is featured in the August 2020 edition of The Syncopated Times, a popular publication for fans of jazz, ragtime and swing.

Norman Vickers is known as a harmonica-playing physician who was a pioneer in his field in his adopted city, and who for the past 40 years, has been the jazz ambassador and moving spirit behind Jazz Pensacola, one of the country’s more active jazz societies,” reads the article, with the headline “Norman Vickers: Jazz Doc and More.”

Read the complete article here or via the PDF below.