Drum Roll, Please: ‘Look What They’ve Done to My Song, Ma’

“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.

Even so…

“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.

Peace

Fred Domulot
Jazz Pensacola President
AFM Local 389

Drum Roll, Please: A pat on the back and thanks for a great JazzFest 2019

Greetings friends!

Greetings Jazz Pensacola!

Well, we did it. We had a great jazz festival!

Might have been the best ever….yes, it was.

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!

It was fun!

Now, stay tuned for more!

Prepare for JazzFest 2019

Do you hear that?

Jazz…..here it is! The 36th Pensacola JazzFest, presented by Jazz Pensacola!

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!

Truth is, Jazz is always here……..Jazz Pensacola.

Peace

Fred Domulot
AFM 389
“Give Peace A Chance”

Drum Roll, Please: A great, new Student Competition

Greetings!

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.

See you at JazzFest!!!

Fred Domulot
President
Jazz Pensacola

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.

Peace

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!

Peace