Greetings, jazz friends. I am reaching out to all members and future members.
Yes, we thought about doing our 37th Annual Pensacola JazzFest in November, but it just could not happen. So, keep a look out for plans to relaunch the festival April 10-11, 2021. Details to follow.
In the meantime, we are moving forward with Jazz Jams at an awesome new location — The 5 Barrel, a great new brewery on South Palafox, downtown Pensacola. Owners Jason Mosley and Tom Akin have opened their doors for Jazz Jams on the first Wednesday of each month. Yes, we have changed the day. Remember relaunching?
We are planning some cool and exciting Jazz Gumbos, too. More info to follow.
Get ready to rock…I mean jazz! And, as always, we will continue to practice safe social etiquette.
“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
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!