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.”
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!
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.
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.
President, Jazz Pensacola
Click here to learn more about the upcoming Student Jazz Competition.
If you were not at our Foo Foo sponsored gumbo this past Monday, too bad.
Annie Sellick and Chris Walters Big Time Band … unbelievable
If you decided to watch Monday Night Football (no offense to Giant and 49er fans), too bad.
If you think you can find this kind of jazz anywhere in town, any given night, wrong … too bad. If you missed the eclipse last year, too bad. If you think you’ve heard Bob Maksympko, George Petropoulos and Jackson Willis sit in with national touring jazz artists in town, wrong … too bad. They played like they were touring with Annie and Chris!
If you missed it, you’ll never know. It was one of those … you had to be there!
Pensacola … wake up!!! Jazz is alive!
Come support it!!! If you felt like it wasn’t your kind of “jazz” … too bad … too bad.
Here’s the thing: Every time there is a world-class act, make time to support it. Moments like this do not happen every week, or month.
Jazz Pensacola will be bringing in more world-class jazz to the area. You will get another chance to hear and see some of the best in the world of jazz today! And that is not “too bad.”