Drum Roll, Please: Improvisation


Jazz is a kind of music in which improvisation is typically an important part. In jazz performances, players play solos that they make up on the spot, which requires tremendous skill.


  1. Return to a normal state of health, mind, or strength.
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  2. Find or regain possession of (something stolen or lost)
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We are in a Jazz Recovery. Nothing is normal. The Jazz Pensacola board continues with Zoom meetings. We are looking forward to getting back in the jazz arena. We “want” our jazz jams, jazz gumbos, our jazz events. However, we still “need” to be safe. That being said, we find ourselves improvising like jazz musicians getting the chance to play a solo. For safety reasons, we canceled the gumbos and jams, the Student Jazz Competition and Pensacola JazzFest!

But as improvisation would step in, we had our first student competition via recordings to the judges. It was a success. We are looking to have the Pensacola JazzFest in November — the weekend of the 14th and 15th. Improvisation took us to that date.

When this pandemic hit, everyone was affected. Jobs, schools, churches, sports, beaches, concerts, parks, theaters, restaurants, graduations, weddings and even funerals. Live music stopped.

We also lost many jazz legends to this virus — Marcelo Peralta, Manu Dibango, Mike Longo, Wallace Roney, Lee Konitz, Eddy Davis, Bucky Pizzarelli, Ellis Marsalis. It doesn’t stop there. So many others.

None of this really makes sense to me. In high school, I remember reading a quote from Eleanor Roosevelt. “Accept whatever comes, and the only important thing is that you meet it with courage and with the best that you have to give.” This has been one of those things that stayed in my head.

We are taking the steps to a full recovery. Small steps. Improvisation at its best hour! I hope and know I will be seeing you soon.

Stay tuned. Stay safe. Stay healthy.


Fred Domulot
Jazz Pensacola

Two musicians and a drummer are at a bar …

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