Headliners

National Talent

Doug Horn

Doug Horn plays alto, tenor and soprano sax and flute. Well-versed in the musical styles of bebop, swing, Latin, blues and ballads, Horn’s style reflects influences from such jazz giants as Charlie Parker, Cannonball Adderley, Phil Woods, Dexter Gordon and Stan Getz. Among the notable musicians he has performed with are Phil Woods, Jimmy Forest, Clare Fisher, Claude Black, Eddie Russ, Clark Terry, Marcus Belgrave, Jack Mcduff, Bill Watrous, Don Menza and Dizzy Gillespie.Horn has been performing for 54 years in Michigan and around various parts of the world. He is retired from 26 years in Ann Arbor Schools as a band director.

Joe Murphy Quartet

Joe Murphy

Joe Murphy is one of the top recording tuba and acoustic/electric bass players in the United States, having played live and on hundreds of recording projects with artists such as Steven Tyler and AEROSMITH, John Pizzarelli, Michael Bolton, Alison Krauss, Michael McDonald, Vince Gill, Dennis DeYoung (STYX), Kirk Whalum, MercyMe, Steve Tyrell, Steve Green, Larnell Harris, The Fifth Dimension, Bela Fleck and The Flecktones to name a few.

He has performed on nationally televised broadcasts of Austin City Limits, TNN’s Nashville Now, BET Jazz Classics, Crook & Chase, and the NBC Today Show.

Over the last 20 years, Murphy has been a staff arranger, brass caption head, and music contributor to numerous championship drum corps, college bands and high school bands nationwide.

He is now the music and arranger for the Southern Knights Drum and Bugle Corps, based out of Birmingham, Alabama.

Murphy has recorded on video game soundtracks such as, Call of Duty: Black Ops, Dragon Age Inquisition, Star Wars: Battlefront, Madden 16, Descent, and others. He is the tubaist on the History Channel series: Texas Rising. Murphy was recently the tuba player on Vin Diesel’s new movie, “The Last Witch Hunter.”

Tony Viviano

Tony Viviano has performed in many venues throughout Michigan as well as around the world. Encompassing the classic styles of jazz piano artistry, he is a mainstay in the Michigan jazz piano scene. An opener for the John Pizzarelli Trio, Chic Corea, Herbie Mann and Auturo Sandoval, Viviano’s compositional skills can be heard on his albums “Lydianosis” and “My Pal Al” – containing all original works encompassing many styles of jazz, uniquely intermixed with classical motifs along with diverse melodies rooted in modern acoustic jazz. Borrowing from the likes of Joe Zawinul, Chic Corea and Bud Powell, his music is harmonically refreshing and complex.

Local & Regional Talent

Freedom Jazz Dectet

The Freedom Jazz Dectet is new to the Gulf Coast region although the players are not. Co-founders
Mike Lyle and Allen Beeson decided during the pandemic it was time to get back to playing their
favorite music, and to do that they needed to make their own way. Musician gigs dried up for the most
part because of COVID restrictions, and the need for social distance and other safety precautions resulted in the development of a smaller 10-piece jazz ensemble – a dectet- to accomplish their desire to play.

Freedom Jazz Dectet pulls from a variety of different jazz styles, from be-bop to Latin grooves. The band’s extensive library includes everything from burning tempos to slow sultry sounds. Re-scoring familiar jazz tunes from the last 50 years for a ten-piece ensemble required some imagination and modernization. Have done that, the group’s repertoire is designed to appeal to a wide range of jazz lovers.

Although new to the region as a group, none of the players are new to the jazz scene. The dectet includes three saxophones, two trumpets and one trombone, with a kicking rhythm section and female vocalist. Members of the group have experience in military bands, university teaching, and performances with world class artists. Additionally, all members of the band currently live along the Gulf Coast.

The most important aspect of this musical group is they want to PLAY and entertain audiences from festivals to concert venues. We hope you will have a great time and tell your friends about the Freedom Jazz Dectet.

La’Roy Bodiford Quartet

Saxophonist, La’Roy Bodiford, has toured with American Idol winner Ruben Studdard and played with jazz artists Jeff Lorber, Rick Braun and Brain Culbertson. A former Marine, Bodiford has fulfilled his dream of making a jazz career out of his childhood passion. A talented graphic artist, Bodiford also has a business in graphite, charcoal, colored pencil and displays many fine works on Instagram.

Dharma Beats, featuring Tate High School Vocal Jazz

Dharma Beats offers an eclectic style of progressive pop, jazz and funky music, putting its signature twist on familiar tunes. Band members are Cynthia Domulot, keys/vocals; Chuck Schwartz, sax; Tom Latenser, bass; and Fred Domulot, drums.

Excelsior Brass Band

The Excelsior Band is a 10-piece marching brass band consisting of three trumpets, three saxophones, one trombone, a tuba, bass drum and snare drum. The group also performs as a quintet, as requested for smaller events.

The Excelsior Band has a very rich history. It was founded by John A. Pope to celebrate the birth of his son, John C. Pope in Mobile, Ala., on Nov. 23, 1883. The Excelsior Band has marched the streets of downtown Mobile for more than 100 years in various Mardi Gras parades. The band, which plays Dixieland and conventional jazz, performs regularly along the Gulf Coast and is recognized for providing the unique sounds associated with the carnival season in Mobile, the birthplace of Mardi Gras in the United States.

The musical hodge-podge that makes up the Excelsior medley floats in the swing of Carnival cheer with such favorites as “Margie,” “Hello Dolly,” “St. Louis Blues,” “South Rampart Street Parade” and, of course, “When the Saints Go Marching In.”Band members come from diverse occupational backgrounds and all are highly touted in the Mobile area for their many years of musical contributions throughout the city.

Fais Do-Do

A fais do-do is a Cajun dance party, originating before WWII, and with its emblematic Louisianan music, the band Fais Do-Do is an experience worth savoring. The band’s deep, Acadian rhythms feather onto the traditional music of an ancient era, bringing the sounds of a moss-covered world to vivid life. Watch the arcing energy and enjoy the danceable rhythms that have serenaded the shuffling dance steps of a rich and colorful American culture.

Fais Do-Do band members: Chris Nida, bass/vocal; Doug Dickerson, guitar/vocal; Teddy Lehmann, washboard/vocal; John Link, keys/sax/vocal; Fred Domulot, drums/vocal. 

Five Alive Quintet

Jensen Cadenhead

Meeting as students at the University of West Florida, Five Alive Quintet combined its different taste and interest in music to create a unique sound for jazz. Playing festivals from Panama City to Mobile and in between, Five Alive has performed many different styles and covers of artists. This group has also played with musicians like jazz trombonist Harry Watters. While trying to make a name for themselves, the quintet is also working to create original compositions for future recordings.

Chip Herrington Quintet

When Chip Herrington was 7-years-old, he found an old cornet and beginner band book in the attic of his home in Columbia, Miss. By the end of the day, he had taught himself the C scale and could play several songs from the book. He’s been playing ever since. Herrington is best known as the trumpet player for Wet Willie (Hurricane Horns) and as band leader of The Mobile Big Band Society of Mobile, Ala. But he’s also performed with familiar artists such as Aretha Franklin and Lou Rawls. He is also a regular studio player being heard on recordings by Eric Erdman, Donna Hall, Tom Riepl and others. His latest efforts have focused on bringing more authentic jazz to the Mobile, Alabama area. Featuring pianist Gino Rosaria, drummer Pete Wehner, bassist David Webb and saxophonist Shane Philen, The Chip Jazz 5 deliver something that has become very rare — real acoustic jazz in a traditional club setting… “Lounge jazz,” if you will. 

Neighbors You Know

Neighbors You Know

Neighbors You Know is a young and aspiring band based out of Pensacola, Florida. The members, Jordan Chase (vocals), Bryce Lyubalnovits (keys, keys bass), and Chase Rogers (drums), create a full sound that caters well to styles of music such as R&B, soul, funk, and blues.

The band met after Jordan Chase returned from Season 17 of The Voice with ambition to embark on his journey as a vocalist. Since then, the band has been playing at venues throughout the Gulf Coast area. In the future, the band hopes to release original music and tour across the Southeast United States.

9th Avenue Brass

Meet 9th Ave Brass, a group of diverse musicians who have found themselves drawn together by the strings of music. They play Second Line music and alternative jazz/funk. New Orleans has a lot of culture and they’re here to bring some of that back home to our street corners!

Nobius (Network of Brothers in United Sound)

Combing influences from across the ages, Nobius blends soul, funk, jazz, pop and R&B into an unforgettable experience. Awarded “Best Wedding Band” of Pensacola by Pensacola’s Inweekly, Nobius plans to get your party movin’ and your booty groovin’. Nobius band members: Miguel Aldahondo Jr., vocals/ keyboard; Zach Callahan, saxophone; John Callahan, bass; Chris Cantin, drums/percussion; Trevor King, trumpet; Jacob Palmer, guitar/vocals.  

Alex Nollan

Alex Nollan is an award-winning jazz pianist, composer and recording artist. He earned a B.A. in music at Rhodes College and studied jazz for four years on the graduate level at the University of Tennessee. Notable teachers of his include Michael Jefry Stevens, Gerald Stephens, Bobby Lyle and Donald Brown. Brown is also his mentor and the producer of his debut CD, “Stand” (2019). The CD features saxophonist Don Aliquo, bassist Neal Bowen, drummer Renardo Ward and trumpet player Johnny Yancey. Nollan is currently working on his second CD, which Brown will produce.

Nollan has more than 15 years of performance experience in jazz, with engagements in Memphis, Knoxville, Pensacola, Orlando and Lubbock, Texas, where he is based. At the 2020 Pensacola JazzFest, he will perform in quartet with bassist Steve Gilmore, saxophonist Bob Maksymkow and drummer Jim Roebuck 

Glenn Parker Band

Regarded as one of the greatest rhythm and blues bands on the Gulf Coast, the Glenn Parker Band is truly a pleasure to experience. Having been a Gulf Coast treasure for many year, their sound is smooth and sophisticated. Playing jazz, blues, classic R&B and soft rock, the band always leaves audiences wanting more. Glenn Parker, a native Floridian, has been a headliner in Las Vegas and many venues throughout the Southeast. It is rare to find this creative combination in a quintet.

Isabelle Schrack Band

The Isabelle Schrack Band features Isabelle Schrack on keys and vocals, Max Levesque on bass, Jensen Cadenhead on drums, Noemi Ruiz on trumpet, and Duncan Miller on sax. The band met at the University of West Florida. They enjoy playing jazz, pop and fusion genres. The band has played Pensacola’s Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival, Rosemary Beach Uncorked, the 30A Concert Series, Northwest Fest, Panama City’s Pirate Fest, MOJO in Mobile, Gulf Power, and Jazz Pensacola. 

Jack Zoesch Quartet

Originally from Rochester, N.Y., Zoesch started piano at a young age. He has performed with such musicians as Wynton Marsallis, Ted Poor, Ike Sturm, John Fedchock, and Michael League. Although classically trained, early in high school, he discovered jazz and never looked back. The son of a music teacher, he has enjoyed playing and performing all kinds of music his entire life. After attending Wake Forest University, he moved to Washington DC, where he performed at a variety of venues.