Jazz Pensacola’s 2019 Student Jazz Competition
Live 2019 finals’ winners
The live finals of the 9th Annual Jazz Pensacola Student Jazz Competition were held Monday, March 18, 2019, at Seville Quarter in downtown Pensacola. The audience was treated to fine jazz performances by talented finalists accompanied by a professional rhythm section: Camara Kambon on piano, Tom Latenser on bass and Jimmy Roebuck on drums. The 2020 Student Jazz competition is Monday, March 16.
Final 2019 placements:
High School Instrumental Division
First: Andrew Tinch – Guitar – A. Crawford Mosley High School
Second: Jake Newsome – Tenor Sax – Fairhope High School
Third: Pablo Duque – Tenor Sax – Choctowhatchee High School
Jazz Vocal Division
First: Anastasia Leech – University of West Florida
Second: Selena Neal – University of West Florida
College Instrumental Division
First: Andrew Gregg – Piano – University of West Florida
Second: Bryce Lyublanovits – Piano – Pensacola State College
Third: Kameron Horak – Tenor Sax – Pensacola State College
Third: Vishnu Srirum – Alto & Tenor Sax – Northwest Florida State College
Note: Two-way tie for third place
Winners received monetary awards, ranging from $100 to $500, intended to help support their jazz/music education. We thank finals judges Steve Gilmore, Mike Lyle and George Petropoulos, all renowned jazz performers and educators, for their role in making some tough choices. Congratulations to all of the competition winners – they speak well for the future of jazz.
Also, a big “Thank You” goes to the following Jazz Education Team Supporters (JETS) and Corporate Sponsors for their financial assistance, making the event possible:
- Ray and Carol Ascherfeld
- John and Myrl Eisinger
- Paul and Marliese Herrick
- Ralph and Patricia Knowles
- Kathy Lyon
- Knox and Holly Parker
- Tom and Mary Sylte
- Carolyn Tokson and Jeff Elliot
- Dr. F. Norman and Betty Vickers
- Roger and Kat Villines
- Art, Culture, and Entertainment, Inc.
- Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs
- Schmidt’s Music
- The Studer Foundation
Apply now for 2020 10th Annual Student Jazz Competition
The 2020 Student Jazz Competition will be 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 16, 2020, at Phineas Phogg’s in Seville Quarter. The event, which will be the March Jazz Gumbo, will be free and open to the public.
Application requirements: Applying instrumentalists and vocalists must reside and attend school (including homeschooling for High School Division) in the greater Pensacola area including Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton counties in Florida and Baldwin County in Alabama.
Application process includes submitting a recording of two jazz solos with backing performances, which will be judged in a preliminary round to select the three applicants in each division to go on to the live finals.
Click here to download the informational flyer. (PDF, 250K)
Click here to download the application form. (PDF, 350K)
Need a backing track for your application? Click on the appropriate links below to download:
High School Instrumental
Note: These files are provided for the use of our student competitors and are not for sale or other distribution. Unauthorized use of these audio files is prohibited.
Questions about backing tracks: Email Roger Villines at jrvill (at) aol.com.