Student Competition

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

Corporate Sponsors

  • 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)

Backing Tracks

Need a backing track for your application? Click on the appropriate links below to download:

College Instrumental

Billie's Bounce   Billie's Bounce (Drums)   On Green Dolphin Street

On Green Dolphin(Drums)   Straight No Chaser   Take the A Train

High School Instrumental

Autumn Leaves 3 Chor   Autumn Leaves 4 Chor   Blue Monk

Fly Me to the Moon 3 Chor   Fly Me to the Moon 4 Chor   Now's the Time


Autumn Leaves   Fly Me to the Moon   Route 66

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)