Student Jazz Competition

2021 Flyer and Application

Click here to download the 2021 SJC flyer (PDF, 260KB)

Click here to download the 2021 SJC application (PDF, 308 KB)

See below for backing track download links.


Due to COVID-19 health concerns, Jazz Pensacola canceled the March 16 “live” finals of the 2020 Student Jazz Competition at Phineas Phogg’s in Seville Quarter, downtown Pensacola.

Despite the pandemic, Jazz Pensacola  creatively carried on with a “digital”competition!

Jazz Pensacola conducted the finals via submitted recordings, similar to the preliminary application process. Students’ recordings of two tunes (one blues and one non-blues) were sent as mp3 or mp4 file formats and emailed to the three judges — professional musicians Rebecca Barry, Allen Beeson and Steve Douglas — planned for the live finals. Judges assessed and ranked students’ performances. The competition still included three divisions: College Instrumental, High School Instrumental and Jazz Vocal.

Roger Villines — competition leader, Jazz Pensacola past president, professional musician — combined the rankings to arrive at the overall placements. Students were notified of the results and received award checks via mail. Monetary awards ranged from $100 to $500.

The 10th Annual Student Jazz Competition survived! The winners:

High School Instrumental

1st Place Jon-Grayson Kerr, Trombone, Fairhope High School, $400
2nd Place Joshua Mullikin, Tenor Sax, Booker T. Washington High School, $200
3rd Place Jesse Keenan, Piano, Home school, $100

Jazz Vocal

1st Place Jane Chakraborty, Pensacola High School, $400
2nd Place Selena Neal, University of West Florida, $200

College Instrumental

1st Place Jensen Cadenhead, Vibraphone, University of West Florida, $500
2nd Place Maximilian Levesque, Bass, University of West Florida, $300
3rd Place Christopher Cannon, Piano, Northwest Florida State College, $150
4th Place Duncan Miller, Alto Sax, University of West Florida, $100
4th Place Noemi Ruiz, Trumpet, University of West Florida, $100

Note: Tie for 4th Place

Thank You to our Jazz Education Team Supporters (JETS)

John & Myrl Eisinger
Paul & Marliese Herrick
Ralph & Patricia Knowles
Marty Libowsky
Kathy Lyon
Knox & Holly Parker
Dave & Becca Schmidt
Tom & Karen Stanmore
Carolyn Tokson & Jeff Elliot
Dr. F. Norman & Betty Vickers
Roger & Kat Villines
Justine Ward





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 the competition or backing tracks: Email Roger Villines, [email protected]