If you were not at our Foo Foo sponsored gumbo this past Monday, too bad.
Annie Sellick and Chris Walters Big Time Band … unbelievable
If you decided to watch Monday Night Football (no offense to Giant and 49er fans), too bad.
If you think you can find this kind of jazz anywhere in town, any given night, wrong … too bad. If you missed the eclipse last year, too bad. If you think you’ve heard Bob Maksympko, George Petropoulos and Jackson Willis sit in with national touring jazz artists in town, wrong … too bad. They played like they were touring with Annie and Chris!
If you missed it, you’ll never know. It was one of those … you had to be there!
Pensacola … wake up!!! Jazz is alive!
Come support it!!! If you felt like it wasn’t your kind of “jazz” … too bad … too bad.
Here’s the thing: Every time there is a world-class act, make time to support it. Moments like this do not happen every week, or month.
Jazz Pensacola will be bringing in more world-class jazz to the area. You will get another chance to hear and see some of the best in the world of jazz today! And that is not “too bad.”
The summer had an awesome lineup at the Jazz Gumbos.
Jazz at its best! We had good turnouts at the monthly Jazz Jams, too.
September we will have Daniel Rivera doing his best Jack Kerouac, as he reads “On The Road,” backed by The Dharma Beats: Cynthia Domulot on keys, Tom Latenser on bass and yours truly on drums.
The October Jazz Gumbo will feature the great Joe Occhipinti and his Big Band playing all of the big band classics, just like you want!
November … Foo Foo Festival! We will have our concert featuring world class vocalist Annie Sellick! Joining Annie will be New Orleans born pianist Chris Walters. This one you do not want to miss! World class!
Please enjoy this video with highlights from the July Jazz Gumbo, July 16 at Phineas Phogg’s, Seville Quarter.
The July Jazz Gumbo at Phineas Phogg’s at Seville Quarter featured a tribute to legendary vocalist Phoebe Snow, with vocals by Juliette Moore, Cynthia Domulot on keys, Jim Armstrong on guitar, Tom Latenser, bass, and Fred Domulot, drums. The evening was sponsored by Paul Herrick.
A packed crowd at Phineas Phogg’s in Seville Quarter enjoyed the swinging sounds of music legends Chuck Mangione and Herb Alpert at the Jan. 15 Jazz Gumbo. Leading the combo was Brian Taylor on trumpet and flugelhorn. Backing him up were Gino Rosaria on keyboards, Matt McCarty on woodwind, Tom Latenser on bass and Jazz Pensacola president Fred Domulot on drums.
The next Jazz Gumbo will be from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 19, at Phineas Phogg’s, Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Note, however, that the Feb. 19 event will be a Super Jazz Gumbo, a fundraiser for JazzFest.
This New Orleans music extravaganza, a fundraiser for JazzFest, will feature the sounds of The Village Brass Band and The Seville Saints, playing everything from Second-Line to Dixieland to Swing to Funk and what Jazz Pensacola president Fred Domulot tells us will be a lot of surprises! This is one you can’t miss.
Cost of Super Jazz Gumbo is $20.
Admission includes a cup of seafood gumbo, and you can order from the menu and cash bar. Hold onto your admission tickets for Door Prize drawings. Attendees can also purchase 50/50 tickets for a cash drawing. The winner gets half, and Jazz Pensacola gets half to benefit its music program.
Here are scenes from the Jan. 15 gig (photos by Norman Vickers, Alice Crann Good, Mike Suchcicki):
The following Johnny Gimble Memorial Video crossed my screen recently. Johnny was a great friend to me personally and to Jazz Pensacola. Early in the history of Jazz Society of Pensacola, 1983, we had a jam session on a Sunday afternoon. This gentlemen with a prize-winning smile introduced himself to me, “Hi, I’m Johnny Gimble.” My reply, “I certainly hope you brought your fiddle!” He returned to the car and played on the bandstand the rest of the approximately two-hour session.
Johnny had discovered Pensacola and the Fort Pickens campground when he was living in Nashville, same time as his longtime friend Willie Nelson. Johnny had seen our announcement of the Jazz Society event in the newspaper and this attracted him. He was subsequently invited to our 1984 and 1985 Pensacola JazzFest, held at that time under the auspices of the Arts Council of Pensacola with WUWF-FM and Jazz Society in supporting roles.
One musical feat was to turn his bow upside down. This allowed the bow-hairs to touch all four strings. Normally since violin strings are arranged in an arc, normal bowing allows only two strings to sound at a time. Then all four fingers are used to make sound the four individual notes, like four-part harmony. Only certain songs can be played this way as it’s all first-position. What a Friend We Have in Jesus is a standard tune for all four strings. (I’d seen Joe Venuti do this on TV but never before, or since, in person.)
Johnny knew all the good jazz tunes and was a great ensemble player as well as soloist. The first year he came to Pensacola JazzFest, 1984, we also had Brazilian-American classical and jazz guitarist Laurindo Almeida. Almeida had ridden the Kenton bus for three years and was skilled in both the musical and verbal lingo of the American Jazzman. One of the photos shows Laurindo telling a parrot joke (he had hundreds) and Gimble countered with many musical and country jokes.
In 2007, after the beach and Pensacola had recovered from 2004’s Hurricane Ivan, Johnny came to Pensacola Beach with his wife, son (a guitarist) and granddaughter (a pianist) and her husband (a bassist). They constituted the Gimble family band and performed for a Jazz Gumbo event.
Also we got them a gig at the Opry House in Chumuckla; it was a roaring success. Johnny had previously suffered a stroke affecting his frontal lobe. He said he could remember the tunes but needed someone to travel with him because he might forget his violin. I asked him if he could still perform the four-string songs and he replied that he couldn’t because it was too taxing for him. But, otherwise he looked fine, performed well and has his same charming personality.
Johnny and wife lived in a suburb of Austin, Texas, Dripping Springs. And likely many readers have seen Johnny as a regular on the PBS- TV show “Austin City Limits.” And, because of Johnny’s longtime friendship with Willie Nelson, Johnny was invited to be in every movie in which Willie starred.
The attached memorial video, approximately 26 minutes, was shown at a gathering at Luckenbach, Texas, at a celebration of Johnny’s life. It shows him performing, among others, with Pete Fountain (see Pensacola guitarist Lloyd Ellis in that clip, too) Chet Atkins, on the Garrison Keillor Show and also with Willie Nelson. A brief clip from a movie with Clint Eastwood also is included.