Jazz Pensacola is excited to get the music going in 2022
Jazz Pensacola has been bringing the best of jazz to Pensacola for nearly 40 years, and the nonprofit continues to keep the beat going well into this year. We sat down with Jazz Pensacola President Fred Domulot to talk about what all is on the must-see musical agenda.
Q: What’s coming up soon for Jazz Pensacola?
A: On the third Monday of the month, February 21, we’ll have a Mardi Gras-themed fundraiser featuring two bands, Village Brass Band and Seville Saints. It’s going to be a great event. They will be playing together on stage, and it’s going to be hosted at Phineas Phogg’s at Seville Quarter. This is part of our monthly Jazz Gumbos. At each one, admission includes a cup of seafood gumbo.
Q: It looks like there are quite a few other Jazz Gumbos on the agenda for early this year. What are the others?
A: In March we’ll have the Student Jazz Competition, where high school and college students will be competing on their levels for prize money and to be considered the best in the area. Then in April, we’ll have a performance by college bands from the three local colleges, Northwest Florida State, Pensacola State, and the University of West Florida. Look for those dates coming soon. Both will be hosted at Phineas Phogg’s at Seville Quarter.
Q: What are these monthly Jazz Gumbo fundraisers for?
A: Each Jazz Gumbo is meant to help us raise money for Pensacola JazzFest so that we can keep the festival a free event as it has been historically. This year, the annual JazzFest will be held the first weekend of April in partnership with Seville Quarter and The District. We’re excited about this year’s JazzFest.
Q: This will be the 38th annual Pensacola JazzFest this year. Tell us about the lineup patrons can expect.
A: It’s scheduled for April 1 through 3, and we’re really excited about it. There will be a Meet and Greet at The District to kick it off on Friday evening (7:00 pm to 11:00 pm) and then Saturday it starts with a number of high schools and middle schools performing. After all of the acts are over on Saturday evening, we will have the Pro Jazz Jam, also being held at The District, which will include some musicians from the festival. It’s going to be a great event and we hope that everyone will come out and support it.