Jazz Pensacola’s 2016 Foo Foo Festival Events

foofoologoJazz Pensacola has two cool events planned for the 2016 Foo Foo Festival. Mark your calendars for Nov. 13 and Nov. 14 so you do not miss: Library of Congress’ National Jukebox Presentation and Live Jazz; and An Evening of New Orleans Music – Janet Knowles Memorial Jazz Gumbo. Both events feature distinguished jazz trombonist David Sager, curator of the Library of Congress' National Jukebox. For more information, click here.

Jazz Jam


The Monday, Nov. 7, Jazz Jam jazzes up the evening at Horizen Restaurant, 3103 E. Strong St., Pensacola.

Featuring Roger Villines and The House Band with extra percussion, this Jazz Jam is a special “drum extravaganza” sponsored by longtime Jazz Pensacola member Peg Sheridan to celebrate her 80th birthday. Let the sounds of drumming be heard!

Held the first Monday of each month, Jazz Jam is strictly for fun, an opportunity to play jazz with other musicians. The monthly session begins at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Admission is free for participating musicians, including high school and college students with student IDs. Each participating student also receives one free admission ticket for one guest. Drummers, please bring your own sticks/brushes. Special menu and full bar available.

Admission is $10 for Jazz Pensacola members and guests, $12 for non-members, $5 for students with ID, and free admission for military in uniform. Join Jazz Pensacola at the event, and admission is free.

Proceeds support Jazz Pensacola's house rhythm section and annual Pensacola JazzFest.


Jazz Gumbo

Trombonist David Sager2
Trombonist David Sager

The Monday, Nov. 14, Jazz Gumbo is a special event at Phineas Phogg's, Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Program runs 6:30 to 9 p.m.

In memory of the late Janet Knowles, wife of Jazz Pensacola member and benefactor Ralph Knowles, Jazz Pensacola and the Foo Foo Festival present An Evening of New Orleans Music – Janet Knowles Memorial Jazz Gumbo.

The event features David Sager’s New Orleans Rhythmakers, with an emphasis on early jazz music. Band members are Sager and Charlie Halloran, trombone; Charlie Fardella, trumpet; James Evans, clarinet and C-melody saxophone; Steve Pistorius, keyboard; Tom Saunders tuba and/or string bass; and Hal Smith, drums. The group is a “Who’s Who” of early traditional jazz: Pistorius has toured Europe and the Pacific and has a long recording history; Saunders’ recording history began in 1965; Evans was born in Wales and has long performing/recording history; Smith has performed at Pensacola JazzFests and events; Fardella has performed at previous Janet Knowles Memorial Jazz Gumbos.

All tickets cost $25, with proceeds benefiting Jazz Pensacola music programs. Purchase tickets at our events or by calling (850) 433-8382.


jazzfest2016poster_840The 34th Annual Pensacola JazzFest is scheduled for April 1-2, 2017. Pensacola JazzFest is a FREE all-jazz festival held in historic Seville Square in downtown Pensacola. Jazz Pensacola produces the event with assistance from a variety of corporate sponsors, community organizations and donations. The two-day festival celebrates America’s unique musical art form—jazz. Jazz Pensacola volunteers work yearlong to present the festival as their annual gift to the community.
Read more about it here.


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We also have Jazz Pensacola advanced sponsorships at the Partner, Patron, Benefactor and Sponsor levels. Jazz Pensacola is a non-profit organization, which means that applicable portions of your gift or support may be tax deductible.
And don't forget our Jazz Pensacola Event Card, which provides discount admissions to Jazz Pensacola events and performances.
More information here.


vickersThe Pensacola News Journal's Troy Moon writes, "The joke used to be that if you called Dr. Norman Vickers office when he was still in practice, you'd have to specify whether the call was 'medical or musical.' It could have been either, since the now-retired gastroenterologist ran the Jazz Society of Pensacola out of his office. He doesn't carry a stethoscope around any longer, but can still dig a harmonica out of his pants pocket on request and launch into jazz standards with ease."

Read Troy Moon's profile of Jazz Pensacola's own
 Dr. Norman Vickers in the Pensacola News Journal.

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