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      36th Annual Pensacola JazzFest in Pensacola

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      April 6, 2019

      Saturday  10:00 AM - 7:00 PM (daily for 2 times)

      Corner of Zarragosa and Government Street
      Pensacola, Florida 32502

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      36th Annual Pensacola JazzFest

      Jazz Pensacola celebrates the free 36th Annual Pensacola JazzFest with a stellar lineup of national, regional and local musicians and vocalists. Drawing thousands of jazz lovers to its annual premier event, Jazz Pensacola promises a spectacular weekend, April 6-7, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Bring your chairs and blankets.

      This year's heavy hitters include national headliner Bob Sheppard. For more than four decades, the multi-instrumentalist has played on countless sessions with an astounding crop of A-list jazz giants—among them Chick Corea, Freddie Hubbard, Michael and Randy Brecker, Mike Stern, Herbie Hancock, Kurt Elling, Dianne Reeves, Lyle Mays, John Beasley and Steps Ahead—and artists within several other genres. He’s also recorded and toured as a leader, contributed to hundreds of movie and TV soundtracks, served as an educator and more.

      With a solid list of credentials building up, and his ability to play numerous instruments—he is virtuosic on all varieties of sax, flute and clarinet—Sheppard became a first-call musician, a valued sideman who could be counted upon to bring fresh ideas to any recording session or live gig. Along the way, his own horizons expanded. Those gigs included work not just with the top jazz artists cited above, but also stars of the pop, rock and R&B worlds, among them Joni Mitchell, Steely Dan, James Taylor, Stevie Wonder, Queen Latifah, Elvis Costello, Natalie Cole, Randy Newman.

      The two-day festival also features middle, high school/college/university jazz bands and many of the greater Pensacola area's top jazz musicians and vocalists: Jones and Company, Soul Station, John Cochran and Bodhi Trio, Cartoon, Michael J. Thomas, Nobius, Village Brass Band, Curt Bol Band, Rebecca Barry & George Petropoulos, The Guffman Trio, Cynthia Domulot & The Dharma Beats.

      Children can also join the weekend of jazzy acts with a Kiddies Jam of kazoos and harmonicas at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday with Mike Potters.

      In addition to the sound of jazz music, JazzFest posters, T-shirts, memorabilia, fine arts and crafts exhibitors, and food and drinks vendors make the festival even greater.

      For a complete Pensacola JazzFest schedule, go to Have a question? Call the Jazz Pensacola office at (850) 433-8382; 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. M-Th.

      Categories: Festivals

      This event repeats daily for 2 times:

      Event details may change at any time, always check with the event organizer when planning to attend this event or purchase tickets.