More than 20 acts are scheduled to perform at this year’s 33rd annual Pensacola JazzFest, which will take place April 1-3 in downtown Pensacola’s Seville Square.
The festival is a three-day musical celebration of jazz music, food, art and culture hosted by Jazz Pensacola. The festivities begin with a performance from the finalists of the Student Jazz Competition at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 1, and run through 7:45 p.m. on Sunday, April 3.
This free event serves as Jazz Pensacola’s annual gift to the community and is made possible through loyal support from jazz fans, grants, and sponsorships. The festival offers a great lineup of live jazz music performances, arts and crafts exhibits, local food vendors, and lots of fun for the whole family.
“Pensacola JazzFest continues to deliver a noteworthy roster of the best talent from around the region, and this year is no exception,” festival officials said in a release. The lineup for this year’s even includes Jacksonville, Fla. native percussionist Terry “Doc” Handy and his group; multi-talented pianist/keyboardist Gino Rosaria and his band Groove Symphony; returning eclectic band, the Guffman Trio; and saxophonist Joe Occhipinti.
Local favorites Roman Street, Jones and Company and the Village Brass Band will round out the lineup.
The playground area towards the rear of the park will host children’s activities and games throughout the weekend, including a “Jazz Jam for Kids” with complimentary harmonicas and kazoos to introduce them to the joy of making music.
An arts and crafts showcase will feature fine art, handmade items, clothing, jewelry and more. Various food and drink vendors will be on site, as well as a beer and wine tent. Current and past JazzFest posters, merchandise, and CDs by performing artists will also be available for purchase.
Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs, as there will be a limited amount of seating available. JazzFest is a smoke-free event.
For more information and to see a full schedule of events and music, visit JazzPensacola.com.