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Artists from Around the Country Play JazzFest

Jazz is considered an original American art form, so where better to celebrate its history and influence than America’s oldest settlement?

Pensacola JazzFest brings local, regional and national jazz musicians together for a weekend-long concert event in historic Seville Square.

Every April, the square’s gazebo fills with pianos, drums and brass and the result? Melodies flowing through the tree-filled park, into the streets of downtown and out across Pensacola Bay. Visitors bring lawn chairs and picnic blankets and stake out their spots in the breezy spring weather.

Going strong for more than 30 years, the free, annual event brings dozens of acts and thousands of fans to Pensacola's downtown sector. There is a wide range of styles — from big band to tight ensemble. The event also includes a student jazz competition.

As if upbeat rhythms and a lively crowd isn’t kid friendly enough, each day there is a jazz-jam session especially for kids with harmonicas and kazoos that each child-participant gets to keep.  

Arts and crafts vendors set up onsite selling jewelry, art and handmade musical instruments. Visitors can also support the festival’s artists by purchasing their CDs onsite.

Take home a little piece of the festival and support the event by purchasing limited edition JazzFest posters, a variety of jazzy shirts and memorabilia. All jazz merchandise sales help keep the event free for visitors and the community year to year.

JazzFest is produced by Jazz Pensacola, an organization of business and professional people, musicians, teachers, students, and listeners working together for the purpose of advancing jazz music in Pensacola since 1983. Jazz Pensacola is a founding member of the American Federation of Jazz Societies, and a charter Network Affiliate Member of Jazz Education Network.