Fall is Panama City Beach’s time for festivals. With the Pirate festival going on this weekend to the 16th annual Jazz by the Bay Festival October 7 and eighth this weekend.
This is Bay County’s premier jazz festival. For two days, October 7 and October 8, the festival will be held at the Oaks by the Bay Park and St. Andrews. This will feature over 10 hours of jazz music over two days played by six different bands with unique styles of jazz artistry. This annual event has been going for 16 years since its inception in 2001. This event is free and open to the public.
The Oaks by the Bay Park is located at 10th and Beck streets in Panama City Florida. The event begins on October 7 at 6:30 PM and it begins on Saturday, October 8 at 1:00 PM.
Terry ‘Doc’ Handy will be headlining the show with his seven-piece jazz ensemble including members on the trumpet, saxophone, flute, bass, drums, piano and auxiliary percussion.
Handy’s unique jazz style captivates audiences with his Afro-Cuban percussion creating an infectious swing that leaves audiences in a spellbinding groove. Other performances will be my musicians Gina and Michael Walker heading up to the performances on Saturday. The downbeat jazz orchestra will feature music from the great American Big band era. Jazz flautist and vocalist Stephanie Pettis and “Radio” returns to the festival with unique Latin jazz style focusing on dynamic Latin beats. This six-member band called “Arrigo” delivers a combination of where gay, Brazilian, Latin and American jazz.
Popular local Destin native pianist and vocalist Sean Dietrich will lead a jazz quartet with a full range of jazz standards and a style reminiscent of New Orleans vocalist Harry Connick Junior.
Pianist and trumpeter George Petropoulos, who has a Masters in music from C.U.N.Y. Queens College will be accompanied by saxophonist Chuck Schwartz, bassist Steve Gilmore and drummer Charles Pagano.
Visitors should bring their own on chairs and there are vending options available. You are welcome to bring a picnic, blankets, and food.
George Petropoulos Quartet and Terry ‘Doc’ Handy Septet will start playing at 6:30 PM until 10 PM on Friday night by the Martin theater at the intersection of Harrison Avenue and fourth Street.
Then on Saturday, October 8 at 12:30 PM the national anthem will be sung by Jennifer Jones followed by Walker’s downbeat jazz orchestra and a great lineup of jazz artists throughout the weekend.