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The beauty is to watch … as the musician surrender to impulse and find his own spring of creativity in the cross talk and flurries of on the spot "head" arrangements. Those highly developed improvisational structures that are available to a seasoned musician at a moment’s notice. Watch them lean into and stretch their skills. This takes talent and years of playing in every kind of situation then blown wide open by superbly prepared jazz musicians. Because of the magnanimous contributions, Jam Sessions may well be the truest and most distinguished performances for musicians to play and patrons to admire and enjoy. We offer that incredible pleasure "FREE"every Tuesday Night at Jazzland's Live Jazz Jam Sessions … where the great musicians play.



Vintage Concerts On Film

There's something mesmerizing about this selection for our Golden Moments In Jazz - Vintage Concert Series. You'll be transfixed by them. It features a quintet of Diz, Sonny Stitt, Lou Levy (piano), Ray Brown (bass) and Gus Johnson (drums) that plays it safe - Dizzy's standard feature "On the Sunny Side of the Street" and Stitt's standard feature "Lover Man" are both included in the set. Its clear it was filmed by a real jazz fan. There are long takes of Diz and Sonny's fingering, even views of Diz clearing his valve. In short, all the physical realities of a jazz performance and all the stuff that is usually cut out of filmed performances of jazz artists.


It renders what could have been a pedestrian soft-bop set into something special. But in the second half of this film, things really take off. It's an hour of Dizzy fronting the Clarke-Boland Big Band in 1970, and they are TIGHT. Big brassy, rollicking charts, including Gillespie standbys like "Manteca". Art Farmer is in the trumpet section, so are Idrees Sulieman and Benny Bailey. And, there's Sahib Shihab on baritone sax. No wonder this band is often referred to as legendary. Grab your friends and head over to Jazzland for an entertainment delight! "FREE" Admission to see this vintage treasure! 


 Jazzland - 1324 University Blvd. N. - 904 240-1009 







NOTEWORTHY! See the groovy movements that accompany the sounds that thrill our hearts EVERY THIRD SATURDAY at Jazzland! The brilliance and performance magic of "Noteworthy"  

They met at Jazzland at our Jam Session. That was close to two years ago. Now just look at them! Young musicians including two outstanding singers. NOTEWORTHY!!! Their name says it all. Come for an exciting performance You'll love it!

1324 University Blvd. N.  904 240-1009




If You Love Latin Jazz & Salsa.....
We've Got Great Shows at Jazzland! 

Jazzland now moves to embrace Latin Jazz as a regular feature to reflect our combined heritage with... Jazzland's "Latin Night." So fasten your seat belts Jazz patrons, ...you’re in for a super-sensational, sensuous, sizzling ...Saturday night ride on the wings of the undisputed truth! An exuberant, heartwarming tribute featured on the fourth Saturday night every month.


Jazzland remembers the great Latin bands of the 50’s-60’s when New Yorkers of all ethnic backgrounds flocked to the Palladium ballroom on Wednesdays, Friday’s & Saturdays to mambo the night away. Machito, Tito Rodriguez, Tito Puente, to name three! Their spine tingling virtuosity kept the jazz fans happy and on the dance floor for years.


Jazz, Latin Jazz, Mambo/Salsa. They have a central thing in common: They make people move!

They worship and define rhythm!  

$10. Cover - 2 Drink Minimum -  8pm 'til Midnight  


1324 University Blvd. N   Jacksonville, Fl


  904 240-1009 



Accompanied by a quality that seems to transcend time itself, The Carole Freeman Trio captures that vintage, Jazz club style. If you’re in search of cheerful excellence, this performance offers all that’s good and happy about Jazz. Grounded in the past, Carole welcomes the future with a fearless virtuosity that you will not hear anywhere else, anytime soon! The intimacy here makes you feel as though you are the only one in the room.


Carole breaks into a swing allowing the breathtaking ability of pianist Clay Robinson to explode! From wistful to joyous! Bassist Larry Nader’s exemplary ability with texture and feel emotionally engages drummer Robert Banks who blends with Larry like a dance partner; brilliantly cues Clay and empower Carole without getting in anyone’s way. Extraordinary!


JAZZLAND - 1324 University Blvd. N.  Saturday, June 9th, 2018 

8pm ‘til Midnight $10. Cover - 2 Drink Minimum

(904) 240-1009





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featuring.... "The Carole Freeman Trio
The Music of Cole Perter - SATURDAY June 8th 2019 


Resuscitate your feelings! Snuggles up to your memories with Carole’s pulsating salute to YOU and YOUR lovers. Past and Present. A marvelous showcase of superior Love Songs by the woman who knows how to connect like never before, open the door to your heart, walk in and out at will, in this entertaining masterpiece! This is Carole Freeman performing at the height of her considerable talent with so much feeling. You’ll be unable to take your eyes off of her!


Using Cole Porter’s signature standards as her theme, Carole weaves his creations into a dazzling performance. Large, responsive audiences always gather when The Carole Freeman Trio performs to feed their hearts with pure romantic excitement while giving exhilarating attention to the extraordinary stories and to the jazz musicians.


Carole’s superb devotion to the composers together with her perceptive grasp of the lyrics are beautifully and abundantly present. She chooses her songs with care, using a keen sense of contrast and tempo to declare the mood and story of each song. Carole’s charm, style and easy command of her signature behind the beat phrasing is completely enchanting! Plan to be a part of this wonderful evening. Come early! Bring your friends! 


JAZZLAND - 1324 University Blvd. N.  904 240-1009 

8pm 'til Midnight - $10. Cover - 2 Drink Minimum





The Lorrie Goodman Trio with Tom Sommerville

Live from Montreal! Spring 2019

Lorrie Goodman….featuring Tom Sommerville on Bass and Vocals.

This sparkling trio promises to be one of Jazzland’s favorites and a fabulous example of how a traditional piano trio can genuinely captivate you in a most compelling way. You’ll thrill to their management of the "standards"…. It’s like a musical page-turner where you’re eager to know what happens next! The expected is so surprisingly unexpected. Even in the Sinatra like vocals by Sommerville with his beautiful phrasings, the music is elevated to yearning, full of creative twists and rhythms and memories. You won’t be disappointed!

Jazzland - 1324 University Blvd. 904 240-1009

$10. Cover - 2 Drink Minimum 





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 A Super Cool Mature, Friendly Crowd 
The Great Musicians We Feature Every Week 
The Unbeatable Prices for Fine Wines, Domestic and Imported  Beers.
"The Perfect Nitche for Your Sophisticated Lifestyle."  
         The Perfect Place for A Super-Sensational Evening!
  JAZZLAND ... Where The Great Musicians Play!
1324 University Blvd. North - (904-240-1009)

Remembering ..... JACK PIERSON
Jack Pierson
Master Musician - Jazzland's Jam Session Leader
Jazz piano's Jacksonville legacy wouldn't be what it is today if it weren't for the life, inspiration and the unique style of Jack Pierson. The Michigan Jazz Festival was dedicated to this outstanding jazz musician in 2004. Jack has performed with Cannonball Adderley, Neil Hefti, Les Elgart! He was the Coordinator of Henry Ford College Jazz Studies in Detroit and Monteux Switzerland with Donald Byrd, Bunky Green and Nathan Davis!
Like Art Tatum, Jack Pierson is an undeniable inspiration for everyone who hears his ability to craft unique improvisations while staying true to the original melody and by his swing-inspired beats. Jack explores elements not typically found in jazz. And like Oscar Peterson, Jack will often spontaneously introduce the harmonizations of the likes of classical pianist Rachmaninoff into the mix as he creates and controls the beautiful expansion of his exceptional piano improvisations. A brilliant Jazz Pianist and quite a thrill to hear.
Jack Pierson is an innovator, giving  voice to a wordless instrument and composing with his own technique, re-arranging into new and exciting layouts. He is among the few unique improvisationalist you can hear with a  notable influence on the local jazz evolution. Jack has used unusual scales to his improvisations, and revolutionized the Jazz Rich .. Jazzland Jacksonville Jam Sessions by his incredible impressions on the young aspiring jazz musicians who come here and express delight over being able to hear Jack Pierson.
Passed Away Wednesday, June 13th, 2018 

 From New York City...
The Steve Louis Cohn Trio


Without matching brilliance …like that of the impressive jazz musicians coming to Jazzland’s stage Saturday, December 2nd... a diamond is just another mineral. Fortunately and like diamonds…this special combination of chemical composition, exceptional structure and formation gives this performance …Unbelievable Sparkle!


Exciting tunes! Stunning improvisations by Steve Cohn on piano! Beautiful and rich blending by Larry Nader on Bass and the Artful, Exquisite, Fabulous foundation by Drummer Scott Mariash. Impeccable timing together with elegant bass lines by Larry makes for a Lustrous, Powerful Night of Straight-Ahead Jazz!


This combination of great musicians is hard to find! Simply Breathtaking! The Color of their Jazz groove is oh so rare. Like an E color Diamond! This is a must see performance. A perfect jazz fit that will hug the contours of your heart. Celebrate Life! Grab it while you can! You’re going to love every minute at Jazzland. 


Jazzland... 1324 University Blvd. North

$10. Cover - 2 Drink Minimum 

904 240-1009 


Bob Fraioli  


Bob Fraioli provide an opportunity for lovers of jazz to listen to a level of innovative music seldom found beyond the music centers of the West Coast, Chicago and New York City. Bob Fraioli is now captivating a growing audience of jazz enthusiasts in Florida. He presents his unique interpretations of the classic works of the jazz masters of the past and present, including Ahmad Jamal, Bill Evans, and Thelonius Monk. His influences being Oscar Peterson, and Bill Evans, you won’t have to listen very long, before that is evident. Most notably ...Oscar!


Just to demonstrate the reach of this outstanding Jazz Pianist.... here’s what Barry Gordon of Los Angeles, CA has to say about Bob Fraioli:

"Bob Fraioli, I am so happy to here this. As a pro pianist that has heard met and been friends with many all time great pianists, and as a top stride pianist myself, I can say without a doubt, Bob Fraioli is the greatest all around jazz pianist I've ever heard. First he has two right hands, a great left hand, great ears, and one of the greatest piano techniques ever. I can’t say enough about this master pianist." 


Bob Fraioli, comes to us from Los Angeles. He has performed from Southeast Asia to New York and Los Angeles. The list of quartets he has played in or formed is astounding and has been going on since he was 14, participating on the Ted Mack Amateur hour! In the Army, he wrote his own jazz television show weekly in the U.S. and served in Viet Nam as one of the dedicated pianists. Since then he has appeared all over the United States, wowing jazz Lovers with his style and technique. 

 Jazzland 1324 University Blvd. N. 904 240-1009

This photo, "Flying Calvin" has been co-opted by The Smithsonian honoring CALVIN NEWBORN


You Have To Go To The Smithsonian Institute To See Him!

Sadly...He Passed Away This Year 

 "Calvin Newborn" 

"Internationally acclaimed Jazz and Blues Guitarist"++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

One of America’s greatest heroes of Blues and Jazz, it is high time you found out more about Calvin Newborn. Musician, Playwright, Author, Educator. Calvin was Assistant Director of Jazz Studies at LeMoyne-Owen College. He also taught underprivileged children at the Stax Music Academy and has written numerous arrangements, compositions, stage plays and operettas. Calvin Newborn is living history and Jazzland is humbled and proud to turn a page or two …leading you to knowing why Calvin Newborn is important; why he is worthy of your complete attention.


The Smithsonian Institute has co-opted the photo...  "Flying Calvin" as the logo for their Rock’N’Soul exhibit. Jazzland makes it possible for you to see, hear and feel what the historians will write about Calvin Newborn. Too bad the "King" is gone, otherwise he’d happily tell you himself! That’s right! Elvis Presley worshipped at Calvin’s feet. It was there he learned the showmanship for which he was so wildly famous. Elvis discovered how to move and dance under the skillful guidance and as a direct result of Calvin Newborn!  Calvin is well appreciated for his remarkable achievements in Jazz and Blues. With astonishing clarity, calvin recalls stories about "the glory days" ....the Blues and Jazz sessions with some of the greatest musicians of our time. Mgazines like Living Blues, Mojo, G.Q., and Cadence have all mined hundreds of tales about his work with Count Basie, Howlin Wolf and others. Let's hope that from among the listeners…a new talent will spark! Some young one will emerge to build on this exceptional talent and promise the waiting world its next Calvin Newborn.

Remembering "Lady Day" Billie Holiday
A Must See For Billie Holiday Fans


The instant you hear Carole Freeman’s interpretation of Billie Holiday you’ll be unprepared. Even unsuspecting that a singer could create what you’ll feel as you listen to her voice.


Just like Billie, Carole will trance you into a realm where there is more to life, more to emotions, more to pain and room for courage to open yourself up. Yours is a front row seat to the closing act of the tragic opera that was Billie Holiday's life. You will find beauty in sorrow and hope in pain. You will hear the slurs, the way Carole breaks notes, the way she bends even one-syllable words. How she phrases. The liberty Carole Freeman takes with melodies, the delicious delays ...You will hear Billie.


Sharing the gift and life of Billie Holiday, this is an incredible re-telling and amazing performance by Carole Freeman. Chronicling Holiday's last performance at the Phoenix Theatre in New York City on May 25, 1959 …fifty-three days before she was arrested for drug use …in the hospital …handcuffed to her deathbed, then finally dying on July 17, 1959 at 44 years old. 


Jazz was the opposite of everything Harry Anslinger believed in. He hated and called jazz…“a mongrel music …mating on American shores.” Billie Holiday was his “Poster Child” since she embodied Jazz and drugs …and was hunted down by Anslinger, the head of the Federal Narcotics Bureau who made it his personal mission to destroy her. He assigned agents who watched her every move rather than the moves of the drug pushers who went untouched.


This part of her story is rarely told. Arguably, the most influential jazz singer of all times, Billie Holiday was beautiful, talented and lived a tragic life. In the midst of all the heartache and tragedy …Billie created and left a matchless style and exquisite legacy you will passionately feel and hear in Carole Freeman’s delivery. You’ll literally hear the sound of Billie Holiday’s heart breaking! As "done-in" as she sounds in this portrayal (you can almost smell the gin on Billie’s breath) To her credit, nothing stands between Carole and her listeners. Dare to listen and not feel. Dare to listen and not care about what it is to be alive; to be human; to own your feelings. Defy your soul to be exposed to this compelling performance and not be penetrated by Carole Freeman.

1324 University Blvd. North - 904 240-1009

$10. Cover - 2 Drink Minimum 


Tom Sommerville - BLUES You Can Use!!

Remember the Platters? Only You, The Great Pretender, Twilight Time? Tom Sommerville was there with them on Bass! Working much of the time in Las Vegas and touring the United States. He also worked with other bands in Wisconsin and Michigan. He puts a soulful spin on Jazz and blues with phrasing that reminds you of that "Sinatra Swing" we all know and love so much! He’s a splendid, seasoned performer!


After having studied Classical Jazz and Voice at the University of South Carolina, Tom Sommerville moved on to Jazz Studies at Oakland University in Detroit. He loves Big Bands and the era! He made it happen as a Bassist and vocalist until a massive stroke brought all of that to a screeching halt in 2007.

Unable to physically pick up the instrument for just over two years, a determined Tom Sommerville persevered and regained his instrumental and verbal prowess recalling how the Bass and music was the greatest therapy he could have possibly imagined. With a pure love for music Tom sings and plays a memorable, exceptional performance, giving you a magical night of music and memories!







CATCH THE GROOVE - Saturday September 23 - 8PM
One Of The Best Bands In Florida!!   Our Patrons Love Them!!


Tony combines poetry and jazz improvisation in ensembles at colleges and jazz festivals throughout Northern Vermont and the Eastern Townships of Quebec. At 16, was praised by Nat Hentoff in Downbeat Magazine’s for his "lusty, inventive" trombone style.


Tony also received the prestigious Great South Bay Jazz Festival Award. Tony performed in Jazz groups in the New York area, in Europe and played in Salsa groups in Cuba, Ecuador, and Argentina.


Over the past two decades his writing has appeared in over a hundred prominent literary magazines. He is a performing jazz trombonist and leads the poetry-jazz ensemble PoJazz. Appearing with Tony Whedon is Joe Watts on Piano and Phil Morrison On Bass.



1324 University Blvd. N.

(904) 240-1009

$10. Cover - 2 Drink Minimum 




Everywhere you go, you hear the word "cool." In conversations, text messages or marketing pitches. That’s Lester Young’s transformation of the word! His use of the term "bread" to refer to money or "crib" as one’s home, Lester was the first to use the verb "dig" to describe understanding. Do you dig? He called Count Basie ‘homeboy’ 90 years ago!


He achieved the smallest dose of fame during his lifetime. Fans recognize his boss Count Basie or his frequent collaborator Billie Holiday. But Lester Young changed the language and has never gotten the credit for it.


The term "crossover" didn’t exist back in his day, but in many ways he pioneered the concept. Lester created a relaxed phrasing, melodic gift, and lucent tone that seemed to fit perfectly into every musical setting. A style and aesthetic vision perfectly adapted for assimilation by other music genres. The Saxophone is not standard in a symphony orchestra, but when it does show up at the classical concert hall, the tone usually comes straight out of the Lester Young playbook. But you will never see his name mentioned in the program notes.


So on Saturday Aug. 27th, we’ll give Lester Young his due. You’ll hear the words and phrases he created along with some exciting saxophone jazz. Lester never made much bread—certainly as not as much as his homeboys—or lived in a cool crib. But he had more impact on American society than any other jazz musician. Almost no one knows his name, but we are still listening to and quoting Lester Young. You dig?

JAZZLAND - 1324 University Blvd. N. 904 240-1009

$10. Cover - 2 Drink Minimum 


Sensational Live Jazz Performance! 

Barry Kelsey toured the world playing jazz as a US Navy Musician. Michael Gabriel turned down an offer with the Woody Herman band, opting instead to an academic career of research and teaching of Experimental Psychology and Neuroscience. It can justifiably be said that Kelsey and Gabriel are masters of the intricate melodic lines and breakneck tempos of bebop classics like "Hot House", "Anthropology", "Confirmation", songs penned by the likes of Charles "Bird" Parker, Dizzy Gillespe, Tad Dameron, Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins and more! BeBop! The revolutionary music and movement of the 1940s seemed destined for a short life but continues and is nothing less than "the lingua franca of jazz. The principal style and language of thousands of jazz musicians and a jazz-lover's dream.


Kelsey studied at Berklee School of Music and North Texas State, recorded with MGM records for years as a free lance studio musician and now leads the E-Z Street Band, and performs on tenor sax, piano and vocals in other bands in St Augustine. In an ever-widening circle of outstanding musicians Michael performed in Wisconsin, California, Texas and Illinois where he co-founded the Boneyard Jazz Quintet with trombonist Morgan Powell. Others from his circle went on to become jazz icons, including Randy Brecker, Larry McKenna and Lew Tabackin.


Join us as we celebrate Michael Gabriel and Barry Kelsey with a serious yet highly personal performance of America's classical and most distinctive music.

JAZZLAND -1324 University Blvd. N. $10 Cover - 2 Drink Min.


It's The Birthday Of Thelonious Monk - Let's Celebrate!!!



Celebrate The Gift of "Jazz Piano" with

Michael Noble!

Celebrate The Birthday of Thelonious Monk 

Saturday October 10th at Jazzland!!!

More than 300 years ago, the piano was invented. It responds to unlimited varieties of human touch, producing sounds ranging in volume from thunder to a whisper …and as many shades of sound as colors on a canvas. Come celebrate the gift and love of a splendid pianist.


While some pianists favor a heavy handed approach to the piano, Michael Noble favors a lighter touch and yields to his impressionable imaginations as he plays. Mike’s use of space between the notes would be approved by the man himself! 


The classically trained, nimble-fingered pianist showed promise as a very young child and was skillfully handled by two piano virtuosos; his mother and grandmother! While Mike can play flawlessly at high speeds, he is equally at home laying back on a relaxed stride piano song or a heart rending ballad.

Jazzland- 1324 University Blvd. North -

$10. Cover - 2 Drink Minimum 

For Reservations & info: 904 240-1009


"Unrequited Love"  The CAROLE FREEMAN Quartet - 


You Know You’ve Got It Bad, When You Miss Someone You’ve Never Had. That One Crush You Never Get Over. Unrequited Love- the great theme of life and literature gets scrutiny and style via lush vocals, somber remembrance and hilarious stories this Saturday night at Jazzland!


Carole passionately conveys how the love we cannot have …last the longest, hurts the deepest! Composers and lyricists have beautifully created on the subject. Sidesplitting tales together with sensuous vocals for which Carole is quite affectionately known… flows with exquisite phrasing and style in this performance.


She delivers the torture, intense passionate yearnings and eventual heartbreak that is unrequited love. Through her superb exoneration, you’ll miss someone who isn’t yours to miss; you’ll dream about someone who isn’t yours to dream about. You’ll accept that…. “That First” thrilling kiss is as far away as the stars!


Despite the heartbreak, magnificent tunes are born out of this condition. Classics and Standards we all identify with and love. Carole Freeman skillfully interprets the two sides, Lover and Rejector! Giving you a hilarious night of Jazz and comedy you’ll supremely enjoy!


When asked about her personal bout with unrequited love Carole says…”what hurts the most is discovering that you mean nothing to the person that means everything to you!” Don’t be surprised if she talks and sings about it. Come for the beauty, truth and pain of Unrequited Love.


Saturday Sept. 19th - 8:00 pm 'til Midnight
$10. Cover - 2 Drink Minimum
Jazzland - 1324 University Blvd. N.
For Reservations & Information: 904 240-1009







You feel good! Your image of Jazzland, as the door swings shut behind you, is that of a critic. Taking notes, euphoric to be present at the birth of endless improvisations. You’ll praise the "collective spontaneity" of the musicians noting their "almost Ellingtonian integration of individual voices into a collective composition.

You've learned a lot about jam sessions. Looking back over your shoulder, you see musicians flocking to the stage to be part of this weekly excitement. You’ve become a drive-by jazz genius; redefining audience as performer and performer as audience. Your place in Jazz history is assured. Every Tuesday Night at Jazzland… where the great musicians play!

Come For The Best Live Jazz In Jacksonville...at Jacksonville's Only Live Jazz Club! JAZZLAND!




Citizens of Jazzland....


Come For That Sweet Feeling Only Latin Jazz Can Bring!

Thrilling Combinations- Unmatched! Go Back To The Beginning Days....At The Village Gate!

Now, "Salsa Meets Jazz at Jazzland! Come Thrill Again!

We Guarantee You'll Have A Red Hot Latin Jazz Nights!

Here's what Jazzland has for you! A magnificent night of music and dance! Where Salsa meets Jazz. Reminiscent of a night with Latin Jazz Legend Eddie Palmeri. Retracing the official birth of the "Salsa Meets Jazz at the Village Gate" series has proven to be a formidable endeavor. Since Mamboso Nuyotopia first launched the "Salsa Meets Jazz" web module, back in 2006, there has been an incredible response to this music treat! 


What remains and much more important to the course of events was how New York driven afro-cuban rhythms came to co-exist under one harmonious roof with improvisational jazz. Make no mistake, the pioneers were already out there doing it "Big Band" style. But what happened at the Village Gate was a unique artistic and sociological phenomenon unraveled during a maelstrom known as the 60s that has since taken on an undeniable and impeccable identity of its own – Latin Jazz.


When history speaks of Village Gate collaborations as being seminal, it need only point to Art D’Lugoff’s role as cupid in the broader scheme of things! Jazzland is proud to accept the role as cupid by bringing this exciting performance to you! This Saturday night is a return to this collaboration with some of the finest musicians. Count on spectacular Latin Jazz as one of Jazzland's features.  Don't miss it 



Let’s say, you’re not into masquerades, the costumes that disguise on Halloween… still, you feel like going out ...where you'll be relaxed welcome, unemcumbered ...just being yourself! And then, let’s also say…you’re interested in the Florida-Georgia Football Weekend…I know you have a favorite. Shucks, you might even have some guests coming to town for the game…and you need to park them for a while, because you’re not quite ready for all the pre-game trash talking and whooping and hollering.... am I understanding...?

All you really want to do on this cool autumn evening is to wind down from the week …shutdown the nagging thoughts and problems on your mind. Perhaps to simply get out of the house and enjoy some hassle free time away. Take in some truly great live music ...in a splendid jazz room with a super friendly crowd. Am I feeling you? ….Is this how you’re feeling right about now? Then come to me! I've got the perfect place for you. Jazzland! This is where you’ll be on Halloween! Relaxing - Reviving - Getting Away From It All.

An intimate setting! Great conversations that make you feel so good! Come Alone and I promise…you won’t be lonely! Or …Come With Friends! Simply Come As You Are! Dressed As Yourself! The Best Jazz In Town Is Waiting For You at Jacksonville's Only Jazz Club! Jazzland …Where The Great Musicians Play!



Friends-Fun - Great Music! Say Yes!
Perhaps you're not wanting to go straight home after your day is through...
or maybe you're at home and feel like getting out for a while.
Then say YES to Tuesday's at Jazzland.
We've got Happy Hour - Great Friends - Old & New
if you're up to the challenge!
If you're simply needing a long, friendly chat with
a like-minded soul or two. We've Got That Too!
If this sounds like the cure for what ails you ...
or just the thing that moves you.. Then 
Come On Over!  Everything's Waiting Just For You,
Every Tuesday at Jazzland- 7 'til 10pm - NO COVER! 



Citizens of Jazzland....
For Another Successful Year of 
You'll see performers who have been with us from the beginning, plus many more who are new and waiting to delight you, We ABSOLUTELY MUST... have you here with us! We NEED to see you there as we kick off another year... since you, Citizens of Jazzland.... are the pinnacle of our fourth anniversary celebration.
       HOW SWEET IT IS!      
featuring.... A Gathering of Outstanding Jazz Musicians
SPECIAL TRIBUTES TO OUR SUPPORTERS - The "Live "Jazz Event of the Year- 
Please Tell Your Friends & Post To Your Facebook Page! 
It’s hard to believe that Jazzland is six years old! Our genuine passion for jazz fuels our success. A deep love of classic jazz drew us in; showcasing live performances by student, local musicians and international greats, keeps us hot!  We’re excited and eager to serve Jacksonville, as the Ultimate Jazz Listening Room.

Our celebration encircles the spirit of jazz that has emanated from Jazzland’s walls since its opening. With student musicians, female jazz ensembles, jazz jams and jazz audiences, Jazzland is creating a super model for cultivating the future of jazz. We present a wide range of musicians in terms of age, instrument, ethnicity, style and have galvanized the Jacksonville jazz community. Students bask in the learning environment our weekly Jam Sessions create. A critical experience they otherwise, would not have.

Jazz is respected all over the world because it is created in the moment. Spontaneously! The Ultimate Musical Expression. With your loyal support, Jazzland has created a beacon for jazz in the Old Arlington area of Jacksonville and Jazzland will continue to be a magnet for world class musicians and patrons.
Saturday Evening, June 21st - 8:00 'til Midnight - $10. Cover - 2 Drink Minimum 



A Year Of Spectacular Jazz In Jacksonville!




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In just five years, Jazzland's throbbing jazz nightlife has become a magnet for jazz thrill seekers from way beyond the Jacksonville community. "Jazz is truly ascending" says Carole Freeman, the vibrant manager of Jazzland. "Everybody’s excited and comes to see and hear the great jazz musicians we’re fortunate enough to find.  They’ve found a place that’s "exotic, safe, colorful, and sensuous; a place of laughing, singing, and dancing; a place where the night lights up to Live Jam Sessions Every Tuesday Night and Sensational Jazz Every weekend."

University Boulevard rings with jazz music, jam sessions, dance, and happiness. Beautiful cars line up for blocks under the glittering stars above Jazzland whose doors swallow up and spit out crowds of jazz lovers on Friday and Saturday night. In all of Jacksonville, Jazzland is the Only Live Jazz club. On Friday and Saturday nights, when the music begin to play, the whole city wants to "cross the line" and come to University Blvd North. They call Jazzland "The Place" because you can find everybody whose anybody there on a Saturday night, clapping and stomping away to the Best Jazz in Town. In fact, people will tell you this is where the Jazz patrons of Jacksonville have finally found a remarkable haven for exceptional "Authentic" Jazz. 


So what is this groovy place all about? Why do people come from miles around to have a taste of Jazzland’s nightlife? Put on your Saturday night frocks, and let's go find out. And by the way...If you're new to Jazz, you might consider spending a few Saturday and Sunday nights listening to "This Is Jazz" a radio show hosted by Jazz historian Bob Bednar. The show airs on Public Radio, WJCT 89.9 Midnight on Friday, Saturday 8-10pm & Sundays 9 to 11. Bob is the perfect  Intimate Guide to Jazz


Now you’re ready to hang out till midnight with great music, a fun crowd and plenty to do. You feel like you’re in an old movie. The music is absolutely beautiful — soaring choruses played with blinding passion and the high-stepping music of trumpets and saxophones. Critics love it. The audience is very diverse- a wonderful mixture of Jacksonville’s many cultures. It's song and dance they're after, and by the time Jazzland lets out, everyone’s exhilarated, full of love and wildly happy!


Did I say they call Jazzland "The Place" because you can find everybody whose anybody there on a Saturday night? That's worth repeating! Inside, the patrons are going from table to table greeting friends. A couple of men with very expensive suits stand under the glass chandelier chatting. Leaning on the counter rail, some women in stylish, gleaming dresses are talking away.


Not everyone is rich or prominent. There is a terriffic mix of our beautiful city. You'll find office workers, car salesmen, maids, teachers, social workers, longshoremen, college professors, students and just about everything else! But once you're inside, it doesn't matter who you are or how you dress! They Love You and make you feel oh so special! The stage is black with multi colored lights circling the floor borders. The décor is a regal burgundy and gold with pictures of yesterday’s Jazz stars covering the walls. The music is jumping and it seems like everyone’s swaying.


While Jazzland’s style and décor is reminiscent of the New York Jazz clubs of the 30’s & 40’s… it’s policies are not! Like the days when W.C. Handy, the father of the blues, was turned away from the Cotton Club while his music was blaring away inside; where the stage was lined with cotton bushes and rickety plantation cabins with the bare legs of light-skinned black women kicking high to the sound of pulsating horns. Those days are dead and gone. Today, Jazzland reflects the wonderful cultural blend of a beautifully progressive America. Where musicians and patrons come together, where both are respected and happily joined by the exquisite beauty of ... and love for America's own classical music, Jazz!



Thank You Jacksonville For Your Love And Support And For Choosing Jazzland! We Love You Too!

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The Jazzland Jubilee -  An E-zine Quarterly Jazz Publication - featuring articles and columns by outstanding contributing writers
and other professionals who are experts in the world of jazz. Each month, Jazzland will select and feature a photo and story  about our  
"Patron of the Month" and  "Jazz Artist of the Month" in each issue.  We love to show you off!!!
Our Jazz patrons love to get, and Jazzland loves to give  "tidbits" of information. Moreover, there is a deep appreciation for the authenticity
and integrity of Jazz, and an overwhelming desire to understand the inherent spontaneity, improvisation and originality that makes every
single performance of a jazz tune unique and new. Jazzland's patrons  want to learn new and interesting things
 from credible jazz leaders who understand that.....
                                                                   ......The Music Is The Star!
If you're interested and would like to contribute jazz news items, articles, or other information about Jazz ...or if you would
like to advertise your events, products and services in the Jazzland  Jubilee,  please contact us. The Jazzland Jubilee will also
feature a Musician's Mix and Match section. Here you can find other musicians, buy and sell equipment, parts and services.
                                                                     Thank You For Your Interest and Support

To contribute articles, photos or for advertisments, click here



A Special Jazzland Treat For The Florida-Georgia Weekend! "CALVIN NEWBORN"
Brenda Kelly & Dot Wilder         John Shilby & Calvin Newborn         Joyce Johnson  and Friends                              Sleepy Gilliard                      John Shilby Joining In

Calvin Newborn, A Living Legend and Beautiful Musician! Calvin played on B.B. King’s first recordings. Taught Elvis how to dance.  Tore up the Big Apple

back in the day of BeBop, Blues and Jazz! He’s the brother of jazz virtuoso Phineas Newborn! On October 28th & 29th, Calvin returned to Jazzland chronicling

his distinctive mix of Memphis Blues and Jazz. Born and raised in Memphis, in the heart of the city's gutbucket blues scene, Calvin paid his dues on Beale Street

when R&B was king. His impeccable jazz pedigree was honed in New York City recording sessions and in smoky after-hours joints alongside players like Jimmy

Forrest, Hank Crawford, Charles Mingus, and Earl Hines. His consummate sidemen included Donald Brown (Jazz Messengers) and Herman Green (Muddy Waters,

 Ike Turner, Miles Davis).


Curtains Up!  Jazzland Is The Absolute Perfect Venue For Your Fabulous Cabaret Show 
That’s how you'll see the cozy new addition coming soon to our nightspot with an atmosphere of casual elegance.
That’s why so many fine performers will be putting their acts together. Anyone with a good act and a few bucks can have the
perfect venue. Use Jazzland Cabaret to  build fan support and showcase talent. With Cabaret, a team will share the expense
and effort. For decades, Cabaret has been the starting place for aspiring performers and the holding place for established acts. 
Cabaret performances are less pricey while being equally as entertaining. We believe, Jazzland Cabaret Nights will inspire 
new talent by keeping their dreams alive; by helping  the dreams …come true.



Gino Gonzales, Gary Starling & Calvin Newborn
The Youngsters Came To Hear Calvin Newborn
Calvin Newborn with Joyce & Dick Bizot
The "Beautiful" Stewarts



Joe Pellegrino, Carole, Kenny MacKenzie & Scott Mariash

The Jarell Harris Trio
Gino Gonzales, Carole, Doug Carn & Calvin Newborn



Soft & Sentimental Saturday Nights at Jazzland..... 
"Carole Freeman sang her love songs Saturday night! She took her audience down a personal memory lane to meet her first love, her lost love, her forbidden love. Carole
lamented the love she could never have. Even her transfigured love after having lost her husband and first born son! She talked about being stalled for a brief time on an elevator
with the late New York Congressman, Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., when she was just eighteen years old. And, how she fell like an anchor into the shine of his beautiful appearance.
The very sight of Congressman Powell, Carole recalled, erased all thoughts of her first love, in an instant! The audience was in stiches as she remembered those five minutes in the
elevator. As the session progressed, Carole led each tune with a poignant  narrative, guiding her listeners through every inch of every kind of love emotion she's ever known, as she captured her memories in song. It was a wonderfully moving night at Jazzland. If you missed it, don't despair. Carole's 2014 schedule will post soon. Keep Watching! 

Call 240-1009 or email us at info@jazzlandcafe.com 

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The Saunders, Grooving at Jazzland




Friday, December 8, 2017

Who Are The Citizens Of Jazzland?

Many have asked, who are the Citizens of Jazzland? The Citizens of Jazzland are members of our Mailing List. They are also our Patrons! Citizens are generally above average in interests and intelligence. They are shepherds…. Not sheep! Meaning, they decide and are not easily influenced or directed. They are all about the music. Jazz!

To the Citizens of Jazzland, Jazz is more than a title it’s a gift with a burden of the highest responsibility for all who labor to protect and preserve it! They never lose sight of their dedication to expand something greater than themselves. They respect, recognize and bring out the best in Jazz musicians.

There are no small minds, thinking about small things, in small ways among the Citizens of Jazzland. Instead, they exhibit great vision, extreme focus, wisdom, persistence, discernment, commitment, confidence, love, loyalty, authenticity, passion, generosity! They are active listeners with the ability to identify, appreciate and love great jazz talent!

They are active listeners with the ability to identify, appreciate and love great jazz talent! There are no small minds, thinking about small things, in small ways among the Citizens since they are generally above average in interests and intelligence. That sounds a lot like YOU!

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1324 University Boulevard North, 

Jacksonville,Florida 32211  Phone: 904.240-1009 




JAZZLAND -Jazz at its finest! Close enough to touch. See astonishing Jazz musicians smile, sweat and grimace, in pursuit of that killing phrase. JAZZLAND is everything you want a jazz club to be! Dim, intimate, intense and hazy, with awesome acoustics. 

Saturday's offer jazz performances with a wide variety of Jazz styles and musicians... and all Top Notch! If you're in Jacksonville and want to experience live jazz in a great jazz venue, duck into this sensational Jazz Room! Don’t mind coming alone. JAZZLAND is a super way to meet new friends and a cool way to spend an evening! A friendly crowd is always waiting to welcome you to JAZZLAND ...where great musicians play!


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Consider Jazzland For Your Private Events and Parties! You'll Love Our Rates!

Casual, Elegant, or Extravagant, Jazzland  is the perfect location for your Special Event with over 2,400 sq ft of Unique Private Event Space to accommodate groups of 105 guests. Jazzland's accommodations and historic Jazz setting is an ideal choice to celebrate your event with the very best live music!

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Jazzland Jam Sessions

Talented amateurs share Jazzland's spotlight with seasoned professionals in a warm party atmosphere. Newcomers and vocalists are welcome. Tunes can run for a long time, as everyone gets their choruses in, frequently exhausting the rhythm section players and the musicians are so friendly. A great bunch of Jazz lovers. Don't let the amateur status fool you. There are surgeons, college professors and shoe salesmen here who can blow your socks off !! Join us at Jazzland on Jam Session Night.

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