Welcome to the Fort Pierce Jazz and Blues Society

Founded in 1996 by Larry Lee & a group of Jazz and Blues enthusiasts, the Fort Pierce Jazz & Blues Society is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to foster a greater awareness and love for Jazz and Blues by exposing these great American art forms to the community at-large and to the schools. The Jazz & Blues Society shares ideas with other Jazz and/or Blues-oriented groups locally and around the nation to mutually assist in promoting the growth, appreciation and perpetuation of the Jazz and Blues genres.
The Fort Pierce Jazz & Blues Society presents Jazz and Blues music to the public in a variety of ways, including: festivals, performances, free jam sessions, hands-on workshops, clinics, community education, and outreach initiatives.  Our objectives are to foster greater awareness and enjoyment in the community for Jazz and Blues through education and performances, and to provide scholarships to deserving college-bound students who wish to further their knowledge and skill in the music field.

Ira Sullivan Coming to Black Box on April 4, 2017

The one time you don’t want to hear a heart-stopping version of the classic hymn “Amazing Grace” is at an Ira Sullivan concert. That’s because the virtuoso who blows your mind whenever he blows a trumpet, saxophone, or flue, closes all of his concerts with that hymn. A grand master who has performed with the likes of 20th Century superstars Art Blakey, Charlie Parker, Red Rodney, Roy Eldridge, Lester Young, Roland Kirk and Billy Taylor, Sullivan also served as a mentor for iconic jazz performers Pat Metheny and Jaco Pastorius. The long-time South Florida resident was nominated five times for Grammy awards and serves as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, a lecturer, clinician, and adjudicator at universities and schools internationally. You can still hear Sullivan perform live at the Jazz Showcase in Chicago or on his worldwide tours, or you could simply come to the Black Box and enjoy the show live in your own backyard – at least until you hear the opening notes of “Amazing Grace.”


Black Box & PSL Gardens dates-thru June, 2017


Each year the Jazz Society awards merit scholarships to worthy area high school graduate musicians and singers, who have displayed high academic achievement, good citizenship and promising musicianship. Plans are being undertaken by the Jazz Society to establish an ongoing scholarship fund for deserving awardees who continue to show superior achievement in their college careers. Scholarships are funded by memberships in the Jazz Society and from revenues earned from the Saturday morning Jazz Market in Ft. Pierce, which is managed by the Jazz Society.  In addition to scholarships, winners received a year’s membership to the Ft. Pierce Jazz and Blues Society.