Bartow resident splits time between award-winning music career, teaching

BARTOW – “The Story of Jaz” is the latest album written and performed by Bartow resident Jazmin Ghent — and Ghent, who has earned numerous awards and recognitions and played in venues around the world, has quite a story to tell.

The album is the third release for Ghent, who is 28. In March, “The Story of Jaz” was named the 2019 NAACP Image Award winner for Outstanding Jazz Album. In 2017, she was selected by the NAACP Image Awards as Jazz Artist of the Year, as well.

On top of all that, when Ghent returns to town from one of her shows, she is also the music teacher at Lakeland’s Crystal Lake Elementary School.


Alum Jazmin Ghent continues to soar with NAACP IMAGE AWARD for new jazz album

The name of TSU alum and musician Jazmin Ghent continues to resound. The jazz phenom recently received an NAACP Image Award in the Outstanding Jazz Album category for “The Story of Jaz.” In 2017, she was voted Best New Artist by the Smooth Jazz Network. Ghent earned a master’s degree in music from Tennessee State University in 2014. She said music has always been a part of her life.


Interational Jazz and Gospel

Recording Artist

The hit single, "Compared to What" gained national recognition and was #5 on Smooth Jazz Charts. It received over 400 spins per week including airplay on Sirius XM radio as well as Music Choice, Pandora and Spotify. 


TSU Alumn Emerges as

Smooth Jazz Phenom

“If I didn’t have music, I know I wouldn’t be where I am today,” she said. “Music distracted me from getting off track and being something I’m not.  It really allowed me to express myself and find my way in life.”


Dave Koz and Friends treat cruise guests and Burnie locals to sax on the beach at Burnie foreshore

A musical delight on the seven seas docked in Burnie on Tuesday morning.

The Dave Koz and Friends at Sea is a seven-day cruise from California which is a floating home to 60 musicians and hundreds of guests. Cruise guests and their entertainment took over Burnie's West Beach on Tuesday, treating residents and visitors alike to a fanfare of jazz and soul. 

Cruise guest Drexel Smiley said this was the second jazz cruise she and her husband had been on, but their first time in Tasmania.


Bartow’s Jazmin Ghent chosen ‘Best New Artist’ by Smooth Jazz Network

Throughout her playing career, Ghent has performed with noted artists such as Kim Waters, Steve Cole, Jeff Kashiwa, Peter White, Kirk Whalum, Joey Sommerville, Bobby Jones and country artist Keith Urban.


Listen To Jazmin Ghent

This Smooth Jazz Rising Star has one of the most compelling stories of Jazz that you will ever hear.  A young woman with an old soul…raised by music lovers who introduced her to the legends before she could walk!


Announcing the Return of the Smooth Jazz Break-Out Artist Who OUT-SOLD EVERYONE in the JazzTrax CD Store Last 2 Years .. EVERYONE!

The October Artist Line-Up announcement for the 33rd Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival featuring the saxophonist/vocalist Jazmin Ghent. Closing Weekend.

Hear her ' gospel-ee, vocal-ee, smooth jazz-ee, and saxophone-ee' style. Not just a

break-out artist any longer - Jazmin is there and already three albums deep!


Music-lovers rave over Jazmin's latest rhythmic release - 

Bringing more of the sweet and radiant “Chocolate Sunshine” of her 2016 breakthrough album, electrifying saxophonist, full time music educator and emerging Smooth Jazz sensation Jazmin Ghent now invites us to fully experience THE STORY OF JAZ. Following two hit singles with Paul Brown, she takes her unique brand of snazzy sizzle and sultry funk to the next level with producer Euge Groove and keyboardist Philippe Saisse. Beyond the fiery and infectious, groove intensive originals, she kicks it old school with a re-imagining of a Carole King classic and closes by taking us to church, where her amazing journey began.


The Story of Jaz, the cleverly titled new release from the lovely young saxtress with the killer smile, Jazmin Ghent, is another project full of sunshine, crisp grooves, and the kind of meat-on-the-bone c-jazz that gets the “engine” of most jazzers revved up in a hurry.