EMIT series 2015-16

For the past twenty-one years, nearly 400 events involving new music, jazz, world music, interactive electronics, improvisation and interdisciplinary art forms that incorporate sound have been featured in the EMIT series.  EMIT (a registered nonprofit arts organization) brings adventurous music and educational activities to the Tampa Bay area.  EMIT is presenter of the annual St. Petersburg Jazz Festival and supporter of the18-piece Helios Jazz Orchestra.

EMIT is a recipient of programming awards from from Chamber Music America, ASCAP and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.  It is supported by the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, City of St. Petersburg, Pinellas Community Foundation, Gobioff Foundation, F.E.Lykes, Robin Photo Design, Feher Law, Creative Loafing, Bright House Networks, private donors and audience members.  

Helios & Lorri Hafer Return to NOVA 535!
Tuesday, July 26 at 7:30 PM
NOVA 535

By request, the 18-piece Helios Jazz Orchestra returns for a special concert of swinging big band music at the swanky NOVA 535!  The big band, directed by David Manson, will feature guest vocalist Lorri Hafer.

Lorri is a favorite of the musicians in the Helios Jazz Orchestra because of her beautiful tone, flawless enunciation, projection of voice and musical expression.  She toured as vocalist with The Glenn Miller Orchestra throughout the US and Japan and was also featured vocalist with Les Brown’s Band of Renown, and special guest vocalist with Buddy Morrow and The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra.

NOVA 535 is the #1 rated event space and wedding venue in St. Petersburg for many good reasons. With its beautiful lighting, brick walls and rustic beams, high ceilings, attentive staff, cabaret seating, large wooden dance floor, full bar and more... there could not be a more perfect venue for an evening of big band music and dancing!  NOVA 535 is located at 535 Dr. MLK Jr St N, St. Petersburg, FL 33701!

This is a benefit for the St. Petersburg Jazz Festival presented by EMIT. General admission is $12 advance tickets and $15 at the door.  VIP admissions are available.  See http://nova535.com/event/18-piece-helios-jazz-band-returns/

Jovino Santos Neto & O Som Do Jazz
Sunday, May 22 at 3 PM
Music Center at St. Petersburg College

Three-time Latin Grammy nominee Jovino Santos Neto, a master pianist and composer, is among the top Brazilian musicians performing today. Jovino and Brazilian jazz sextet O Som Do Jazz, join forces for a concert of original works by Jovino fusing jazz and northeastern Brazilian styles, as well as classic Brazilian Bossa Nova & MPB.

Rio de Janeiro-born and Seattle-based pianist, composer and flutist Jovino Santos Neto was a member of Hermeto Pascoal's band from 1977 to 1992, He has toured with Sergio Mendes, Airto Moreira and Flora Purim's group, Fourth World, as well as leading his own Seattle-based Quinteto. O Som Do Jazz features Rio de Janeiro singer Andrea Moraes Manson backed by Austin Vickrey (saxophones), David Manson (trombone), Bill Pullicere (bass) and Mark Feinman (drums).

Brazilian Music Q & A with Jovino Santos Neto
Saturday, May 21 at 4 PM
Music Center at St. Petersburg College

Jovino gives a free workshop on Brazilian jazz as part of the Crossover Festival. Listen to Jovino as he performs and talks about various styles and rhythms found in modern Brazilian music.  This event is sponsored by EMIT and the F.E. Likes Foundation.  The SPC Music Center is located at 6605 Fifth Ave. North in St. Petersburg.

EMIT is a proud sponsor of the Crossover Festival - Crossover is a one-day festival on Saturday, May 21 that celebrates students as makers of music from popular music genres such as rock, alternative, blues, pop, R&B, hip hop, funk, folk, indie rock, electronic dance music, country, rap, punk, soul, metal, Southern rock, Latin, new age, reggae, etc. The 2016 inaugural event will be held on the Gibbs Campus of St. Petersburg College.  For more information, see http://floridamusiceducation.org/programs/crossover-festival/

O Som Do Jazz in Jazz at the Stacks
April 28 at 7 PM
West Community Library

Gasp! Fringe Fest
April 1
Tampa Museum
6 - 9 PM

MIFU (Mobile Itinerant Funk Unit) performs on Gasp!, the Gasparilla Fringe Fest, at the Tampa Museum.  MIFU is a core ensemble of EMIT.  See http://cltampa.com/tampa/Gasp2016/Page#.VvLo5U32bbh .

St. Petersburg Jazz Festival
Feb. 24 - 28

see www.stpetejazzfest.com for more info.
St. Petersburg Jazz Festival

Ongoing Recording Arts Program with Boys & Girls Club students at the Royal Theater

This is a educational collaboration with EMIT, the Boys & Girls Club and the MIRA program at St. Petersburg College.  
Pro Tools is the industry standard for professional recording. This program is supported by the Pinellas Community Foundation.

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