EMIT series 2020-21

These are difficult times for musicians and presenters, and EMIT has had to adjust to the pandemic by funding musicians for a variety of activities including commissions, payment for performances in advance, educational videos and travel assistance for composers in residence. We are happy to say that we are resuming our live concerts with the Latin Jazz Fest scheduled for July 9 - 11.

For the past twenty-five years, over 500 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, Recording Arts Program with Boys & Girls Club students at the Royal Theater in Midtown and supporter of the 18-member Helios Jazz Orchestra.

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David Manson, Director


July 9 - 11 Latin Jazz Fest!

EMIT is presenting a 3-day Latin jazz series at the Palladium Theater with three great bands




















Friday, July 9 at 7:30 PM - MJR Project with Special Guests
Bassist/composer Mauricio Rodriguez highlights his compositions and arrangements for a new CD release. Special guest arts include Latin jazz legends trumpeter Richie Viruet (performances with Tito Puentes, Eddi Palmieri, Marc Anthony, and many more) and Cuban tres player Renesito Avich (performances with Gilberto Santa Rosa, Paquito D’Rivera, Changuito, among others).

Saturday, July 10 at 7:30 PM - Gumbi Ortiz & New Groove City

Gumbi Ortiz is known around the world for his exciting conga performance and his knowledge of rhythm and percussion. For the last 20 years Gumbi has been an integral part of superstar guitarist Al Di Meola’s band, he’s also a teacher, a session player and leader of Florida based New Groove City.

Sunday, July 11 at 7:30 PM - Tabajara Belo & O Som Do Jazz

Brazilian guitarist Tabajara Belo opens the show with a solo set and then joins Brazilian jazz group O Som Do Jazz for the second set. Tabajara Belo is one of the outstanding Brazilian musicians of his generation. He has made a name for himself as a virtuoso guitar soloist, composer and arranger. Along with his solo career, Tabajara has colaborated with several prestigious artists throughout Brazil, including Wagner Tiso, Claudio Nucci, Paulo Bellinati, Marina Machado, Déa Trancoso, Marcus Viana, Vander Lee, Paula Santoro and Amaranto trio.


O Som Do jazz features Rio de Janeiro singer Andrea Moraes Manson and a crew of experienced musicians performing samba-jazz, Bossa Nova, Choro, Balanço, Baião and MPB.  O Som Do Jazz (the sound of jazz in Portuguese) recaptures the grace, energy and spirit of Brazilian music. The group has three CDs and their original music has been placed in TV shows on Fox and HBO. Group members include Andrea Moraes Manson – vocalist, Latin GRAMMY awardee Jose Valentino Ruiz – flute & saxophone, David Manson – trombone, Bruno Miranda – piano, Alejandro Arenas – bass, Mark Feinman – drums & Tabajara Belo – guitar.

EMIT is proud to sponsor this two-part exploration of the iconic song "The Girl From Ipanema" with the great Brazilian pianist/drummer Harold Mauro, Jr. Haroldo Mauro is a Brazilian jazz pianist/drummer and Professor Emeritus of UNIRIO (The Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro). He has recorded with esteemed Brazilian artists including Joyce, Duduka Da Fonseca, Thiago de Mello, Edison Machado, Sergio Barrozo and others.

Watch his videos here: The Girl From Ipanema - A Brazilian Perspective







Thanks to all who contributed to the EMIT GoFundMe campaign to assist with travel expenses for local composer Elizabeth A. Baker to attend an arts residency in Switzerland!  We achieved our goal in 24 hours, thanks to your generosity.







































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

Through the support of the Pinellas Community Foundation, RAP 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.

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