EMIT series 2019-20
For the past twenty-three years, over 450 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.
EMIT is a recipient of programming awards from from Chamber Music America, ASCAP and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. It has been supported by Chamber Music America, the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, City of St. Petersburg, Pinellas Community Foundation, Gobioff Foundation, private donors and audience members.
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David Manson, Director
JAZZ on the Artwalk!
5 - 11 PM
The EMIT 5tet with Kenny Walker, Adolfo Mendonca, Butch Thomas and David Manson, performs on a great night of Art and JAZZ as more than 40 jazz musicians perform in various venues in the Central Arts District, EDGE District, Grand Central District, Warehouse Arts District and downtown Waterfront District. EMIT is a sponsoring partner in this special evening of jazz and art.
Helios Jazz Orchestra & Scotty Wright!
Tuesday, September 10
Side Door at the Palladium Theater
The 18-member Helios Jazz Orchestra, directed by Dr. David Manson, backs California vocalist Scotty Wright in a big band show at the Side Door.
Jazz vocalist Scotty Wright is a veteran musician with over 40 years of experience. With a warm, rich-toned voice, tremendous range and relaxed delivery, Scotty possesses a unique sound that is deeply rooted in the jazz tradition. A multifaceted jazz artist, Scotty is a gifted singer, pianist, actor, teacher, and author who has traveled the world performing jazz in over 20 countries including China, Thailand, Japan, Dubai, and Jordan.
The program will feature great jazz gems like “One for Daddy-O” by Nat Adderly, “What Is This Thing Called Love” by Cole Porter, and the premiere of a new jazz composition by director David Manson. It will be an unforgettable evening of great big band jazz in an intimate cabaret setting!
Jazz on the Lawn
October 18 at 7 PM
Fusion Beat Latin Jazz & O Som Do Jazz
The Quad at St. Petersburg College (66th St. & 5th Ave. North in St. Petersburg)
SPC, EMIT & the St. Petersburg Jazz Festival are presenting this free concert of Latin Jazz in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.
New Latin Jazz by José Valentino Ruiz & David Manson
Tuesday, November 26 at 7:30 PM
Side Door at the Palladium
Two Florida artists present their new original compositions in Latin Jazz.
Dr. José Valentino Ruiz is a Latin GRAMMY-nominated multi-instrumentalist and recently appointed Assistant Professor of the Music Business, Entrepreneurship, and Music Technology program at the University of Florida. Dr. David Manson is a founder of the MIRA (Music Industry/Recording Arts) program at St. Petersburg College and recipient of two Florida Artists Fellowships in Music Composition. His original music has been placed on HBO, Fox, CW and AMC television shows and performed by the Florida Orchestra.
The José Valentino Trio with Bruno Miranda (piano), Jesse Pitts (drums) and Jose (bass) will perform original music written by José Valentino Ruiz. Following that performance, Brazilian jazz group O Som Do Jazz, with singer Andrea Moraes Manson will perform David Manson’s new works.
Eugene Chadbourne & Friends
Wednesday, December 11 at 7:30 PM
The Springs Theatre
Eugene Chadbourne has collaborated with an astounding number of artists over the years, including Camper Van Beethoven, John Zorn, Henry Kaiser, and Jimmy Carl Black. In addition to his solo efforts and collaborations, he also led the band Shockabilly in the 80s. At this Springs Theatre show, he joins forces again with former SHIM bandmates, David Pate, TJ Glowacki, Jim Stewart & David Manson for an evening of musical mayhem. The Springs Theatre is located at 8029 N Nebraska Ave, Tampa, FL 33604.
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