EMIT series 2019-20

These are difficult times for musicians and presenters, and EMIT has had to postpone concerts until July. EMIT has had its fair share of challenges over the decades and thrived anyway. Because EMIT never felt the need to be a brick and mortar nonprofit, we have remained solvent and feel confident that next season will be even better than the previous year.

For the past twenty-five 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.  EMIT pays more than half of income directly to area musicians because we support the great artists of Florida. What a concept!

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David Manson, Director


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.





































St. Petersburg Jazz Festival Feb. 26 - March 1



















Adolfo Mendonca Trio & Friends
Friday, February 1 at 7 PM
Studio@620 in St. Petersburg

Sao Paulo pianist Adolfo Mendonça scheduled on the EMIT series for Feb. 1 at Studio@620.  This concert is a teaser for the upcoming St. Petersburg Jazz Festival, scheduled Feb. 26 – March 1.


With an unusual and unique piano trio style, the set list includes American favorites like Jobim and Marcos Valle, and hidden treasures of Brazilian music, including “Choro”, the music of Milton Nascimento, Djavan and many others, covering almost 100 years of Brazilian music history.  Vocalist Andrea Thompson and trombonist David Manson join the trio for selections.


The concert is 7 PM at Studio@620 located at 620 First Ave. South in St. Petersburg. General admission is $20.  For tickets, see http://www.thestudioat620.org

Klimchak & Andrew Levine & SHIM
Sunday, January 19 at 6 PM
Safety Harbor Art and Museum Center
$5 donation at the door

EMIT and SHAMC join forces to present an evening of sonic experimentation with Klimchak & Andrew Levine, as well as SHIM redux with David Pate, Rex Sheppard, Jim Stewart and David Manson. If you like hand-built instruments, electro-acoustic hyper instruments, free jazz and sonic exploration - then you will enjoy this special event! SHAMc is located at 706 2nd St North, in Safety Harbor, FL 34695

2020 St. Petersburg Jazz Festival












Eugene Chadbourne & Friends
Thursday, December 12 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.

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.

Creative Pinellas Arts Annual
November 14
The EMIT Trio provides jazz music for Creative Pinellas Arts Annual.



JAZZ on the Artwalk!
October 12
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.



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)
Free Concert!

SPC, EMIT & the St. Petersburg Jazz Festival are presenting this free concert of Latin Jazz in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. Bring your folding chair or blanket and enjoy this free outdoor Latin jazz concert!

Creative Pinellas Arts Annual


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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