Upcoming events:

Jazz on the Lawn - TBD
Mario Pavone & SHIM - TBD

past events:

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. 

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

Eugene Chadbourne & Friends
Thursday, December 12 at 8 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.

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.


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.

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!

Oba Brazil!
with O Som Do Jazz with Andrea Moraes Manson & Jose Valentino Ruiz
Sunday, June 9 at 7 PM
First Unity Spiritual Campus

Brazilian sextet O Som Do Jazz with Rio de Janeiro singer Andrea Moraes Manson, gives a special concert of samba, Bossa Nova & MPB with Latin GRAMMY nominee Jose Valentino Ruiz!  The program will features favorite compositions by Antonio Carlos Jobim, João Donato, Baden Powell, Carlos Lyra and more!

Admission is $20 only at the door. The First Unity Spiritual Campus is located at 460 46th Ave. North in St. Petersburg.  Call (727) 341-4363 for more information.



FREE Jazz in the Stacks with Helios Swingtet & Jamie Perlow
Tuesday, April 2 at 7 PM
West Community Library

EMIT and the Friends of the West Community Library present the 9-member Helios Swingtet with singer Jamie Perlow, in a free concert at the West Community Library located at St. Petersburg College on Tuesday, April 2 at 7 PM.

Enjoy a free concert of jazz standards in the library without shushing! The library is located at 6700 8th Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33710.












EMIT-a-thon of Adventurous Music
with Mark Hosler & More!
Tuesday, January 22 at 7:30 PM
Side Door at the Palladium Theater

EMIT and the Palladium Theater are joining forces for the EMIT-a-thon, a scholarship benefit program of adventurous music for students in the MIRA (Music Industry/Recording Arts) program at St. Petersburg College with special guests: Mark Hosler, Anoikis & Kersey/Stewart

Mark Hosler is a founding member of the California collage experimental group Negativland that introduced the concept of “culture jamming” to an unsuspecting public. Since 1980 Negativland have been creating records, video, visual artworks, radio, and live performance, using appropriated sound, image, and text. The group famously flouted music-biz norms and copyright law during its early days resulted in lawsuits for its U2 EP.

Mark takes a break from his Negativland duties to perform live and solo using a performance set-up built around various homemade one-of-a-kind electronic noise-making devices. Sometimes sounding like alien electronic insects fighting each other, the instruments create a non-linear dynamic “living” system of sound.

Mark Hosler at Churchill’s in Miami - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JwMxi_V3oM

Anoikis is a trio dedicated to choreographic dance and electroacoustic research based in North Wales, U.K.  Composer Andrew Leslie Hooker and choreographer/dancers Melissa Pasut and Rachel Sweeney are committed to performing radical new works that seek to explore the sense of rhizomatic shadow-space that exists between the accepted boundaries of traditional artistic practice and consumption. 

Transformation of a Shattered Mass by Anoikis - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3pfCGm3P_lM

Tom Kersey and Jim Stewart team up as an improvising duo. Tom Kersey is a composer/cellist and leader of the experimental group Kelp. Jim Stewart was drummer in the experimental quintet SHIM and world music group poOg. Together, they stretch the sonic spectrum and create wonderful soundscapes.

Jim Stewart & Derek Bailey - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXrjJXNmqAY

Tom Kersey & Kelp - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9BmL_2FO4U

General admission is $15. The Side Door at the Palladium Theater is located at 253 Fifth Ave. North in St. Petersburg, Florida. Tickets can be purchased at www.mypalladium.org.

Diego Figueiredo & O Som Do Jazz
Thursday, January 18
7:30 PM

“One of the greatest guitarists I’ve seen in my whole life”
–George Benson

Brazilian guitar master Diego Figueiredo performs a solo first set, then joins Brazilian sextet O Som Do Jazz for an evening of incredible music! This new concert program “From Classical to Jazz,” is a fusion between Jazz, Bossa Nova and Classical music.
Figueiredo is a new star of the guitar world. At the age of 37, he has released 23 CDs, 3 DVDs, and played in more than 60 countries around the world. He is the winner of several major competitions including The Montreux Jazz Competition, and the VISA Prize. Figueiredo has a unique interpretation with tremendous technique and enormous emotion. He has recorded and performed with major artists including Gilberto Gil, João Bosco, Roberto Menescal, Toquinho, Belchior, Fafá de Belém, Angela Maria, Toninho Horta, Larry Coryell, Ken Peplowski, Lewis Nash, John Clayton, Cyrille Aimée and many others.
O Som Do Jazz is a Brazilian jazz sextet featuring Rio de Janiero vocalist Andrea Moraes Manson with a crew of leading Latin jazz artists in Tampa Bay. The group specializes in Samba, Bossa Nova, MPB and Baião. O Som Do jazz recently performed on the Miami International Jazz Fest and has placed its original music in TV shows on HBO, Fox and BBC One. General admission is $25. The Side Door at the Palladium Theater is located at 253 Fifth Ave. North in St. Petersburg, Florida. Tickets can be purchased at www.mypalladium.org.

past events:

License to Thrill - Helios Plays Spy Music
Tuesday, November 20 at 7:30 PM
Palladium Theater
The expanded 21-member Helios Jazz Orchestra presents a show of legendary spy music, joined by singers Jamie Perlow, Andrea Manson, Sonja Spence & Ronnie Dee.
Enjoy an evening of guilty musical pleasure as we revisit the theme music of the James Bond series, Mission Impossible, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Austin Powers, The Prisoner and more, directed by arranger/conductor David Manson. It can be cheesy, silly and yet sublime, but you know that you secretly love the driving 60s grooves, fierce brass, sexy saxophones and hot percussion (with special guest Gumbi Ortiz). With Jamie, Andrea, Sonja and Ronnie singing their hearts out on favorites like Thunderball,” “Nobody Does It Better,” “Goldfinger,” and “Skyfall” with a massive jazz big band, you know that this will be a very special show!  Se https://www.mypalladium.org/helios-jazz-orchestra-license-to-thrill/ .

Exquisite Corpse International
Thursday, November 1 at 8 PM
St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Art

Jose Valentino Ruiz & O Som Do Jazz
Tuesday, October 30
Side Door at the Palladium Theater
Guest flutist/saxophonist José Valentino Ruiz joins O Som Do Jazz in a special concert of Brazilian samba, Bossa Nova & MPB.

Dr. José Valentino Ruiz is a two-time Latin GRAMMY-nominated multi-instrumentalist, composer, record producer and educator. During his academic studies, José become the record holder for the most International DownBeat Music Awards – 49 awards total, between 2006 –2018. He is winner of the International Yamaha Young Performing Artist Competition and National Flute Association Jazz Flute Competition. José has collaborated with acclaimed artists including Chick Corea, Paquito D’Rivera, Hubert Laws, Candido Camero, Jim Walker, Phil Ramone, Jonathan Butler, Alex Acuña, Aaron Neville, Brian Lynch, Nestor Torres, Dave Valentin, Andy Montanez, Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez, Dave Cleveland, and Abraham Laboriel, just to name a few.
O Som Do Jazz features Rio de Janeiro singer Andrea Moraes Manson with Alejandro Arenas (bass), Jeremy Douglass (keys), Mark Feinman (drums) and David Manson (trombone/percussion). With three CDs and placement of originals on HBO, FOX and BBC One, O Som Do Jazz (the sound of jazz in Portuguese) recaptures the grace, energy and spirit of 1960s Brazilian music.

See https://www.mypalladium.org/o-som-do-jazz-with-jose-valentino-ruiz/ .

Belinda Womack & Helios Jazz Orchestra
Tuesday, October 2 at 7:30 PM
Side Door at the Palladium Theater
Singer Belinda Womack joins the 18-member Helios Jazz Orchestra, directed by David Manson, in a program of great big band favorites!
Belinda began singing professionally at age 11 to help support her family in rural Georgia. From 1973 to 1981, Belinda was based in Nashville working as a singer at Combine Recording Studios and also touring with a popular band called Bodyheat. In ’79, she scored #12 Billboard disco hit called “Seabiscuit in the Fifth” as Belinda West. Soon after, she came to Tampa where she became a mainstay in the jazz scene with her group Kool Reflektions. In the mid-90s, she pursued musical ministry and motivational speaking, traveling from the Netherlands to Africa, to South America, the Caribbean and West Indies.
The Helios Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of David Manson, has been featured on the Clearwater Jazz Holiday, St. Petersburg Jazz Festival and Ybor Jazz Festival. It is comprised of top area jazz musicians who love the sound of a roaring jazz big band!

past events:

Nova musica with O Som Do Jazz
Saturday, August 11 at 8 PM

Magnetic Fields: Sonic Abstraction with Pamela Z, Renée Baker & Elizabeth Baker
Friday, July 28 at 2 - 7 PM
Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg

In complement to Magnetic Fields: Expanding Abstraction 1960s to Today, which focuses on African American women’s approaches to abstract painting and sculpture, the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg is thrilled to be working with composer Elizabeth A. Baker to present an afternoon of abstract sonic experiences by African American women musicians and performers. In addition to Baker, we will host Chicago-based Renée Baker, and San Francisco-based Pamela Z. Each composer will perform at the MFA, and will participate in a panel discussion.

Taken together, this will be an important celebration of abstraction in multiple forms, and will allow for a multi-generational discussion between African American women practicing in avant-garde composition. EMIT is a supporting sponsor of the performance of the ensemble work by Renée Baker, which is performed from 3:00 - 4:30 PM. For more info, see http://mfastpete.org/event/magnetic-fields-sonic-abstraction/

St. Petersburg Jazz Festival
Feb. 21 - 25
see www.stpetejazzfest.com




O Som Do Jazz at the Firehouse Cultural Center
Saturday, Jan. 20 at 7:30 PM

See: http://firehouseculturalcenter.org/events/o-som-do-jazz/

Firehouse Cultural Center
101 1st Ave NE, Ruskin FL 33570

Badi Assad
Tuesday, January 2 at 7:30 PM

“Badi Assad redefines solo (guitar) performance!" - L.A. Times

Brazil’s Badi Assad is one of the most innovative, passionate and talented artists of all times. She transcends traditional styles of her native Brazilian music with a mixture of pop, jazz and world/ethnic sounds from around the world. As a result, the extraordinary singer, guitarist, and percussionist is successfully forging an exhilarating genre of music that quite literally defies categorization

Enjoy a solo performance with Badi Assad in the intimate setting of Studio@620!   Admission is $20, only available at the door on January 2nd. The Studio@620 is located at 620 First Ave. South in St. Petersburg, Florida.

O Som Do Jazz
Oct. 28 & 29 at 3:30 PM
SPIFFS Folk Fair at Vinoy Park

Brazilian jazz group O Som Do Jazz is performing on the SPIFFS
43rd festival. EMIT is cosponsoring this performance.
For more info, see http://www.spiffs.org/2017-fair.html

Dance & Drums of Bahia, Brasil!
Thursday, September 7
3 PM drum workshop
4:30 PM dance workshop
SS building at St. Petersburg College

Attend free workshops with Brazilian dancer/choreographer Nildinha Fonsêca and master drummer Zé Ricardo, presented by EMIT and Student Life at St. Petersburg College!

Nildinha Fonsêca began dancing at age 16 with Mestre King, who was the pioneer in Afro-Brazilian dance in Bahia, Brazil. In 1988 she joined the Folkloric Ballet of Bahia. A professor at Federal University of Bahia and Bahia Cultural Foundation, Nildinha has toured and given Afro-contemporary and religious dance workshops in Brazil, Europe, North America and Australia. Nildinha is an educator, dancer and choreographer and she has worked with artists such as Daniela Mercury and Carlinhos Brown. She has collaborated on a number of educational dance projects in Salvador and works with children, youth and low-income adults through dance. Daughter of Oba, Orixá that is the Queen of the Warriors, Fonsêca has an important role in the local community as a black movement activist, African-feminist and artist.

José Zé Ricardo Sousa is one of Bahia's most sought after instructors of traditional Afro-Brazilian music and dance. He is the musical director, composer, musician, and instructor of traditional Afro-Brazilian dance and music for Bahia’s celebrated company, the Balé Folclórico da Bahia. José Ricardo initiated his arts career in percussion and dance under the tutelage of Mestre King at the Serviço Social do Comércio (SESC) School of the Arts in 1985. He has toured and taught in Brazil, Europe, and in more than 120 cities in the United States, Australia, Malaysia, Colombia, Argentina, Chile, Canada, Togo and Benin. Since 1997, José Ricardo has conducted percussion and dance workshops with Viver Brasil’s Dancing the Source cultural immersion travel program, and in 2007, he toured nationally as the group’s guest musical director. He also returns to the group regularly to compose for and perform with them. José Ricardo was a guest instructor at the California Brazil Camp in the summer of 2012 and 2015, and he is a 2009 recipient of the prestigious Lester Horton award for excellence in music for dance.

Bring your hand drums and dress to move for these two workshops. The drum workshop is from 3 - 4:30 PM and then they provide rhythms for the dance workshop participants at 4:30 PM.  The SS building is located on the east side of St. Petersburg College, located at 6605 Fifth Ave. North in St. Petersburg.


The RAP (Recording Arts Program) at the Royal Theater in Midtown was active this summer. For 10 weeks, Boy & Girls Club students ages 10-15 have Avid Pro Tools recording workshops instructed by MIRA technician Jason Cleary. This program is sponsored by EMIT and the Pinellas Community Foundation.