Past events:

Jazz in the Stacks with the EMIT6tet
Thursday, April 7 at 7 PM
West Community Library on the campus of St. Petersburg College


A concert of arrangements and originals by David Manson with Aron Ferrer, Kevin Celebi, Alex Malkovich, Randy Bordon & Ayrias Pedigo.



Brass Day with Shires/Husonics/EMIT
Saturday, Jan. 22
10 AM - 4 PM

Join us for a world-class brass event at St. Petersburg College Music Department with special clinicians Robert Smith, Harold Van Schaik, Jeff Wooldridge and the SPC Faculty Jazz Combo with Aric Brian & David Manson!

Join us on Saturday, January 22nd, 2022 for a wonderful day full of brass with a Shires exhibit, clinics, performances and a tour of the MIRA (Music Industry/Recording Arts) program at SPC! Please bring your instruments.EMIT, St. Petersburg College, Husonics Music and S.E. Shires Co. are proud to present this educational event featuring S.E. Shires instruments and Artists at the St. Petersburg College Department of Music!

2021 Season

Synia Carroll & Helios Jazz Orchestra
Tuesday, November 30

Synia Carroll’s
 approach to jazz is reminiscent of Nancy Wilson with an energy and clarity to her voice that works very well with a big band. Synia is a favorite performer at the Palladium Theater. She received the “Maestro” award for her auto biographical, musical performance “Finding Sassy” at the 2019 Sarasolo Festival and has performed on the St. Petersburg Jazz Festival, Suncoast Jazz Classic and the Jazz Club of Sarasota’s “Jazz At Two” series.

Scotty Wright & Helios Jazz Orchestra
Tuesday, September 21

The 18-member Helios Jazz Orchestra, directed by Dr. David Manson, backs California vocalist & pianist Scotty Wright in a big band show.

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.


Jazz on the Quad
Friday, October 1

Enjoy a free concert of Latin Jazz on the quad at St. Petersburg College on Friday, October 1 from 6 - 8:30 PM.

Bring your blankets or lawn chairs to the quad inside the campus to hear the MJR Latin Project led my Mauricio Rodriguez opening the concert at 6 PM. Brazilian group O Som Do Jazz is second on the program. It's a free concert in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month presented by the St. Petersburg College Student Life, Arts Humanities & Design, EMIT and Florida Arts & Culture.

Subtropics Festival in Miami

EMIT's ensemble Erg travels to Miami for concerts at the Deering Estate. For mor info see








Past Events -

Sunday, August 15 at 7:30 PM
The Duane Eubanks “Things of that Particular Nature” 2021 Southeast Tour

Duane Eubanks is an extraordinary musical talent and he possess unique virtuoso skill and brilliance as a trumpeter,composer and band leader. His quintet’s onstage presentation is a straight-ahead post-bop style jazz presentation reminiscent in delivery of Miles Davis and Lee Morgan with a modern progressive emphasis and vibe. Duane was born into a family of musically gifted talent. Duane has performed everywhere from the Hollywood Bowl to Carnegie Hall to the Kennedy Center, in addition to touring throughout Europe and Japan. He is a member of Dave Holland’s two-time Grammy Award winning big band and the late Mulgrew Miller's band, Wingspan. His mother, pianist Vera Eubanks was Kenny Barron’s first piano teacher and a professional church pianist; his brothers, renowned trombonist, Robin Eubanks and guitarist, Kevin Eubanks, former bandleader of the “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”; as well as his uncle, legendary pianist Ray Bryant all contributed to his early music education.

Featuring: Duane Eubanks – Trumpet/Flugelhorn, Abraham Burton – Tenor Sax, David Bryant – Piano, Dezron Douglas – Bass & Eric McPherson – Drums. Admission is $25 available at

Latin Jazz Fest – July 9-11

3 Evenings of Great Latin Jazz in St. Pete!

Friday, July 9 at 7:30 PM

MJR Latin Project & Friends

This concert highlights original, new Cuban contemporary music and Latin jazz favorites from their upcoming CD release "Luz" produced by composers Mauricio J. Rodriguez and Vicente Viloria. Joining this performance will be Zachary Bornheimer - saxophone, John W. Richardson - piano, Andy Forner - drums, Sergio Gala - percussion and Mauricio Rodriguez - bass. Special guests include Richie Viruet on trumpet, Renesito Avich on Cuban tres and guitar and Orlando “Landy” Mosqueda, on percussion and piano.


Saturday, July 10 at 7:30 PM

Gumbi Ortiz & New Groove City