Selected Past EMIT Events:

Helios Jazz Orchestra & Jamie Perlow

Tuesday, May 22


Side Door at the Palladium Theater

Free Workshop with Chiara Izzi & Diego Figueiredo
sday, March 15 at 5:30 PM
St. Petersburg College


2018 St. Petersburg Jazz Festival
Feb. 21 - 25

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.

Whim Ensemble with Preston Beebe, Ofer Pelz & Elizabeth Baker
Thursday, January 11 at 7:30 PM

Music Center at SPC

This free concert of new music by young composers, is presented by EMIT, the New Music Conflagration & the MIRA program at St. Petersburg College.

On the verge of composed and improvised music, Whim (Ofer Pelz, prepared piano & Preston Beebe, percussion) creates percussive landscapes by inventing instrument modifications and techniques to build an unusually rich sound world. The ensemble has performed and broadcasted in Canada, US, France, and Israel.

From free jazz to contemporary experimental music, Whim is a genre bending ensemble. Their experience as composers and improvisers are fused into an ensemble that seeks to spark imagination and curiosity. Elizabeth Baker also joins the group for spirited music making. The Music Center at St. Petersburg College is located at 6605 Fifth Ave. North in St. Petersburg.

Kirsten Joyer & the Helios Jazz Orchestra
Tuesday, Nov. 21 at 7:30 PM
Palladium Theater Side Door

The 18-piece Helios Jazz Orchestra features guest vocalist Kirsten Joyer, a sultry singer with a wide vocal range and eclectic repertoire. She currently sings with Off the Cuff, Palladium fave Show Biz Kids (Steely Dan tribute band) and was vocalist with the legendary Jazz Cellar Underground Orchestra. The Helios Jazz Orchestra is directed by David Manson and was recently featured at the Clearwater Jazz Holiday this season.

See this link for more info & tickets:

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

Helios Jazz Orchestra & Sonja Spence
April 18 at 7:30 PM
Side Door at the Palladium Theater

The 18-member Helios Jazz Orchestra, directed by David Manson, is joined by guest vocalist Sonja Spence.

Jazz in the Stacks
April 11 at 7 PM
West St. Petersburg Community Library
Jazz in the Stacks

Diego Figueiredo & O Som Do Jazz - April 2!