upcoming 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.