EMIT series 2014-15

For the past twenty years, over 350 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 and supporter of the18-piece Helios Jazz Orchestra.

EMIT is a recipient of programming awards from from Chamber Music America, ASCAP and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.  It is supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Chamber Music America, City of St. Petersburg, Pinellas Community Foundation, private donors and audience members.  

upcoming events:

Our next Helios Jazz Orchestra concert will be a jazz education scholarship fundraiser scheduled Tuesday, July 21 at the SPC Music Center! Donations will cover tuition fees for students enrolled in SPC jazz ensembles. The 18-piece big band, (directed by David Manson), will perform works by Thad Jones, Sonny Rollins, Ray Bryant, Charles Mingus and more. Duke Ellington alumni John Lamb is featured with the big band.

The concert (starting at 7:30 PM) is free, but a donation to the student scholarship fund would be greatly appreciated! The 300-seat SPC Music is located at 6605 Fifth Ave. North in St. Petersburg. Just take the 66th St. entrance and park on the south side of the parking lot

past events:

Tuesday, May 19
Helios Jazz Orchestra with Lorri Hafer
7:30 PM at the Palladium Side Door

Friday, March 27
6 - 8:30 PM
Tampa Museum

EMIT sponsored MIFU (Mobile Itinerant Funk Unit) performed on Gasp!,
The Gasparilla Fringe Festival on March 27 at the Tampa Museum!

Friday, March 20
Free workshop with drummer/band leader Ronnie Burrage
2 PM at St. Petersburg College

Drummer/band leader Ronnie Burrage will be holding a free workshop hosted by EMIT & SPC on Friday, March 20th from 2 - 3:30 pm in the band room (HS 109) at St. Petersburg College.

Ronnie's performed with Wayne Shorter, Sonny Rollins, Pat Metheny, Jaco Pastorius, Frank Morgan, Wallace Roney, Jackie & Rene McLean, James Moody, Gary Bartz, Archie Shepp, Reggie Workman, Joe Zawinul, Cedar Walton, Wood Shaw, McCoy Tyner, and Pepper Adams - to name a few, in addition to being featured on more than 100 recordings. It's free. Drummers - bring your sticks!

2-3:30 PM HS 109 at the St. Petersburg College ‪#‎GibbsCampus‬ located at 66th St & 5th Ave. North in St. Petersburg.


February 25 - March 1
St. Petersburg Jazz Festival

see www.stpetejazzfest.com
with special guests:

The Claudia Quintet


and Kevin Mahogany

2015 St. Petersburg Jazz Festival
Feb. 25 - March 1
Five evenings of great jazz!
 James Varnado Jazz/Funk Band - February 25
7:30 PM at the ARTpool courtyard - $10
2030 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, FL 33712

Shawn Brown Group - February 26
7:30 PM at the Palladium Theater Side Door - $15
253 5th Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

The Claudia Quintet - February 27
7:30 PM at the SPC Music Center - $15
6605 5th Avenue North St. Petersburg, FL 33710

Kevin Mahogany & Helios Jazz Orchestra - February 28
7:30 PM at the SPC Music Center - $15
6605 5th Avenue North St. Petersburg, FL 33710

Post-Festival Jazz Jam - March 1
6 PM at the Manhattan Casino - $3
642 22nd St. S. St. Petersburg, FL 33712

Ongoing Pro Tools Workshops at the Royal Theater

This 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. This program is supported by the Pinellas Community Foundation.

our sponsors:


The St. Petersburg Jazz Festival performance of John Hollenbeck and the Claudia Quintet, presented by EMIT in collaboration with South Florida Composers Alliance, for Subtropics and the Timucua Arts Foundation, is supported by Presenter Consortium for Jazz,  program of Chamber Music America funded through the generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.