EMIT series 2015-16

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 EMIT events:

Chuck Wansley & the Helios Jazz Orchestra
Tuesday, December 15 at 7:30 PM
Side Door at the Palladium Theater
Vocalist Chuck Wansley joins the 18-piece Helios Jazz Orchestra, directed by David Manson, in a special concert of swinging big band music at the Side Door!

Native New Yorker Chuck Wansley began his professional singing and performing career at age 18 on an extended world tour with Up With People. In the early 80s he signed first with Prism Records and then Motown, as a founding member of the urban techno band WARP-9, performing live and producing two albums. He also performed and recorded an album with innovative international performance artist Tomek Lamprecht.

In 1984, Chuck moved to Los Angeles and matured into a dynamic performer, easily conveying a range of musical styles from Frank Sinatra and Harry Connick, to Fatboy Slim and Maroon 5. In 2007 Chuck expanded his business, creating a second band on the East Coast to enable him to perform in as many locales as his schedule allows. Chuck and his bands have performed from Connecticut to Napa, Los Angeles to Paris & Prague, along with numerous solo appearances in Japan.

The Helios Jazz Orchestra is the house big band for the St. Petersburg Jazz Festival (scheduled 2/24-28 in 2016) and is comprised of the best jazz musicians in the Tampa Bay area.

past events:

Jonathan Powell & nu Sangha featuring Jeremy Powell
The homecoming CD Release party of "Beacons of Light"
Friday, November 27 at 7:30 PM
Palladium Side Door
jonathan powell

 Trumpet player Jonathan Powell returns to hometown St. Petersburg, with his group nu Sangha to celebrate their new release "Beacons of Light" featuring brother and saxophonist Jeremy Powell. The two brothers, have been rising stars in the New York City jazz scene performing with Eddie Palmieri, Arturo O'Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, Miguel Zenon and JT Taylor of Kool & the Gang to name a few.

The group will play an original and fiery mix of Jazz with modern influences such as John Coltrane, Brian Blade and the Fellowship Band, Squarepusher, Pat Metheney and Freddie Hubbard. Jonathan Powell & nu Sangha's release "Beacons of Light" is an album celebrating the great lives and contributions of exceptional men and women who have blessed humanity with enlightening teachings. The album was made possible by a Kickstarter project which backed by 224 backers partially funded "Beacons of Light". Musically speaking, each tune is written for an inspirational person or "beacon of light". Some examples are the composition "Daskalos", an adventurous upbeat tune dedicated to the christian mystic and Cypriot Stylianos Atteshlis; "Mawlana", a middle-eastern tinged song written for the Sufi mystic and poet Rumi; and "Liberation", penned for Aung San Suu Kyi who under house arrest for nearly two decades has fought for democracy in Burma.

Nova Musica with o Som Do Jazz
Saturday, September 19 at 7:30 PM
Music Center at St. Petersburg College

O Som Do Jazz premieres new music composed by David Manson on Saturday, September 19 at the SPC Music Center.  Supported by an Individual Artist Grant from the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance, this free concert features new works fusing various Brazilian styles (Samba, Afoxê, Coco, Baião, ) with Bossa Nova and jazz. Rio de Janeiro singer Andrea Moraes Manson will be featured with the sextet including Alejandro Arenas, Mark Feinman, Jeremy Douglass, Austin Vickrey & David Manson. This free concert is a jazz scholarship benefit for St. Petersburg College music students. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.

Lorri Hafer & the Helios Jazz Orchestra
Tuesday, September 8 at 7:30 PM
Palladium Theater Side Door

The 18-piece Helios Jazz Orchestra, directed by David Manson, backs Lorri Hafer in a special concert of swinging big band music at the Side Door!

Lorri is a favorite of the musicians in the Helios Jazz Orchestra because of her beautiful tone, flawless enunciation, projection of voice and musical expression.

She has shared the stage with Margaret Whiting, Frankie Laine, The Four Lads, Deana Martin, Maria Muldaur, Eric Darling of The Rooftop Singers, Jim Brady of The Sandpipers, and Denny Doherty and Michele Phillips of The Mamas and The Papas and Trini Lopez. Lorri also appeared as the opening act for comedian Bob Newhart. Most recently, Lorri made her debut at NYC’s famed Metropolitan Room. Her CD, "The Very Thought of You" has received both national and international airplay in the US, the UK, Italy, the Caribbean, and New Zealand.

July 21
Helios Jazz Education Fundraiser
7:30 at the SPC Music Center

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

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!

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.

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