St. Petersburg Jazz Festival
Robotman - Wednesday, February 22
7:30 PM at the Side Door at the Palladium Theater

Robotman is a modern jazz group based in Orlando.Members include Matt McCarthy - Trumpet/Flugelhorn, Jeremy Fratti - Saxophone, Marco Bojorquez - Acoustic Bass/Electric Bass, Jeremy Katalenic - Drum Kit and John Krasula - Guitars.  The group plays edgy original music and has appeared on the Orlando Fringe Fest and Timucua White House series among other events. Advance tickets are available at or call (727) 822-3590.

Martin Bejerano Trio - Thursday, February 23
7:30 PM at the Side Door at the Palladium Theater
Martin Bejerano

A native of Miami, Florida, Bejerano is a graduate of the New World School of the Arts, Florida State University, and the University of Miami (M.M., Jazz Piano Performance). After winning third place in the prestigious 1999 Great American Jazz Piano Competition, he moved to New York City and joined the quartet of legendary jazz drummer Roy Haynes. In 2004, their recording Fountain of Youth was nominated for a Grammy award
for Best Instrumental Jazz Album.  In 2002, Martin Bejerano also joined guitarist Russell Malone’s quartet, and continues to tour and record with both groups.  He has performed with such jazz luminaries as the Christian McBride Band, Kenny Garrett, Roy Hargrove, Adam Nussbaum, James Moody, Jimmy Heath, Lonnie Plaxico Group and Marcus Printup at major jazz festivals, clubs and
venues around the world. He has presented numerous clinics and toured with “Jazz Reach,” a non-profit organization that presents multimedia concerts for school children.  In 2007, his debut CD as a leader, Evolution/Revolution (Reservoir) rose to number nine on the Jazz Week Jazz Album Chart. He was recently awarded the New Jazz Works composer/ensemble grant from Chamber Music of America.

Joshua Breakstone Trio - Friday, February 24
7:30 PM at the Side Door at the Palladium Theater

Playing guitar from an early age, Joshua Breakstone began taking an interest in jazz at the start of his teenage years. He studied privately with Sal Salvador and also attended Berklee College Of Music. In 1977, he toured Canada with Glen Hall, making his recording debut with this band. He taught guitar at Rhode Island Conservatory of Music between 1979 and 1981, during which period he played regularly at New York clubs. Among musicians with whom he worked were Warne Marsh, Emily Remler, Dave Schnitten and Vic Juris. His debut album as leader came in 1983 on which he was teamed with the Barry Harris Trio. For his second album, Joshua Breakstone linked up with Kenny Barron, with whom he was to have a long and musically rewarding relationship. Other musicians with whom he worked and recorded during the 80s and 90s were Pepper Adams, Jimmy Knepper and Kenny Washington.

Although strongly bop influenced in his approach to music, Breakstone’s repertoire ranges widely. He often plays songs from the pop scene of his formative years, for example the Ventures’ material on Walk Don’t Run, bringing to them original thought and displaying as much care as he brings to the music of bop giants such as Thelonious Monk. Technically accomplished though he is, Breakstone often chooses to play clean, single-note lines that hark back to the beginnings of bop guitar. Overlying much of his work is an aura of carefully constructed, if somewhat introspective, musicianship that is of a very high order. Joshua is joined by veteran bassist Don Moptick and La Lucha & O Som Do Jazz drummer Mark Feinman.

The Helios Jazz Orchestra with Lorri Hafer & Fred Johnson - Saturday, February 25
7:30 PM at the Palladium Theater


Fred Johnson is an international performer and has spent the past 35 years presenting international concerts and seminars on the power of creative expression as a tool for personal wellbeing and healing. He has performed on stage with or as the opening act for such musical greats as Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Chick Corea, Herbie Mann, Nat Adderly, Joe Zawinul, David Sanborn, Richard Elliot, Ramsey Lewis, Aretha Franklin, Patti La Belle, Patti Austin, George Benson, BB King and many others. He has presented programs in association with Dr. Deepak Chopra, Dr. Wayne Dyer, Dr. Maya Angelou and many others.

Lorri Hafer 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 toured as vocalist with The Glenn Miller Orchestra throughout the US and Japan and was also featured vocalist with Les Brown’s Band of Renown, and special guest vocalist with Buddy Morrow and The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. The Helios Jazz Orchestra, directed by David Manson, is an 18-piece jazz big band made up of the finest jazz musicians in the Tampa Bay area.

Jason Lee Bruns & the SPC Jazz Profs - Sunday, February 26
7:30 PM at the Side Door at the Palladium Theater

As either a drummer and/or percussionist Jason Lee Bruns has performed in the bands of major artist including Beck, Louis Price (The Temptations), and Liane Carroll (2x BBC Jazz Award Winner). He has performed at top L.A. venues including Disney Hall, House of Blues, Herb Alpert's Vibrato, the E-Spot Lounge, and Catalina Jazz Club. Jason has self-produced eight recordings to date on his label Panout Music Group™. With the most recent being “Cherry Avenue” featuring singer Kevin Bachelder. The preceding album, “Live at Catalina Jazz Club”, peaked at #8 on the CMJ Top 40 Jazz Charts. Jason is joined by St. Petersburg College Jazz Faculty

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