EMIT series 2018-19

For the past twenty-two years, over 400 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, Recording Arts Program with Boys & Girls Club students at the Royal Theater in Midtown and supporter of the 18-member Helios Jazz Orchestra.

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

EMIT 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/ .

Creative Pinellas Arts Annual
Thursday, November 8 at 6:30 PM

Brazilian band O Som Do Jazz provides music for the Arts Annual - a fundraiser to support Creative Pinellas.  For more info, see Arts Annual

Exquisite Corpse International
Thursday, November 1 at 8 PM
St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Art

EMIT commissions composers Elizabeth Baker, Tom Kersey and David Manson to create the first music entrees in the Exquisite Corpse International annual event.  See for more information: http://exquisitecorpsegames.com/ecg-2018-participants/



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/ .

Free Workshop with Jose Valentino Ruiz
Monday, October 29 at 1 PM
HS 109 at St. Petersburg College


EMIT presents internationally-acclaimed recording & performing artist, Multi-Latin GRAMMY® Nominee, and Lee University’s music business & production professor, Dr. José Valentino Ruiz, is a leading educator who specializes in the cultivation of creative & artistic identities and the augmentation of entrepreneurial skill sets among aspiring performing artists and music educators who wish to thrive in today’s 21st Century vacillating music industry! The free session takes place in HS 109 (the college band room) at the Gibbs campus, located at 6605 Fifth Ave. North in St. Petersburg.






St. Petersburg Festival of the Arts
October 26 at 6:30 PM
Sundial in St. Petersburg














EMIT co-sponsors a performance by MIFU (Mobile Itinerant Funk Unit) at Sundial. This is part of the St. Petersburg Festival of the Arts.




past events:

Belinda Womack & the Helios Jazz Orchestra
Tuesday, October 2 at 7:30 PM

Side Door at the Palladium Theater


EMIT presents, singer Belinda Womack with the 18-member Helios Jazz Orchestra, directed by David Manson, in a program of great big band favorites including “Watch What Happens”, “Blue Skies”, “Cry Me A River” and others!

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 music 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! See www.mypalladium.org for tickets. The Palladium Theater is located at 253 Fifth Ave. North in St. Petersburg.

Francois de Lima & O Som Do Jazz
Thursday, Sept. 5 at 7:30 PM
Side Door at the Palladium Theater

Presented by EMIT & The Palladium - It’s a show of grooving samba, Bossa Nova and MPB with Brazilian valve trombonist François de Lima & O Som Do Jazz!

François de Lima began playing trombone at 10 years of age, and at 16 was playing professionally in Brazil. In the 80s he performed with Fabio Jr, Roberto Carlos, Jorge Benjor, Ney Matogrosso and Djavan (with whom he plays today), doing shows at clubs and festivals around the world. Gal Costa presented him at Carnegie Hall. In parallel he developed his work as a musician in the studio, recording with artists like Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso, Ney Matogrosso, Milton Nascimento, and Julio Iglesias Guinga, and others. In addition, François has performed with Leny Andrade, Leila Pinheiro, Hermeto Pascoal, Flora Purim and Airto Moreira, César Camargo Mariano, Raul de Souza, Paulo Moura, Wagner Tiso, Dominguinhos and international musicians such as Paquito D’Rivera, Randy Brecker, George Benson and Gonzalo Rubalcaba. O Som Do Jazz features Rio de Janeiro singer Andrea Moraes Manson and a crew of experienced musicians performing Bossa Nova, samba, balanço and MPB. Band members also include Regis Moreira (piano), Alejandro Arenas (bass), David Manson (trombone/percussion), and Mark Feinman (drums). O Som Do Jazz (the sound of jazz in Portuguese) recaptures the grace, energy and spirit of 1960-80s Brazilian music.

Hot Nights/Cool Jazz
Thursday, August 31
7-9:30 PM
Imagine Museum

EMIT co-sponsors jazz music for this new event series at the Imagine Museum located at 1901 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL 33713. Check out the amazing contemporary studio glass art and live jazz from the EMIT 4tet with Butch Thomas, Kevin Wilder, David Manson & Alejandro Arenas.




EMIT presents a session with Gustavo Matamoros
Thursday, August 23 at 12:30 PM

St. Petersburg College (HS 116 on the Gibbs campus)

EMIT is pleased to present a free session by renowned composer/sound artist Gustavo Matamoros on Thursday, August 23 from 12:30 - 1:30 at St. Petersburg College in HS 116. Gustavo will talk about his work and approaches to sound installations and performance art.

Gustavo Matamoros was born in Venezuela where he became interested in experimentation with short wave radios, tape recorders and listened to the progressive rock music of Egg and Gentle Giant. He directs the Subtropics New Music Festival and iSAW in Miami. His current art and curatorial projects include the Listening Gallery, Subtropics Biennial and Audiotheque. He is a member of Frozen Music—an ensemble with David Dunn and Rene Barge. He is also part of the ensemble PUNTO with Armando Rodriguez and Julio Roloff. Gustavo has also performed and collaborated with among others, Alison Knowles, Jan Williams, Russell Frehling, Robert Gregory, Charles Recher, Sam Ashley, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Davey Williams and Gino Robair.

He has received commissions from Adrianne Arsht Performing Arts Center (MPAC), Knight Foundation (Arts Challenge), Art in State Buildings (FIU School of Architecture), and Vizcaya Museum, and is the recipient of a Cultural Consortium Visual and Media Arts Fellowship and two of Venezuela’s national composition awards. Recent projects and sound installations have been exhibited at Miami Art Museum (now PAMM), Bass Museum of Art, Museum of Art/Fort Lauderdale, MoCA and Hollywood Art and Culture Center. Though his work is mostly created in Miami, he has performed, worked and lectured across the USA, as well as in Germany and Venezuela.

In his work, he experiments with sound, words and gates, plays the saw, and explores sound’s ability to contain and deliver information. In describing it, he writes, “For the past 34 years or so, (my) attitude toward the work has been such that the result of my experiments ultimately influences the way I live. What I’ve been trying to do as an artist who works with sound is instruct myself on how to listen better.”  This event is coordinated with the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery in Fort Myers, Florida. HS 116 is located at 6605 Fifth Ave. North in St. Petersburg. The HS building is mid-campus.

Nova musica with O Som Do Jazz
Saturday, August 11 at 8 PM

Supported by the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance, Brazilian group O Som Do Jazz gives a free concert of original new works by composer David Manson. O Som Do Jazz is a 6-piece music group featuring Rio de Janeiro singer Andrea Moraes Manson. The group recently performed on the Miami International Jazz Fest. Admission is free. ARTS 46/4 is located at 460 46th Ave. North in St. Petersburg.





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/

Past events:

21st Century iClass Sessions
Campbell Park Elementary
Fairmount Park Elementary
July 10
EMIT sponsors two jazz sessions with Kevin Wilder, Sonja Spence, Alejandro Arenas and David Manson at Campbell Park and Fairmount Park elementary schools.









Diego Figueiredo
Friday, June 15 at 8 PM
Side Door at the Palladium Theater

“Diego Figueiredo is one of the greatest guitarists I’ve seen in my whole life. The world needs to listen to his music”. – George Benson

Brazilian guitarist Diego Figueiredo is an extraordinary fast-rising star in the jazz world. His superb technique, timing and imagination have made him one of the hottest international names on the scene today. At age 36, he has already released 23 CDs, 3 DVDs, and has played in more than 60 countries around the world. A brilliant musician, Figueiredo keeps the traditional essence of Brazilian music, and at the same time is extremely virtuosic, modern and innovative. His concerts unite technique and emotion in a fusion of Brazilian music and jazz.
Join us for an intimate evening of jazz and Brazilian Bossa Nova, chorinho and more with Figueiredo playing solo acoustic guitar, and a cameo appearance by Brazilian vocalist, Andrea Moraes Manson. Tickets available at www.mypalladium.org .



Ongoing Recording Arts Program (RAP) with Boys & Girls Club students at the Royal Theater

Through the support of the Pinellas Community Foundation, RAP 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.

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