EMIT series 2019-20

For the past twenty-three years, over 450 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.  

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David Manson, Director



Helios Jazz Orchestra & Scotty Wright!
Tuesday, September 10
Side Door at the Palladium Theater

The 18-member Helios Jazz Orchestra, directed by Dr. David Manson, backs California vocalist Scotty Wright in a big band show at the Side Door.
Jazz vocalist Scotty Wright is a veteran musician with over 40 years of experience. With a warm, rich-toned voice, tremendous range and relaxed delivery, Scotty possesses a unique sound that is deeply rooted in the jazz tradition. A multifaceted jazz artist, Scotty is a gifted singer, pianist, actor, teacher, and author who has traveled the world performing jazz in over 20 countries including China, Thailand, Japan, Dubai, and Jordan.
The program will feature great jazz gems like “One for Daddy-O” by Nat Adderly, “What Is This Thing Called Love” by Cole Porter, and the premiere of a new jazz composition by director David Manson. It will be an unforgettable evening of great big band jazz in an intimate cabaret setting!

Jazz on the Lawn
October 18 at 7 PM
Fusion Beat Latin Jazz & O Som Do Jazz
The Quad at St. Petersburg College (66th St. & 5th Ave. North in St. Petersburg)
Free Concert!

SPC, EMIT & the St. Petersburg Jazz Festival are presenting this free concert of Latin Jazz in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.

recent events:

Oba Brazil!
with O Som Do Jazz with Andrea Moraes Manson & Jose Valentino Ruiz
Sunday, June 9 at 7 PM
First Unity Spiritual Campus
Brazilian sextet O Som Do Jazz with Rio de Janeiro singer Andrea Moraes Manson, gives a special concert of samba, Bossa Nova & MPB with Latin GRAMMY nominee Jose Valentino Ruiz!  The program will features favorite compositions by Antonio Carlos Jobim, João Donato, Baden Powell, Carlos Lyra and more!

Admission is $20 only at the door. The First Unity Spiritual Campus is located at 460 46th Ave. North in St. Petersburg.  Call (727) 341-4363 for more information.










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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