About Our 8th St. Petersburg Jazz Festival

Thank you all for attending our six events on the 8th annual St. Petersburg Jazz festival!  This was our largest attendance to date and it is obvious that jazz is greatly appreciated in St. Petersburg.  We schedule jazz events year-round through our nonprofit presenter, EMIT.  Check out the concert schedule under Ongoing Concerts.

It was a delight to feature singer & hometown hero Fred Johnson with the Helios Jazz Orchestra.  Fred has a fantastic voice and he is also a committed arts and educator. His workshop on Music & Healing at St. Petersburg College, was insightful and entertaining! 

Silvano Monasterios and his trio gave a truly stunning performance at the Palladium Side Door.  Silvano's music is elegant and well-developed.  The ensemble playing and soloing were remarkable.

Trumpeter James Suggs, saxophonist Austin Vickrey and band gave fiery tribute to Bebop icons Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker. 

New Orleans transplant James Varnado served up funky grooves with his band at the Palladium Side Door with special guests that included saxophonist Butch Thomas and singers Synia Carroll and Ted Nichols.

We wrapped up the jazz festival at the historic Manhattan Casino with a jazz jam session/festival wrap party hosted by the Al Downing Tampa Bay Jazz Association on Sunday.  At least 150 people were there to dance and hear area jazz artists play their hearts out!   It was wonderful to hear so many young jazz musicians join in the session.

Thanks to our many sponsors for their commitment to jazz!  Bright House was media sponsor again!  We truly appreciate their commitment to jazz.

Thanks also to the Gobioff Foundation, Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, Feher Law, City of St. Petersburg, Creative Loafing, WUSF-FM, The Zoo Studio, Creative Pinellas, Radiant Culture, HuSonics, F.E. Lykes, St. Petersburg Arts Alliance, EMIT, St. Petersburg College and many jazz lovers who support our programming throughout the year!  You are all greatly appreciated.

If you wish to become a sponsor of the 2017 St. Petersburg Jazz Festival, please feel free to contact me and we can discuss the possibilities.


David Manson
St. Petersburg Jazz Festival
(727) 341-4363




Would you like to be part of this new Florida jazz tradition?  Contact Director David Manson to talk with him about concerts and sponsorship: mansond@spcollege.edu

Major supporters of the 2016 St. Petersburg Jazz Festival include the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, City of St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg College, EMIT, the Gobioff Foundation & Bright House Networks.


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