The St. Petersburg Jazz Festival programs jazz events year-round through the nonprofit EMIT.  Here is our next concert!

Saturday, May 21 at 4 PM
Brazilian Music Q & A with Jovino Santos Neto

Music Center at St. Petersburg College
Jovino will discuss, answer questions and play piano.  The event is free.  The SPC Music Center is located at 6605 Fifth Ave. North in St. Petersburg, FL 33710

Jovino Santos Neto & O Som Do Jazz in Concert
Sunday, May 22 at 3 PM
Music Center at St. Petersburg College
Presented by EMIT:

Three-time Latin Grammy nominee Jovino Santos Neto, a master pianist and composer, is among the top Brazilian musicians performing today. Jovino and Brazilian jazz sextet O Som Do Jazz, join forces for a concert of original works by Jovino fusing jazz and northeastern Brazilian styles, as well as classic Brazilian Bossa Nova & MPB. 

Rio de Janeiro-born and Seattle-based pianist, composer and flutist Jovino Santos Neto was a member of Hermeto Pascoal's band from 1977 to 1992, He has toured with Sergio Mendes, Airto Moreira and Flora Purim's group, Fourth World, as well as leading his own Seattle-based Quinteto.

O Som Do Jazz features Rio de Janeiro singer Andrea Moraes Manson backed by Austin Vickrey (saxophones), David Manson (trombone), Bill Pillucere (bass) and Mark Feinman (drums).

If you love Brazilian music, you will want to attend this very special concert!

Admission is $15, available only at the door. The SPC Music Center is located at 6605 Fifth Ave. North in St. Petersburg, FL 33710. For more information about Jovino, see http://www.jovisan.net/ . For info about the concert, see www.emitseries.org .

Brazilian Music Q & A with Jovino Santos Neto
Saturday, May 21 at 4 PM
Music Center at St. Petersburg College
Jovino will discuss, answer questions and play piano.  The event is free and part of the Crossover Festival.

EMIT is a proud sponsor of the Crossover Festival - Crossover is a one-day festival on Saturday, May 21 that celebrates students as makers of music from popular music genres such as rock, alternative, blues, pop, R&B, hip hop, funk, folk, indie rock, electronic dance music, country, rap, punk, soul, metal, Southern rock, Latin, new age, reggae, etc. The 2016 inaugural event will be held on the Gibbs Campus of St. Petersburg College.  For more information, see http://floridamusiceducation.org/programs/crossover-festival/


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.

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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