This year's jazz festival is in four different venues. Ticketing for the April 2 & 3 concerts can be purchased through the Palladium Theater website at . The April 4 & 6 concerts have ticketing through Eventbrite. The April 5 concert is free! You can find ticketing links at the bottom of each concert description.


Brazilian Festival
Saturday, May 18 noon to 8 PM
Water Works in Tampa

EMIT is a sponsor of the first Brazilian Festival in Tampa. O Som Do Jazz performs at 3:30 PM followed by capoeira, a carnaval march, food trucks and great MPB bands







Jazz Vocalist Workshop with Alexis Cole - FREE!
Monday, April 1
12:30 – 1:30 in HS 109 at St. Petersburg College 
located at 6605 5th Ave. North in St. Petersburg

Alexis Cole & Helios Jazz Orchestra (Sorry - this concert is SOLD OUT)
Tuesday, April 2 at 7:30 PM
Palladium Side Door
located at 253 5th Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

We’ve been waiting for the next great singer to come along, and finally…Alexis” –Swing Journal Japan

Called “one of the great voices of today,” Alexis Cole has been compared to classic jazz singers such as Sarah Vaughan and Anita O’Day. Her luxurious voice and innovative interpretations make her an instant favorite with audiences of all ages. Cole is the recipient of a Swing Journal Gold Disk award and was a winner of the NY Jazzmobile and Montreux Jazz Festival vocal competitions, and a finalist of the Sarah Vaughan Competition. She records for Motéma Music, NY, Chesky Records, NY and Venus Records, Japan. Her eleven recordings, which feature musical luminaries such as Fred Hersch, Eric Alexander, Matt Wilson, Harry Pickens, Don Braden and Pat LaBarbara, have received high praise in the jazz press and are spun on radio world-wide. In addition to her many performances at top jazz venues like Dizzy’s Club at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Birdland, The Jazz Standard, Blues Alley, and Billboard Live, she’s also performed at Avery Fisher Hall and the Kennedy Center and had been a featured soloist with the Boston Pops and NY Philharmonic. Alexis Cole’s recent album “Sky Blossoms: Songs from My Tour of Duty” is a celebration of the repertoire created for her during seven years with the US Army Jazz Knights.

The 18-member Helios Jazz Orchestra, directed by Dr. 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! Tickets are $25 available at: .

Mauricio Rodriguez & The MJR Latin Project"
Wednesday, April 3 at 7:30 PM
Palladium Side Door
located at 253 5th Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

This performance will mix original work composed by Mauricio J. Rodriguez with a mixture of the new Cuban contemporary music and some Latin jazz staples. Bassist, composer, producer, and educator, Mauricio J Rodriguez is one of the finest musicians of his generation in Cuba. He was member of Fervet Opus jazz quartet, one of the most important Latin jazz bands in Cuba in the 80’s, touring around the world to many festivals and concert including The Havana Latin Jazz Festival, Jamboree, Bratislava, Spain, and Moscow, among others. He now teaches at Saint Leo University. Joining this performance will be Zachary Bornheimer- saxophone, Pablo Arencibia - piano, Andy Forner- drums, Mauricio Rodriguez- bass. Tickets are $25 available at .

Markus Gottschlich Trio
Thursday, April 4 at 7:30 PM
Music Center at St. Petersburg College
located at 6605 5th Ave. North in St. Petersburg

“His compositional skills and his dazzling pianism give full rein to his expressive spirit, as

heard on his latest recording, Found Sounds” –Musically Speaking.

Embark on a highly entertaining evening with the Markus Gottschlich Trio, led by the internationally acclaimed pianist hailing from Vienna, Austria. Described by Albuquerque Magazine as "a lyrical, high-energy, and risk-taking artist," Markus Gottschlich, a distinguished Steinway Artist, infuses his performances with “melodically remarkable ideas“, as applauded by The Standard, Austria.

Making a St. Petersburg Jazz Festival debut, the Trio with Markus, Michael Washington (drums) and Noam Tanzer (bass) unveils premieres alongside selections from the albums "Found Sounds" and "Of Places Between." With a global presence on festival stages from Europe to the US to Asia, Markus Gottschlich’s Trio promises an evening of jazz that transcends borders, showcasing a distinctive artistry that resonates across continents.

Tickets are $25, see:

Brazilian Percussion Workshop with Rafael Pereira - FREE!
Thursday, April 4
12:30 – 1:45 PM at SPC-Gibbs campus in room HS 109 at St. Petersburg College 
located at 6605 5th Ave. North in St. Petersburg

O Som Do Jazz with special guests Rafael Pereira & Jose Valentino Ruiz
Friday, April 5 at 7:30 PM
Warehouse Arts District located at 515 22nd St S, St. Petersburg, FL 33712

O Som Do Jazz features Rio de Janeiro singer Andrea Moraes Manson and a crew of experienced musicians performing samba-jazz, Bossa Nova, Balanço, Baião and MPB. O Som Do Jazz (the sound of jazz in Portuguese) recaptures the grace, energy and spirit of Brazilian music. With 4 CDs and original music placed on BBC, Fox and HBO, O Som Do Jazz is a Florida favorite with performances on the Miami International Jazz Fest, DTO Jazz Fest, Clearwater Jazz Holiday, Mod Miami, Pensacola Jazz Fest and more. Special guest Rafael Pereira's (percussion)

performing resume includes the Grammys, SNL, Janelle Monae, Prince, Bruno Mars, and many more. Jose Valentino Ruiz is an EMMY Award Winner, a multi-GRAMMY Award Nominated artist-producer-engineer, a multi-instrumentalist, composer and professor at the University of Florida. Musicians on this program include Andrea Moraes Manson, Jose Valentino Ruiz, Bruno Miranda, Alejandro Arenas, David Manson, Rafael Pereira & Mark Feinman. Thanks to support from the City of St. Petersburg, EMIT & Florida Arts and Culture, this concert is FREE!

Hot Club SRQ
Saturday, April 6 at 7:30 PM
Museum of American Arts and Crafts Movement
located at 355 4th St N, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Hot Club SRQ plays Gypsy Jazz that is deeply rooted in the style of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli. This music simply swings and is full of beauty and romance! The quartet emulates the style of what the French call "Jazz Manouche" and "Le Jazz Hot" in the style of Sinti virtuosos and the "Quintette du Hot Club de France." The heart of this ensemble is the violin and vocals of Keven Aland, the guitar of Jon McLaughlin, bass playing of Glenn Stevenson and world renowned Brazilian valve trombonist François de Lima. Their string jazz ensemble has been thoughtfully cultivated and crafted for over a decade. There is a genuine warmth and connection that is unique to this ensemble. This group can swing ferociously then suddenly hypnotize you with a beautiful ballad. Tickets $25 are available at this link:


We program jazz year-round! Here's our last concert:

Ronnie Dee & Helios Jazz Orchestra
Tuesday, February 27 at 7:30 PM
presented by EMIT

5th generation vocalist, composer and multi-instrumentalist Ronnie Dee is a consummate entertainer who puts his body, heart and soul into every performance. As leader of several Tampa Bay bands, he plays all genres of music but has a special love for the music of Frank Sinatra and his pals in the Rat Pack. This concert features several selections from the legendary recording Sinatra at the Sands as well as other Rat Pack, blues and jump songs.


In its 15th season, the 18-member Helios Jazz Orchestra, directed by Dr. 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!
Tickets will be available starting 1/23, see

David Manson
St. Petersburg Jazz Festival


The St. Petersburg Jazz Festival is sponsored in part by EMIT, Claus and D'Vora Krueger, the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture, Florida Council on Arts and Culture, City of St. Petersburg, CETL, St. Petersburg College. 






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

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