Past Festivals

As we prepare for upcoming 16th annual St. Petersburg Jazz Festival in 2025, take a look at our past artists.

2024 St. Petersburg Jazz Festival

Alexis Cole & Helios Jazz Orchestra 
Tuesday, April 2 at 7:30 PM
Palladium Side Door

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


Mauricio Rodriguez & The MJR Latin Project"
Wednesday, April 3 at 7:30 PM
Palladium Side Door

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.  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

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

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

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.

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 

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.  Special guest Rafael Pereira's (percussion)

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 2023 St. Petersburg Jazz Festival 

Free Vocal Jazz Workshop with Alexis Cole
Wednesday, February 22

Singer and educator Alexis Cole presents a free vocal jazz workshop for all. She heads the Jazz Vocal program at  SUNY Purchase College and William Paterson University, where her students have been winners of the Sarah Vaughan Competition, the Ella Fitzgerald Competition and Downbeat Student Awards, among others. 


Alexis Cole & Helios Jazz Orchestra
Thursday, February 23
7:30 PM at the Palladium Theater
Presented by EMIT

“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. 

Zach Bartholomew Trio - A Chick Corea Tribute
Friday, February 24
7:30 PM at the St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts

Join award-winning pianist Zachary Bartholomewand his trio (Paul Gavin, drums; Mauricio Rodriguez, bass) in the St. Petersburg Jazz Festival as they deliver a captivating concert remembering legendary jazz icon Chick Corea.



Jason Charos Sextet - Celebrating Wayne Shorter 
Saturday, February 25
7:30 PM at American Stage
Presented by EMIT & American Stage


Equally renowned for his compositions as for his saxophone playing, Wayne Shorter has contributed numerous compositions to the jazz canon while participating in some of the major changes in jazz music over the last 40 years, and has received nine Grammy Awards for his recordings.


Jason Charos is a sought-after jazz trumpeter based in Miami. In 2019, he recorded in the trumpet section on Lynch’s GRAMMY Award-winning big band album Omni-American Book Club. 

2022 St. Petersburg Jazz Festival Schedule

Artists included Rafael Pereira, Jose Valentino Ruiz, O Som Do Jazz, James Suggs/Austin Vickrey Sextet, JAZZradioHEAD with Pete Carney, Emma Hedrick & Helios Jazz Orchestra and the Chris Dingman Trio.





2020 St. Petersburg Jazz Festival 

O Som Do Jazz with Jose Valentino Ruiz & Rafael Pereira
The Conglomerate
Leon Foster Thomas with Tal Cohen and his quartet
Alexis Cole and the Helios Jazz Orchestra
Booker Little Tribute led by Jason Charos








2019 St. Petersburg Jazz Festival

Valerie Gillespie Ensemble
Remembering Sam Rivers with Rivers Lost
Nestor Torres Quartet
Helios Jazz Orchestra with Alexis Cole
Martin Bejerano Trio


2018 St. Petersburg Jazz Festival

Tal Cohen Trio
Jeff Rupert Quintet with Veronica Swift
Shawn Brown Quintet
Helios Jazz Orchestra with Whitney James & Chuck Wansley
Gabriel Hernandez Trio


Tal Cohen


2017 St. Petersburg Jazz Festival

Martin Bejerano Trio
Joshua Breakstone Trio
The Helios Jazz Orchestra with Whitney James & Fred Johnson
Jason Lee Bruns & the SPC Jazz Profs



Joshua Breakstone




Martin BejeranoJason Lee Bruns


Helios Jazz OrchestraWhitney JamesFred Johnson



2016 St. Petersburg Jazz Festival

James Varnado Jazz/Funk Band at the Side Door at the Palladium Theater. 
Bird and Diz... a tribute to Charlie Parker & Dizzy Gillespie led by James Suggs and Austin Vickrey at the Side Door at the Palladium Theater.
free workshop with Fred Johnson on Sound & Healing in the Music Department at St. Petersburg College.  Admission is free.
Silvano Monasterios Trio featuring the compositions of Silvano Monasterios joined by Jon Dadurka on bass & Rodolfo Zuñiga on drums. 
Fred Johnson and the Helios Jazz Orchestra at the Music Center at St. Petersburg College.
The Post-Festival Jazz Jam at the Manhattan Casino.  Hosted by the Al Downing Tampa Bay Jazz Association.









2015 St. Petersburg Jazz Festival
James Varnado Jazz/Funk Band at the ARTpool courtyard
Shawn Brown Group  at the Palladium Theater Side Door
The Claudia Quintet at the SPC Music Center
Kevin Mahogany & Helios Jazz Orchestra at the SPC Music Center
Post-Festival Jazz Jam at the Manhattan Casino






2014 St. Petersburg Jazz Festival

Helios Jazz Orchestra Plays Spy Music with singers Denise Moore, Bryan Hughes, Andrea Manson & Tomika Wldon
LaRue Nickelson Quartet with Patrick Bettison, Elias Tona & Ian Goodman
O Som Do Jazz with Andrea Manson, Alejandro Arenas, Mark Feinman, Alfredo Rivero, Austin Vickrey & David Manson
Viva Cal! led by Frankie Pineiro with Richard Drexler, Hector Mayoral, John Jenkins & Cole Hazlitt
Antonio Adolfo Quintet with Alejandro Arenas, Alfredo Rivero, Mark Feinman & special guest Austin Vickrey
Sasha Tuck Quartet at Cafe Alma






2013 St. Petersburg Jazz Festival

Whitney James and the Helios Jazz Orchestra
Tribute to Cannonball & Coltrane with Jeremy Powell, Austin Vickrey, LaRue Nickelson, Alejandro Arenas, Ian Goodman
O Som Do Jazz
Paul Krueger Quartet with John Lake, Alejandro Arenas & Ian Goodman
Marty Morell Group with Michiko Ohta, Benjamin Kramer, Richard Drexler, Jeff Rupert, Nathan Colbert


2012 SPC Jazz Festival

Alfredo Rivero Trio & La Lucha
Kathy Kosins and the Helios Jazz Orchestra
O Som Do Jazz and Antonio Adolfo




2011 SPC Jazz Festival

Denise Moore and the Helios Jazz Orchestra 
The Miami-based Alex Berti Trio with Pablo Gil (saxophone) & Martin Bejerano
The Ronnie Burrage Trio with saxophonist Alain Bradette  and bassist Doug Mathews


2010 SPC Jazz Festival

Bassist John Lindberg, The Powell Brothers Quintet, Guisando Caliente & Helios Jazz Orchestra with Sasha Tuck & Dale Williams

2009 SPC Jazz Festival

Sue Terry and the Helios Jazz Orchestra
Manigua with Alfredo Rivero & O Som Do Jazz
Sue Terry Quartet with Richard Drexler, Mark Neuenschwander and Tracy Alexander


If you love jazz, then clear your calendar for April 1 - 6 for the 2024 St. Petersburg Jazz Festival!