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Bright House Networks joins Creative Loafing as a media sponsor of the St. Petersburg Jazz Fest, which kicks off Feb. 25. Other sponsors include Chamber Music America, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, St. Petersburg College & EMIT.

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Share your photos on the Jazz Fest Facebook page and check out the profiles of the scheduled artists on their website.

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The St. Petersburg Jazz Fest kicks off Feb. 25 with the James Verdano Funk Band at 7:30 p.m. at the ARTpool courtyard in downtown St. Pete. Featured events go through March 1 and include an 18-piece big band with legendary vocalist Kevin Mahogany, eclectic NYC modern jazz group The Claudia Quintet, killer B-3 grooves from the Shawn Brown Group and a post-festival jazz session party at the historic Manhattan Casino.

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Originally dubbed the St. Petersburg College Jazz Fest, the event has evolved into a city-wide celebration now in its seventh year. SPC music professor, trombonist and composer David Manson started the event in 2009 as a way to build appreciation for what he calls a dying art form. He spent part of his sabbatical in 2013 working on cultivating sponsors for the event, which include the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Chamber Music America, St. Petersburg College & EMIT.

“Jazz is a real niche art form,” said Manson, who started music technology courses at SPC in the mid-1990s and is a founding developer in the MIRA (Music Industry/Recording Arts) program.

“Part of the mission of the festival is make people aware that it’s still alive … Students come to me afterwards and say they are blown away because it’s the first jazz concert they’ve ever been to.”

Do you have some shots you’d like to share from opening night? Post them on the Jazz Fest Facebook page and check out profiles of the scheduled artists on their website.

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HeliosThe Helios Jazz Orchestra is an ensemble-in-residence at St. Petersburg College. The 18-piece jazz big band is a college course that meets weekly to rehearse under the direction of SPC professor David Manson.

Members of the band include jazz professionals, music educators, SPC alumni and current students at the college. The ensemble has performed at the Clearwater Jazz Holiday, Ybor Jazz Festival, Salvador Dali Museum, Palladium Theater and St. Petersburg Jazz Festival.

“Radiant Forces” is a compilation of video from four live concerts given by the Helios Jazz Orchestra. The project was funded through a 2012 FGO Creativity grant received by David Manson. The first chapter of the DVD is from a concert of spy music from film and T.V. performed at the Ybor Jazz Festival. The second chapter features Helios with singer Lorri Hafer at the event venue NOVA 535. The third chapter featured singer Bryan Hughes at the SPC Music Center. The DVD closes with Helios and singer Whitney James at NOVA 535. “Radiant Forces” is being given to area music educators and potential SPC students.

The Helios Jazz Orchestra looks forward to a summer performance at the Palladium Theater Side Door.

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St. Petersburg College instructor David Manson and the St. Petersburg Jazz Festival were featured in a blog post on Articulate: Creative Pinellas.

“Now in its sixth year, the St. Petersburg Jazz Festival is bigger and better than ever. First conceived in 2009 by trombonist, composer and college instructor David Manson as a St. Petersburg College event, the Festival has grown into a city-wide celebration,” according to the post. Several of the festival’s events are hosted at college locations – the Music Center at the St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus and the Palladium at St. Petersburg College.

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In its fifth season, the St. Petersburg Jazz Festival will branch out to include performances both off and on campus at SPC this month.

The festival runs from Feb. 19 -23. A diverse lineup of artists will be performing at the swanky NOVA 535 event venue, ARTpool courtyard, the Palladium Theater Side Door and the Music Center at SPC.

Artists featured at this year’s festival are:

Helios Jazz Orchestra

Tuesday, 2/19Whitney James & Helios Jazz Orchestra
Description: big band jazz with sensational jazz singer Whitney James
Venue: NOVA 535
Location: 535 Dr. Martin Luther King St. North – St. Petersburg
Time: 7 p.m.
Admission: $15 at the door

Wednesday, 2/20Coltrane/Cannonball Tribute with Austin Vickrey, Alejandro Arenas, Jeremy Powell, LaRue Nicholson, Ian Goodman
Description: a tribute to jazz greats John Coltrane & Cannonball Adderley with some of the best jazz musicians in the Tampa Bay area
Venue: ARTpool courtyard
Location: 2030 Central Ave. – St. Petersburg
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $10 at the door

Thursday, 2/21O Som Do Jazz with Andrea Manson, David Manson, Alejandro Arenas, Austin Vickrey, Mark Feinman, John Richardson
Description: real Brazilian samba-jazz, bossa nova & MPB with Rio de Janeiro singer Andrea Manson & band
Venue: Palladium Theater Side Door
Location: 235 Fifth Ave. North – St. Petersburg
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $15 at the door

O Som Do Jazz

Friday, 2/22Paul Krueger Quartet with Paul Krueger, Alejandro Arenas, Ian Goodman, John Lake
Description: L.A. pianist Paul Krueger & Denver trumpeter John Lake join forces in a concert of original modern jazz compositions
Venue: SPC Music Center
Location: 6605 Fifth Ave. North – St. Petersburg
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $10 at the door

Saturday, 2/23Marty Morell Group with Marty Morell, Michiko Ohta, Per Danielson, Richard Drexler, Jeff Rupert & Nathan Colbert
Description: Legendary jazz percussionist Marty Morell (7 years with Bill Evans) leads this exceptional Latin jazz group with singer Michiko Ohta
Venue: SPC Music Center
Location: 6605 Fifth Ave. North – St. Petersburg
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $10 at the door

A Post-Festival Jazz Party is scheduled at Café Alma on Sunday, Feb. 24, from 6 – 8:30 PM. Singer Sasha Tuck is the host. Admission is free. Café Alma is located at 260 1st Ave. South, St. Petersburg.

Sponsors of the St. Petersburg Jazz Festival include SPC, EMIT, the City of St. Petersburg, the Al Downing Tampa Bay Jazz Association, NOVA 535 and ARTpool.

For more information, see www.emitseries.org/jazzfestival.

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The St. Petersburg College Jazz Festival returns to the college for its fourth year Thursday-Saturday, Jan. 26-28. The event will be held in the Music Center at the St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus located at 6605 Fifth Ave. N., St. Petersburg. General admission is $10 and can be purchased at the door. For more information, call 727-341-7984.

  • Thursday, Jan. 26, 7:30 p.m.

    The Alfredo Rivero Trio and La Lucha in concert, with singer Jun Bustamante. Alfredo Rivero Trio is a Latin Jazz and World music trio consisting of drummer Patrick Hernly, classical bassist Yovanny Roque, and composer and guitarist Alfredo Rivero. La Lucha is a locally-based group consisting of friends from Colombia, Mexico and the U.S. Jun Bustamante is a singer-songwriter who was born in Japan and raised in Venezuela.

  • Kathy Koskins

    Friday, Jan. 27, 7:30 p.m.

    Kathy Kosins performs with the Helios Jazz Orchestra. The Detroit-born singer and vocal arranger began singing and arranging background vocals for producer Don Was in the early ‘80s. As a lead vocalist she recorded for both Carrere (Sony) and Quality Records and later toured with Was/Not Was. The Helios Jazz Orchestra, ensemble-in-residence at St. Petersburg College, is directed by SPC instructor David Manson. Helios has performed at the Clearwater Jazz Festival, Palladium Theater, Ybor Jazz Festival, WMNF Jazz Jam, the Salvador Dali Museum, SPC Jazz Festival and other events.

  • Antonio Adolfo

    Antonio Adolfo

  • Saturday, Jan. 28, 11 a.m.

    A Brazilian Music Workshop with Antonio Adolfo. His compositions and production work are mainstays in Brazilian television and film.  As an award-winning pianist, Antonio Adolfo is among the elite of Rio de Janeiro’s jazz scene where his talent was nurtured with the Bossa Nova movement of the 1960s. In 1985 Antonio created his own music school in Rio de Janeiro and later in Hollywood, Fla., with more than 700 students enrolled. Antonio published a series of music education material in Brazil and abroad. His book, Brazilian Music Workshop, is considered an authoritative source of Brazilian music.

  • Saturday, Jan. 28, 7:30 p.m.

    O Som Do Jazz in Concert. The group features Rio de Janeiro singer Andrea Moraes Manson and a crew of experienced musicians from Brazil, Colombia, Cuba and the U.S., including Alejandro Arenas, Mark Feinman, David Cubillos, Austin Vickrey, Alfredo Rivero and David Manson. Also performing is Antonio Adolfo.

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