Friday, March 17, 2017

Helios & Sonja Spence - April 18

The Helios Jazz Orchestra & singer Sonja Spence perform at the cabaret-style Side Door venue at the Palladium Theater on Tuesday, April 18 at 7:30 PM.  The program of big band music includes "Georgia On My Mind", 'Straight No Chaser", "Cubano Chant", "Misty" and other jazz favorites.

Admission is $15 for general seating and $25 for reserved seating available at This concert is presneted by David Manson and EMIT.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Helios & Jamie Perlow - Tuesday, Jan. 24!

Singer Jamie Perlow joins the 17-piece Helios Jazz Orchestra (directed by David Manson) in a concert of great American standards including Georgia, I'll Be Seeing You, Almost Like Being in Love, At Last and many others.  Jamie has fantastic style, intonation, enunciation, projection... the whole thing!

Admission is free, but donations to the jazz scholarship fund are appreciated. The SPC Music Center is located at 6605 Fifth Ave. North in St. Peterburg. Park on the north side of the building area. The concert begins at 7:30 PM.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Helios with Jamie Perlow - Tuesday, September 13!

Jamie Perlow joins the Helios Jazz Orchestra as guest singer in a special program of big band favorites. Jamie is an extraordinary area singer and songwriter with radio and television credits. Her expressive style, full voice and flawless intonation set her apart. Selections include "At Last," "Orange Colored Sky," "I've Got the World On A String" and many more!

The Helios Jazz Orchestra, directed by David Manson, is an 18-piece jazz big band made up of the finest jazz musicians in the Tampa Bay area. Enjoy cabaret seating and hear big band jazz in the intimate setting of the Side Door at the Palladium Theater located at 253 Fifth Ave. North in St. Petersburg.


Saturday, June 18, 2016

Helios is back at NOVA 535 with Lorri Hafer - July 26!

By request, the 18-piece Helios Jazz Orchestra returns for a special concert of swinging big band music at the swanky NOVA 535!  The big band, directed by David Manson, will feature guest vocalist Lorri Hafer.

Lorri is a favorite of the musicians in the Helios Jazz Orchestra because of her beautiful tone, flawless enunciation, projection of voice and musical expression.  She toured as vocalist with The Glenn Miller Orchestra throughout the US and Japan and was also featured vocalist with Les Brown’s Band of Renown, and special guest vocalist with Buddy Morrow and The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra.

NOVA 535 is the #1 rated event space and wedding venue in St. Petersburg for many good reasons. With its beautiful lighting, brick walls and rustic beams, high ceilings, attentive staff, cabaret seating, large wooden dance floor, full bar and more... there could not be a more perfect venue for an evening of big band music and dancing!  NOVA 535 is located at 535 Dr. MLK Jr St N, St. Petersburg, FL 33701!

This is a benefit for the St. Petersburg Jazz Festival presented by EMIT: .  General admission is $12 advance tickets and $15 at the door.  Special VIP seating is available for $25. Contact for tickets.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Synia Carroll & Helios - Tuesday, May 3 at the Palladium Side Door

Vocalist Synia Carroll is featured in concert with the 18-piece Helios Jazz Orchestra, directed by David Manson. Carroll’s approach to jazz is reminiscent of Nancy Wilson with an energy and clarity to her voice that works very well with a big band. The program (presented by EMIT) features jazz favorites including “This Can’t Be Love,” “Misty,” “Sway” and others.

This concert benefits in part, the St. Petersburg Jazz Festival.  General admission is $15 at the Palladium Theater.  See

Friday, February 12, 2016

Fred Johnson & the Helios Jazz Orchestra - Feb. 27 on the St. Petersburg Jazz Festival

Fred Johnson & the Helios Jazz Orchestra
February 27 at 7:30 PM
Music Center at St. Petersburg College
  ...part of the St. Petersburg Jazz Festival!

Fred Johnson has performed on stage with or as the opening act for such musical greats as Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Chick Corea, Herbie Mann, Nat Adderly, Joe Zawinul, David Sanborn, Richard Elliot, Ramsey Lewis, Aretha Franklin, Patti La Belle, Patti Austin, George Benson, BB King and many others.
The Helios Jazz Orchestra is an 18-piece jazz big band directed by David Manson.  The ensemble has performed on the Clearwater Jazz Holiday, Ybor Jazz Festival & more.  Admission is $15, only at the door, but don't worry - it's a 300-seat venue! The Music Center at SPC is located at 6605 Fifth Ave. North in St. Petersburg.

See more about the St. Petersburg Jazz Festival at .

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Chuck Wansley & Helios Jazz Orchestra - Dec. 15

Tuesday, December 15
7:30 PM
Side Door at the Palladium

Vocalist Chuck Wansley joins the 18-piece Helios Jazz Orchestra, directed by David Manson, in a special concert of swinging big band music at the Side Door!

Native New Yorker Chuck Wansley began his professional singing and performing career at age 18 on an extended world tour with Up With People. In the early 80s he signed first with Prism Records and then Motown, as a founding member of the urban techno band WARP-9, performing live and producing two albums. He also performed and recorded an album with innovative international performance artist Tomek Lamprecht.

In 1984, Chuck moved to Los Angeles and matured into a dynamic performer, easily conveying a range of musical styles from Frank Sinatra and Harry Connick, to Fatboy Slim and Maroon 5. In 2007 Chuck expanded his business, creating a second band on the East Coast to enable him to perform in as many locales as his schedule allows. Chuck and his bands have performed from Connecticut to Napa, Los Angeles to Paris & Prague, along with numerous solo appearances in Japan.

The Helios Jazz Orchestra is the house big band for the St. Petersburg Jazz Festival (scheduled 2/24-28 in 2016) and is comprised of the best jazz musicians in the Tampa Bay area.

For more info, see .