Friday, May 9, 2014

Helios & Lorri Hafer at the Side Door on June 17!


Helios Jazz Orchestra with Lorri Hafer

The 18-piece Helios Jazz Orchestra, directed by David Manson, backs Lorri Hafer is a special concert of swinging big band music at the Side Door!

Lorri Hafer is the daughter of composer /arranger /Academy Award nominee Al Ham and his wife, Mary Mayo.  They met while they were both performing with the post war Glenn Miller Orchestra under the direction of Tex Beneke.

Lorri started her career at the age of five on the Guy Mitchell record, "If You Ever Go Away” and as lead vocalist with the Hillside Singers.  Lorri along with her mother recorded the ‘Coca Cola Song’ - "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing in Perfect Harmony."  Lorri 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. 

She has shared the stage with Margaret Whiting, Frankie Laine, The Four Lads, Deana Martin, Maria Muldaur, Eric Darling of The Rooftop Singers, Jim Brady of The Sandpipers, and Denny Doherty and Michele Phillips of The Mamas and The Papas and Trini Lopez. Lorri also appeared as the opening act for comedian Bob Newhart.  Most recently, Lorri made her debut at NYC’s famed Metropolitan Room.  Her CD, "The Very Thought of You" has received both national and international airplay in the US, the UK, Italy, the Caribbean, and New Zealand.

Enjoy great big band jazz in the cabaret environment of the Side Door at the Palladium Theater!  This is a benefit for the St. Petersburg Jazz Festival presented by EMIT: www.emitseries.org .  Admission is $15 at the Palladium Theater.  See http://www.mypalladium.org/

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Helios Swingtet Plays Jazz in the Stacks on April 15

The 7-piece Helios Swingtet with Bryan Hughes perform on the Jazz in the Stacks concert at the West St. Petersburg Community Libray on April 15 at 7:30 !  It's free, so come on out and enjoy the music.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Helios Plays Spy Music - Tuesday, Feb. 18 on the St. Petersburg Jazz Festival!


Tuesday, February 18

License to Thrill - Helios Plays Spy Music from TV & Film!
7:30 PM
St. Petersburg College Music Center
6605 Fifth Ave. North, St. Petersburg

 For the opening concert of the St. Petersburg Jazz Festival, the expanded 22-piece Helios Jazz Orchestra performs spy music from TV & film with guest singers Denise Moore, Bryan Hughes, Tomika Waldon & Andrea Moraes Manson. James Bond, Austin Powers, Get Smart, Mission Impossible & more are featured in this concert of great jazzy theme music!  General admission is $10 only at the door.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

NOVA Noel with Helios - Tuesday, Dec. 17


It's a special holiday show with the helios Jazz Orchestra back at the swanky NOVA 535 on Tuesday, December 17!
 
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Photos with Santa
7:30 pm – 10:00 pm HELIOS 18-Piece Jazz Big Band

 
Bryan Hughes is the guest singer. It’s musical potpourri. We’ll feature Rat Pack, New Orleans, holiday & Swing music.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Helios Jazz Orchestra & Singer Tomika Waldon - Nov. 12



The next Helios Jazz Orchestra concert is Tuesday, Nov. 12 at the SPC Music Center! Our special guest singer is Tomika Waldon and we'll play music inspired by New Orleans. Tomika toured with CeeLo Green.

The concert starts at 7:30 PM. Admission is only $5 at the door.  The SPC Music Center is located on the campus of St. Petersburg College at 6605 Fifth Ave. North in St. Petersburg.  This link is a map of the campus: www.spcollege.edu/uploadedFiles/Locations/SPG_map.pdf

Sunday, August 25, 2013

We're Back! Helios on Tuesday, September 10

The Helios Jazz Orchestra returns after a little summer vacation with a concert at the Music Center at St. Petersburg College on Tuesday, September 10 at 7:30 PM.  The concert will feature Swing, Latin jazz and a few of the band member's favorite charts.
Admission is only $5 at the door. The 320-seat Music Center is located at 6605 5th Ave. North in St. Petersburg.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Helios On Vacation



The Helios Jazz Orchestra will be taking the summer off from performances at NOVA 535.  We will return in September!

best,

David Manson
Director