Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Hot Summer Jazz with Helios - July 21

Our next Helios concert will be a jazz education scholarship fundraiser scheduled Tuesday, July 21 at the SPC Music Center! Donations will cover tuition fees for students enrolled in SPC jazz ensembles.

The concert (starting at 7:30 PM) is free, but a donation to the scholarship fund would be greatly appreciated!  The 300-seat SPC Music is located at 6605 Fifth Ave. North in St. Petersburg.  Just take the 66th St. entrance and park on the south side of the parking lot.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Lorri Hafer guests with the Helios Jazz Orchestra on May 19!

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

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.

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 .  General admission is $15 at the Palladium Theater.  See http://www.mypalladium.org/

Monday, March 9, 2015

Helios & Amy Morgan at the Side Door, March 24!

The 18-piece Helios Jazz Orchestra features singer Amy Morgan in a show of Great American Songbook jazz favorites. Amy is a song stylist with a passion for swing and big band music.  She has a full voice like Rosemary Clooney.  

The Helios Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of 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!
Admission is $15.  Advance tickets are available and recommended.  

Helios & Kevin Mahogany on the St. Petersburg Jazz Festival - 2/28!

The Helios Jazz Orchestra backs legendary jazz singer Kevin Mahogany on the St. Petersburg Jazz Festival on Saturday, February 28.  The show takes places in the acoustically perfect Music Center at St. Petersburg College.

The standout jazz vocalist of his generation.” - Newsweek
Kevin Mahogany
With eleven recordings as a leader, vocalist, businessman and educator Kevin Mahogany has been the standard setter for jazz vocalists for three decades. Kevin Mahogany's sudden prominence in the mid-'90s was a relief to many who felt that male jazz singers under the age of 60 were non-existent. His swinging style is reminiscent, but not derivative of Joe Williams.

Admission is $15 at the door only.  See www.stpetejazzfest.com for more information .

Sunday, January 4, 2015

January 20 - Helios with Eliana Blanchard & Bryan Hughes!

The 18-piece Helios Jazz Orchestra, directed by David Manson, features vocalists Eliana Blanchard and Bryan Hughes in a special show of jazz classics.

Eliana is a recent graduate of the MIRA (Music Industry/Recording Arts) program at St. Petersburg College and vocalist with hip hop group The Real Clash.  She has a powerful voice that is perfect for torch songs.  A Helios favorite, Bryan recently returned from performances in Europe and brings his suave Rat Pack style to the stage of the Side Door.

It's a great evening of big band jazz in the intimate cabaret setting of the Side Door presented by EMIT!  General admission is $15.

The Palladium Side Door is located at 253 5th Ave. North  St. Petersburg, FL 33704.  The Palladium Side box office is http://www.mypalladium.org/box-office/ .

Friday, October 24, 2014

Nov. 18 - Nik Sharp & the Helios Jazz Orchestra at the Side Door

Helios Jazz Orchestra and Nik Sharp revisit the classic music of the 1966 live album, Sinatra at the Sands with favorites including “Come Fly With Me,” “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” “Fly Me To The Moon,” “Nice & Easy” and many more.

From 2001 to 2011 Nik Sharp was the lead singer and songwriter for the popular, alternative rock band, Suburban Tragedy. His band found success with their song “Epitome of Me” topping the charts at 97X WSUN, Tampa. For seven long years, the listeners of 97X also identified the Fisher and Boy Morning Show with the theme song, “Wake Up” which Nik wrote and performed. This song, combined with the popularity of “Epitome of Me,” helped the band to sell over 30,000 albums locally. Nik has had his music placed in MTV’s Real World and he was recently signed for a multi-album with Nashville producer Richard Williams. Nik’s grandparents played a huge role in raising him, and they always had the music of Frank Sinatra blaring through the house. These sentimental musical moments fostered Nik’s deep love and appreciation for jazz and American standards.

The Helios Jazz Orchestra, directed by David Manson, is in its 6th season having performed in events that include Pavilion XXVIII, Clearwater Jazz Holiday, Ybor Jazz Fest and others.  The ensemble will back legendary vocalist Kevin Mahogany on the 2015 St. Petersburg Jazz Festival on February 28.  General admission is $15.  Reserved seating is $25.  See http://www.mypalladium.org/sinatra-sands-redux-nik-sharp-helios-jazz-orchestra/ for tickets.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Helios & Whitney James - September 30

Singer Whitney James joins the Helios Jazz Orchestra in a special concert at the Palladium Side Door venue on Tuesday, September 30 at 7:30 PM.

Whitney James' 2010 debut CD "The Nature of Love" spent 16 weeks on the National Jazz Charts and received critical acclaim from US and International Jazz Press. In 2012, Whitney was chosen as one of the top twelve Rising Stars in the world of jazz and was featured on Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz Rising Stars on NPR. 

Hear Whitney with the 18-piece Helios Jazz Orchestra at the award-winning Side Door venue. With dancing, catered treats, cabaret seating and a cash bar; it doesn’t get better than this!  

This is a benefit for the St. Petersburg Jazz Festival presented by EMIT: www.emitseries.org .  Admission is $15 at the Palladium Theater.  Seehttp://www.mypalladium.org/