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 http://www.mypalladium.org/

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 www.stpetejazzfest.com .

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 www.mypalladium.org .

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Tuesday, October 13
The Helios Jazz Orchestra
7:30 at the Music Center at St. Petersburg College
admission $10 at the door


The Helios Jazz Orchestra, directed by David Manson,  plays great big band favorites in the acoustically perfect, 300-seat Music Center at St. Petersburg College.  The 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.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Lorri Hafer with Helios Jazz Orchestra - September 8

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. 

 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/

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/