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Coming this weekend: The St. Petersburg College Jazz Festival




David Manson had a straightforward goal in mind when he put together the bill for the second annual St. Petersburg College Jazz Festival. The three-day event opens Thursday at the 320-seat SPC Music Center on the school’s St. Petersburg/Gibbs campus.

“We wanted to do a true jazz festival in St. Petersburg,” said Manson, a trombonist, composer and head of jazz studies at the college. “And we wanted variety — an evening of big band, an evening of Latin jazz, and a third night that’s kind of on the edge.”

Thursday’s “Big Band Big Bang!” program has SPC’s resident ensemble, the Manson-directed Helios Jazz Orchestra, joined by singers Sasha Tuck, above, and Dale Williams.

Friday night’s “Hot Latin Jazz!” show features Guisando Caliente, an all-star group of Florida players with acclaimed pianist Kenny Drew Jr., percussionist Frankie Pineiro, saxophonist Jeff Rupert, drummer John Jenkins, and bassist Mauricio Rodriguez.

Edgy fare will close out the festival on Saturday, with a double-bill concert featuring the Powell Brothers Quintet, with saxophonist Jeremy and trumpeter Jonathan joined by guitarist LaRue Nickelson, bassist Alejandro Arenas, and drummer Ian Goodman. The opening set is by renowned bassist John Lindberg.

The St. Petersburg College Jazz Festival starts at 7:30 Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the St. Petersburg College Music Center, 6605 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $10 per day, SPC students/staff free. (727) 341-7984. 

For more on the show, click here to read Philip Booth's preview.

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 3:16pm]


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