St. Petersburg Jazz Experience

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There was once a time when up and coming jazz musicians used to frequent clubs and other nightspots to watch their mentors and heroes perform; then hang around for opportunities to share the bandstand, a beer and industry secrets with these jazz legends. When the nightspots that lined former music hubs like Dixwell Avenue in New Haven, West 52nd Street in Manhattan and 22nd Street South (aka "The Deuces") in St. Petersburg disappeared, so did the informal apprenticeship system. Emerging artists have long lamented the loss of the kinds of places that lend themselves to that kind of getting together. However, now there is help for those just starting out in the jazz world.

Concerned about the breakdown of the apprenticeship system, elements of this are being introduced through the St. Petersburg Jazz Experience. Our mission is to provide a platform for emerging young jazz artists to be heard by larger audiences -- locally, nationally and internationally -- and to raise awareness about sickle cell disease and creating affordable treatment options for underserved populations.

Emerging Artist

What is an emerging jazz musician and why are they so important? An emerging jazz artist is someone who has honed their instrument, studied the genre and performed whenever and where ever possible. Often times, they are consistently mastering their craft, but lack the mentoring relationship, industry connections and insights, financial support and larger audience opportunities that would enable them to move from obscurity to outstanding.

Emerging jazz artists are future jazz legends who need our encouragement and support. They appreciate opportunities like funding to record their original compositions or invitations to perform in front of nationally-renowned recording artists. The outcome of embracing and engaging these younger men and women is they help perpetuate an American-born cultural heritage that is uniting people around the world. We help make all of this possible.

Community Involvement

An estimated 100,000 people in the U.S. have sickle cell anemia, an inherited, lifelong disorder that affects the red blood cells. While the disease is most common among African Americans, it also occurs in people of Hispanic, Indian, Caribbean, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, and South Asian descents as well.

An estimated two million people in the U.S. are sickle cell carriers, meaning that though they have no symptoms, they have inherited one sickle cell gene from a parent and could pass it along to their children. When two sickle cell carriers have a child together, there is a 25% chance that the child will be born with the disease. Although there is no cure for sickle cell anemia, treatment of some symptoms are available and early detection can lead to better management of complications.

September is National Sickle Cell Disease Awareness Month. This month has been designated to reflect on the children and adults whose lives have been affected by the disease including celebrities such as NFL stars Tiki Barber and Ryan Clark, actor Larenz Tate, the late jazz legend Miles Davis and comedian Kier "Junior" Spates of the Steve Harvey Morning Show 


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Event Details


Respect the homes & businesses in the area, No Street Parking Allowed- vehicles will be ticketed. Parking will be available at the Sundial Parking Garage located at 117 2nd St. N. 33701. Shuttles will be provided to Vinoy Park. Handicap parking is limited. For additional handicap parking locations & permits e-mail

Admission & Restrictions

For Safety & Security

  • No Weapons, Knives, or Firearms
  • No Smoking of ANY kind in the event area
  • No Coolers
  • No Outside Food or Drinks
  • No Large or Medium Bags
  • No Backpacks
  • No Purses (Only small handheld/clutch purses allowed after being searched upon entry to the event.)
  • No Pets (Service Dogs Only)


Adult Beverages

We will have a full cash bar hosted by Spunky Spirits. Beverage Tickets can be purchased at entry. 21 and older only, must have valid ID. Please drink responsibly.

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St. Petersburg Jazz Experience

Vinoy Park, 701 BAYSHORE Dr NE, Saint Petersburg, Florida 33701, United States


Monday - Friday: 9am - 5pm (by appointment)

Saturday: By appointment

Sunday: By appointment


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