Helios Jazz Orchestra

Why book Helios Jazz Orchestra?

There are three flavors of Helios jazz big bands in St. Petersburg, Florida directed by David Manson. The Helios Jazz Orchestra is a full 18-piece big band with singer. We also have a 10-piece version of the big band (with singer) called the Helios Swingtet. We also have a 7-piece version of the Swingtet. All three play big band favorites, Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin classics.

All three groups are available for festivals, wedding receptions, corporate and special events. We have several themed programs including the music of:

Frank Sinatra - Old Blues Eyes favorites with singer Bryan Hughes
Great Gatsby - early speakeasy jazz
Rat Pack - A Mad Men party
Great American Songbook - Cole Porter, Hoagy Carmichael, Duke Ellington and more!
Brazil - classic Brazilian standards performed by Rio de Janeiro singer Andrea

Helios has been active performing at the Clearwater Jazz Festival, Palladium Theater, Ybor Jazz Festival, Sarasota Big Band Bash, the Salvador Dali Museum, St. Petersburg Jazz Festival and upscale events including NOVA 535, Pavilion (Tampa Museum), Great Gatsby (U. of Tampa) & Hernando's Hideaway (Clearwater Jazz Holiday).



Helios is the Best Jazz Band in Tampa Bay

NOVA 535 has hosted Helios many many times and they always bring their A game. They sound incredible! I mean when is the last time you heard an 18-Piece orchestra playing Sinatra? They are delightful and versatile! Call Dr. Manson and book them now!!

Priced Fairly
Reviewer: Michael N.
Organization: NOVA 535 Unique Event Space
Event: Concert Venue in St Petersburg, FL
Event Date: Dec 17, 2013
Hired As: Big Band, 1930s Era Entertainment, 1940s Era Entertainment, Jazz Band, Swing Band

Booking Info

  • Typical Gig: 45 - 180 minutes
  • Fee: $1200 - $5000
  • Insurance: 1 million - We carry liability insurance and can add your venue to the policy for an event.
  • Languages: English, Portuguese


The Helios groups are made up of the finest professional jazz musicians in the Tampa Bay area and play Swing, Latin, Bossa Nova, Bebop & Funk. We are a modern big band that rehearses on a weekly basis to stay sharp and musically fit. We work with a variety of excellent singers including Bryan Hughes, Denise Moore, Sasha Tuck & Andrea Moraes Manson. We play dance music as well as concert music. Audience members love the big sound of this big band!

Additional Booking Notes

We can provide a sound system for our singer and your announcements at events.

Past Booked Events

02/18/14 St. Petersburg Jazz Festival

Helios Jazz Orchestra

The director of this band toured with Henry Mancini, Burt Bacharach & the Glenn Miller Orchestra. He has composed for The Florida Orchestra and Helios Jazz Orchestra and teaches jazz studies and recording at St. Petersburg College. All of the musicians in these group are top-notch professionals.

The team providing the talent:

David Manson


Set List

We cover Swing, Latin jazz, Standards & more! Our book has music from 1920 to today.

Ain't That a Kick in the Head
All of Me
All or Nothing at All
All the Things You Are
Almost Like Being in Love
April in Paris
As Long As I'm Singing
As Time Goes By
Bandstand Boogie
Basically Basie
Best is Yet to Come, The
Beyond the Sea
Big Dipper
Big Swing Face
Blue Birdland
Bye Bye Blackbird
C'est si Bon
Chattanooga Choo Choo
Come Fly with Me
Cruisin' for a Bluesin'
Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans
Don't Get Around Much Anymore
Eager Beaver
Fancy Pants
Feelin' Free
Fly Me to the Moon
Foggy Day, A
Harlem Nocturne
How High the Moon
How Long Has This Been Going On
I Can't Get Started
I Could Write a Book
I Get a Kick Out of You
I Remember You
I'll Never Smile Again
I'm Beginning to See the Light
In the Mood
Isn't It Romantic
It Don't Mean a Thing
It Had to be You
It Might as Well Be Spring
It's Oh, So Nice
I've Got the World on a String
I've Got You Under My Skin
Jersey Bounce
Jump, Jive an' Wail
Just in Time
Kansas City
Lady is a Tramp
Little Brown Jug
Love for Sale
Love is Here to Stay
Lullaby of Bridland
Mack the Knife
Makin' Whoopee
Nice 'n' Easy
Nice Work If You Can Get It
Night and Day
On a Clear Day
On the Sunny Side of the Street
Opus One
Orange Colored Sky
Pennsylvania 6-5000
Pink Panther
Poor Butterfly
Quincy and the Count
Rock Around the Clock
S Wonderful
Satin Doll
Sentimental Journey
Shiny Stockings
Sing, Sing, Sing
St. Louis Blues March
Star Dust
Stompin' at the Savoy
String of Pearls, A
Struttin' with Some Barbeque
Swing Sift Opener
Taking a Chance on Love
That Old Black Magic
That's All
That's Life
Theme from New York, New York
This Guy's in Love with You
Tuxedo Junction
Two O'Clock Jump
Until I Met You
Way You Look Tonight, The
Well You Needn't
You Make Me Feel So Young
You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To

Influences & Inspiration

We are influenced by the great bigs bands of the past and the present including the Count Basie Orchestra, Stan Kenton Orchestra, Duke Ellington Orchestra, Mario Bauza Orchestra, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Big Band and others. Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Peggy Lee, Jack Jones, June Christy & Rosemary Clooney are our favorite big band vocalists.

Setup Requirements

From a simple chair to full-blown stage and lighting, there are certain configurations and needs that many performers and service providers require in order to provide the best possible experience at your event. Get a free quote request to check with Helios Jazz Orchestra to find out what their setup requirements are.

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