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  1. Patti Austin

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    Grammy winning artist Patti Austin crosses all musical genres as a performer, songwriter and vocalist.  She is one of the most beloved artists in the world, and a mainstay on the Billboard Jazz Albums charts with 17 solo albums.  Her most recent release, Avant-Gershwin with the WDR Big Band won a Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Performance and her album For Ella in tribute to Ella Fitzgerald was Grammy nominated. …

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  2. Steve Bailey

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    Bassist Steve Bailey is a master of styles, from bebop to smooth jazz, rock to country, new age to blues.  Famous for his pioneering work with the six string fretless bass, he has recorded and toured with such luminaries as Dizzy Gillespie, Dave Liebman, Paquito D’Rivera, Claudio Roditi, the Rippingtons, David Benoit, Jethro Tull, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Willie Nelson, Larry Carlton, Kitaro, Tab Benoit, Johnny Witherspoon, Mel Tormé, and…

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  3. Martin Bejerano

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    Jazz pianist Martin Bejerano is assistant professor of jazz piano at the University of Miami Frost School of Music.  A native of Miami, Florida, Bejerano is a graduate of the New World School of the Arts, Florida State University, and the University of Miami (M.M., Jazz Piano Performance).  After winning third place in the prestigious 1999 Great American Jazz Piano Competition, he moved to New York City and joined the quartet of…

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  4. Shelton G. Berg

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    Shelton G. “Shelly” Berg is Dean and Patricia L. Frost Professor of Music at the Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. He is widely acclaimed for his energetic and innovative approaches to performance, composition, and pedagogy. Berg has performed and lectured throughout the world and has numerous arrangements, compositions and texts in publication. Berg was previously the McCoy/Sample Professor of Jazz…

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  5. Chuck Bergeron

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    Jazz bassist Chuck Bergeron is a full time lecturer in the Department of Studio Music and Jazz at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where he is also the faculty mentor for the Stamps Jazz Quintet. Bergeron teaches jazz history, conducts big bands and small jazz ensembles and is an active clinician at schools throughout the country. He is one of the most active and innovative musicians working in the field of jazz and serves as…

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  6. Isaac Bustos

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    Classical guitarist and educator Isaac Bustos’ performing career has taken him throughout North and Central America and Europe.  He has garnered top prizes in major international competitions, including the Miami International Guitar Competition, JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition, Boston GuitarFest Competition and the prestigious Concurso Internacional de Guitarra Alhambra in Valencia, Spain.

    Bustos has…

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  7. Craig Campbell

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    Singer-songwriter Craig Campbell became one of the most successful new artists of 2011 when his critically acclaimed self-titled debut album was released. His first single, “Family Man,” was a Top 15 hit and was featured on HBO’s True Blood. In 2012, Campbell received a plaque commemorating four consecutive charted hits with over a billion radio airplay audience impressions and over a half million downloads. Campbell also won…

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  8. John Clayton

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    Grammy-winning bassist, composer, and conductor John Clayton’s talents are consistently requested by jazz industry luminaries such as Quincy Jones and Tommy LiPuma.  His awards include the legendary Leonard Feather’s Golden Feather Award and the Los Angeles Jazz Society’s Composer/Arranger award.  Clayton’s arrangement of “The Star-Spangled Banner” went platinum and was performed by Whitney Houston at the 1990 Super…

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  9. John Daversa

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    John Daversa is assistant professor of music and chair of the Department of Studio Music and Jazz at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where he also conducts the award-winning Frost Concert Jazz Band. A versatile and internationally respected performer (trumpet/EVI), composer, arranger, producer, bandleader, educator, and recording artist, Daversa joined the Frost faculty in August 2013. He previously taught at California State…

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  10. Margaret Donaghue Flavin

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    Clarinetist Margaret Donaghue Flavin is associate professor of instrumental performance and program director of Woodwinds at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. She has performed in some of the worlds’ major concert halls, including Carnegie Hall, the Concertgebouw, the Zurich Tonhalle, La Scala, and for the Maggio Musicale in Florence. She has appeared at international conferences in Oslo, Norway, Manchester, England, Chicago,…

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  11. Dave Eggar

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    A musical prodigy as a child, Dave Eggar began playing the cello and piano at age three, performed on Broadway and with the Metropolitan Opera at age seven, and debuted at Carnegie Hall at age 15. He is a graduate of Harvard University and the Juilliard School’s Doctoral Program.

    Eggar has appeared worldwide as a solo cellist and pianist. A virtuoso of many styles, Eggar has performed and recorded with artists in numerous genres…

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  12. Fantine

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    Fluent in Russian, Spanish, English, and French, Fantine is a unique talent with a musical style that reflects her cultural diversity, and is described as a fusion of indie and electro soul. Fantine sees her passion for music as an outlet for self-expression, and this is observed in the great emphasis she places on the lyrics she writes, hoping in that way to connect with all those who listen to her.

    Fantine first broke out on the…

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  13. Diego Figueiredo

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    Guitarist Diego Figueiredo’s music fuses jazz, bossa nova and classical styles into unique interpretations marked by technique and emotion. He has won the Montreux Jazz Competition and the VISA Prize, released over 19 albums, three DVDs, and several books. He has performed in over 40 countries around the world.
    Born in Franca, Brazil, Figueiredo played many instruments before choosing the electric guitar. By the age of 15, he was…

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  14. Sammy Figueroa

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    Percussionist Sammy Figueroa is considered one of the world’s great musicians. In a career spanning over 30 years he has played with Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, the Brecker Brothers, Mariah Carey, David Bowie, John McLaughlin, Arturo Sandoval, Paquito D’Rivera, Chaka Khan, Blues Traveler, Ashford and Simpson, Natalie Merchant and countless others. He has also co-produced several albums; most notably for the Cuban a cappella group Vocal…

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  15. Scott Flavin

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    Violinist, composer, arranger and conductor Scott Flavin is a lecturer in the Frost School of Music’s Department of Instrumental Performance and also serves as artistic coordinator and resident conductor for the Frost School’s Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra. In addition, Flavin is a member of the Bergonzi String Quartet, Pulse Chamber Music, and is the director of the Frost Chamber Orchestra. He is concertmaster of the Florida Grand…

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  16. Frost Concert Jazz Band

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    The award-winning Frost Concert Jazz Band is renowned for its tight and energizing performances, outstanding soloists, and talented student composers and arrangers. They recently won the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Competition, earning them the prestigious opportunity to perform at the 2014 Monterey Jazz Festival. Directed by John Daversa, acclaimed composer, trumpeter, assistant professor, and new chair of the Department of Studio Music and…

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  17. Frost Jazz Vocal 1 Ensemble

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    Frost Jazz Vocal 1 Ensemble

    The Frost Jazz Vocal 1 Ensemble, affectionately called JV1, and a smaller subset of JV1 members called Extensions, studies and explores vocal jazz music ranging from the styles of the ever-popular Manhattan Transfer, New York Voices and Swingle Singers to contemporary new works by Frost faculty and students. Under the inspired direction of acclaimed vocalist Kate Reid, associate professor and director of the Frost School of Music’s Jazz Vocal…

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  18. Frost Studio Jazz Band

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    The Frost Studio Jazz Band under the direction of Stephen Guerra, Jr. is an outstanding group of instrumentalists that perform classic big band repertoire as well as compositions and arrangements by their own members and preeminent artists on the jazz scene today. They are the recipients of a DownBeat Graduate College Outstanding Performance Award in the Large Ensemble category in 2011, and perform extensively throughout the South Florida…

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  19. Frost Symphony Orchestra

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    The Frost Symphony Orchestra (FSO), under the direction of Thomas Sleeper, maintains an international reputation by performing the standard orchestral literature and expanding the repertoire with new works, commissions, and recordings. The orchestra maintains an active performance schedule, on campus and beyond.

    The Frost Symphony Orchestra has the distinction of performing with some of the most celebrated conductors and soloists from around…

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  20. Frost Wind Ensemble

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    The Frost Wind Ensemble at the University of Miami is an acclaimed ensemble directed by award-winning conductor Gary Green. It actively commissions and performs new music at concerts, conferences and festivals. South Florida Classical Review describes the Frost Wind Ensemble as “dazzling” and the New York Philharmonic’s principal trombonist Joseph Alessi commends their “unmatched wind ensemble playing.”

    The Frost Wind Ensemble…

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  21. Genova & Dimitrov

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    Aglika Genova and Liuben Dimitrov, one of the most sought-after piano duos worldwide, started their sensational career with winning all major piano duo competitions, including ARD International Music Competition (Munich), Dranoff International 2-Piano Competition (Miami), Tokyo Piano Duo Competition, and Bellini Music Competition (Italy).

    The Genova & Dimitrov Duo have performed internationally with leading orchestras and…

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  22. Wycliffe Gordon

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    Wycliffe Gordon’s hard-swinging, straight-ahead jazz and signature sound has earned him recognition as “Best in Trombone” by the 2012-2014 DownBeat Critics Poll and “Trombonist of the Year” by Jazz Journalists Association in 2001-2002, 2006-2008, and 2011-2013.  A former member of the Wynton Marsalis Septet and Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Gordon tours regularly as a soloist and leads the Wycliffe Gordon Quartet,…

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  23. Gary Green

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    Gary Green, Professor of Music and Director of Bands at the University of Miami Frost School of Music, teaches conducting and serves as the conductor of the Frost Wind Ensemble. He has conducted the Frost Wind Ensemble at Carnegie Hall, and has been invited on numerous occasions to conduct at the prestigious College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA). He served for many years as the chair of the Frost School’s Department of Instrumental…

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  24. Stephen Guerra, Jr.

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    Stephen Guerra, Jr., is a jazz composition lecturer in the department of Studio Music and Jazz at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. He is also the conductor of the Frost Studio Jazz Band, winning DownBeat student awards in both 2010 and 2011. In addition he is the director of Community Outreach for the Frost School and managing director of the Henry Mancini Institute. Guerra earned a B.A. from the University of New Hampshire…

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  25. Alicia Hall Moran

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    Mezzo-soprano Alicia Hall Moran brings her diverse influences and passions together in a rich artistic brew. Her performance as Bess in Broadway’s 2012 “Best Musical Revival” Tony-winner The Gershwins’ Porgy & Bess, was critically acclaimed.

    Moran’s performances uphold the traditions of her great, great uncle Hall Johnson, the legendary choral director, composer, and preserver of the Negro Spiritual, as well…

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  26. Niki Haris

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    Singer Niki Haris’ experience reads like a who’s who of the music world. From pop to R&B and jazz, she has worked with Ray Charles, David Sanborn, Leann Rimes, Santana, Kylie Minogue, Luther Vandross, the Righteous Brothers, Anita Baker, Mick Jagger, Whitney Houston, Madonna, and many more.

    The daughter of jazz pianist Gene Harris, she toured with her father promoting their albums Down Home Blues and In His Hands.…

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  27. John Hart

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    Jazz guitarist John Hart is a lecturer at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. A New York fixture for 29 years, he is one of the most prolific and versatile guitarists on the jazz scene today. He released eight albums as bandleader on such prestigious labels as Blue Note and Concord and has appeared on over 100 albums as a sideman, including a 16-year stint with organist Jack McDuff. JazzTimes wrote, “An alum of the Brother…

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  28. Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra

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    The Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra (HMI) at the Frost School of Music is a genre-blending ensemble that provides an avenue for aspiring top-level students to learn an expansive array of music in avariety of real-world settings. Mentored by HMI artistic director Terence Blanchard and artistic coordinator and resident conductor Scott Flavin, the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra plays a full range of musical genres, from traditional and contemporary…

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  29. Dorothy Hindman

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    Dorothy Hindman is an assistant professor of composition in the Department of Theory and Composition at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. Hindman’s work is performed extensively in the U.S., and throughout Eastern and Western Europe. Critics have called her music “intense, gripping, and frenetic,” “sonorous and affirmative,” and “music of terrific romantic gesture.” Awards and recognition include the 2005 Almquist…

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  30. Steve Houghton

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    Internationally renowned jazz drummer, percussionist, clinician, author, and educator, Steve Houghton initially received acclaim at age 20 as the drummer with Woody Herman’s Young Thundering Herd. Since then, he has shared stage and studio with luminaries Freddie Hubbard, Gary Burton, Clay Jenkins, Shelly Berg, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Les Hooper, Bob Florence, Bob Sheppard, Billy Childs, Bobby Hutcherson, Pat LaBarbara, Bill Cunliffe, Steve…

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  31. In The Nick of Time

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    Award winning husband and wife team Nick Deysher and Tracey Freitag have been delighting children and families as the musical group In The Nick of Time for over a decade. Blending various styles and genres of music, In The Nick of Time has something for everyone to enjoy.

    Deysher began writing children’s music as a teacher in Massachusetts. The children in his class enjoyed his songs so much that their parents began asking where…

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  32. Rene Izquierdo

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    As a concert artist, classical guitarist Rene Izquierdo has performed throughout North America, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Asia, and Europe as a solo recitalist, chamber musician, and soloist with orchestra.  He has received critical acclaim from Classical Guitar Magazine and other publications for his performances, and was the winner of numerous competitions, including the JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Competition in 2004, Extremadura…

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  33. Jorma Kaukonen

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    Guitarist Jorma Kaukonen is a highly respected interpreter of American roots music, blues, Americana, and popular rock-and-roll. A founding member of Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna, Kaukonen is a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee.

    Born in Washington, D.C., Kaukonen was a devotee of rock-and-roll, blues and bluegrass. At Antioch College, Kaukonen learned the fingerstyle fretwork of the Reverend Gary Davis.  After moving to…

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  34. Vadym Kholodenko

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    Winner of the coveted gold medal at the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Vadym Kholodenko captured the attention of jury, audience, and critics alike for powerful, exhilarating performances that “showed the guts of a true superartist” (San Francisco Classical Voice). He continues to build a reputation for interpretations that are “impeccable, tasteful and vibrant, and also something more: imaginative”...

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  35. Michael Ludwig

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    Classical violinist Michael Ludwig enjoys a multi-faceted career as a soloist, chamber musician, and recording artist. His Grammy-nominated recording of John Corigliano’s Violin Concerto “Red Violin” with the Buffalo Philharmonic hit the Billboard Top 100 within the first week of its release.

    Ludwig began studying with his father Irving, a violinist in the Philadelphia Orchestra, and has gone on to appear as a soloist with…

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  36. Barry Mitterhoff

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    Barry Mitterhoff performs a dazzling array of styles that include bluegrass, classical, swing, and jazz, and a variety of ethnic styles such as Brazilian, Neapolitan songs, Klezmer, and more. The Dallas Morning News recently said “this version of Tuna boasted mandolinist Barry Mitterhoff, who brokered a perfect marriage of bluegrass and blues.” 

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  37. Keb’ Mo’

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    Three-time Grammy winner Keb’ Mo’ is a master of roots-music. Buddy Guy, B.B. King, the Dixie Chicks, Joe Cocker, and Robert Palmer have recorded his music, and his playing inspired Gibson’s Keb’ Mo’ Signature Bluesmaster guitar. Collaborations with other artists include Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Cassandra Wilson, and Amy Grant. 

    A blues gig with saxophonist Monk Higgins and guitarist Charles “Charlie Tuna”…

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  38. Steven Moore

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    Steven Moore is the associate dean, Undergraduate Studies, at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. He recently served as Chair of the Department of Music at the University of Central Missouri where he taught conducting, music education, and conducted the Symphonic Band. Moore is a strong advocate for music literacy and has developed nationally recognized programs of excellence at the secondary and collegiate level. He has served…

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  39. Gaby Moreno

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    2013 Latin Grammy Award winner of Best New Artist Gaby Moreno blends blues, Latin, and soul-folk music into elegant harmonies and unexpected timbres. The singer-songwriter’s career has taken her to the most historic theaters in Europe, North America, Argentina, Brazil and Australia, and festivals including Denmark’s Roskilde, the Netherlands’ Harleem Jazz Festival, and Jazz à Vienne in France. She has appeared on the...

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  40. Glaucia Nasser

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    Singer Glaucia Nasser has enchanted audiences in Brazil and abroad, earning critical praise from notable musicians such as Nelson Motta, Roberto Menescal, and Ivan Lins. She has partnered with Chico Amaral, Carlos Rennó, Carlos Careqa, Chico César, Alexandre Lemos, Rodrigo Bergamota, Magno Melo, Edu Krieger, André Abujamra, and Márcio Nigro, and continues a partnership with multi-awarded percussionist Sammy Figueroa.

    Nasser’s…

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  41. New West Guitar Group

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    Featuring John Storie, Perry Smith, and Jeff Stein, New West Guitar Group has been making their mark as a fresh, cutting-edge guitar ensemble. Performing classic popular covers, jazz standards, and exciting originals, NWGG combines the acoustic and electric guitar to create their signature sound. Based in Los Angeles and New York, the ensemble tours extensively through the United States and abroad giving concerts and master classes.

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  42. Mark O'Connor

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    Violinist and composer Mark O’Connor is artist-in-residence at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. A product of America’s rich aural folk tradition as well as classical music, his creative journey pays tribute to two musical giants: American fiddler, Benny Thomasson and French jazz violinist, Stephane Grappelli. O’Connor’s first recording Appalachia Waltz (Sony Classical), was with Yo-Yo Ma and Edgar…

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  43. Renne Olstead

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    By the age of 14, Renee Olstead had already amassed a list of credits including appearances in hit films and television programs along with a major-label music debut, making her a veteran in the entertainment world. Born in Houston, Olstead developed a great love for music at an early age and honed her voice by singing along with the radio. Before long she was entering talent contests and appearing in local musical productions. In 2002 she…

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  44. Rafael Padrón

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    Cuban born guitarist, Rafael Padrón, is director of the Guitar Program at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where he is also a lecturer in the Department of Instrumental Performance. Padrón has won top prizes in many national and international competitions and has been featured in many international guitar festivals throughout the world. He has also performed as a soloist with orchestras in Cuba, Chile, Venezuela, Costa Rica,…

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  45. Gretchen Parlato

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    Singer Gretchen Parlato’s genre-bending jazz repertoire emphasizes the power of subtlety, distinguishing her as one of the most inventive vocalists of her generation. She has performed and recorded with notable musicians including Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Kenny Barron, Esperanza Spalding, Terence Blanchard, Marcus Miller, and Lionel Loueke. Her performances have been hailed as “a revelation… her diaphanous voice expands into…

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  46. Ken Peplowski

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    Ken Peplowski has been called “arguably the greatest living jazz clarinetist” by BBC2’s Russell Davies.  Winner of the 2014 Sarasota Jazz Festival’s “Satchmo” award, Peplowski’s list of musical collaborators reads like a who’s who: Mel Tormé, Leon Redbone, Charlie Byrd, Peggy Lee, George Shearing, Madonna, Rosemary Clooney, Steve Allen, Woody Allen, and Marianne Faithfull. From intimate clubs to headlining in Las Vegas,…

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  47. Marina Radiushina

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    Ukrainian-American pianist Marina Radiushina is described as a “virtuoso” and a “pianist with enormous maturity.”  Winner of the prestigious Vladimir Horowitz International Piano Competition in Kiev, Radiushina has performed extensively throughout Eastern and Western Europe, Brazil, and the United States.

    Born in Odessa, Radiushina made her debut with Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra in 2012…

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  48. Kate Reid

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    Kate Reid is associate professor of jazz voice and program director for Jazz Vocal Performance in the Department of Studio Music and Jazz at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. An acclaimed jazz singer and pianist, Reid joined the Frost faculty in 2013 after serving as chair of the music department and head of the applied music and jazz programs at Cypress College in California. She is in demand as a guest artist, clinician and…

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  49. Resound Duo

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    Founded in 2012, the Resound Duo combines history’s two oldest instruments to create a standard repertoire for voice and percussion, unashamedly embracing the greatest art from both secular and sacred sources. The duo is committed to commissioning and performing new works as well as writing pieces of their own.  In July 2014, they premiered three pieces as an ensemble-in-residence at the soundSCAPE music festival in Maccagno, Italy.…

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  50. Paul "Polo" Rosales

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    Paul “Polo” Rosales, better known as “Polo,” is a Venezuelan singer and sound engineer based in the United States. He began experimenting with music by the age of 16, founding his own band 7 Stars and touring and performing in Venezuela, the United States and the U.K. The group launched a well-received Venezuelan hip-hop mixtape in 2007 entitled “The 7 Stars.” Polo runs a recording studio in Miami and his…

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  51. Maria Schneider

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    Maria Schneider’s music blurs the lines between genres, and she is among the few artists who have received Grammy Awards in both jazz and classical. Her “evocative, majestic, magical, and heart-stoppingly gorgeous” compositions distinctly highlight the unique voices of her 17-member collective, which includes some of the finest jazz musicians today. 

    Schneider and her orchestra’s distinguished recording career have earned…

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  52. Kevin Short

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    Versatile bass-baritone Kevin Short is an associate professor of vocal performance at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. He also thrills audiences around the globe in a wide range of repertoire ranging from Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail and Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, to Verdi’s Attila and Don Carlos, and Bizet’s Carmen. Kevin Short has performed…

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  53. Thomas Sleeper

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    Thomas Sleeper is professor of instrumental performance and program director of orchestral activities at the University of Miami Frost School of Music, where he also teaches instrumental conducting. He is conductor of the Frost Symphony Orchestra and Frost Opera Theater, and music director for the Florida Youth Orchestra. A strong advocate for new music, Sleeper has conducted the premieres of numerous works by composers Henry Brant, Carlos…

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  54. Federico Musgrove Stetson

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    Guitarist Federico Musgrove Stetson started playing his instrument at the age of 12. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, he moved to Miami in 2001 to pursue a career in music. Although initially trained as an electric guitarist, his focus moved to classical guitar, and in 2007, he graduated from the University of Miami Frost School of Music with his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance.

    In 2011, Musgrove Stetson became the first…

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  55. Leon “Foster” Thomas

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    Virtuosic steel pan musician Leon “Foster” Thomas has appeared worldwide, playing with such diverse artists as Melton Mustafa, Nathan Davis, Richard Smallwood, Nicole Henry, Dolly Parton, Cyril Neville, Mighty Sparrow, and Richard Bailey, to name a few. 

    A native of Trinidad, Thomas credits the pan yards of Trinidad and Tobago for his initial musical training. In 2002 and again in 2004, he won the titles of World Steelband Music…

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  56. Time for Three

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    Time for Three, the world’s first classically trained garage band, defies classification. Performing music from Bach and Brahms to their own arrangements of The Beatles, Katy Perry, and Justin Timberlake, they have played Carnegie Hall, jazz clubs, festivals, NFL games, and the Indy 500.  Tf3’s Three Fervent Travelers on the E1 label debuted in the top 10 on Billboard, Amazon, and iTunes, remaining in the top 10…

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  57. Dale Underwood

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    Saxophonist Dale Underwood is a lecturer in the Department of Instrumental Performance at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. Acclaimed by the Washington Post as “the Heifetz of the alto saxophone,” Dale Underwood is internationally recognized as one of the today’s foremost classical saxophonists and is a sought-after instructor, lecturer and performer. Underwood has toured extensively throughout the world as…

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  58. Dawn Upshaw

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    Singer Dawn Upshaw is known worldwide for powerful performances ranging from the sacred works of Bach to the freshest sounds of today. Her numerous distinctions include five Grammys, a MacArthur Foundation “genius” prize, Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and 2014 Best Classical Vocal Solo Grammy for Maria Schneider’s Winter Morning Walks

    Upshaw began her career by winning the 1984 Young…

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  59. Derico Watson

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    Derico Watson, an accomplished educator and clinician has performed and recorded with artists such as legendary bassists Victor Wooten, Steve Bailey, and the group Bass Extremes; George Duke, Jeff Coffin, Prasanna, Tommy Sims, and Ken Reynolds just to name a few. He has also toured with Marvin Sapp, The Dynamites, Stacie Orrico, and SMV (Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller and Victor Wooten). The Derico Watson Group has appeared with James Brown,…

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  60. Victor Wooten

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    Victor Wooten is a founding member of Béla Fleck and the Flecktones as well as a five-time Grammy Award winner, and has graced the covers of bass magazines the world over. He has been voted Bass Player of the Year by Bass Player magazine readers more often than anyone alive and is in constant demand as an artist/clinician/producer. His novel, The Music Lesson, has been translated to several languages and is integrated into…

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  61. John Yarling

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    John Yarling (drum set, jazz percussion) is a full time lecturer in the Department of Studio Music and Jazz at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. He teaches private lessons, coaches numerous ensembles, and teaches music appreciation courses. His flawless musicianship and commitment to his art make him the drummer of choice for many South Florida performers such as Ira Sullivan & the Inter-Outer Continental Quintet, The Shack…

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  62. YoungArts Alumni

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    YoungArts alumni include: Kate Davis, singer; Jake Goldbas, percussionist; Ernest Baker, dancer; Andrew Nemr, dancer; Michele de la Reza, choreographer and dancer; Brittanie Brown, dancer; and Allysen Hooks, dancer.

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