Jazz and Beyond

  1. Martin Bejerano

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    A world-class jazz pianist and composer, Martin Bejerano heads the jazz piano department at the University of Miami Frost School of Music, while continuing to perform, compose, and record music in his busy schedule. Bejerano has been a member of Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner Roy Hayne’s Grammy-nominated quartet for 14 years. He has also performed and/or recorded with such jazz luminaries as Christian McBride, Dave Holland, Pat…

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  2. 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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  3. Etienne Charles

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    Etienne Charles is the assistant professor of jazz trumpet at Michigan State University. Hailed by Jazz Times as “A daring improviser who delivers with heart wrenching lyricism,” Charles has received critical acclaim for his exciting performances, thrilling compositions and knack for connecting with audiences worldwide. In June 2012, he was written into the US Congressional Record for his musical contributions to Trinidad and…

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  4. John Daversa

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    Versatile musician John Daversa is an internationally respected trumpeter, composer, arranger, producer, bandleader, and educator. Daversa’s awards and recognition include the Herb Alpert Award, the National Trumpet Competition, the ITG Jazz Soloist Competition, and finalist in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition.

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  5. 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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  6. Alicia Hall Moran

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    Alicia Hall Moran starred as “Bess” on the National Tour of the Tony award-winning Gershwins’ Porgy & Bess, directed by Diane Paulus, earning accolades nationwide.

    Last seen at Festival Miami in Gershwin! Gershwin! Gershwin! with baritone Kevin Short and the Frost Wind Ensemble, Moran returns with pianist Shelton Berg for another stellar evening of opera and jazz.  Known for pushing the boundaries…

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  7. Becca Stevens

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    North Carolina bred, Brooklyn based singer/composer/multi-instrumentalist Becca Stevens has already received copious praise from the likes of The New York Times, describing her as “a best-kept secret” and “impressively absorbing.” Drawing upon elements of pop, indie-rock, jazz, and traditional Appalachian folk, Stevens has been hailed for her unique ability to craft exquisite compositions both for her own band, and for artists…

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  8. 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. In 2014, they won the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Competition, earning them the prestigious opportunity to perform at the Monterey Jazz Festival. Directed by John Daversa, acclaimed composer, trumpeter, assistant professor, and chair of the Department of Studio Music and Jazz,…

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  9. Frost Jazz Vocal 1 Ensemble

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    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…

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  10. 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 2015, and perform extensively throughout…

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  11. Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra

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    The Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra at the Frost School of Music is a genre-blending ensemble where aspiring elite students learn an array of music in real-world settings. Mentored by HMI Orchestra’s artistic director James Newton Howard and resident conductor Scott Flavin, the HMI Orchestra plays traditional and contemporary classical music, pop, jazz, rock, hip-hop, Afro-Cuban, Latin, Asian, and more.
    Guest artists work with…

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Jazz and Beyond