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. Chuck Bergeron

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    Chuck Bergeron, Assistant Professor, heads the Jazz Bass studio and is Program Director for Jazz Pedagogy in the Department of Studio Music & Jazz at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music. Professor Bergeron teaches jazz history, conducts big bands and small jazz ensembles and serves as faculty mentor for the Stamps Jazz Quintet. He is one of the most versatile and innovative musicians working in the field of jazz, and an…

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  4. Ignacio Berroa

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    One of today’s greatest living drummers, Ignacio Berroa has played with numerous jazz legends including McCoy Tyner, Chick Corea, Wynton Marsalis, Jaco Pastorius, Tito Puente, Mario Bauzá, and more, and has appeared with major ensembles including the Lincoln Center Orchestra, WDR Big Band and BBC Big Band.

    Born in Havana, Cuba, Berroa began musical study first at the National School of Arts and later at Havana’s National Conservatory.…

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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Jon Faddis

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    One of the most innovative jazz trumpeters alive, Jon Faddis’ unparalleled range makes the practically impossible seem effortless.  His virtuosity was recognized with Manhattan School of Music’s first-ever honorary doctorate in Jazz.

    Faddis began playing at age 7 after seeing Louis Armstrong on the Ed Sullivan Show. At 15, Faddis earned an invitation to sit in with Dizzy Gillespie at the Jazz Workshop in San Francisco. …

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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. Jimmy Heath

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    Saxophonist Jimmy Heath has long been recognized as a brilliant instrumentalist, composer and arranger. One of the legendary Heath Brothers, Jimmy has performed with jazz greats Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Wynton Marsalis, and many more. 

    From his early days, Heath played in big bands with John Coltrane, Benny Golson, Specs Wright, Cal Massey, Charlie Parker and Max Roach. At the age of 21, he performed in the First International…

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  11. Kate Reid

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    Acclaimed jazz singer and pianist Kate Reid is in demand as an artist, clinician and adjudicator at jazz and choral festivals throughout the world. She has appeared with such notables as John Clayton, Mark Murphy, Jon Hendricks, Grady Tate, the Duke Ellington Orchestra, Liza Minnelli, Tito Puente, and more.

    Her last album, The Love I’m In, features saxophonist Ernie Watts and pianist Otmaro Ruis. Like her release Sentimental…

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  12. Gonzalo Rubalcaba

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    Gonzalo Rubalcaba, is a multi- Grammy Award and Latin Grammy Award-winning Cuban jazz pianist and composer who began studying classical piano, and drums, at age eight. He earned a degree in music composition from Havana’s Institute of Fine Arts in l983 and played in clubs and music halls in Havana. One of the most important and virtuosic Afro-Cuban jazz pianists on the scene today, he first garnered international jazz attention when Dizzy…

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  13. Snarky Puppy

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    Snarky Puppy is an eclectic, unclassifiable jazz/funk/global collective: a production team, session band, and original ensemble. Voted “Best Jazz Group” in Downbeat’s 2015 Reader’s Poll, and “Best New Artist” and “Best Electric/Jazz-Rock/Contemporary Group/Artist” in Jazz Times’ 2014 Reader’s Poll, they have earned accolades everywhere from the BBC to the Los Angeles Times.

    Formed in 2004 at…

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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. Frost Jazz Vocal 1 Ensemble

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    The Frost Jazz Vocal 1 Ensemble, affectionately called JV1, and the smaller ensemble Frost Extensions, studies and explores jazz vocal music ranging from the styles of The Singers Unlimited, 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 Performance program,…

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  17. 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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  18. 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