Jazz and Beyond

  1. Martin Bejerano

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    A world-class jazz pianist and composer, Martin Bejerano, M.M. ’98, is assistant professor of jazz piano at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. He maintains a busy schedule of performing, composing and recording music. Bejerano has been a member of Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award-winner Roy Haynes’s Grammy-nominated quartet for 14 years. He has also performed and/or recorded with such jazz luminaries as Christian McBride,…

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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 University of Miami Frost School of Music. He was previously the McCoy/Sample Professor of Jazz Studies at USC Thornton School of Music and a past president of the International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE). In 2000, The Los Angeles Times named him one of three “Educators for the Millennium.” A Steinway piano artist and four-time Grammy nominee,…

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  3. Chuck Bergeron

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    Bassist Chuck Bergeron, M.M. ’93, is assistant professor and program director for jazz pedagogy at the Frost School of Music, where he also heads the jazz bass studio, teaches jazz history, conducts big bands and small jazz ensembles, and serves as the faculty mentor for the Stamps Jazz Quintet. Bergeron is also an active clinician at schools throughout America, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic. Equally versatile on the acoustic and…

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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 Dizzy Gillespie, McCoy Tyner, Chick Corea, Wynton Marsalis, Jaco Pastorius, Tito Puente, Mario Bauzá, and more, and has appeared with major ensembles including the Jazz at 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…

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  5. Etienne Charles

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    Trinadad-born Etienne Charles is a recording artist, composer, arranger, and 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 U.S. Congressional…

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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’s 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. At 18,…

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  8. Stephen Guerra, Jr.

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    Stephen Guerra Jr., D.M.A. ’16, is a jazz composition lecturer at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where he is the conductor of the Frost Studio Jazz Band, winners of DownBeat student awards in 2010, 2011, and 2015. He also serves as the managing director of the Henry Mancini Institute. Guerra earned a B.A. from the University of New Hampshire in saxophone performance, an M.M. from the Eastman School of Music, and a D.M.A.…

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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, and recognized as a NEA Jazz Master, Heath 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…

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  11. Kate Reid

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    Acclaimed jazz singer and pianist Kate Reid, M.M. ’96, D.M.A. ’03, 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 Ruíz. Like…

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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. He began studying classical piano and drums at age 8. 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 Gillespie…

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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 the University of North Texas, various…

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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 who…

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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 2016 and 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…

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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 South Florida…

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  18. Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra

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    The Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra (HMI 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 orchestra plays traditional and contemporary classical music, pop, jazz, rock, hip-hop, Afro-Cuban, Latin, Asian, and more.
    Guest artists…

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Jazz and Beyond