Jazz and Beyond

  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. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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Jazz and Beyond