Jazz and Beyond

  1. Cyrille Aimée

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    Vocalist Cyrille Aimée has been called “a revelation” by the New York Daily News, and The New York Times called her major label release, It’s a Good Day, “a bravura turn.”  Aimée’s vocals caught the attention of Stephen Sondheim, who cast her in an Encores Special Presentation starring Bernadette Peters at New York City’s City Center in November 2013.

    Raised in France, as a child in…

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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. 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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  4. Joey DeFrancesco Trio

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    The Joey DeFrancesco Trio is renowned for delivering a hard-driving performance that swings straight ahead.  In the lead, jazz organist, trumpeter, and vocalist Joey DeFrancesco is a three-time Grammy nominee and ten-time winner of the Down Beat Critics poll along with countless other awards.

    The precocious DeFrancesco signed his first contract with Columbia Records at seventeen, releasing All Of Me, then touring Europe…

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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. Freda Payne

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    Freda Payne is that rare vocal artist who is stylistically beyond categorization.  As iconic for her timeless beauty and stage appeal as she is for her artistic versatility, Payne remains among music’s brightest shining star survivors.  But she has always first and foremost been a jazz singer. 
    In 1968, she signed with Invictus in Detroit, and a year later released her best-known R&B smash hit “Band of Gold.” …

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  7. 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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  8. Gonzalo Rubalcaba

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    Gonzalo Rubalcaba, lecturer in the Department of Studio Music and Jazz, 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…

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  9. Sylvan Street

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    Bandleader, composer and bassist Jay Rees formed the eight piece jazz fusion band Sylvan Street in 2008 to perform his innovative collection of original jazz compositions. Rees has appeared throughout the U.S., Canada and Japan, performing with such notable jazz artists as Jimmy Cobb, Lenny White, Paul Horn, and Randy Sandke, and has toured with The Lettermen as bassist, musical director, and featured player on their album release...

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  10. 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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  11. 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…

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  12. 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 resident conductor Scott Flavin, HMI Orchestra plays traditional and contemporary classical music, pop, jazz, rock, hip-hop, Afro-Cuban, Latin, Asian, and more.
    Guest artists work with HMI Orchestra students in the classroom, concert…

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Jazz and Beyond