Master Classes

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. Isaac Bustos

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    Classical guitarist and educator Isaac Bustos’ performing career has taken him throughout North and Central America and Europe.  He has garnered top prizes in major international competitions, including the Miami International Guitar Competition, JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition, Boston GuitarFest Competition and the prestigious Concurso Internacional de Guitarra Alhambra in Valencia, Spain.

    Bustos has…

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  4. 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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  5. Steve Houghton

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    Internationally renowned jazz drummer, percussionist, clinician, author, and educator, Steve Houghton initially received acclaim at age 20 as the drummer with Woody Herman’s Young Thundering Herd. Since then, he has shared stage and studio with luminaries Freddie Hubbard, Gary Burton, Clay Jenkins, Shelly Berg, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Les Hooper, Bob Florence, Bob Sheppard, Billy Childs, Bobby Hutcherson, Pat LaBarbara, Bill Cunliffe, Steve…

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  6. Rene Izquierdo

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    As a concert artist, classical guitarist Rene Izquierdo has performed throughout North America, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Asia, and Europe as a solo recitalist, chamber musician, and soloist with orchestra.  He has received critical acclaim from Classical Guitar Magazine and other publications for his performances, and was the winner of numerous competitions, including the JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Competition in 2004, Extremadura…

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  7. Michael Ludwig

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    Classical violinist Michael Ludwig enjoys a multi-faceted career as a soloist, chamber musician, and recording artist.  His GRAMMY-nominated recording of the Corigliano Red Violin Concerto with the Buffalo Philharmonic hit the Billboard Top 100 within the first week of its release.

    Ludwig began study with his father Irving, a violinist in the Philadelphia Orchestra.  He has gone on to appear as a soloist with the…

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  8. Maria Schneider

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    Maria Schneider’s music blurs the lines between genres, and she is among the few artists who have received Grammy Awards in both jazz and classical. Her “evocative, majestic, magical, and heart-stoppingly gorgeous” compositions distinctly highlight the unique voices of her 17-member collective, which includes some of the finest jazz musicians today. 

    Schneider and her orchestra’s distinguished recording career have earned…

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  9. Dawn Upshaw

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    Singer Dawn Upshaw is known worldwide for powerful performances ranging from the sacred works of Bach to the freshest sounds of today.  Her numerous distinctions include five GRAMMYs, a MacArthur Foundation “genius” prize, and Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and 2014 Best Classical Vocal Solo GRAMMY for Maria Schneider’s Winter Morning Walks

    Upshaw began her career by winning the…

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  10. Victor Wooten

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    Victor Wooten is a founding member of Béla Fleck and the Flecktones as well as a 5-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 Berklee’s core…

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