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 active clinician at schools throughout America, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic. Equally versatile on the acoustic and electric bass, Chuck’s unique compositional style and approach to improvisation reflect a wide variety of musical influences. In addition to releasing five albums of original music for small jazz ensembles, Chuck Bergeron is the director of the South Florida Jazz Orchestra, a big band comprised of the best professional musicians in Miami. Their latest release – Trumpet Summit – received critical acclaim and spent 8 weeks in the Top Ten on the American jazz radio charts. Born and raised in New Orleans, Chuck earned a B.M. from Loyola University and a M.M. in Jazz Studies from the University of Miami. He then moved to New York, where he resided for 12 years while touring, performing, and recording with such jazz luminaries as Joe Williams, Stan Getz, Randy Brecker, Steve Gadd, Larry Coryell, Dave Grusin, Patti Austin, John Fedchock, Dave Weckl, Kevin Mahogany, and many others— plus the big bands of Woody Herman and Buddy Rich. Never relinquishing his focus on performing, Chuck balances his educational endeavors with a continual schedule of touring, performing, and recording that keeps him active throughout the year.