Versatile musician John Daversa is an internationally respected three-time Grammy nominee, 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 as a finalist in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition.
Daversa has performed on The Today Show, Late Night with David Letterman, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Monterey Jazz Festival, Montreux Jazz Festival, the Playboy Jazz Festival, among others. He has performed or recorded with Fiona Apple, Burt Bacharach, Michael Bublé, Joe Cocker, Andraé Crouch, Sheryl Crow, Dr. Dre, and the Yellowjackets, to name a few.
The John Daversa Big Band’s first album Junk Wagon won Best in Show and Awards of Excellence in Creativity/Originality and Production in The Global Music Awards. His album for BFM Jazz, Artful Joy, features Gretchen Parlato and Bob Mintzer. His latest recording project for BFM Jazz, Kaleidoscope Eyes: Music of the Beatles, was nominated for three 2017 Grammy Awards.
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, conducting the Frost Concert Jazz Band. He has taught at California State University, Northridge, and University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, and holds degrees from The University of California, Los Angeles, California Institute of the Arts, and USC Thornton.