Shelton G. Berg

Shelton G. Berg is Dean and Patricia L. Frost Professor of Music at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where he leads a dynamic faculty and teaches outstanding students. He was previously the McCoy/Sample Professor of Jazz Studies at USC Thornton School of Music and a past president of the International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE). In 2000, the Los Angeles Times named him one of three “Educators for the Millennium.” He is widely acclaimed for his energetic and innovative approaches to performance, composition, and pedagogy. He has performed and recorded with top music industry professionals and has orchestrated music for television, motion pictures and major orchestras. Berg has performed and lectured throughout the world and has numerous arrangements, compositions and texts in publication. The All Music Guide says “Shelly Berg is one of the finest pianists around in the early 21st century playing modern mainstream jazz.” His CD, Blackbird (Concord) reached #1 in US jazz radio (Jazzweek, 2005). Recent recording and arranging projects include a solo CD The Nearness of You (Arbors), Arturo Sandoval’s Latin Grammy winning A Time for Love (Concord) and several NPR radio broadcasts for Jim Cullum’s Riverwalk Jazz series. He recorded “Rhapsody in Blue” and other Gershwin selections with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London which will be released soon. He was nominated for a 2014 Grammy Award in the category “Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s) for his arrangement of “What a Wonderful World” on Gloria Estefan: The Standards (Sony Masterworks) and was also nominated for a Grammy as co-producer of Gloria Estefan: The Standards in the Best Traditional Pop Album category. Shelly Berg was a 2013 Grammy nominee in the category “Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)” for his arrangement of “Out There” on Lorraine Feather’s CD Tales of the Unusual.


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