Shelton G. “Shelly” Berg is Dean and Patricia L. Frost Professor of Music at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. 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.” A Steinway piano artist and four-time Grammy nominee, he has performed and recorded with top music industry professionals and orchestrated music for television and motion pictures.
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 reached #1 in US jazz radio (2005). Recent recording and arranging projects include a solo album The Nearness of You, Arturo Sandoval’s Grammy-winning Dear Diz (Every Day I Think of You), and Reneé Fleming’s Christmas in New York with Friends. He recorded Rhapsody in Blue and other Gershwin selections with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, to be released soon.
He was nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocals category for “Be My Muse” on Lorraine Feather’s album Flirting with Disaster, (2015) “What a Wonderful World” on Gloria Estefan: The Standards (2014), and “Out There” on Lorraine Feather’s Tales of the Unusual (2013). He was also nominated for a Grammy as co-producer of Gloria Estefan: The Standards in the Best Traditional Pop Album category.
Berg is artistic advisor for Jazz Roots at the Adrienne Arsht Center, musical director of The Jazz Cruise, and host of Generation Next on Sirius FM.
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