Dan Andrews, alto saxophone, majored in Studio Music and Jazz Instrumental Performance at the Frost School of Music where he was a Stamps Distinguished Ensemble Scholar and a member of the inaugural Stamps Jazz Quintet, 2013.Dan Andrews was named an “Outstanding Soloist” at the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival (2010), and also the “Jazz Soloist” winner in DownBeat magazine’s 34th Annual Student Music Awards in the Undergraduate Outstanding College Performances category (2011). The Stamps Jazz Quintet was also chosen by DownBeat as the Jazz Group winner in the same year and category.
Steve Bailey, B.M. '85, bassist and educator, named Frost School of Music 2014 Distinguished Alumnus, is famous for his pioneering work with the six string fretless bass. He currently serves as chair of the bass department at Berklee College of Music. A master of styles, Bailey has recorded and toured with such diverse artists as Dizzy Gillespie and Lynyrd Skynard. Bailey has released three solo albums, several educational books and videos, and he performs as the Bass Extremes project with bassist Victor Wooten.
Ken Berry, B.M. '85 recently composed the theme and background music for the first season of Jerry Seinfeld’s Marriage Ref. He has written music for such television programs as Behind the Music, Survivor, Temptation Island, Joe Millionaire, Big Brother, My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiancé and Trading Spouses. He has won three BMI Awards for his work with Dave Vanacore Productions, and this spring he will be awarded two more for the theme for Undercover Boss and additional music for Out of the Wild.
Lindsey Blair, BM '80, MM '93 has worked as guitarist on the Don Francisco Presenta TV show on Univision for the past 9 years. He previously played with Gloria Estefan, Jon Secada, Maynard Ferguson, 2 Live Crew, Bobby Caldwell, Word of Mouth, Cheyenne, Raul Midon, Aurturo Sandoval, LeeAnn Womack, Les Hooper, Ed Calle, and Jeff Berlin. Blair majored in studio music and jazz.
Alan Chan, B.M. ’01, a Los Angeles-based composer and alumnus of the University of Miami Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music, was selected as the recipient of The ASCAP Foundation’s George Duke Commissioning Prize. The $10,000 prize, created to honor the legacy of musician George Duke, means that Chan will write a new work for the Symphonic Jazz Orchestra (SJO) ensemble for their upcoming 2016-17 season. Chan’s submission was selected by the SJO’s Music Advisory Board out of a pool of national submissions ranging from leading jazz veterans to young composers. Chan completed his undergraduate work in Music Theory and Composition at the Frost School. Expanding on his classical background, Chan then began composing for jazz big band-style orchestras under the mentorship of Grammy Award nominee Gary Lindsay in Miami, and later for Shelly Berg (now Dean of the Frost School) and Vince Mendoza in Los Angeles. Berg and Mendoza are Grammy Award nominee and winner, respectively. Chan’s music has been recognized by the American Composers Forum, New Music USA, and The Ucross Foundation, among others. In 2011, he founded the Alan Chan Jazz Orchestra, which is comprised of top studio and jazz musicians from the Los Angeles area.
Dave Clemmons, B.M. ‘88, was named Frost School of Music 2007 Distinguished Alumnus. He is an award-winning music supervisor, producer, casting director, and vocal director. He began his career as a Broadway performer, later serving as music and vocal director/supervisor for the Broadway production of The Civil War, and national tours of Jekyll & Hyde and The Civil War. Clemmons is founder/owner of Dave Clemmons Casting, and producer/partner with StylesFour Productions, a Tony-Award winning theatrical production firm.
Mark Colby, B.M. '72, M.M. '75 formerly with Maynard Ferguson, Bob James, Frank Sinatra, and Jaco Pastorius, has solo recordings on Columbia, Hallway, and Origin Records. He has toured Europe, Japan, Canada, Central America, China, and all 50 U.S. states. He has been associate professor of jazz saxophone at DePaul University since 1983 and Elmhurst College since 1998, a Selmer saxophone clinician since 1987, and a Vandoren Reeds clinician since 2000.
Frost School of Music’s 2011 Distinguished Alumnus Douglas J. Cuomo, B.M. ’83 has written extensively for concert and theatrical stages, television and film. He has created some of the most distinctive theme music for television today, scoring the Peabody Award-winning NBC drama Homicide: Life on the Street for seven seasons, and the distinctive Sex & The City theme music, making him a three-time winner of the BMI Television Music Award.
Jeremy Fox, D.M.A. '00, was recently selected to present a clinic at the 2012 International Jazz Education Network Conference in Kentucky, where he will present a clinic on Vocal Jazz Arranging to the members of the organization. Fox was also selected to be the Guest Conductor for the 2012 California All-State Vocal Jazz Group, which represents a group of 16 of the finest high school jazz singers in the state.
Jon Gilutin, B.M. '79, has released his first solo effort, When the Heart Speaks, including many solo piano pieces, instrumentals, and songs with guest vocalists. As a songwriter, he won a Grammy award for his song “New Attitude” from the Beverly Hills Cop soundtrack and has had many other songs recorded by great artists. He has also written music for countless national television commercials.
Nick Hetko, piano, majored in Music Engineering Technology at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where he was a Stamps Distinguished Ensemble Scholar and a member of the Stamps Jazz Quintet, Class of 2013. He won second place in the prestigious Jacksonville Jazz Festival Piano Competition in May 2013 and was part of the final four in the Nottingham Jazz Piano Competition in 2012. Hetko was the pianist for the Gibson/Baldwin 2010 Grammy Jazz Ensemble and received a DownBeat student award as outstanding soloist. He also received a Young Jazz Composer award for his composition Snowflakes from the American Society of Composers and Publishers (ASCAP).
Bruce Hornsby, B.M. ’77, University of Miami Frost School of Music 1989 Distinguished Alumnus, is a thirteen-time Grammy Award nominee and three-time winner who has sold over 11 million records worldwide. The American singer and keyboardist is renowned for his live performances, having played on over 100 recordings, and collaborated with a veritable who’s who of artists in the music industry. Hornsby endowed the Creative American Music Program at the Frost School of Music.
Sam Howard, B.M. '03, lives in Portland, Oregon where he is very active playing sessions and shows on upright and electric bass and vocals. He has toured the world with Jazz at Lincoln Center's Rhythm Road program, and is currently touring with folk singer Ruth Moody (The Ruth Moody Band), The Tony Furtado Band, and the Nathaniel Talbot Quartet. He has released two instrumental solo albums with the Sam Howard Band, and is currently working on an album of original country songs to be released soon. Howard is a member of Americana chamber-pop band National Flower and plays with the electrifying guitarist Scott Pemberton.
Rodney Lancaster, D.M.A. '09, is the jazz trombone soloist in the Harlem Renaissance Orchestra in New York City. He is instructor of music at La Salle Academy, New York City. During his career he has played with numerous artists, including backing Ella Fitzgerald at the very start of his career. Lancaster has performed with the Illinois Jacquet Orchestra, Maynard Ferguson & Big Bop Nouveau, the Lionel Hampton Orchestra, Betty Carter, the Manhattan Symphony Jazz Orchestra, David Berger and the Sultans of Swing, the Radio City Music Hall Orchestra and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and The New Jersey Pops, to name a few.
Frost School of Music 2003 Distinguished Alumna Carmen Lundy, B.M. ’80 is a jazz vocalist, composer and actress celebrated throughout the world for her vocal artistry and jazz innovation. She has fourteen album releases featuring a host of legendary jazz artists. Her catalog of over 100 songs makes Lundy one of the few jazz vocalists in history to accomplish such a distinction. Lundy is Resident Clinician and guest artist in the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Program at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
Frost School of Music’s 2005 Distinguished Alumnus Joel McNeely, B.M. ’82, is an award-winning composer, producer and conductor who works with many of Hollywood’s most influential producers and directors today. His extensive repertoire of major motion picture and television scores include A Million Ways To Die in the West and American Dad. McNeely has conducted the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, as well as produced and arranged songs for such artists as Carly Simon and Linda Ronstadt.
Arianna Neikrug, B.M. '15, has been named as a finalist in the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition. Arianna is a Miami-based jazz/pop/R&B vocalist originally from Los Angeles. While at the Frost School of Music, Arianna sang lead soprano in the Downbeat award winning ensembles “Extensions” and “JV1" under the direction of Dr. Kate Reid, with whom she studied privately. In March 2015, “Extensions” placed first in the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival, where Arianna received an outstanding soloist award. Only 22 years old, Arianna has already made her mark in the jazz world and has shared the stage with various artists including Al Jarreau, Steve Miller, Alice Cooper, Kenny Burrell, Neil Young, Mindy Abair, James Moody, George Benson, Karrin Allyson, Gretchen Parlato, and Roseanna Vitro. She has also had the privilege of performing at Dazzle Jazz Club in Denver and at Catalina Bar and Grill, LA's hottest jazz club, twice in the last year. Arianna dedicates much of her time to performing here in Miami. Prior to her entrance into the Frost School of music, Arianna attended the Academy of Music at Hamilton High School in Los Angeles, where she pursued her interests in jazz voice and musical theater. She sang lead soprano in the award-winning Hamilton Vocal Jazz Ensemble for three years and has been studying voice and piano privately outside of school for years. Arianna was selected as the first soprano for the 2010 Grammy Vocal Jazz Ensemble, was a finalist in the 2010 Zeta Rho Foundation Talent Hunt, and received an Honorable Mention award for popular voice from the Young Arts Association.
Mario Ortiz, B.M. '93, M.M. '95, has been nominated for a Latin Grammy in the category of Best Salsa Album of the Year for "Mario Ortiz All Star Band Tributo 45 Aniversario," dedicated in tribute to his late father who was a revered bandleader and arranger in Puerto Rico.
Michael Piolet, drums, majored in Studio Music and Jazz Instrumental Performance at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where he was a Stamps Distinguished Ensemble Scholar and a member of the inaugural Stamps Jazz Quintet, Class of 2013. Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Piolet is regularly performing with local pros throughout South Florida and he often returns to Chicago to perform professionally.
Jon Secada, B.M. '83, MM '86, is a three-time Grammy winner and international superstar. With sales of more than 20 million albums worldwide, Secada is also a veteran of Broadway, television, and an accomplished producer. Secada joined Gloria Estefan’s band as a background singer when he left UM, where he composed several ballads for Estefan, including the number one hit “Coming Out of the Dark.”
Ed Smart, B.M. '84, M.M. '87 is enjoying a diverse career as a composer and multi-instrumentalist. Composing credits for feature length productions include Denzel Washington’s Oscar-nominated and Peabody award-winning documentary Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream, D.A. Pennebaker’s film Al Franken: God Spoke, and Shaquille O’Neal’s award-winning movie series, Sports Theater (Nickelodeon).
James Suter, bass, majored in Studio Music and Jazz Instrumental Performance at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where he was a Stamps Distinguished Ensemble Scholar and a member of the inaugural Stamps Jazz Quintet, Class of 2013. Originally from Hollywood, Florida, James Suter has performed professionally throughout South Florida for nearly a decade.
Stephen Szabadi, trombone, majored in Studio Music and Jazz Instrumental Performance at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where he was a Stamps Distinguished Ensemble Scholar and a member of the Stamps Jazz Quintet, Class of 2013. He studied trombone privately with Dante Luciani and performed in the Frost Concert Jazz Band and the Frost R&B Ensemble. He also studied pharmacology and history while at the University of Miami.
Luis Federico Vindver, B.M. '08, is a touring musician, songwriter and producer. He recently finished a world tour with Ricky Martin as a keyboard player, arranger and co-producer of the show. He traveled to Europe, Asia, and South America as well as writing a song in his most recent album. Vindver has worked as pianist and arranger of Franco de Vita, where he recorded his "Primera Fila" album, which won two Latin Grammys, including "Best Male Pop Album.” He received an award in Billboard magazine in the music and advertising convention for his song called "Miracle," written for a documentary about children in India.
Matthew White, MM '06, D.M.A. '11, trumpeter and composer, is currently serving as Assistant Professor of Trumpet and Coordinator of Jazz Ensembles at Coastal Carolina University.