The award-winning Frost Concert Jazz Band is renowned for its tight and energizing performances, outstanding soloists and talented student arrangers. Directed by John Daversa, the ensemble performs music ranging from exciting new contemporary jazz works to swinging classics.
The Frost Concert Jazz Band under the direction of John Daversa has been the University of Miami’s premiere large jazz ensemble for over 30 years. The band has numerous recordings to its credit, which showcase the long lineage of world-class talent. Most recently, the band won Downbeat’s award for outstanding performance by a college big band in 2006, best big band in 2007 and was the graduate college winner in the Large Jazz Ensemble category for 2010. Recent guest artists include Dave Liebman, Joe Lovano, Slide Hampton, Randy Brecker, Ira Sulllivan, Shelly Berg, Dave Koz, Jeff Hamilton and John Clayton.