Dante T. Luciani

Title/Position: Lecturer, Jazz Trombone

Profile:

 
What would you say are the outstanding highlights of your professional life?

Playing with the Woody Herman band

Playing with Maynard Ferguson’s band

Working and playing with Slide Hampton

Touring with Frank Sinatra

Performing with my sextet while traveling throughout Europe


What is your teaching philosophy? What do you expect of your students?

My teaching philosophy is geared towards giving my students a “real life” or practical approach to learning jazz. I treat each student as an individual, ascertaining his or her strengths and weaknesses. My lesson plan is then formulated to help the student to improve in specific areas that need attention.


What advice would you give aspiring young musicians?

I would advise them to keep their musical palette open for new experiences. Have a firm knowledge of the history of jazz, and keep exploring new versions of this great art form. Never stop learning!

Career Highlights:

Frost School of Music Professor Dante Luciani’s most recent accomplishments include

Downbeat Magazine 2010 award for “Large Jazz Ensemble, Graduate College Winner”

Downbeat Magazine 2007 award for “College Big Band, Winner”

Downbeat Magazine 2006 award for “Outstanding Performance, College Big Band”


Recent recordings include

Arturo Sandoval’s CD entitled Rhumba Palace

Paula Doyler’s CD entitled Over and Over

South Florida Jazz Orchestra debut CD

Frank Derrick Big Band


Prof. Luciani is a regular clinician/performer at the

Pulawy (Poland) Summer Jazz Workshop

Naples Jazz Festival

Istanbul Jazz Festival


and has performed as lead trombonist/soloist with the

Dizzy Gillespie All Star Big Band

Maynard Ferguson Big Bop Nouveau Band

Arturo Sandoval Big Band

Woody Herman’s Big Band

Elvis Costello

Paul Anka

Frank Sinatra Jr.

Gloria Estefan

South Florida Jazz Orchestra

As a trombone soloist, Dante toured Eastern Europe with his Jazz Quintet and also performed in Istanbul, Turkey at the Nardis Jazz Club for the Istanbul Jazz Festival. He was twice featured as a soloist for the “Salsa Meets Jazz” series at the Arturo Sandoval Jazz Club.

He is also a member of Ira Sullivan’s Inter-outer Continental Quintet and was featured as an “All Star” on the Jazz Cruise in 2005.

Dante Luciani (Asst. Professor, Studio Music and Jazz) is coordinator of the Jazz Brass Department and is the Director of the Concert Jazz Band at the Frost School of Music.

Short Biography:

Dante Luciani is a lecturer in jazz trombone in the Department of Studio Music and Jazz at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where is coordinator of the Jazz Brass program, and conducts the award-winning Frost Concert Jazz Band (CJB). Dante Luciani earned B.M. and M.M. degrees from the University of Miami. Formerly the lead trombonist and soloist with the Woody Herman and Maynard Ferguson Orchestras, Luciani has performed with various artists, including Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., Ben Vereen, Burt Bacharach, Natalie Cole, Anthony Newley, Bob Mintzer, Randy Brecker, and Paquito D’Rivera. Under his leadership, the Frost Concert Jazz Band won the Downbeat Magazine 2010 award for “Large Jazz Ensemble, Graduate College Winner.” As a trombone soloist, Dante toured Eastern Europe with his Jazz Quintet and also performed in Istanbul, Turkey at the Nardis Jazz Club for the Istanbul Jazz Festival. He was twice featured as a soloist for the “Salsa Meets Jazz” series at the Arturo Sandoval Jazz Club and and in 2005 was featured as an All-Star on The Jazz Cruise.


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"The great thing about music is that it is imperfect. The search for perfection is an infinite value and provides the performer and the listener endless possibilities for enrichment." —Dante Luciani


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