The Frost School Presents a Bebop Jazz Benefit for William F. Lee III, Former Dean

March 25, 2013 — Coral Gables — The University of Miami Frost School of Music is hosting a benefit concert for former dean of the Frost School of Music, William F. Lee III.

Lee served as the Dean of the Frost School of Music from 1964-1982. In addition to an impactful tenure at UM, Dean Bill Lee was a renowned jazz educator who co-founded the International Association for Jazz Education and, like Dean Shelly Berg, served as one of its past presidents.

To honor his legacy at the Frost School Grammy nominated Dean Shelly Berg and Frost School alumnus Will Lee (longstanding house bassist for CBS’s Late Show with David Letterman) are hosting a high energy benefit with some of the best musicians in the industry.

Legendary drummer Steve Gadd, killing saxophonist and touring artist Eric Marienthal, Grammy winning trumpeter Brian Lynch, consummate guitarist Chuck Loeb and New York vibe player Joe Locke, will take the stage for an exciting evening of jazz music reminiscent of the 1940s.

They have dubbed the event “Birdhouse” in honor of the legendary bebop saxophonist Charlie Parker (“Bird”) and Will Lee’s father. All proceeds from the concert will benefit a new William F. Lee III Music Scholarship at the Frost School of Music.

Beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Deauville Jazz Club at the Deauville Beach Resort, 6701 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, the evening will transport patrons back to a classic era of music when New York City’s 52nd Street was buzzing with high-energy jazz on every corner at such clubs as Minton’s, 3 Deuces, Club Carousel and The Famous Door. The tunes from favorite bebop anthems such as “Confirmation,” “Orthinology,” “Anthropology” and “Donna Lee” will certainly set the tone for a memorable evening.

In addition to the great music and good company, local photographer Daniel Azoulay will have a gallery on display with jazz photographic prints available for purchase during the cocktail hour with 100% proceeds donated to the William F. Lee III Music Scholarship Fund. Azoulay, a famed jazz photographer, will be taking photos of patrons with the artists before and after the show.

Patrons can reserve their seats for this private reception at the ticket button below. Tickets are $350 a person and include cocktails, buffet dinner and validated parking.

You may call 305-284-3941 for reservations and/or additional information.

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