December 07, 2015 — Coral Gables, FL — University of Miami Frost School of Music Dean Shelly Berg was tapped by SiriusXM radio this fall to host a monthly show Generation Next on its Real Jazz channel. It airs on the first Saturday of every month at 9 a.m. Eastern (6 a.m. Pacific) and then later that same night at midnight Eastern (9 p.m. Pacific).
During the hour-long show, he interviews acclaimed young jazz musicians on how they are making their mark in the jazz world, and they play and talk about select recordings by each young artist as well as their musical influencers. Berg concludes the show with a live-in-studio duo performance with each artist. The format gives a nod to one of Berg’s own musical heroes, the late jazz pianist Marian McPartland.
The show was inspired by Berg’s 35 years in higher education as an acclaimed professor of jazz piano, improvisation, and arranging to hundreds of college students at UM Frost School of Music, USC Thornton School of Music, and San Jacinto College in Houston, Texas where he began his career. He has also coached, conducted and adjudicated thousands of young people at jazz and All State festivals, and national programs such as Music for All, Interlochen Music Camp, Grammy in the Schools, Disney All American Music program, and more.
Berg said, “Generation Next was also inspired by literally thousands of jazz fans around the world who have been asking me at my own concerts for the past decade, as well as on The Jazz Cruise, about the future of jazz. They ask, worriedly, ‘How will the audience continue to develop?’ and so on. I always assure them, ‘Jazz is in great hands!’ The young musicians who are coming up today are incredible and they are resonating with new audiences as well as traditional jazz fans.”
He added, “I hear great young musicians every day in my own teaching at the Frost School of Music, and I have the opportunity to hear or perform with them at festivals around the world. They are artistically and technically amazing. They have a wealth of resources at their fingertips, on the radio and on the Internet, that I had to dig deep to find over many years. That rapid access has helped them catapult to marvelous new musical places. By hosting Generation Next, I hope to introduce jazz listeners to some of the most remarkable new jazz musicians on the planet. It’s always great to listen to the legends of the past, but there are new legends in the making! They are blending contemporary elements from world music, rock, hip-hop and more. They are taking jazz in exciting new directions, while weaving historical styles and approaches into their musical tapestry. That’s healthy for jazz. It’s what Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Bill Evans and Joe Zawinul were doing in my formative years. The next generation of jazz greats are taking jazz forward in ways that are truly invigorating and I want to shine a big spotlight on them during Generation Next.”
Berg’s inaugural SiriusXM Generation Next show aired on November 7 and featured multi-award winning and Grammy nominated jazz singer Gretchen Parlato.
Upcoming Generation Next shows featuring Shelly Berg interviewing and performing in December with pianist Gerald Clayton, in January with trumpeter Mike Rodriguez, in February with pianist Emmet Cohen, B.M. ’12, in March with guitarist Eric Krasno, and in April with saxophonist Troy Roberts, M.M. ’07.
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