James Suter

Major: Studio Music and Jazz Instrumental Performance

Instrument: Bass

Stamps Ensemble Name: Stamps Jazz Quintet Class of 2013

Profile:

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, coached by faculty mentor Chuck Bergeron. He studied acoustic and electric bass privately with Donald Coffman and Chuck Bergeron.  James also performed in variety of other jazz groups at Frost ranging from the Funk/Fusion Ensemble to the R&B Ensemble.  In addition to his musical pursuits, Suter enjoyed other course offerings at the University of Miami such as Medieval Russian History, Astronomy and Existentialism which broadened his personal horizons.  Originally from Hollywood, Florida, James Suter performed with all-county and all-state bands, as well as several local groups, and had been performing professionally throughout South Florida for over six years before attending the Frost School of Music.

As a member of the Stamps Jazz Quintet at the Frost School of Music, James Suter has performed in concert with saxophonist Chris Potter, as well as with Gary Burton at Festival Miami, and also with the Matt Wilson Quartet. The Stamps Jazz Quintet was chosen as the “Jazz Group” winner in DownBeat magazine’s 34th Annual Student Music Awards in the Undergraduate Outstanding College Performances category (2011). The group has received special coaching sessions from bass legend Dave Holland, drummer Carl Allen, trumpet virtuosos Brian Lynch, Terence Blanchard, and Dave Douglas, plus percussionist Ignacio Berroa, violinist Mark O’Connor, composer Benny Golson, and other acclaimed artists. Suter is featured on the Stamps Jazz Quintet’s self-titled debut album on Summit Records. He has presented workshops and concerts with the quintet while on a tour to Colorado in 2010, and performed with the Stamps Jazz Quintet at the 2011 Jazz Education Network (JEN) conference in New Orleans. The group also shared the stage in 2011 with legendary blues guitarist Buddy Guy at a private event.

James Suter performed with the Stamps Jazz Quintet at the 2012 JEN conference in Louisville, and plans are in the works to do a Caribbean tour, including a series of educational workshops in the Dominican Republic.


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“I’ve had so many amazing musical opportunities…Chris Potter, Matt Wilson’s quartet, and of course, the legend himself, Buddy Guy.”--James Suter