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Guitar Faculty

Brian Russell, UM Faculty, private lessons

John Hart, UM Faculty, private lessons

Brev Sullivan

Lyndall Vickers, Classical, Jazz, and Contemporary Guitar

Rob Friedman


photoBRIAN RUSSELL - UM Faculty

Dr. Brian E. Russell is the director of Contemporary Guitar Studies for the Bruce Hornsby Creative American Music Program at the Frost School of Music in Coral Gables, FL. Brian is an active musician/guitarist who performs regularly in and around South Florida at various studio and live music venues. His fusion group The Brian Russell Alliance is currently preparing the release their first album due in late 2015.

Dr. Russell is also dedicated a music educator, scholar and researcher who has served South Florida for over fifteen years. His experience includes teaching instrumental music at the elementary, middle school, senior high school, and college levels. Russell received his Ph.D. in music education from the University of Miami with a cognate in jazz studies. His research focuses on music assessment and guitar methodology and has been published in refereed journals Journal of Research in Music Education, Bulletin for the Council of Research in Music Education, and The International Journal of Music Education. His research and research collaborations have been presented both nationally and internationally at professional research conferences in Germany, Florida, California, Texas, Wisconsin, Ohio, Brazil, Sweden, and China. Currently Dr. Russell serves as the Director of Assessment for the Frost School of Music.

photoJOHN HART - UM Faculty

Jazz guitarist John Hart is a lecturer at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. A New York fixture for 29 years, he is one of the most prolific and versatile guitarists on the jazz scene today. He released eight CDs as bandleader on such prestigious labels as Blue Note and Concord and has appeared on over 100 CDs as a sideman, including a 16-year stint with organist Jack McDuff. JazzTimes wrote, "An alum of the Brother Jack McDuff University of Jazz Guitar, John Hart can burn his way through blues changes on a level that's right up there with fellow graduates George Benson and Pat Martino." John Hart has also worked with Jimmy Smith, James Moody, Jon Hendricks, Brian Blade, Chris Potter, Larry Goldings, Bob Belden, Javon Jackson and vocalists Lizz Wright and Hilary Kole. He has played with the Maria Schneider Orchestra for the last 20 years.

John Hart has headlined at the Montreux Jazz Festival, Edinburgh Jazz Festival, Vancouver Jazz Festival, Nairn Jazz Festival, Victoria Jazz Festival and many of the premier jazz clubs in the USA. He is featured on soundtracks including HBO's Sex in the City and appeared on the Garrison Keillor Show with the popular band Pink Martini. In 1992 he formed the John Hart Quartet featuring young star Chris Potter. The band toured extensively for seven years, was featured on NPR's Jazzset and recorded one album for Concord Records. In 2001 he formed the John Hart Trio and recorded three CDs for Hep Records. Recent recordings include a jazz organ trio CD on the Index Jazz label.


Brev Sullivan is a Miami based guitarist and tours with several rock groups and plays jazz as well with grammy nominated jazz legend Ira Sullivan. He is currently the guitarist of the rock musical M3tal. Brev will be appearing with the Miami Symphony Orchestra for the 2016 season in a series called Symphony Rocks. He was also the guitarist in the band Arsenal for Tom Cruise who played Stacee Jaxx in the 2012 film Rock of Ages and was featured in the Jan 2012 issue of Guitar Player Magazine. Brev's recent tours include KISS KRUISE IV, and performances with 80's icons Lita Ford, and Kip Winger. He is currently endorsed by Floyd Rose, Seymore Duncan pickups, DV mark Amps, Spectraflex cables, SIT Strings, Xotic Pedals and Revolt Amps and pedals.


A graduate of Stetson University, with a BM in Guitar Performance, Lyndall studied classical guitar with Dr. Stephen Robinson. He has appeared on and off the Stetson campus, performing classical, jazz, gospel, and contemporary rock. As a classical soloist and collaborative guitarist, he has performed in Stetson's Lee Chapel, Gillespie Museum and Hand Art Center, as well as in the master classes of renowned guitarists, Benjamin Verdery (Yale University) and Amadeus Duo (international guitar duo). As a jazz guitarist, Lyndall has been a member of the Stetson Jazz Band, and as Leader of the Stetson Jazz Combo, he has organized and appeared in fundraising events, and has performed for Stetson Administration, Donors and Faculty. Lyndall received Stetson's William E. Duckwitz Talent Scholarship and was a Presidential Scholar, while attending Stetson. Lyndall Vickers continues to maintain a diverse career as a performer, an organizer and arts advocate, using his instrument as a platform to transform the lives of others.


Well versed in all styles of music, from reggae to rock, blues to classical, jazz to bossa nova, guitarist and educator, Rob Friedman has performed throughout the Miami area for the last 40 years. He received a Bachelor's of Music degree in Jazz Guitar Performance from the University of Miami in 1991. This led to an adjunct professor appointment to the University of Miami in 1996, teaching in the jazz guitar department and taught the guitar class at Westminster Christian school that same year. From 1997 - 2005 he was the guitar director at Palmer Trinity School in Miami. During his tenure the guitar ensemble performed in Salzburg and Vienna, Austria.

From 2008 - 2014 he was asked to be an adjudicator for the Young Arts Program in the jazz department. Rob taught private guitar lessons and the adult guitar classes as an adjunct professor at Miami Dade College between 2010 - 2012. From 2011 - 2012 he taught music theory, guitar theory, 3 guitar ensembles and directed the jazz band at the Academy of Arts and Minds charter school in Coconut Grove, Fl.

Rob has had the pleasure of teaching at the Young Musicians Camp at the University of Miami since 2005. He has taught music theory, guitar ensemble, jazz rock ensemble, blues ensemble, rock and jazz improvisation, song writing , performance workshops and private lessons. Rob currently performs as a solo guitarist and band leader of the Rob Friedman Group.


Ben Youngblood is a guitarist, singer-songwriter, producer, and composer entering his senior year at the Frost School of Music. He is majoring in Media Writing and Production and is minoring in the Bruce Hornsby Creative American Music program. Between his time growing up in Raleigh, NC and living in Miami, FL, Ben has played in a variety of bands, pit orchestras, and recorded guitar on songs by artists ranging in genre from pop-country to RnB to Americana. After graduation, Ben wants to have released his first album and tour different areas of the U.S. and the world to promote his music and collaborate with musicians around the globe."