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Shelton G. Berg, DEAN Frost School of Music, piano, jazz Master Class
Chuck Bergeron, UM Faculty, bass
Kate Reid, UM Faculty, Jazz Voice, private lessons
Brian Murphy, Piano
Ira Sullivan, Woodwinds, Brass
Jake Hart, Jazz Piano, Accompanist
Sherrine Mostin, UM Lecturer in the Studio Music and Jazz Dept., Jazz and Contemporary Voice
Ryan Hecker, Drumset
Mark Small, Saxophone
Benjamin Whitman, Bass and Cello
Aaron Lebos, Guitar and Composition
CHUCK BERGERON - UM Faculty
Chuck Bergeron (jazz bass) is a lecturer in the Department of Studio Music & Jazz at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where he also is the faculty mentor for the Stamps Jazz Quintet. Bergeron teaches jazz history, conducts big bands and small jazz ensembles and is an active clinician at schools throughout the country. He is one of the most active and innovative musicians working in the field of jazz. Equally versatile on the acoustic and electric bass, his unique compositional style and approach to improvisation reflect a wide variety of musical influences. Chuck's newest CD, My Take - A Collection of Friends and Standards, is his fifth as a leader, and for the last five years he has been bassist and co-arranger for Kevin Mahogany. Born and raised in New Orleans, he earned a B.M. from Loyola University and a M.M. in Jazz Studies from the University of Miami. He then moved to New York, where he resided for 12 years while touring, performing, and recording with such jazz luminaries as Joe Williams, Stan Getz, Randy Brecker, Steve Gadd, Larry Coryell, John Fedchock, Dave Weckland many others - plus the big bands of Woody Herman and Buddy Rich. Never relinquishing his focus on performing, Chuck balances his educational endeavors with a continual schedule of touring, performing, and recording that keep him active year 'round.
KATE REID - UM Faculty
Dr. Kate Reid is associate professor of jazz voice in the Studio Music and Jazz department and Director of Jazz Vocal Performance at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. Reid earned a B.M. in Jazz Studies from Western Michigan University, a M.M. and D.M.A. in Jazz Vocal Performance from the University of Miami.
Brian Murphey is an internationally acclaimed pianist, composer and arranger who has recorded and performed extensively in Canada, the United Kingdom, Europe, Japan and the U.S.A. with many of the world's most renowned Jazz artists including Wynton Marsalis, Harry 'Sweets' Edison, Buddy DeFranco, Diana Krall, Paquito D'Rivera, Woody Shaw, Dave Liebman, Bob Berg, Wycliffe Gordon and Duffy Jackson and Blues greats Jimmy Witherspoon, Albert Collins and Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson.
5 time Grammy-nominated, jazz legend Sullivan is that rare thing, a true multi-instrumentalist, capable of improvising statements of worth on all his instruments. He was taught trumpet by his father, saxophone by his mother and played both in 50s Chicago with such seminal figures as Charlie "Bird" Parker, Lester Young, Wardell Gray and Roy Eldridge, garnering a reputation as a fearsome bebop soloist. After playing briefly with Art Blakey (1956), and mastering alto and baritone saxophone, Sullivan moved south to Florida and out of the spotlight in the early 60s. His reluctance to travel limited his opportunities to play with musicians of the first rank, but Sullivan continued to play in the Miami area, often in schools and churches. Contact with local younger players, notably Jaco Pastorius and Pat Metheny led to teaching and to a broadening of his own musical roots to include the lessons of John Coltrane's music and elements of jazz rock. With the addition of flute and soprano saxophone to his armoury, Sullivan moved to New York and in 1980 formed a quintet with legendary bop trumpeter Red Rodney. Resisting the temptation to follow current trends and play the music of their youth, Sullivan and Rodney worked on new material and fostered young talent to produce some fresh and stimulating music. see irasullivan.com
Jake is a student at the Frost School of Music where he is currently pursuing a performance degree, studying with UM Professor of Jazz Piano, Martin Bejerano.
Sherrine Mostin is a jazz vocalist and educator working in the Miami area. She graduated cum laude with her Bachelor's degree in Jazz Studies from Sacramento State University, and then she went on to pursue her Master‚Äôs degree in Jazz Studies at CSU Long Beach, with a full scholarship and teaching assistantship, and graduated in the Spring of 2011. Sherrine completed a Doctoral degree in Studio Music and Jazz at the University of Miami in 2015. She recently won 2015 DownBeat Student Music Awards in the categories of: Graduate Jazz Vocal Soloist, Graduate Large Vocal Ensemble (University of Miami), Graduate Small Ensemble (UM), and as the director of the Undergraduate Small Vocal Ensemble (UM). During her time as a young professional, Sherrine has had the opportunity to work with several notable musicians including Gloria Estefan, Fred Hersch, Jeff "Tain" Watts, Randy Brecker, Karrin Allyson, New York Voices, and Terence Blanchard. After spending a year in Minnesota as an Assistant Professor of Music at Minnesota State University Moorhead, she is back in Miami and currently teaching at Broward College and the University of Miami.
Ryan Hecker is a graduate of The University of Miami with a Masters degree in Instrumental Jazz Performance and a graduate with honors in a Bachelor's degree in Music from Florida International University. Ryan has played with many ensembles throughout Broward, Palm Beach and Dade counties including the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra, Latin Grammy Winner Nestor Torres' Charanga Ensemble, FIU's Studio Jazz Big Band, The University of Miami's Studio Jazz Band and leads his own jazz combo. Additionally, Ryan is principal percussionist for the Sunrise Symphonic Pops Orchestra and sits on the board of directors. Ryan is also an active visual artist who enjoys making ceramics and pottery, painting and sculpture in his spare time.
Mark has not only worn many hats as a performer, he has taught in a variety of educational environments. From his 20+ years of private teaching, instructing band in the Connecticut public school system, jazz ensemble and music lecturer at the Sacred Heart University in Bridgeport CT. as well as woodwind instructor for Barry University, guest clinician and festival judge throughout the US, to his present day position as saxophone instructor and theory professor at the prestigious New World School for the Arts in Miami, FL.
Benjamin Whitman is a local Miami musician with a passion for learning, teaching and performance. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance from Rice University and is currently pursuing a Master of Music in Jazz Pedagogy at the University of Miami. This is Mr. Whitman's first year with the Frost Young Musicians' Camp.
Aaron Lebos is a well-known, versatile guitarist born and raised in the South Florida area. He received his Bachelors from the University of Miami and a Masters at Florida International University, both in Jazz Performance. He currently also plays with some of the biggest names in South Florida such as Nicole Henry, Tony Succar and The Spam All-stars as well as doing many other gigs and sessions. The Aaron Lebos Reality is a powerful and unique original music group from Miami, Fl., whose music encompasses styles of Jazz, Funk, Rock, R&B and World Music. Since forming in 2012, Aaron Lebos Reality has exploded in South Florida attracting both the highest-level musicians and the mainstream audiences. With 2 albums out and the 3rd coming in September 2016 the group is currently touring, opening for national acts and still maintaining regular local shows in South Florida.