Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Paquito D’Rivera

Paquito D'RiveraNEA Jazz Master, Paquito D’Rivera defies categorization. Winner of multiple Grammy Awards, he is celebrated both for his artistry in Latin jazz and his achievements as a classical composer.

Born in Havana, Cuba, he performed at age 10 with the National Theater Orchestra, studied at the Havana Conservatory of Music and, at 17, became a featured soloist with the Cuban National Symphony. As a founding member of the Orquesta Cubana de Musica Moderna, he directed that group for two years, while at the same time playing both the clarinet and saxophone with the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. In 1988, he was a founding member of the United Nation Orchestra, a 15-piece ensemble organized by Dizzy Gillespie to showcase the fusion of Latin and Caribbean influences with jazz. D’Rivera continues to appear as guest conductor.

The Kennedy Center awarded Mr. D’Rivera the National Medal of the Arts in 20015 and the Living Jazz Legend Award in 2007. With a dedication and enthusiasm for Jazz, Bebop and Latin music, and an extraordinary career as an instrumentalist, his contributions to classical music are also impressive. They include solo performances and commission with the National Symphony Orchestra, the Rotterdam Philharmonic, the London Philharmonic, the London Symphony Orchestra, and the St. Luke’s Chamber Orchestra, among others. In his passion to bring Latin repertoire to greater prominence, Mr. D’Rivera has successfully created, championed and promoted all types of classical compositions, including his three chamber compositions recorded live in concert with the distinguished cellist Yo-Yo Ma, and garnered Paquito a GRAMMY as Best Instrumental Composition 2004.

He has been the recipient of fourteen GRAMMY Awards in both the Latin Jazz and Classical categories and has over thirty recordings to his credit. He is also the Artistic Director of the famous world-class Festival Internacional de Jazz de Punta Del Este in Uruguay, celebrating 23 years of Jazz in 2019.

Shelly Berg Trio
Shelly Berg, Piano, Chuck Bergeron, Bass and John Yarling, Drums

Shelly BergShelly Berg is an accomplished pianist in both classical and jazz styles, Shelly Berg is a recording artist for Concord Music Group, and a Steinway piano artist. He has arranged and recorded with many award-winning artists. In 2007, Berg was appointed as Dean of the University of Miami’s Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music where he teaches both privately, in the Frost Experiential Music Curriculum, and administers the academic, musical and research pursuits of over 700 music students and 100 faculty. He was formerly the McCoy/Sample endowed music professor at USC Thornton School of Music where he taught for 16 years.

Berg is featured as an arranger and pianist on two Grammy and Latin Grammy Award winning Arturo Sandoval projects on the Concord label. His trio, the Shelly Berg Trio (Shelly Berg, piano; Gregg Field, drums; Chuck Bergeron, bass), recorded an all-Gershwin CD with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with José Serebrier, Conductor. His recent Grammy Award nominations include “Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist” for his arrangement of “Out There” on the CD Tales of the Unusual (Jazzed Media) featuring vocalist Lorraine Feather in 2013. In 2014 he was again nominated for “Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s) for his arrangement of “What a Wonderful World” on Gloria Estefan: The Standards (Sony Masterworks) and as co-produced for Gloria Estefan: The Standards in the Best Traditional Pop Album category, along with Gloria Estefan and Emilio Estefan. His most recent recording is The Deep on Chesky Records.

Shelly performs at major music festivals and venues throughout the world, is the Music Director for an annual Jazz Cruise and was recently a featured speaker at the TEDxMIA conference on Miami Beach. He is also a featured performer on several concerts for UM’s annual Festival Miami. He appears regularly for the Gold Coast Jazz Society at the Broward Center and was recently appointed as the Artistic Advisor for Jazz Roots Series at the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami.

Chuck BergeronChuck Bergeron is one of the most active and innovative musicians working in the field of Jazz today. His unique compositional style and approach to improvisation reflect a wide variety of musical influences and confirm a deep commitment to the rich polyrhythmic characteristics of his musical and cultural heritage as a native of New Orleans and a seasoned professional from the New York Jazz community. He is a faculty member of the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music where he conducts big bands and small jazz ensembles, and serves as the faculty mentor for the Stamps Jazz Quintet. He also conducts clinics around the nation and serves as the director of the South Florida Jazz Orchestra. As a professional, Bergeron spent seven years as bassist, arranger and musical director for the late Kevin Mahogany. He has also performed, toured and recorded with a variety of jazz luminaries from Stan Getz to Arturo Sandoval to Patti Austin.

John Yarling is a lecturer in the Department of Studio Music and Jazz at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music. His flawless musicianship and commitment to his art make him the drummer of choice for many South Florida performers such as Ira Sullivan & the Inter-Outer Continental Quintet, The Shack Daddys, South Florida Jazz Orchestra, Brian Murphy Trio, The Nicole Yarling 4-Tet, and the Jeff Taylor Band. John Yarling is at ease playing in many styles including Modern Jazz, Blues, Funk and Rock. In past years he has performed with jazz luminaries Mose Allison, Sonny Stitt, Nat Adderley, Lou Donaldson, Jaki Byard, Jimmy Forrest, Mark Murphy, Mike Stern, Pete Minger, Larry Coryell and Dave Liebman as well as rockers Mick Taylor, Nicky Hopkins and Bobby Keys (The Rolling Stones). He has recorded with Ira Sullivan, Curtis Fuller, Pepper Adams, Joe Williams, Ernest Ranglin, Kevin Mahogany, and most recently, Pink.

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