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Adam Claussen

Originally from Derry, New Hampshire, Adam is a graduating senior at University of Miami Frost School of Music majoring in Studio Music & Jazz. Adam has accumulated over a decade of experience in music studying jazz through multiple mediums, including saxophone, piano, clarinet, flute, composition, arranging, and film music. At the Frost School of Music, Adam studies saxophone under Gary Keller. He has performed with many ensembles at Frost, including the Downbeat Award-winning Concert Jazz Band, the Frost Septet, and the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra, as well as numerous other ensembles

NEWS: EDUCATION

Keith Jarrett’s Famed Composition “last Solo Final Impromptu” Launches The Frost School Of Music’s New Teaching Video Series Frost Music Masters

Keith Jarrett’s Famed Composition “last Solo Final Impromptu”  Launches The Frost School Of Music’s New Teaching Video Series  Frost Music Masters

The Frost School of Music at the University of Miami is proud to announce the launch of a new video series Frost Music Masters. This exciting project explores intricate musical conundrums, featuring members of our award-winning Frost School of Music faculty, giving tips and showing techniques for those wanting to take on challenging works.     The first ...

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Murph Aucamp

Grammy nominated drummer/percussionist Murph Aucamp has proven himself as one of the most versatile musicians of his generation. From orchestral duties to leading salsa bands in his native South Florida, Murph has enjoyed the freedom that comes with being a diverse musician. He has toured internationally with trumpeter Brian Lynch, performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival, and backed up an array of legends such as Quincy Jones, Julie Andrews, and John Williams. A graduate of the University of Miami's Frost School of Music, Murph has shared the stage with true Miami icons including Gloria Estefan, Jon Secada, and Michael Tilson Thomas' New World Symphony

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five with Charu Suri

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About Charu Suri

Born in South India, Charu Suri started playing the piano at the age of five, and also studied the veena as well as Carnatic music (vocals). A concert pianist since the age of nine, Suri has performed in several venues in India, including Chennai, Mumbai and Delhi, as well as in ...

MUSICIAN Born:

Tito Cruz

TITO CRUZ is a versatile Drummer he has performing with many great stars including Lorna Loff, Al Hibbler, Connie Francis Chuck Mangione, Freddy Cole, Patato Valdez, The platters, Edmar Cataneda, James Moddy, Jaco Pastorius at Hemmingways 1984 and many others. BRAZILIANS and international stars like Ellis Regina, Martinho da Silva, BRAZIL BRAZIL, Ana Gazzola & Sonia Santos and many more. His father began TITO'S musical education at the age of Seven he stared with piano classes (FERNANDO CRUZ "ARROZITO") was his first teacher and influence at the age of 15 tito stated playing drums as a PROFESSIONAL drummer with many legendary musicians in his country, Peru. TITO was already one of the top drummers (sharing the studio performances with the two others famous drummers, Adolfo bonariva and alex acuna. AT Age of 17 TITO Was one of the drummers with more DEMAND for recording studios and tv commercial, He met the famous JAZZ DRUMMER ELVIN JONES and ELVIN give to tito a pair of gretsch drums sticks like'it present. AS A JAZZ DRUMMER TITO lead his own quartet from 1969 to 1975,making a lot of CONCERTS around PERU sponsorship by the EMBBASY OF UNITED STATES in lima peru for USIS DEPARTMENT, HERE in USA TITO TOOK LESSONS WITH THE GREAT DRUMMER ALAN DAWSON AND LATER IN NEW YORK MASTER CLASS WITH THE GREAT JOE MORELLO,after years HERE IN FLORIDA TITO performance with many local musicians,Teddy Mullet,Mario escobar,Dolf castellano,Miguel reyna richie perry , lou colombo othello molineaux felix gomez,mel dancy,juanita dixon,abel pabon,martin hand, gary keller,joe donato, TROY ANDERSON,anthony corado,and many more. HE is one of the more versatile drummers from many years in south florida,his style cover from JAZZ LATIN, FUNK,R&B BLUES BRAZILIAN,SAMBA, BATUCADA, CHORINO,AND AFRO PERUVIAN RHYTHMS TO ALL TRADITIONAL AND MODERN RHYTHMS AND ALL INTERNATIONAL MUSIC TITO performances around Miami, fort lauderdale, new york and europe, TITO came the last November from 6 months of performances in Europe WITH HIS QUARTET FOR PRINCESS CRUISES now in South Florida tito is playing with many top musicians and singers. The South Florida Jazz Scene... With Al Kanovsky: For years, no two people have been more ubiquitous in the South Florida jazz audience than Al and Flo

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Melvin Quinones

Melvin Quinones, also known as Melvin Llord, started studying saxophone by age 11, with the idea of someday playing in the local church's band. He never made it to that group, but that didn't discourage him from his passion for music. By the age of 15, he was recording music with local bands and slowly gaining popularity as one of the best sax players in western Puerto Rico. At 17, his talent was discovered by Andrew Ruiz, one of the most popular band directors in Puerto Rico, who quickly extended him an invitation to play with international Latin star Wilkins. At a young age, he shared the stage with Puerto Rico’s finest artists, such as Marc Anthony, Ednita Nazario and Gilberto Santarrosa, among others. He joined the 248th Army Band at 19

Bobby Ramirez

In 2018, Bobby Ramirez celebrated 40 years as a performing artist and community service. Virtuoso Cuban musician, flutist, saxophonist, composer, arranger, vocalist and educator, Maestro Bobby Ramirez was born in Camajuani, Santa Clara, Cuba. His father was a black mulato of African heritage and mother a descendant of Spanish European heritage. For more than four decades, his style has been distinctive and unique, forming a perfect harmony between the rhythms of his Cuban Creole heritage, Jazz, and classical music. Maestro Bobby Ramirez is a unique and charismatic artist that performs Cuban music (Danzón, Contradanzas, traditional Cuban dance music, and Afro-Cuban Jazz), and Jazz (swing, bebop, free jazz)

NEWS: RECORDING

From Jazz Noir to Technicolor, Jazz Vocalist Sylvia Brooks Reveals a Vivid Array of New Emotional Hues on her Gorgeous Third Album, "The Arrangement"

From Jazz Noir to Technicolor, Jazz Vocalist Sylvia Brooks Reveals a Vivid Array of New Emotional Hues on her Gorgeous Third Album, "The Arrangement"

With her first two critically acclaimed albums, jazz vocalist Sylvia Brooks introduced a sensuous jazz-noir sound redolent of femme fatales and tough guys, crooked deals and deep-shadowed urban nightscapes. But no great artist wants to be typecast, and with her third album, The Arrangement, she steps out of the mist and fog into the sunlight, where ...

ARTICLE: BOOK EXCERPTS

A Conversation with Mike Mainieri

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The following is an excerpt from the chapter “A Conversation with Mike Mainieri" of Masters of the Vibes by Anthony Smith (Marimba Productions, 2017).

So you've been working on a new project this week?

Yes, just finishing some overdubs... it's a project I'm involved in with some friends, but I really can't ...

Meet Ari (ImpressARIo) Silverstein

Read "Meet Ari (ImpressARIo) Silverstein" reviewed by Tessa Souter and Andrea Wolper

Some people are jazz aficionados. Then there's Ari Silverstein. Hooked from the moment he saw the light of jazz, was he content merely to listen? Not Impress-Ari-o! Once he was in, he was in all the way, from organizing concerts to getting his New York tour guide license in order to start shepherding tourists to his ...