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Jazz Faculty

Shelton G. Berg, DEAN Frost School of Music, piano, jazz Master Class

Chuck Bergeron, UM Faculty, bass

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

Aaron Lebos, Guitar and Composition

Ed Maina, Woodwinds

Keelan Dimick, Jazz Piano, Accompanist

Michael Scott, Jazz Band leader


photoCHUCK 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.


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.

Brian has collaborated with the great TITO PUENTE as arranger/keyboardist on a number of award winning Latin Jazz albums including Goza Mi Timbal a.k.a. Dig My Timbales (GRAMMY & AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE AWARDS 1990), Out of This World (AFIM AWARD 1991), Mambo of the Times (AFIM AWARD 1992) along with Master Timbalero, The Billy Strayhorn Songbook and Hot Timbales. Their arrangement of Straight No Chaser appears in Rebeca Mauleon's 'SALSA GUIDEBOOK' as a reference for converting a non-clave melody. You can click here to read more about Brian's association with Tito Puente.

Brian Murphy has appeared in Europe and Canada with ROB MCCONNELL AND THE BOSS BRASS. He was featured with flugelhorn virtuoso GUIDO BASSO (1987 - 1994) and is currently recording and performing with IRA SULLIVAN, flute/saxophone/trumpet master. Ira and Brian were featured at the 2002 JVC Jazz Festival in Toronto where they gained enthusiastic response and excellent reviews.

As Artist in Residence at the DuMaurier Jazz Festival, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Brian conducted workshops on improvisation and performed solo and with his trio and quartet. He has received arts grants from the Canada Council for studies in electronic music and for studies with noted composer DOUG RILEY.

Brian's compositions and arrangements have been featured on CBS Sunday Morning, National Public Radio, Radio Finland, Radio Brandenburg (Germany) and numerous Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) programs including Jazz Beat, Jazz Radio Canada, Identities (GABRIEL AWARD), Morningside, The Entertainers, Music Maritimes and various Jazz specials (1978 - present). Click here to view a list of Brian's notable engagements.

Brian is a practitioner of the art of spontaneous composition and he embraces the true exploratory spirit of Jazz.


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


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's 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.


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.


(Woodwinds, EWI) Ed Maina Music, Do It Again Records. 1969 – Present, Ed Maina is very active as a woodwind soloist and clinician as well as an educator. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Music and Jazz Studies and a Master of Music Degree in Jazz Pedagogy from the University of Miami. For the past 11 years, he's been the Associate Director of Bands, as well as the Orchestra Director at Flanagan High School in Pembroke Pines. Prior to teaching at Flanagan, Ed Maina was the Director of Bands at Lawton Chiles Middle School for seven years and thirteen years at Westview Middle School, both in Miami-Dade County. While there, he earned the coveted "Louis Armstrong Fellowship Award", awarded by the International Association of Jazz Educators for excellence in Jazz Education (1992).

While fulfilling his duties as an educator, Ed travels several times a year performing concerts and clinics to various schools in the tri-county area. He also was one the coordinators of the Superintendent's Honors Jazz Band (Miami-Dade County), and has also been the guest conductor/ clinician for Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach County Honor bands. He was also a selection adjudicator for F.B.A., Middle School All-State bands for two years.

Some of his performing and recording credits include The Maynard Ferguson Orchestra*, Linda Eder*, Frank Wildhorn*, Will Lee*, Michael Feinstein*, Broadway Musical Soundtracks- "Jekyll and Hyde"* and "The Scarlet Pimpernel"*, Natalie Cole, Frank Sinatra, Paul Anka, Jon Secada, Chaka Khan, The Funk Brothers (Motown), Pebo Bryson*, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Charytin* (Univision), Ednita Rosario, Linda Ronstadt, the Nelson Riddle Orchestra, Chubby and Duffy Jackson*, Mike Gerber, Ira Sullivan*, Nester Torres, Randy Bernsen* with Jaco Pastorius* , Mike Lewis*, Louie Bellison, Oscar Peterson, Mel Torme, Johnny Mathis, Vic Damone, Kenny Rogers, Steve Lawrence and Edie Gorme, Bob Hope, Rick Krive*, Mike, Nicky and Debbie Orta*, Garry Campbell, Toni Bishop, University of Miami's Concert Jazz Band* (with Ed Calle*, Rick Margitza*, Michael Brecker, Pete Minger*, Dave Liebman*, Bob James), Tom Brooks, Abraham Laboriel Sr.*, Darlene Zschech (Hillsong), Steve Reed (The Rippingtons'. percussionist), The O'Jays, The Temptations, The Spinners, The Stylistics, Deana Martin*, 14 Jazz Orchestra*, Barry Gibb*

Ed Maina still performs, records, private teaches and resides in Pembroke Pines, Florida. He is happily married (35 yrs) and very proud of his two sons, Michael and Justin, and daughter, Priscilla who is an accomplished flute player, Frost Young Musicians Camp alumnus, and is retired from the USMC Band. She is also featured playing Bass Flute on Amazing Grace on her dad's debut CD/album..." In the Company of Brothers". It also features Abraham Laboriel Sr., Ira Sullivan, Kemuel Roig, Oskar Cartaya, Gaby Vivas, Rick Krive, Jim Gasior, Gustavo Eraso and many others!


Mr. Michael D. Scott is a native of Miami, FL. A product of inner city living, he grew up in circumstances where there were not many positive role models. He attended Allapattah Middle School and found his initial passion for music while in the 6th grade band. He later matriculated to Miami Jackson Senior High School, and joined the band under the direction of Dr. Jermaine Fleming. There he received the teachings and motivation to pursue music as a full time career. The Miami Jackson Band was very successful, receiving many superior ratings. This gave Mr. Scott the experiences he needed to be successful in college, where he would further his education and teachings in the field of music. Upon graduating high school, Mr. Scott continued his education at Florida A&M University with a major in Music. He also served as the head drum major for the world-renowned Marching 100 Band. His other leadership positions at FAMU also included becoming a student conductor, the head of the show planning committee, the head of the dance routine committee, and the Grammy band choreographer at the 48th Grammy Awards ceremony in LA.

After graduating from Florida A&M University, Mr. Scott was highly recommended for a high school band director position at Miami Carol City Senior High School. When he arrived at Miami Carol City Sr. the band only consisted of 16 people. Nine of which included percussion. The program was on the brink of diminishing. In one challenging year Mr. Scott was able to accomplish what would have taken 3 years without his leadership. Mr. Scott and a small group of very dedicated members built the Miami Carol City band up to 120 band members by the end of the following fall season. The band also achieved a rating of Superior in concert band evaluation for the first time in 14 years. After restoring a program at Miami Carol City, Mr. Scott decided it was time to go and give back to his community by accepting a job at his home school, serving as the band director for Allappattah Middle School. Also a once dying program, Mr. Scott started with zero people in the band but then motivated 100 middle school inner city students to rebuild the band program. This was the first time this band had seen life in over 15 years, and it continues to grow to this day. A member of ALPHA PHI ALPHA Fraternity, The recipient of the Tom Bishop Award.

Mr. Scott is a member of the Florida Band Masters Association and is an outstanding and active supporter of the arts in public school education. Mr. Scott is now the Band Director at Cypress Bay High School in Weston, Florida. Upon arriving at Cypress Bay High School, the band program was in need of serious restoration. In only two months the program grew from a mere 20 participants to 180 musically educated members. The bands at South Broward High School have been invited to perform at numerous prestigious events. They are invited to perform in London, several district performances and New York at the great Carnegie Hall. Mr. Scott's will to give and sacrifice so much to his students is unbelievable. He lives by the philosophy that "All Students Can Be Taught". The experience and lessons learned throughout Mr. Scott's teachings is remarkable and is displayed in each band he steps in front of. His mentors include, Dr. Fleming, Dr. Chipman, Dr. White, Steve Rivero, & Benny Bolden.