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Jazz Faculty

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

Chuck Bergeron, UM Faculty, bass

Gary Keller, UM Faculty, Jazz Saxophone Masterclass Faculty

Kate Reid, UM Faculty, Jazz Vocal Masterclass Faculty

Steffen Zeichner, Jazz Violin Faculty

Martin Bejerano, UM Faculty, Jazz Piano, Master Class Faculty

John Yarling, UM Faculty, Drumset Master Class Faculty

Brian Murphy, Piano

Ira Sullivan, Woodwinds, Brass

Jake Hart, Jazz Piano, Accompanist

Sherrine Mostin, Honors Jazz Vocal Faculty

Aaron Lebos, Jazz and Rock Guitar

Ed Maina, Woodwinds

Jackson Bunn, Jazz and Contemporary Piano

Alexander Ambrose, Drumset



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.


Gary Keller is Professor of Practice, specializing in jazz studies and all aspects of saxophone performance, at the FROST SCHOOL OF MUSIC. He received his bachelor's degree in music education from New York State University at Fredonia and his master's degree in jazz performance from the FROST SCHOOL OF MUSIC in 1980.

Immediately after graduation, Professor Keller took the third tenor chair with the Woody Herman Orchestra -- following in the footsteps of legends Sal Nistico and Joe Lovano -- before returning to Miami where he became Professor of Saxophone in 1982. He has since launched hundreds of saxophonists into professional careers throughout the music industry -- as internationally recognized solo artists, sidemen, composers, producers, and educator

Professor Keller's debut solo CD, Blues for an Old New Age, received a near perfect score from Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD, which termed it "a thinker's delight" and "extremely well done." Other publications include The Jazz Chord/Scale Handbook, which is in use in universities worldwide, and various articles and interviews in The Saxophone Journal, Jazz Educator's Journal, Woodwind Player, and the NASA Saxophone Symposium.


Kate Reid is Director of the Jazz Vocal Performance program and Associate Professor of jazz voice in the Studio Music and Jazz department at the FROST SCHOOL OF MUSIC at the University of Miami. Apart from overseeing all aspects of the Jazz Vocal Performance program, Professor Reid directs two of the FROST's three jazz vocal ensembles -- FROST Extensions and FROST Jazz Vocal I. Dr. Reid also teaches jazz improvisation, sight-singing and music theory and she maintains a full jazz voice studio of undergraduate and graduate students.

Dr. Reid's multifaceted career also includes work as a studio and session singer in Los Angeles. Her film credits include Planes, Star Trek Into Darkness, Oz-The Great and Powerful, Epic and Men In Black III, featuring the music of composers Danny Elfman, Michael Giacchino, John Powell and Joel McNeely. She has lent her voice to several network television series, to commercial spots for Ace Hardware, T-Mobile, and Suntory Whiskey, and to recordings by such artists as MUSE, X Japan and Josh Groban.

In addition to teaching at the FROST SCHOOL OF MUSIC, Dr. Reid continues to perform, record and teach throughout the U.S. and Europe. Dr. Reid earned her B.M. in Jazz Studies from Western Michigan University and a M.M. and D.M.A. in Jazz Vocal Performance from the University of Miami.


Steffen Zeichner is a creative violinist who actively performs jazz, classical, klezmer, and a variety of other genres. Steffen is also a passionate educator with a focus on developing the creative potential of string players, particularly through exposing them to musical genres outside of the classical world and by helping students develop improvisational skills. Throughout his career Steffen has performed with a variety of top artists including Chick Corea, Gloria Estefan, Cyrille Aimee, Nestor Torres, Kenny Loggins, Ben Folds, Maria Schneider, Terence Blanchard, and George Benson, with whom he was featured as the violin soloist and concertmaster for Benson's 2013 album, "Inspiration". He has a BM in Violin Performance from Indiana University, and is currently working on his dissertation (on jazz violin pedagogy) for his Doctorate of Musical Arts degree at the University of Miami.


Martin Bejerano is an Assistant Professor of Jazz Piano at the FROST School of Music. As head of the jazz piano department, he teaches applied jazz piano instruction, advanced improvisation, undergraduate jazz composition, jazz accompanying, and Trio Ensemble. Jazz Times said of him, "Add Martin Bejerano to the expanding roster of hot young pianists that stretches from Hiromi Uehara and Eldar Djangirov to Robert Glasper and Taylor Eigsti..."


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 Hart is a graduate of the UM Frost School of Music where he has been mentored by and performed with Brian Lynch, Martin Bejerano, Gary Campbell, John Hart, Adam Nussbaum, Gonzalo Rubalcaba and Ira Sullivan. Jake was a finalist in the 2017 Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition. Jake's trio was also in the finals of the 2017 Zilina International Jazz Contest. In February 2018, one of Jake's recordings was placed in the final around of the 7 Virtual Jazz Club: Global Online Competition for Jazz Musicians. Also, Jake was selected as a finalist in the 2018 American Jazz Piano Competition. In the Summer of 2018, Jake's trio was one of the top finalists in the Conad Jazz Contest and played at the Umbria Jazz Festival in July 2018. Jake was also selected as a finalist in the Riga Jazz Stage's International Jazz Artist Contest in April 2019.


Sherrine Mostin is a jazz vocalist, composer/arranger, and educator based in Miami, Florida. As the bandleader of the Sherrine Mostin "Anymore" Project, she performs her original compositions and innovative arrangements around the city. Additionally, she is the lead vocalist for Rodolfo Zu&nilde;iga's "Surfaces with Strings" band, which toured in Costa Rica last June.

Mentored by Terence Blanchard, Sherrine has explored the possibilities within the contemporary jazz idiom, which is reflected in both her compositions and arrangements. Several of her vocal jazz arrangements have been featured at national conferences and festivals including the Jazz Education Network, American Choral Directors Association National Conference, as well as the Monterey Jazz Festival . Her arrangements have also been performed by notable universities in the USA and Canada; including CSU Long Beach, College of the Canyons, University of Miami, and American River College; along with guest artists including Karrin Allyson, Cyrille Aimée, and Becca Stevens.

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, Terence Blanchard, Karrin Allyson, the New York Voices, and many others. In 2015 she won 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). Recently, Sherrine participated as a clinician at the 2016 National Jazz Education Network conference.

She was born and raised on a small pear and walnut farm in Kelseyville, California. Sherrine has a Bachelor's degree in Jazz Studies from Sacramento State University, a Master's degree in Jazz Studies from CSU Long Beach, and a Doctoral degree in Studio Music and Jazz at the University of Miami. She is currently teaching at Broward College and Miami Dade College Kendall. She is active in music outreach, working with both the Community Arts Program and Guitars Over Guns Organization.


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. Aaron developed much of his versatility playing gigs, touring and recording in the diverse South Florida music scene. He currently also plays with some of the biggest names in South Florida such as Nicole Henry, Nu Deco Ensemble, The Spam All-stars as well as doing many other gigs and sessions. In 2010 he recorded an album of jazz standards and his first all original album called Jazzilla. In 2012 he formed Aaron Lebos Reality and has since recored 3 original albums and the next one is due mid 2018 making it his 6th album. During this time the group has been touring, playing festivals and growing in popularity locally and nationally.


(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!


Jackson Bunn is from Winston-Salem, NC. He began learning songs from movies ,tv, and radio on the piano at age six. He studied piano and viola through high school in the Chicago area and graduated from Illinois State University. He has played professionally thirty plus years in Chicago, Los Angeles, and South Florida. He has performed with jazz clarinet legend Buddy DeFranco, comedian Dan Aykroyd, and rising smooth jazz artist Wayne Gutshall. (UM grad 1997) to list a few. His original cd 'Chosen Path' has seen airplay on radio stations nationwide. He currently plays with the Brass Evolution and his own jazz group. He has been thrilled to teach a variety of ensembles and courses as part of the tremendous faculty at the Frost School of Music Young Musician's Camp since 2008!


Alexander, "Zander" Ambrose is currently a student of Professor Steve Rucker at the Univeristy of Miami Frost School of Music in the Studio Music and Jazz Performance Department. He received his Bachelors of Music in 2018 and is currently a Masters Teaching Asssistant in the drum set studio. He is the recipient of "Most Valuable Player Award" in 2017 for the prestigious University of Miami Frost Brand of The Hour.