Frost Jazz, Pops, and Beyond

A director gesturing wildly in front of a live orchestra playing brass instruments which are bathed in blue light. A director gesturing wildly in front of a live orchestra playing brass instruments which are bathed in blue light.
A jazz guitarist in a white dress shirt is playing a guitar with a sparkling green fitting plays in the spotlight while a jazz group plays in the background. A jazz guitarist in a white dress shirt is playing a guitar with a sparkling green fitting plays in the spotlight while a jazz group plays in the background.
A director in a black suit  in the spotlight is reacting passionately while his orchestra plays around him in the darkness. A director in a black suit  in the spotlight is reacting passionately while his orchestra plays around him in the darkness.
A trumpet player in a black suit is playing in the foreground while a saxophonist feels the music in the background. A trumpet player in a black suit is playing in the foreground while a saxophonist feels the music in the background.
A man in a light colored suit with purple dress shirt is up in front of a group of musicians holding their instruments. A man in a light colored suit with purple dress shirt is up in front of a group of musicians holding their instruments.
A group of trombone players in black suits with sheet music in front of them are playing at an event. A group of trombone players in black suits with sheet music in front of them are playing at an event.

All events take place at UM Gusman Concert Hall (1314 Miller Drive, Coral Gables), unless otherwise noted.

Ticket purchase is required. Click on concert titles to purchase tickets!

 

Ella Fitzgerald’s 100th Birthday Salute
Frost School's Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra and Jazz Roots

Friday, November 3, 2017, 8:00 p.m.

Adrienne Arsht Center
Shelly Berg, director
The Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra and guest stars bring the inspired Ella Fitzgerald centennial celebration recently held at the iconic Apollo Theater to the Arsht Center stage. The show chronicles Fitzgerald’s career from talented teenager—an unexpected winner at an Apollo Theater Amateur Night in 1934—to inimitable “First Lady of Song.” For more information and tickets, visit arshtcenter.org or call 305-949-6722.


Mike “The Drifter” Flanigin plays with Frost Studio Jazz Band

Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

Mike Flanigin, guest on B3 Organ
Stephen Guerra, Jr., director
Hammond B3 master Mike “The Drifter” Flanigin joins the Frost Studio Jazz Band to play Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf and the music of Count Basie. A disciple of the great Big John Patton, Flanigin is the go-to organist for guitar greats Jimmie Vaughan, Billy Gibbons, and Steve Miller.


Frost Jazz Vocal I, Frost Jazz Vocal II, and Frost Extensions

Friday, December 1, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

Kate Reid, director

Frost Extensions and Frost Jazz Vocal I opens this concert for the featured ensemble, Frost Jazz Vocal II which will perform swing pieces, Latin-tinged songs and ballads from the jazz standard repertoire. The program features the music of some of the greatest arrangers in vocal jazz.


NEW! Christmas Concert with Frost Studio Jazz Band

Tuesday, December 19, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

Stephen Guerra, Jr., director
This program will feature the Frost Studio Jazz Band with singers from the Jazz Vocal department singing holiday favorites such as Santa Claus is Coming to Town, You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch, It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, and more. It will be a fun filled evening with some surprises!

The Works of Kenny Wheeler with Frost Concert Jazz Band

Thursday, January 25, 2018, 7:30 p.m.

Dave Holland, guest bass
Nick Smart, guest conductor
John Daversa, director
The music of Canadian trumpeter, flugelhornist, and composer Kenny Wheeler (1930-2014) can be deeply lyrical but also full of unexpected turns—from “soppy romantic,” as Wheeler himself once called it, to prickly avant-garde. The Frost Concert Band, conducted by Nick Smart and anchored by bassist and composer Dave Holland, takes up the challenge.


Symphonic Ellington
Frost School Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra

NEW DATE! Friday, February 9, 2018, 8:00 p.m.

Scott Flavin, director
Duke Ellington called his music not jazz, but “American Music,” and praised musical artists who impressed him as “beyond category.” Whether writing for the dance club or the concert hall, Ellington himself transcended these categories. You’ll hear the sublime results as the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra revisits three of Ellington’s orchestral jewels, “Three Black Kings,” “Harlem,” and “The River.”


The Music of Christine Jensen
Frost Studio Jazz Band

Saturday, February 17, 2018, 8:00 p.m.

Christine Jensen, guest composer and conductor
Stephen Guerra, Jr., director
The Frost Studio Jazz Band welcomes Montreal-based composer and saxophonist Christine Jensen, hailed as one of Canada’s most compelling composers, in a concert featuring music from her albums Treelines, Habitat, and Under the Influence Suite, which she recently recorded with the Orchestre national jazz de Montréal.

Frost Extensions and Frost Jazz Vocal I

Tuesday, March 27, 2018, 7:30 p.m.

Kate Reid, director

Frost Extensions and Frost Jazz Vocal I presents music from the Great American Songbook as well as original music by some of today's leading jazz composers. The concert will feature arrangements by Frost Studio and Music and Jazz faculty, students, and alumni.


Frost Studio Jazz Band Plays Childhood Favorites

Tuesday, April 3, 2018, 7:30 p.m.

Stephen Guerra, Jr., director
This concert features new arrangements of music inspired by children's literature such as The Cat in the Hat and The Giving Tree, as well as iconic Disney films. The program closes with a new suite by Stephen Guerra, Jr., of music from the film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.


John Beasley’s MONK’estra with Frost Concert Jazz Band

Wednesday, April 4, 2018, 7:30 p.m.

John Beasley, guest pianist and conductor
John Daversa, director
Pianist, composer, and arranger John Beasley reimagines the music of Thelonious Monk with humor and daring in this collaborative large-ensemble project, which vividly conjures Monk’s spirit with an irresistible mix of New Orleans bounce, be-bop, Afro-Cuban grooves, and hip-hop swagger. 

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Frost Jazz Vocal I, Frost Jazz Vocal II, and Frost Extensions

Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 7:30 p.m.

Kate Reid, director

Frost Extensions and Jazz Vocal I open this concert for Frost Jazz Vocal II. Performing songs from classic arrangers in vocal jazz as well as play the jazz standard repertoire, these talented vocalists will offer captivating interpretations of various jazz vocal styles, including swing, Latin, and ballads.


Frost Latin Jazz Orchestra

Thursday, April 19, 2018, 8 p.m.

Alberto de la Reguera, director and composer
Dafnis Prieto, co-director, composer, and drums
Frost Latin Jazz Orchestra, five-time winner of the DownBeat Collegiate Award, welcomes McArthur Fellow and Grammy nominee Dafnis Prieto for a performance of music from his new big-band album. Alberto de la Reguera premieres new works for the orchestra to round out a stirring evening of music for open ears and tapping feet.