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

Ticket purchase is required.


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 or call 305-949-6722.

Frost Studio Jazz Band and “The Drifter”

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.

NEW! Christmas Concert with Frost Studio Jazz Band

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

Stephen Guerra, Jr., director

The Works of Kenny Wheeler
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, “The Three 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 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.

Beasley’s MONK’estra
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. 

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.