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Daniel Andrews, B.M. '13

Daniel Andrews, B.M. '13Daniel Andrews, B.M. '13, Dan Andrews, alto saxophone, majored in Studio Music and Jazz Instrumental Performance at the Frost School of Music where he was a Stamps Distinguished Ensemble Scholar and a member of the inaugural Stamps Jazz Quintet, 2013.Dan Andrews was named an “Outstanding Soloist” at the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival (2010), and also the “Jazz Soloist” winner in DownBeat magazine’s 34th Annual Student Music Awards in the Undergraduate Outstanding College Performances category (2011). The Stamps Jazz Quintet was also chosen by DownBeat as the Jazz Group winner in the same year and category.


Steve Bailey, B.M. '85

Steve Bailey, B.M. '85Steve Bailey, B.M. '85, bassist and educator, named Frost School of Music 2014 Distinguished Alumnus, is famous for his pioneering work with the six string fretless bass. He currently serves as chair of the bass department at Berklee College of Music. A master of styles, Bailey has recorded and toured with such diverse artists as Dizzy Gillespie and Lynyrd Skynard. Bailey has released three solo albums, several educational books and videos, and he performs as the Bass Extremes project with bassist Victor Wooten.


Ken Berry, B.M. '85

Ken Berry, B.M. '85Ken Berry, B.M. '85 recently composed the theme and background music for the first season of Jerry Seinfeld’s Marriage Ref. He has written music for such television programs as Behind the Music, Survivor, Temptation Island, Joe Millionaire, Big Brother, My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiancé and Trading Spouses. He has won three BMI Awards for his work with Dave Vanacore Productions, and this spring he will be awarded two more for the theme for Undercover Boss and additional music for Out of the Wild.


Alan Chan, B.M. '01

Alan Chan, B.M. '01Alan Chan, B.M. ’01, a Los Angeles-based composer and alumnus of the University of Miami Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music, was selected as the recipient of The ASCAP Foundation’s George Duke Commissioning Prize. The $10,000 prize, created to honor the legacy of musician George Duke, means that Chan will write a new work for the Symphonic Jazz Orchestra (SJO) ensemble for their upcoming 2016-17 season. Chan’s submission was selected by the SJO’s Music Advisory Board out of a pool of national submissions ranging from leading jazz veterans to young composers. 


Dave Clemmons, B.M. ‘88

Dave Clemmons, B.M. ‘88Dave Clemmons, B.M. ‘88, was named Frost School of Music 2007 Distinguished Alumnus. He is an award-winning music supervisor, producer, casting director, and vocal director. He began his career as a Broadway performer, later serving as music and vocal director/supervisor for the Broadway production of The Civil War, and national tours of Jekyll & Hyde and The Civil War. Clemmons is founder/owner of Dave Clemmons Casting, and producer/partner with StylesFour Productions, a Tony-Award winning theatrical production firm.


Jeremy Fox, D.M.A. '00

Jeremy Fox, D.M.A. '00Jeremy Fox, D.M.A. '00, was recently selected to present a clinic at the 2012 International Jazz Education Network Conference in Kentucky, where he will present a clinic on Vocal Jazz Arranging to the members of the organization. Fox was also selected to be the Guest Conductor for the 2012 California All-State Vocal Jazz Group, which represents a group of 16 of the finest high school jazz singers in the state.


Sam Howard, B.M. '03

Sam Howard, B.M. '03Sam Howard, B.M. '03, lives in Portland, Oregon where he is very active playing sessions and shows on upright and electric bass and vocals. He has toured the world with Jazz at Lincoln Center's Rhythm Road program, and is currently touring with folk singer Ruth Moody (The Ruth Moody Band), The Tony Furtado Band, and the Nathaniel Talbot Quartet. He has released two instrumental solo albums with the Sam Howard Band, and is currently working on an album of original country songs to be released soon. Howard is a member of Americana chamber-pop band National Flower and plays with the electrifying guitarist Scott Pemberton.


Carmen Lundy, B.M. ‘80

Carmen Lundy, B.M. ‘80Frost School of Music 2003 Distinguished Alumna Carmen Lundy, B.M. ’80 is a jazz vocalist, composer and actress celebrated throughout the world for her vocal artistry and jazz innovation. She has fourteen album releases featuring a host of legendary jazz artists. Her catalog of over 100 songs makes Lundy one of the few jazz vocalists in history to accomplish such a distinction. Lundy is Resident Clinician and guest artist in the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Program at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.


Pat Metheny

At 18, Pat Metheny was the youngest teacher ever at the University of Miami. He reinvented the traditional "jazz guitar" sound for the next generation of players. Throughout his career, Pat Metheny has re-defined the genre by using new technology and evolving the improvisational and sonic potential of his instrument. 


Arianna Neikrug, B.M. '15

Arianna Neikrug, B.M. '15Arianna Neikrug, B.M. '15, has been named as a finalist in the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition. Arianna is a Miami-based jazz/pop/R&B vocalist originally from Los Angeles. While at the Frost School of Music, Arianna sang lead soprano in the Downbeat award-winning ensembles “Extensions” and “JV1" under the direction of Dr. Kate Reid, with whom she studied privately. In March 2015, “Extensions” placed first in the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival, where Arianna received an outstanding soloist award. 


Mario Ortiz, B.M. '93, M.M. '95

Mario Ortiz, B.M. '93, M.M. '95Mario Ortiz, B.M. '93, M.M. '95, has been nominated for a Latin Grammy in the category of Best Salsa Album of the Year for "Mario Ortiz All Star Band Tributo 45 Aniversario," dedicated in tribute to his late father who was a revered bandleader and arranger in Puerto Rico.


Michael Piolet, B.M. '13

Michael Piolet, B.M. '13Mario Ortiz, B.M. '93, M.M. '95, has been nominated for a Latin Grammy in the category of Best Salsa Album of the Year for "Mario Ortiz All Star Band Tributo 45 Aniversario," dedicated in tribute to his late father who was a revered bandleader and arranger in Puerto Rico.


Scott Routenberg, M.M. '03, M.M. '05, D.M.A. '08

Scott Routenberg, D.M.A. '08, M.M. '05, M.M. '03Dr. Scott Routenberg, M.M. '03, M.M. '05, D.M.A. '08, enjoys a versatile and prolific career as an award-winning composer, arranger, jazz pianist and orchestrator.  For over a decade, Routenberg's "groundbreaking" and genre-bending music has garnered widespread critical acclaim, with the artist emerging as a "distinctive original voice" in modern jazz composition.


Jon Secada, B.M. '83, MM '86

Jon Secada, B.M. '83, MM '86Jon Secada, B.M. '83, MM '86, is a three-time Grammy winner and international superstar. With sales of more than 20 million albums worldwide, Secada is also a veteran of Broadway, television, and an accomplished producer. Secada joined Gloria Estefan’s band as a background singer when he left UM, where he composed several ballads for Estefan, including the number one hit “Coming Out of the Dark.”


Ed Smart, B.M. '84, M.M. '87

Ed Smart, B.M. '84, M.M. '87Ed Smart, B.M. '84, M.M. '87 is enjoying a diverse career as a composer and multi-instrumentalist. Composing credits for feature length productions include Denzel Washington’s Oscar-nominated and Peabody award-winning documentary Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream, D.A. Pennebaker’s film Al Franken: God Spoke, and Shaquille O’Neal’s award-winning movie series, Sports Theater (Nickelodeon).


James Suter, B.M. '13

James Suter, B.M. '13James Suter, bass, majored in Studio Music and Jazz Instrumental Performance at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where he was a Stamps Distinguished Ensemble Scholar and a member of the inaugural Stamps Jazz Quintet, Class of 2013. Originally from Hollywood, Florida, James Suter has performed professionally throughout South Florida for nearly a decade.


Stephen Szabadi, B.M. '13

Stephen Szabadi, B.M. '13Stephen Szabadi, trombone, majored in Studio Music and Jazz Instrumental Performance at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where he was a Stamps Distinguished Ensemble Scholar and a member of the Stamps Jazz Quintet, Class of 2013. He studied trombone privately with Dante Luciani and performed in the Frost Concert Jazz Band and the Frost R&B Ensemble. He also studied pharmacology and history while at the University of Miami.


Luis Federico Vindver, B.M. '08

Luis Federico Vindver, B.M. '08Luis Federico Vindver, B.M. '08, is a touring musician, songwriter and producer. He recently finished a world tour with Ricky Martin as a keyboard player, arranger and co-producer of the show. He traveled to Europe, Asia, and South America as well as writing a song in his most recent album. Vindver has worked as pianist and arranger of Franco de Vita, where he recorded his "Primera Fila" album, which won two Latin Grammys, including "Best Male Pop Album.” He received an award in Billboard magazine in the music and advertising convention for his song called "Miracle," written for a documentary about children in India.