Shelton G. Berg

Dean, Frost School of Music

Phone:
(305) 284-2241
Address:
Gusman Concert Hall 1314 Miller Dr
Room 128F
Coral Gables, FL 33146

 
About

About the Dean of the Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music

Shelton (Shelly) G. Berg is Dean at the FROST SCHOOL OF MUSIC at the University of Miami where he leads a dynamic faculty and teaches outstanding students. He was previously the McCoy/Sample Professor of Jazz Studies at USC Thornton School of Music and a past president of the International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE).

In 2000, The Los Angeles Times named Dean Berg one of three “Educators for the Millennium.” A Steinway piano artist and four-time Grammy nominee, he has performed and recorded with top music industry professionals and orchestrated music for television and motion pictures. The All Music Guide declared, “Shelly Berg is one of the finest pianists around in the early 21st century playing modern mainstream jazz.” His CD, Blackbird reached #1 in US jazz radio (2005).

 Recent recording and arranging projects include a solo album The Nearness of You, Arturo Sandoval’s Grammy-winning Dear Diz (Every Day I Think of You), and Reneé Fleming’s Christmas in New York with Friends. His recording of “Rhapsody in Blue” and other Gershwin selections with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is due for imminent release.

Dean Berg was nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocals category for “Be My Muse” on Lorraine Feather’s album Flirting with Disaster (2015), “What a Wonderful World” on Gloria Estefan: The Standards (2014), and “Out There” on Lorraine Feather’s Tales of the Unusual (2013). He was also nominated for a Grammy as co-producer of Gloria Estefan: The Standards in the Best Traditional Pop Album category. Berg artistic advisor for Jazz Roots at the Adrienne Arsht Center, musical director of The Jazz Cruise, and host of Generation Next on Sirius FM.

Career

Honors & Acknowledgements

Career Highlights & Honors, Awards & Competitions

Career Highlights

  • Former McCoy/Sample Professor of Jazz Studies at USC Thornton School of Music
  • Past president of the International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE)
  • Artistic advisor for Jazz Roots at the Adrienne Arsht Center
  • Musical director of The Jazz Cruise
  • Host of Generation Next on Sirius FM
  • Performed at The Apollo Celebrates Ella Fizgerald
  • Three-time co-musical director and performer at the National White House Tree Lighting Ceremony
  • Co-curator with Steve Miller of: T-Bone walker: At Bridge from Blues to Jazz at the Lincoln Center
  • Arranged and orchestrated a variety of songs for Tony Bennett’s 90th birthday celebration at Radio City Music Hall
  • Performed and recorded with the best of them including Stevie Wonder, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Gloria Estefan,
  • Steve Miller, Chicago and many more.
  • Orchestrated music for television and motion pictures
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Honors, Awards & Competitions

 

  • Four-time Grammy Award nominee
  • Named one of three “Educators for the Millennium” byThe Los Angeles Times
  • Hailed by the All Music Guide as “one of the finest pianists around in the early 21st century playing modern mainstream jazz”