3-time Grammy Nominee John Daversa, a renowned Jazz trumpeter, composer, arranger, producer and bandleader joins the show for the first time!
He is a winner of the Herb Alpert Award, David Joel Miller Award, the National Trumpet Competition, the ITG Jazz Soloist Competition, and finalist in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, and a 3-time Grammy nominee.
He has performed on world stages such as The Today Show, Late Nite with David Letterman, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Live 8 (Berlin), Hamburg Music Festival, Java Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, Montreux Festival, and the Playboy Jazz Festival. He has also had the opportunity to perform or record with artists such as Fiona Apple, Michael Bublé, Dori Caymi, Andraé Crouch, Sheryl Crow, Herbie Hancock, The Bob Mintzer Big Band, and The Yellowjackets.
In 1996, he founded the John Daversa Progressive Big Band. Junk Wagon: The Big Band Album (2011), won Best in Show and Awards of Excellence in Creativity/Originality and Production in The Global Music Awards.
In 2016, Daversa released “Kaleidoscope Eyes: Music of the Beatles a big band album with an orchestra of almost 60, featuring vocal artists Renee Olstead and Katisse Buckingham. The album was nominated for 3 Grammy Awards for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album, Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella and Best Arrangement, Instrumental and Vocals.
His latest album is “Wobbly Dance Flower”, released 2017, featuring Bob Mintzer.
As an educator, Daversa earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from The University of California, a Master of Fine Arts degree in Jazz Studies at California Institute of the Arts, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Jazz Studies at the University of Southern California. After teaching at both USC and California State University Northridge, he is now the chair of Studio Music and Jazz at the Frost School of Music at University of Miami.