Jazz at MOCA: Martin Bejerano
Friday, July 25, 2014, 8pm
Free Rain or Shine
Martin Bejerano is assistant professor of jazz piano at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. A native of Miami, Bejerano is a graduate of the New World School of the Arts, Florida State University, and the University of Miami (M.M., Jazz Piano Performance).
After winning third place in the prestigious 1999 Great American Jazz Piano Competition, he moved to New York City and joined the quartet of legendary jazz drummer Roy Haynes. In 2004, their recording Fountain of Youth was nominated for a Grammy award for Best Instrumental Jazz Album. In 2002, Martin Bejerano also joined guitarist Russell Malone’s quartet, and continues to tour and record with both groups.
He has performed with such jazz luminaries as the Christian McBride Band, Kenny Garrett, Roy Hargrove, Adam Nussbaum, James Moody, Jimmy Heath, Lonnie Plaxico Group and Marcus Printup at major jazz festivals, clubs and venues around the world. He has presented numerous clinics and toured with “Jazz Reach,” a non-profit organization that presents multimedia concerts for school children.
Bejerano was recently awarded the New Jazz Works composer/ensemble grant from Chamber Music of America. He maintains a busy teaching studio at the Frost School and also performs, arranges, records and tours the U.S. and abroad