John Daversa Small Band
John Daversa Small Band
John Daversa – Trumpet, EVI
John Gunther – Tenor Saxophone
Eric Gunnison – Piano
Bijoux Barbosa – Bass
Dru Heller – Drums
Multiple Grammy-winning trumpeter John Daversa brings the house down with his tiny and titanic Small Band, a powerhouse ensemble capable of transitioning with ease between incredible sensitivity and vignettes of intensity to rival any big band.
John Daversa is a multiple Grammy-winning artist, composer, arranger, producer, bandleader, educator, and Chair of Studio Music and Jazz at The Frost School of Music, University of Miami.
Daversa’s celebrated and distinctive musical perspective has been a passport to performances on world stages such as The Today Show, Late Show 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, Bob Mintzer Big Band, and the Yellowjackets.
In 1996, he founded the John Daversa Big Band, which is one of the leading forces of modern jazz today. 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. Daversa’s 2016 release Kaleidoscope Eyes: Music of the Beatles reverently twists and melts the iconic Beatles songbook with an orchestra featuring vocal artists Renee Olstead and Katisse Buckingham and garnered three Grammy nominations. Terence Blanchard stated, “This is art. This is what music should be. No re-creation. No mimicking. Just honesty. Fearless honesty.” Daversa’s 2018 release American Dreamers: Voices of Hope, Music of Freedom won three Grammy awards including Best Large Jazz Ensemble, Best Improvised Solo (John Daversa), and Best Arrangement: Instrumental or A Cappella (John Daversa).
Additionally, Daversa leads the John Daversa Small Band, which has released two albums: Artful Joy (2012), and Wobbly Dance Flower (2017) featuring Bob Mintzer.
Daversa earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from The University of California, Los Angeles; 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.