The Magnificent Man and His Music

Fort Lauderdale, FL – South Florida’s local, legendary Dean of the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music, American Steinway Piano artist Shelly Berg is a staid and steady hand for our New Year rendition of “Gershwin Top 20 Celebration.” Don’t miss the Shelly Berg Trio LIVE at The Amaturo Theater of Broward Center for the Performing Arts on January 12, 2022.

This quintessential artist who considered himself a musician from the age of four began music academia at age six in a gifted children’s program at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He went on to study with Maxine Priest, Lucien Lemieux, and Albert Hirsh, Rudolph Serkin and Abbey Simon, who many consider to be the greatest music teachers of all time!

Throughout his forty-year career as a Dean, father and professor, Berg has prioritized his composing and playing music, with his family and work life, while promoting his performance career as well. He says modestly that the phone has been ringing all that time and he is humbly grateful.

Known for his collaborations and orchestrations with jazz vocalists, which some have labeled “magnificent,” Berg has performed, recorded and arranged for Patti Austin, Nancy Wilson, Bobby McFerrin, Kurt Elling, Monica Mancini, Dionne Warwick, Tierney Sutton, Lorraine Feather and Carmen Bradford; and has performed and/or recorded with a “Who’s Who” of jazz legends including Ray Brown, Louie Bellson, Eddie Daniels, Peter Erskine, Jon Faddis, Woody Herman, James Moody, Arturo Sandoval, Tom Scott, Clark Terry and Bill Watrous, to name a few.

A magnificent man who is “immensely proud of [his] recent recording, ‘Gershwin Reimagined: An American in London’ (Decca Gold), recorded in London under the baton of José Serebrier with the sublime Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. As a jazz and classical pianist, he says, “I have always felt a deep affinity for Gershwin’s music.” In January he will grace the stage at Broward County, FL’s Amaturo Theater with some renditions of music near and dear to his heart.

With sidemen, Dafnis Prieto, drums and Carlo De Rosa on bass, the trio offers a gentle and easy entry into some classics that feel familiar and remind us of home. Cuban-born Prieto is a GRAMMY-winning musician for his big band album, Back to the Sunset, which DownBeat called "one of the best recordings of the year. As a US Jazz Ambassador in 1999 Carlo de Rosa traveled to South Africa, Mauritius, Madagascar, Kenya, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe. Other performances abroad have led him to countries as varied as France, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Estonia, Russia, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Holland, Belgium, Czech Republic, Argentina, Chile, Romania, Slovenia, Denmark, England, Scotland and Ireland.

Single tickets for each concert in the Gold Coast Jazz Society 30th anniversary 2021 -2022 Concert Season are $65 plus applicable fees and can be purchased online at or through Ticketmaster at 954.462.0222. 

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