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JOHN DAVERSA BIG BAND Kaleidoscope Eyes Music of the Beatles

THREE 2017 Grammy nominations: 

"Best Large Jazz Ensemble"

"Best Arrangement for Instrumental or A Capella" ("
Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds") on his Kaleidoscope Eyes Music of the Beatles CD

"Best Arrangement for Instruments and Vocals ("Do You Want to Know a Secret") also from
Kaleidoscope Eyes Music of the Beatles CD

"It’s bright with all the joy and possibility of the Beatles’ best music and exemplifies the expansive, utterly successful reach of Daversa’s undertaking.” Matt R Lohr JazzTimes

"The John Daversa Big Band's current project, Kaleidoscope Eyes, explores the vast catalog of The Beatles through Daversa's imaginative, genre-fusing arrangements.
… the trumpeter takes it to the streets here as he brings his big band to a live setting to deliver another Beatles album that is anything but another Beatles album. Jazz and Beatles is nothing new to behold but the special sauce liberally slathered on here is what makes the difference. Not merely nu stuff for nu ears, Daversa almost single handedly brings a history of jazz to the modern era exploding and reassembling a handful of Fab Four classics. This is a major high point for sitting down jazz.” Midwest Record

Daversa’s latest big band release, Kaleidoscope Eyes: Music of the Beatles (2016), reverently twists and melts the iconic Beatles songbook with a 40+ orchestra featuring vocal artists Renee Olstead and Katisse Buckingham.

"This is art. This is what music should be. No re-creation. No mimicking. Just honesty. Fearless honesty.” "This is the definition of artistry and creativity. I love this recording." Terence Blanchard

“Daversa gets sounds to come out of his little red trumpet like you never heard. The band itself ditto, as if Duke Ellington and Béla Bartók had come down from on high and written some brilliant 21st century music for a big band of Berklee post-graduate superstars.” Los Angeles Times Tony Gieske

John Daversa is a versatile and internationally respected performer (Trumpet/EVI), composer, arranger, producer, bandleader, educator, and BFM Jazz recording artist. He is a winner of the Herb Alpert Award, David Joel Miller Award, the National Trumpet Competition, the ITG Jazz Soloist Competition, and was a finalist in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. In 1996, he founded the John Daversa Progressive 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 MIusic Awards.

And in 2016 Kaleidoscope Eyes won the following Global Music Awards:

Gold Medal: Large Jazz Ensemble
Gold Medal: Composition/Composer
Gold Medal: Band
Gold Medal: Album
Gold Medal: Innovation in Sound
Gold Medal: Production/Producers
Silver Medal: SoundMixing/Editing
Silver Medal: Audio Engineer

Daversa’s celebrated and distinctive musical perspective has been a passport to performances on The Today Show, Late Nite with David Letterman, The Oprah Winfrey Show and he has performed with such artists as Michael Bublé, Andraé Crouch, Sheryl Crow, Bob Mintzer Big Band and The Yellowjackets. Daversa earned his 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.

“Daversa's fearless exploration...takes him off the beaten path, as he creates bold and ballsy big band music for the modern epoch.” AllAboutJazz.com


In addition, Daversa leads the John Daversa Small Band consisting of tenor saxophonist Robby Marshall, alto saxophonist/flutist/vocalist Katisse Buckingham, keyboardist Tommy King, bassist Jerry Watts and drummer Gene Coye. This powerhouse ensemble transitions with ease from sections of incredible sensitivity to vignettes of intensity rivaling that of his own Big Band. The Small Group’s latest album Artful Joy features Bob Mintzer and Gretchen Parlato.

“This band sounds huge. And let's not forget modern. "New" is in rare supply these days, but you've found yourself some new right here.”
“It takes a rare talent to be able to make a large band sound "small" (in terms of agility as well as in the transparency and lightness of orchestration), and, vice-versa, some measure of genius to make a small band seem big…” Peter Erskine Drummer/Educator

“John Daversa is one of those rare musicians who is an incredible soloist and an accomplished orchestrator, a composer with an identifiable voice, and an articulate artist who does things in a focused way, always with a clear vision of the hows and whys.” Bob Mintzer, Saxophonist/Educator

John Daversa Small Band
"The Bridge"

John Daversa Big Band
"I Saw Here Standing There"

John Daversa Big Band featuring Renee Olstead

John Daversa Educational Video
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John Daversa Small Band
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