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In the past he has shown that he could keep up with Oscar Peterson in his prime, swinging just as hard and with comparable technique while displaying his own musical personality. Berg turns all of the material into swinging jazz and sounds relaxed at every tempo.

Jan 25, Also Available in iTunes About Shelly Berg Trio A lauded pianist, Shelly Berg is a gifted, classically trained performer and jazz soloist known for his own straight-ahead trio work and collaborations with a list of name performers. On his own, he has issued a handful of highly regarded jazz albums, including 's Will: Highly regarded, he has earned five Grammy nominations, including for his contributions to Gloria Estefan's The Standards. Along with performing, he is also a respected educator, having taught at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music and the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami, where he has served as dean since He began playing piano as a child, and at age six was accepted into the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied classical piano with Maxine Priest.

He also began writing music, and at age nine composed a piece for children's choir and orchestra. Along with classical music, he developed a strong love of jazz, attending concerts and jam sessions with his father.

In his teens, he moved with his family to Houston, Texas, where he continued to excel, studying with Lucien Lemieux and playing in his school ensembles. By age 15, he was playing professionally, working with such legends as Arnett Cobb and Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown.

While there, he studied privately with Albert Hirsh and Abbey Simon, and served as both a lecturer and teaching assistant. He also continued to seek out professional work, playing with a variety of artists including a weeklong stint with the Woody Herman Orchestra. During this period, he also found freelance work playing gigs as well as composing and arranging jobs for television, including composing the official theme for the U.

He also continued to perform, working often with trombonist Bill Watrous. He also contributed to albums by Kiss, Chicago, and Elliott Smith. In , he made his recorded debut as leader with the straight-ahead trio date The Joy.

He followed up two years later with Will: Along with teaching, Berg has authored a number of books, including Jazz Improvisation: In , he topped the jazz charts with the trio album Blackbird, with bassist Chuck Berghofer and drummer Gregg Field. Also around this time, he joined bassist John Fremgen and drummer Peter Erskine for Pieces of String, and followed with a pair of duo recordings, including Home with You with vocalist Carmen Bradford in and First Takes with guitarist Frank Potenza in A Tribute to the First Lady of Song.

Along with his work as dean, he also holds the title of the Patricia L. Frost Professor of Music, in which capacity he teaches improvisation classes and private piano lessons.

He returned to his own work with the solo piano date The Nearness of You. A year later, he garnered a fourth Grammy nomination, again for his work with Feather, for his arrangement of "Be My Muse" on her album Flirting with Disaster. An American in London.

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Jan 25, Also Available in iTunes About Shelly Berg Trio A lauded pianist, Shelly Berg is a gifted, classically trained performer and jazz soloist known for his own straight-ahead trio work and collaborations with a list of name performers. On his own, he has issued a handful of highly regarded jazz albums, including 's Will:

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