St. Petersburg College is proud to host two free jazz workshops at the St. Pete/Gibbs Campus in March. Latin Grammy award-winning flutist Nestor Torres and Martin Bejerano, head of the Jazz Piano Department at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music, will hold workshops on March 1 and March 4.
Born in Puerto Rico, Nestor Torres studied at the Mannes School of Music and the New England Conservatory of Music. His 14 solo albums have earned four Latin Grammy nominations, one Grammy nomination, and a Latin Grammy award. Torres has collaborated with a wide variety of artists including Gloria Estefan, Kenny Loggins, Dave Mathews, Herbie Hancock, Tito Puente, Michael Camilo, Paquito D’ Rivera and Arturo Sandoval. This outstanding flutist will hold his workshop on March 1 in HS 117 at 2 p.m.
Martin Bejerano, a Miami native, began his career at age 15 with a performance of Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” with the Mexican-American Bi-National Symphony. He studied at Florida State University’s New World School of the Arts and holds a masters degree in Jazz Piano Performance from Miami University. Bejerano placed third in the national 1999 Great American Jazz Piano Competition. He joined the quartet of legendary jazz drummer Roy Haynes, and their recording of “Fountain of Youth” was nominated for a Grammy award for Best Instrumental Jazz album in 2004. He has played with Christian McBride Band, Kenny Garrett, Roy Hargrove, Adam Nussbaum, James Moody, Jimmy Heath, Lonnie Plaxico Group and Marcus Printup at jazz festivals, venues, and concerts around the world. Bejerano will hold his workshop on March 4 in HS 109 at 10 am.
These free jazz workshops are open to St. Petersburg College students and the community. Learn more about the Music Industry and Recording Arts program at St. Petersburg College, and the college’s jazz band.