"This is art. This is what music should be. No re-creation. No mimicking. Just honesty. Fearless honesty." - Terence Blanchard
"Daversa's fearless exploration...takes him off the beaten path, as he creates bold and ballsy big band music for the modern epoch.” - Dan Bilawsky, AllAboutJazz.com
John Daversa is a multi-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 Nite 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. 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 Instrumental Arrangement or A Capella (John Daversa).