John Daversa is a versatile and internationally respected trumpet, 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.
Daversa’s celebrated and distinctive musical perspective has been a passport to performances on world stages such as the Today show, Late Night with David Letterman, the Oprah Winfrey Show, and more. He has also performed or recorded with artists such as Fiona Apple, Michael Bublé, Dori Caymi, Andraé Crouch, Sheryl Crow, Bob Mintzer Big Band, and The Yellowjackets.
In 1996, he founded the John Daversa Progressive Big Band, which is one of the leading forces of modern jazz in L.A. today. In 2011, the band released its first studio album, Junk Wagon: The Big Band Album, to critical acclaim.
Daversa is currently the department chair of Studio Music and Jazz at Frost School of Music, University of Miami.