John Daversa

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John Daversa
Background information
BornCanoga Park, California, U.S.
Occupation(s)Musician, composer, arranger, band leader
InstrumentsTrumpet, Electronic Valve Instrument (EVI)
LabelsBFM Jazz

John Daversa is a multi-Grammy winning American jazz trumpeter, electronic valve instrument (EVI) player, composer, arranger, big band leader, and educator.[1] He is the son of Jay Daversa, former trumpet player for Stan Kenton and Los Angeles studio musician.

Daversa is Chair of Studio Music and Jazz at University of Miami, Frost School of Music and directs the Frost Concert Jazz Band.[2] He regularly performs with the John Daversa Progressive Big Band, John Daversa Small Band, and is a guest conductor and soloist all over the world.[1]

Daversa has worked with Moonchild, Fiona Apple, Burt Bacharach, Joe Cocker, Andraé Crouch, Gin, Herbie Hancock, Holiday on Ice, Bob Mintzer Big Band,[3] Renee Olstead, Regina Spektor, Andy Williams, and The Yellowjackets. His playing has been featured on film and television, including The Five-Year Engagement, Key and Peele, The King of Queens, and Promised Land.[4][5]

His album Kaleidoscope Eyes: Music of the Beatles (BFM Jazz, 2016) received Grammy Award nominations for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album, Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella and Best Arrangement, Instrumental and Vocals.


As Leader[edit]


  • "I Love the 405" (Daversafications, 2010)
  • "Quo" (BFM Jazz, 2013)


With Title Year Notes
Shogun Warrior Play For Lovers 2012
Westland Trio Westland 2010 On Jazz Collective Records
Justin Morell Septet 2000
The Music of Steely Dan 2000
Subjects and Complements 2013
Jeff Babko Misfits of Silence 1998
Broject 2000
Nick Mancini Psychobabble 2012
Storyteller 2013
Leon Foster Thomas Metamorphosis 2016
Suzanne Dean Come To Paradise 2016
Zach Larmer Band Inner Circle 2016
Rafael Piccolotto de Lima Pelos Ares 2016 As Orquestra Urbana
Bob Mintzer Get Up! 2015 As Bob Mintzer Big Band
Josh Nelson Exploring Mars 2014
Mitch Haupers Invisible Cities Original Jazz and Chamber Music 2014
Gina Kronstadt Come Over 2013
Scott Jeppesen El Guapo 2013
Jeff Saxon Blujanova 2013
Moonchild Be Free 2012
Jimmy Branly Jimmy Branly 2012
Endermen Tales from the Blue Whale 2012
Joe Cocker Fire it Up 2012
Regina Spektor What We Saw From Cheap Seats 2012
Nikos Syropoulos Rozalia 2012
Kait Dunton Mountain Suite 2012
Ladybug Music Green Collection 2011
Andrae Crouch The Journey 2011
Yellowjackets Timeline 2011
Hire Sekine A-Me 2010
Gin Wigmore Holy Smoke 2009
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones Pin Points and Gin Joints 2009
Peter Buck Buck's Vibe 2008
Kim Richmond Live at Cafe Metropol 2007
Eleisha Eagle Lamplighter 2007
Sherman Pore For My Lady Love 2007
Phil Crosby Jr. Time for Christmas 2006
Fiona Apple Extraordinary Machine 2005
Burt Bacharach At This Time 2005
The Space Twins The End of Imagining 2003


  • The Roads They're Taken - International Trumpet Guild (2009)
  • The Generosity Water Project (2010)
  • Jazziz: Critic's Choices and Other Voices (2012/2013)

Grammy Awards[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2017 Kaleidoscope Eyes: Music of the Beatles Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album Nominated
2017 Kaleidoscope Eyes: Music of the Beatles Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella Nominated
2017 Kaleidoscope Eyes: Music of the Beatles Best Arrangement, Instrumental and Vocals Nominated
2019 American Dreamers: Voices of Hope, Music of Freedom Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album Won
2019 American Dreamers: Voices of Hope, Music of Freedom Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella Won
2019 American Dreamers: Voices of Hope, Music of Freedom Best Improvised Solo Won

Other awards[edit]

  • December 2017 Global Music Awards Gold Medal Winner, Composer and Album: Wobbly Dance Flower (BFM Jazz, 2017)[6]
  • June 2016 Global Music Awards Gold Medal Winner, Large Jazz Ensemble, Composition/Composer, Band, Album, Innovation in Sound, SoundMixing/Editing: Kaleidoscope Eyes (BFM Jazz, 2016)[7]
  • December 2011 Global Music Awards, Best in Show, Award of Excellence for Creativity/Originality and Production Junk Wagon: The Big Band Album[8]


  1. ^ a b "John Daversa: Bursting Out of LA". All About Jazz.
  2. ^ "Daversa, John bio Profiles – Festival Miami – University of Miami". Archived from the original on March 21, 2016.
  3. ^ "Bob Mintzer Big Band: Get Up!". All About Jazz.
  4. ^ "Discography". John Daversa.
  5. ^ "Coming Together: John Daversa Speaks". Jazz Speaks.
  6. ^ "Global Music Awards". Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  7. ^ "Winners-June-2016". Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  8. ^ "Global Music Awards Winners, Dececember 2011". Retrieved 6 December 2017.