Larry Rosen
Music Entrepreneur/Creator/Producer
Larry Rosen: musician, producer, executive producer, and music industry entrepreneur. Mr. Rosen is the Chairman of Larry Rosen Productions, Inc., creator and producer of JAZZ ROOTS - A Larry Rosen Jazz Series, co-founder of GRP Records, co-founder of LRSmedia, and co-founder and past Chairman of N2K, Inc. (NASDAQ). Mr. Rosen is the creator and producer of the PBS television series LEGENDS OF JAZZ, and is the creator and producer of multi-media TV series and performance project: RECORDING: The History of Recorded Music, with hosts Quincy Jones and Phil Ramone.

Mr. Rosen is the producer/executive producer of over 350 albums, of which 80 have been nominated for GRAMMY Awards, winning 33 GRAMMYS, as well as numerous award winning film/video productions and television specials. Mr. Rosen and multi-GRAMMY and Academy Award winning pianist/composer Dave Grusin co-founded GRP Records, the award winning contemporary jazz label featuring major artists, Chick Corea, Diana Krall, Patti Austin, BB King, Dave Grusin, Ramsey Lewis, Arturo Sandoval, Diane Schuur, Michael Brecker, Dr. John, Kevin Eubanks, Spyro Gyra, Lee Ritenour, Gary Burton, Dave Valentin, John Patitucci, Larry Carlton, David Benoit, Tom Scott, Gerry Mulligan, The GRP All-Star Big Band, Yellowjackets, Rippingtons, among others. GRP Records, known as “The Digital Master Company” was the first non-classical company in America to release CDs, and was instrumental in the launching of the CD format. See www.larryrosen.com

JAZZ ROOTS - A Larry Rosen Jazz Series is a concert and educational program created for performing arts centers across America. The JAZZ ROOTS series was first launched in 2008 at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County. Subsequently, the series debuted in 2009 in Dallas at the AT&T Performing Arts Center, and in 2011 at the Palladium Theater at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, Indiana. In 2012 JAZZ ROOTS began presenting the series in The Smith Center in Las Vegas, The Cobb Energy Centre in Atlanta, and NJPAC in Newark, NJ. Rosen is also the producer of the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition and the SASSY AWARDS. Artists presented on JAZZ ROOTS concerts included: Dave Brubeck, Sonny Rollins, Chick Corea, Keith Jarrett, Paquito D’Rivera, John McLaughlin, Patti Austin, Count Basie Orchestra, Ramsey Lewis, Wynton Marsalis, Sergio Mendes, George Benson, Esperanza Spalding, Take 6, Michael Feinstein, Arturo Sandoval, Dave Valentin, Nestor Torres, Machito Orchestra, Eliane Elias, Ivan Lins, Buddy Guy, Dr. John, Manhattan Transfer, Al Jarreau, Dave Sanborn, Jon Hendricks, Dave Grusin, Jon Secada, Eddie Palmieri, Michel Camilo and many more. The JAZZ ROOTS series includes educational and outreach programs that organically connect to local community groups, art centers, Universities, and local boards of education. Mr. Rosen is the host of the award winning WLRN-FM locally presented NPR radio series titled JAZZ ROOTS. See www.jazzroots.net.

Mr. Rosen received the Ernst & Young’s “Entrepreneur of the Year Award” in New Media and Entertainment, the GRAMMY Governor Honor Roll, he founded the Music For Youth Foundation in NYC, he served on the board of the NFAA Young Arts Organization, MENC, he serves on the board of the Dave Brubeck Institute, the Frost School of Music Steering Committee, and with Dave Grusin is the founder of the National Foundation for Jazz Education.

Carl Randolph
Arts Patron / Chairman
Prior to retirement, Carl Randolph was a Partner and the General Counsel of Neuberger Berman, a registered Investment Advisor. Prior to that, he was an attorney with the American Stock Exchange. He is a graduate of New York University School of Business and New York University School of Law.

Since moving to Miami in 2000, either Carl or his wife, Toni, have served on the following boards: Dade Community Foundation; New World School of the Arts; National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts; Mount Sinai Medical Center; WPBT Channel 2 Public TV; the Fisher Island Philanthropic Fund; Miami Art Museum ; Art Center of South Florida; Girl Scouts of South Florida, United Way of Miami Dade; Funding Arts Network; The Commonwealth Institute of South Florida ; and The International Women's Forum



Carl Griffin
Music Executive / Series Line Producer
Carl Griffin is a senior entertainment and music executive with over 35 years of experience as an album producer, label head, and A&R director. Carl is a three-time Grammy Award-winning producer for Arturo Sandoval's "Rumba Palace," B.B. King's "Live at the Apollo," and Arturo Sandoval's "Hot House." He has a proven track record in sales, marketing, and profitability, and has been responsible for six #1 singles on smooth jazz radio.

He signed or produced numerous outstanding new jazz artists, including Diane Krall, Jane Monheit, Arturo Sandoval, Ramsey Lewis, Jonathan Butler, Ronnie Dunn, and Evelyn Champagne King. As director for East Coast Music Operations, Jobette Music/Motown Records, he was actively involved in the artistic activities of Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, and David Ruffin.

Alberto Slezynger
Musician / Composer / Producer
Alberto Slezynger is the founder and lead composer of Personal Music. His multi-platinum group Daiquiri launched him in the music business where he became one of the most significant composers and music producers in Latin America, selling over one million records. Besides his passion for live music, he continued his career writing for film, television and the advertising industry. For the last 10 years, he has worked hundreds of campaigns, winning numerous awards nationally and internationally for Budweiser, McDonald's, General Motors, Ford, Pepsi, Hyundai, AT&T and Volkswagen. In 2007, Alberto Slezynger and Personal Music won the prestigious London International Advertising Awards in the Best Music category with more than 700 entries of the best music production houses from all over the world.

He also wrote the theme song and incidental music for six soap operas (telenovelas) for NBC/Telemundo Networks, which airs with high success in the U.S. and in TV Stations all over the world. With his company Personal Music, he just finished creating for Disney the music theme and all the music for the Latin American version of Desperate Housewives (Argentina, Brazil and Colombia) and for the U.S. Hispanic market that is being broadcast by Univision Networks.

Alberto Slezynger has a master's degree in political economy from The New School, NYC.

Leslie José Zigel
Entertainment Lawyer
Leslie José Zigel is the principal and founder of ZIGLAW (www.ziglaw.com), Miami's premier multimedia entertainment law firm. ZIGLAW focuses on both the creative and business sides of the entertainment industries in the music, television, film and new technology sectors. The practice includes counseling clients in entertainment talent negotiations, record contracts, music and book publishing, assisting companies with corporate structuring, financing, operations, sales and acquisitions, outside general counsel services, trademarks, copyrights and employment advice. Leslie Zigel's past legal experience includes: VP, Business and Legal Affairs for BMG Latin America and shareholder and head of Greenberg Traurig's Miami Entertainment Law Department. Prior to practicing law, he was a concert promoter and producer, working for Festival Productions (Newport Jazz Festival, New Orleans Jazz Festival).

Zigel is an accomplished electric and acoustic bass player; he is fluent in Spanish. He owns a digital distribution label and a music publishing administration company and is a principal and CEO of White Buffalo Entertainment, an independent film and TV production company (www.whitebuffaloent.com). He is a cum laude graduate of the University of Miami School of Law where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Inter-American Law Review.

Shelly Berg
Dean: Frost School of Music/University of Miami
Shelly Berg is the Dean of the University of Miami Frost School of Music and an accomplished pianist, composer, author, and educator. The All Music Guide says "Shelly Berg is one of the finest pianists around in the early 21st century playing modern mainstream jazz." A Concord recording artist, his 2006 CD, Blackbird, reached #1 in US Jazz radio, and garnered Record of the Year and Artist of the Year nominations. Shelly has composed and orchestrated for major motion pictures and television, including Warner Bros.' For Your Consideration, Fox 2000's Men of Honor, HBO's Dennis Miler Live, and CBS' A League of Their Own.

Other recording and orchestrating collaborations include Chicago, Kiss, Joe Cocker, Steve Miller, Bobby McFerrin, Lou Rawls, and Ray Sings: Basie Swings, (Concord Records' Ray Charles/Count Basie recording). Shelly is a past president of the International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE) and, in 2000, the Los Angeles Times named him one of three "Educators for the Millennium". Shelly Berg's textbooks are staples in jazz education, and include The Chop Monster, Jazz Improvisation: The Goal-Note Method, and Essentials of Jazz Theory.

Lillia Garcia
Miami Department of Education
Lilia Garcia's life is dedicated to children's development in the arts. She is passionate in her belief that arts education can make a difference in children's lives and that "the arts are a powerful tool, and can be used as a way to help kids from different cultures understand each other and become successful, productive and creative citizens". Her leadership, influence, and guidance have impacted the lives of hundreds of thousands of children.

Through her role, for over thirty years, as the Administrative Director for the Division of Life Skills and Special Projects in the Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Lila was responsible for many distinct and varied programs: oversight of the arts programs (visual art, music, theatre dance, film and design), plus the talent-magnet programs; Physical Education, Health and HIV/Aids programs; speech and debate; driver education; JROTC; and even the Chess in the Schools program. Her responsibilities also included the development and implementation of a myriad of special projects, events and programs typical to the promotion and advancement of the fourth largest school system in the nation. Today, after retiring from the Miami Dade County Public Schools, Lilia has started a consulting firm, Lilia Garcia and Associates where she assists organizations develop, enrich and strategize their growth and impact in the community. She is working with Adopt-A-Classroom, a national non-profit which harnesses resources for classroom teachers in order for them to purchase supplies for their classrooms, the Bass Museum, expanding their arts programs, the National Endowment for the Arts and other organizations.

Lilia sits on numerous national, state, and local boards and is the past president of the prestigious Coconut Grove Arts Festival. Through her leadership and commitment in the organization, she has been instrumental in the raising of thousands of dollars for scholarships dedicated to students in the arts. She is a past President of the Dade Cultural Alliance (DCA) an arts advocacy organization.

Lilia's incredible "yes" "can do" attitude and her successes for children triggered many awards; including the MAXIE Award for cultural contributions to Miami; the YOUNG WOMEN ACHIEVEMENT AWARD, for "Making a Difference in Miami"; the National Parents Magazine, "As They Grow Award" (outstanding contributions to art education); the Pioneer Award, "In The Company of Women" (community leadership); the "Outstanding Achievements in the Arts" AMBY Award; and the Theodore R. Gibson Memorial Fund Award (fostering oneness among Miami's multi-ethnic communities); Red Cross Spectrum Award ; J. M. McArthur Education Award; Women of Impact Award; American Diabetes Association Valor Award. This year, Channel 2 featured Lilia as a person who made a difference in Miami-Dade community.