UM dean in running for Grammy award
After more than three decades in the music industry, Shelton “Shelly” Berg is a man who holds many titles: nationally-recognized jazz pianist, recording studio musician and arranger to artists such as Arturo Sandoval and Gloria Estefan. Not to mention dean of the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music.
Now Berg can add another distinction to the list: Grammy award nominee.
The 2013 Grammy nominations, released last month, include a nod for Berg in the “Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)” category. The nomination is for Berg’s work with jazz vocalist Lorraine Feather on the song “Out There.”
Berg co-wrote the song with Feather, but it was his work as arranger on the track (deciding which instruments play which part, creating the overall background feel and atmosphere) that earned him a Grammy nomination from The Recording Academy of music-industry professionals.