Roberto Miranda
Adjunct Assoc. Professor

String bass; Director, Jazz Combo

Roberto Miranda is a dynamic bassist who is noted for his inventive, high-energy improvisations. He is adept in both soulful passages and fleet percussive lines, and is fluent in all jazz idioms. He has toured, played and recorded with an impressive array of jazz artists, including Kenny Burrell, Horace Tapscott, Bobby Bradford, John Carter, David Murray, Cecil Taylor, Charles Lloyd, and Bobby Hutcherson. He has recorded extensively including albums with his own group, showcasing his successful blend of African-American, Latin, and experimental jazz.

Miranda released his CD With Groaning Too Deep for Words in 2002. He also wrote the appendix for the book The Dark Tree, by Steven L. Isoardi (University of California Press, 2006).

As a young player Miranda studied with jazz legends Ray Brown, Red Mitchell, and master classical musicians Bob Stone, Dennis Trembly and Fred Tinsley of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. While studying for his M.M. at USC, he received two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. These grants enabled him to score two compositions for symphony strings, jazz bass, bassoon, and trombone, one of which was performed by the Carson Symphony Orchestra.

Today, Miranda balances a dual career as a performer and teacher. Besides teaching for the UCLA Jazz Studies Program, he is a retired middle school teacher for the Los Angeles Unified School District, where he worked for twenty-four years.

M.M., University of Southern California; B.A., California State University, Dominguez Hills

Kat De Nicola
Assistant to the Chair - Department of Musicology and Global Jazz Studies Program
Steven Loza
Professor - Global Jazz Studies, Ethnomusicology, Director of the UCLA Center for Latino Arts
Charley Harrison
Lecturer, Director of UCLA Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Combo
Hitomi Oba
Lecturer and Director of Contemporary Jazz Ensemble
Cheryl L. Keyes
Professor - Global Jazz Studies and Ethnomusicology (Contemporary Jazz, Hip Hop)
Clayton Cameron
Lecturer - Percussion, Director of Jazz Combo
Arturo O’Farrill
Director, UCLA Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra; Professor
Jacques Lesure
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Ruth Price
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Salim Washington
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Alison Deane
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