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Benefit Tickets: $75 for VIP concert & reception | $50 for general admission | $25 FIU faculty and staff (at door only) | $15 FIU students (at door only)

The Florida International University School of Music is joining with the Miami Jazz Cooperative to present a world-class concert to honor the late, Michael Orta, longtime professor of jazz piano and a mainstay in the Miami Jazz Community. Proceeds from the concert go directly to the Michael Orta Jazz Piano Scholarship Fund.


Featured musicians will include
Paquito D’Rivera, Sammy Figueroa, and Nicole Henry

Ramses Araya
Carlomagno Araya
Martin Bejerano
Gary Campbell
Alfredo Chacon
David Chiverton
Jim Gasior
Mike Gerber
Goetz Kujack
Rose Max
Silvano Monasterios
Ramatis Moraes
Nicky Orta
Jamie Ousley
Kemuel Roig
Hal Roland
Paul Shewchuk
Peter Wallace






EMCEE: Tracey Fields from WLRN

Michael Orta was a beloved faculty member from 1992 until his death in 2018. His talents as a composer, pianist, recording artist, educator, and author made him a favorite among his colleagues and students. He established himself as one of South Florida’s best jazz pianists and was regarded by many as the piano player of choice for many international artists. He won numerous competitions and performed, toured, and recorded with some major names in Jazz and was nominated for a Grammy in 2006, and again, in 2007 for a recording with Sammy Figueroa.

For media wishing to cover the concert, please email Michelle Vires (

To make an online donation, please visit or text FIUMusic to 41444.