STAMPS Jazz Quintet Class of 2013

Daniel Andrews

Daniel AndrewsDan Andrews, alto saxophone, majored in Studio Music and Jazz Instrumental Performance at the Frost School of Music where he was a Stamps Distinguished Ensemble Scholar and a member of the inaugural Stamps Jazz Quintet, 2013.Dan Andrews was named an “Outstanding Soloist” at the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival (2010), and also the “Jazz Soloist” winner in DownBeat magazine’s 34th Annual Student Music Awards in the Undergraduate Outstanding College Performances category (2011). The Stamps Jazz Quintet was also chosen by DownBeat as the Jazz Group winner in the same year and category.


Nicolas Hetko

Nicolas HetkoNick Hetko, piano, majored in Music Engineering Technology at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where he was a Stamps Distinguished Ensemble Scholar and a member of the Stamps Jazz Quintet, Class of 2013. He won second place in the prestigious Jacksonville Jazz Festival Piano Competition in May 2013 and was part of the final four in the Nottingham Jazz Piano Competition in 2012. Hetko was the pianist for the Gibson/Baldwin 2010 Grammy Jazz Ensemble and received a DownBeat student award as outstanding soloist. He also received a Young Jazz Composer award for his composition Snowflakes from the American Society of Composers and Publishers (ASCAP).


Michael Piolet

Michael Piolet

Michael Piolet, drums, majored in Studio Music and Jazz Instrumental Performance at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where he was a Stamps Distinguished Ensemble Scholar and a member of the inaugural Stamps Jazz Quintet, Class of 2013, coached by faculty mentor Chuck Bergeron. He studied drum-set and jazz percussion privately with Steve Rucker and John Yarling. As a member of the Stamps Jazz Quintet at the Frost School of Music, he performed at the Monterey Next Generation Festival in California and the 2011 and 2012 JEN conferences in New Orleans and Louisville. He was also featured on the Stamps Jazz Quintet’s self-titled debut album on Summit Records. The Stamps Jazz Quintet was chosen as the “Jazz Group” winner in DownBeatmagazine’s 34th Annual Student Music Awards in the Undergraduate Outstanding College Performances category (2011). Michael Piolet performed in a variety of other jazz groups at Frost, including the award-winning Frost Concert Jazz Band at the Coconut Grove Arts Festival in Florida with flautist Nestor Torres and at Festival Miami with saxophonist Dave Liebman, both in 2012.

Instrument: Drums and Percussion

Stamps Ensemble Name: Stamps Jazz Quintet Class of 2013


James Suter

Michael Piolet

James Suter, bass, majored in Studio Music and Jazz Instrumental Performance at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where he was a Stamps Distinguished Ensemble Scholar and a member of the inaugural Stamps Jazz Quintet, Class of 2013, coached by faculty mentor Chuck Bergeron. He studied acoustic and electric bass privately with Donald Coffman and Chuck Bergeron. James Suter also performed in variety of other jazz groups at Frost ranging from the Funk/Fusion Ensemble to the R&B Ensemble. In addition to his musical pursuits, Suter enjoyed other course offerings at the University of Miami such as Medieval Russian History, Astronomy and Existentialism which have broadened his personal horizons. Originally from Hollywood, Florida, James Suter performed with all-county and all-state bands, as well as several local groups, and was already performing professionally throughout South Florida for over six years before arriving at the Frost School of Music. The Stamps Jazz Quintet was chosen as the “Jazz Group” winner in DownBeat magazine’s 34th Annual Student Music Awards in the Undergraduate Outstanding College Performances category (2011).

Instrument: Bass

Stamps Ensemble Name: Stamps Jazz Quintet Class of 2013


Stephen Szabadi

Stephen Szabadi

Stephen Szabadi, trombone, majored in Studio Music and Jazz Instrumental Performance at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where he was a Stamps Distinguished Ensemble Scholar and a member of the Stamps Jazz Quintet, Class of 2013. He studied trombone privately with Dante Luciani and performed in the Frost Concert Jazz Band and the Frost R&B Ensemble. He also studied pharmacology and history while at the University of Miami. In his free time, he enjoys meditation, motorcycling, and reading. Originally from Los Angeles, he attended the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. While in high school, Stephen toured with the Monterey Jazz Festival’s countrywide youth all-star band, the New Generation Jazz Orchestra. He has played at Playboy Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, Lincoln Center, Disney Concert Hall, and various venues around Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Miami and the Netherlands.

Instrument: Trombone

Stamps Ensemble Name: Stamps Jazz Quintet Class of 2013