urban movements is a monthly acoustic jazz performance series designed by the i am project to be an incubator for graduating and rising senior college students, recent graduates and young professionals to acquire experiential learning opportunities and team building as producers, marketers and performers. The series is designed to collaborate with universities and colleges, and partner with art galleries and non-profit organizations as alternative listening venues within miami-dade county.
Kyle Swan is an extraordinarily passionate and talented jazz drummer from Chicago, Illinois. His dedication to enhancing his artistry had him apart of the Ravinia Jazz Scholars Program, Stean’s Music Institute, as well as the Thelonious Monk Jazz Institute High School Programs while in high school. He attended Eastern Illinois University for a year then transferred to the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music in 2013. Attaining his Bachelor’s degree in Studio Music and Jazz and Criminology, he participated in the Monterey Jazz Festival with the Extensions Jazz Vocal Ensemble, the Jalisco Jazz Festival with the Frost Sextet and the Montreal Jazz Festival. Currently Kyle is the Jazz Drum Set Teaching Assistant at the Frost School of Music. He has played with Orrin Evans, Brian Lynch and Bobby Broom, among others and is looking forward to playing at the Jazz Education Network in New Orleans and the Jazz Cruise.
Kyle is one of the most talented young drummers I have come across, and his talent is evident in many facets of his playing. Possessing a great technical command of the drums, his facility is only superseded by his musicianship and maturity as a player. Kyle excels at all styles and genres of jazz — straight ahead, modern, latin jazz, etc. — and sounds great in any band I’ve ever heard him in. He has an excellent sense of time and groove, and plays with great confidence, energy, and musicality.
-Martin Bejerano (Piano Professor at Frost School of Music/Pianist for Roy Haynes)