Berg burns hard, his fingers flying over the keyboard while his body nearly levitates off the bench. Exhilarating . . . filled with breakneck parallel runs, sudden rhythmic shifts and harmonic modulations that leave the crowd breathless.
- L. A. Times Sunday Magazine
The Los Angeles Times calls Shelly Berg "a powerhouse jazz pianist who always swings hard." Shelly's latest CD, The Will (CARS Records) spent eight weeks in the Top Ten of the U.S. Jazz Radio Charts (Gavin). A finalist in the 1988 Great American Jazz Piano Competition (PBS), he is the pianist and arranger for trombonist, Bill Watrous. Dave Brubeck raves, "Shelly Berg is a great jazz pianist who has a total command of his instrument."
Shelly's composing for television includes ABC's Fudge, CBS's A League of Their Own and HBO's Dennis Miller Millennium Special. He has orchestrated for Kiss, Chicago, and Richard Marx. Film orchestration work includes Warner Bros. Almost Heroes and Three to Tango, Fox's Men of Honor (Robert DeNiro, Cuba Gooding, Jr.), and the NBC mini-series The '60s. He has written for the Royal Philharmonic, the American Symphony and orchestras worldwide. Shelly composed the theme song to the 1986 U.S. Olympic Festival and his orchestrations are called "magnificent . . . incredible" by Johnny Mandel.
Shelly is the Chair of Jazz Studies in the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California and Past President of the International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE). He has appeared as a lecturer, performer, or all-state guest clinician throughout the United States as well as in Canada, Mexico, Europe, Japan and Israel. Shelly has numerous compositions for jazz ensemble in publication, and is the author of the Chop-Monster improvisation series (Alfred Music Publishing) and Jazz Improvisation: The Goal-Note Method (Kendor Music).