The BERT(Boril, Ernie, Rick, and Tony) jazz ensemble of BivaJazz is an exceptionally talented group of musicians with varying musical backgrounds. Boril Ivanov, originally from Bulgaria, is classically trained in piano from the Bulgarian National Conservatory. Ernie Ealum on bass is a graduate of the JU music program and professor at his alma mater as well as FSCJ. Rick Kirkland, on drums, present adjunct at JU, has directed and taught throughout the NE with history of performing with many of the jazz greats such as Ray Charles, Dizzy Gillespie, and Diana Schuur. Tony Steve, on vibes, is a professor of percussion and composition at JU with a 13 year membership with Jax Symphony. Each BERT member has toured all over the country as well as internationally with their respective trades, composed hundreds of musical pieces, and have professionally recorded with varying artists throughout their musical backgrounds. The group is featuring a local jazz singer this festival, Claire Heusinger, who is honored to work with this phenomenally group of talented musicians.” Please visit www.bivajazz.com or Facebook for additional performance information.