Javier Nero is a 2014 – 2015 SJW Jazz Mentor, entering his second year as an SJW faculty member. He is a trombonist, composer, and arranger whose musicianship is already receiving significant recognition. Javier has won first place in three international jazz solo competitions: the 2011 International Trombone Association’s Carl Fontana Competition, ITA’s 2013 JJ Johnson Competition and, most recently, the Eastern Trombone Workshop National Jazz Solo Competition. Javier’s compositions and arrangements have also earned various awards and accolades including DownBeat Magazine Student Music Awards, participation in the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Program, and the Banff Centre’s summer workshop. Javier’s compositions/arrangements have been performed by the University of Miami Concert Jazz Band, the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra, the Michael Dease Big Band, and the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra. Nero currently holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Juilliard School, a Master of Music from the University of Miami in Studio/Jazz Writing, and is currently pursuing a DMA at UM while also serving as the jazz trombone Teaching Assistant.