Faculty Notes

By 
Ryan Fleming

Professor Bruce Gertz released the new CD Open Mind on the Open Mind Jazz label. He also recently played at the Kennedy Center and recorded with the Matt Savage Trio.

Hal Leonard and Berklee Press released the second edition of Solo Jazz Piano: The Linear Approach by Professor Neil Olmstead.

Associate Professor Libby Allison won the Distinguished Service Award from the Massachusetts Music Educators Association’s annual conference. She will make a presentation at the fall National Association for Music Education conference.

Professor Laszlo Gardony released the CD Clarity on Sunnyside Records. Visit www.lgjazz.com.

Aided by the Newbury Comics Faculty Fellowship, Professor Steve Wilkes documented the sounds of Cape Cod. He released Sound Signals, a two-CD set of field recordings and electronic remixes, plus Fordham Wilkes: Upstream, with vocalist Ginny Fordham. Visitwww.hearcapecod.org.

Janice Pendarvis, Vaneese Thomas, Jimmy Cliff, and Nicki Richards

From the left: Janice Pendarvis, Vaneese Thomas, Jimmy Cliff, and Nicki Richards

Associate Professor Janice Pendarvis sang on David Bowie’s album The Next Day. She appeared in the film Twenty Feet from Stardom and performed on Late Show with David Letterman with Darlene Love, Jimmy Cliff, and Shawn Klush.

The student ensemble Vintage Vocals and Associate Professor David Thorne Scott performed the music of the Pied Pipers and the Modernaires at two swing dances with the Beantown Swing Orchestra.

Professor Kenwood Dennard cofounded the group Bush Rock with keyboardist Delmar Brown.

Assistant Chair of the Music Business/Management Department John Kellogg made a presentation at the Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association Faculty Summit in New Orleans.

Associate Professor Freddie Bryant received an honorary degree from Amherst College.