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1951

Trombonist John DeMasi of Quincy, MA, in retirement after 32 years with the Metropolitan District Commission police force, is working as a musician again. He recently went out on the road with the Artie Shaw Band, and plays local gigs with the Swing Shift and pit orchestra gigs at the South Shore Music Circus in Cohasset, MA.

 

1967

Bassist John Curzio of East Greenwich, RI, retired after 32 years of teaching in the Warwick Public Schools. He is playing with the Tony Cipolla Group and the Al Conte Orchestra.

1968

Compositions by Roger Aldridge of Olney, MD, were performed recently by the ensemble Decadanse in France.

1969

Arranger/composer Gary Anderson of Skillman, NJ, won a Grammy Award for the soundtrack to Sesame Street's 30th Anniversary Special "Elmopalooza." He can be reached at <scorepro@aol.com>.

 

1970

Albert MacDonald of Dover, MA, music director with the Amesbury Public Schools for 28 years, just released a CD titled The Professors of Funk.

1973

Guitarist John Carlini of Berkeley Heights, NJ, has released Live at the Turning Point, featuring Carlini and his acoustic quartet. Visit his Web site at <http://www.johncarlini.com>.

Composer/bandleader Bobby Vince Paunetto of Bronx, NY, is finishing recording a new CD titled Reconstituted for the RSVP label. This is his fourth recording with his CTM all-star group.

BJ Snowden of Billerica, MA, will release a Christmas single in December that was produced by Fred Schneider of the B-52s.

1974

Singer/Songwriter Patty Larkin has signed a multi-album contract with Vanguard Records. Her new live disc, her seventh, is titled GoGo; it was her first Vanguard release.

Composer/arranger/producer Michael Terry of Trumbull, CT, owns and operates the Music Lab, which provides music for various commercials, TV, and film productions. He can be reached at <musiclab@ct2.nai.net>.

1975

Bassist Eddie Baba (Kohen) of Farmington Hills, MI, has begun playing again after a 10-year hiatus, and is building a MIDI studio. Eddie can be reached at <Varge@msn.com>.

Drummer Alfred Guzman of Las Vegas, NV, has been steadily playing at the Imperial Palace. He also plays with various local Latin bands.

Nicholas Puin of North Olmsted, OH, has been teaching music in public schools for 12 years, and is a private instructor for woodwinds, brass, and percussion. He received a master's degree in composition from Cleveland State University in 1994.

Bassist Fred Stone of Rochester, NY, played the Syracuse Jazz Fest with vocalist Mark Murphy and recorded a CD with vocalist Diane Armesto. He is also finishing up three bass instruction books and can be reached at <FStone1747@aol.com>.

1976

Saxophonist Harrison Goldberg of Gualala, CA, is completing a multimedia project titled And Music Was King, an interactive CD-ROM for teaching children about music theory and jazz.

Robert Kos of Basking Ridge, NJ, is the senior vice president of artist management at Metropolitan Entertainment in New York City. He can be reached at <rob@metronet.com>.

1977

Brazilian guitarist Victor Biglione of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, recorded two CDs. One is with former Police guitarist Andy Summers, called Strings of Desire; the other is called Cinema Acoustic. He can be reached at <jbinter@iis.com.br>.

Guitarist Steve Eckels of Las Cruces, NM, has released a pair of CDs, American Sampler and Cowboy Classics, featuring his classical guitar settings of traditional American songs. He is on the faculty of the University of New Mexico and Dona Ana Branch Community College.

Saxophonist Jim Thomas of Jenkinstown, PA, played in the horn section for the run of Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story at Philadelphia's Walnut Street Theater.

1978

Ken Field was composer-in-residence at the Fundación Valparaíso in Spain during September. His second solo CD of alto saxophone trios and quartets, Pictures of Motion, was released in October on the sFz Recordings label. He can be contacted at <http://home.att.net/~fieldk>.

Drummer/percussionist Chris Massey of Langenthal, Switzerland, played on three CDs released in 1999. His album, forever sharp and vivid, received outstanding reviews by JazzTimes and Playboy. He has also become an endorser of Paiste Cymbals. Chris can be reached at <massey@bluewin.ch>.

1979

Drummer Osami Mizuno of Tokyo, played to an audience of 10,000 people at the Yokohama Arena in April. He and Steve Smith will be publishing Alan Dawson's Manual II in the fall. Osami can be reached at <osami_m@tke.att.ne.jp>.

Drummer/percussionist Steve Pemberton of Santa Clara, CA, played on the 1999 Grammy Award winning album Patti Page--Live at Carnegie Hall and on The Songs of Johnny Mercer--Too Marvelous for Words. Steve can be reached at <http://members.aol.com/SPember>.

Lennie Peterson of Worcester, MA, is trombonist/keyboardist for Clutch Grabwell, and an artist for a nationally syndicated comic strip designer. He is also playing on and designing the cover of the new Mendez Brothers CD.

 

1980

Singer/guitarist Paul Bettencourt (a.k.a. Paul Gabriel) of West Warwick, RI, has been leading the Paul Gabriel Band at gigs in the Providence area.

Guitarist Mark Lambert of New York City toured the country with saxophonist Warren Hill '87. He also toured Brazil with a group featuring Werner Gierig '84 and Leo Traversa '81. His debut CD was released on Chartmaker Records and he can be reached at <mlambert@superlink.net>.

Composer Frank Macchia of Burbank, CA, has released Little Evil Things III, the third volume of horror stories written with his wife Tracy London. Narrations are underscored with Macchia's orchestral compositions played by the Moscow Symphony Orchestra.

Composer Clair Marlo of Valencia, CA, and her husband Alexander "Ace" Baker recently finished filmscores for the James Coburn film Intrepid and the award-winning film Valerie Flake. Marlo and Alexander have also written music for "Melrose Place," "Young and the Restless," "Extra," and many others.

Gregan Wortman of Billings, MT, is in his fourth season of "Psycho Circus," a cable public access show. He and YeLonda L. Walking Eagle have a new daughter Ariel.

1981

Bassist Mark Banschbach of Tampa, FL, is taking time off from his band De fide to write. He is seeking other alumni in the Tampa area and can be reached at <MrBear37@aol.com>.

Saxophonist Donald Harrison of Brooklyn, NY, released the CD Free to Be on the Impulse label. He also performed at an East Harlem Tutorial benefit event, sharing the bill with author George Plimpton.

Leon Lhoest of Brabant, Belgium, is an analysis and arranging teacher at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Brussels. He can be reached at <leonlhoest@hotmail.com>.

Pianist/composer Joe Rozum of Woodland Hills, CA, has been composing scores for television, video, and independent films. He is also giving private lessons; one of his students is Bette Midler.

Guitarist Ken Selcer of Cambridge, MA, released his fourth album titled Circuits to the Sun. A CD release party was held to benefit various environmental organizations.

1982

Vocalist Lenora Zenzalai Helm of New York City played with her group at the JVC Jazz Festival in New York. She has just released a CD titled Spirit Dreams.

Drummer Zoro of Sylmar, CA, has played with New Edition, Lenny Kravitz, and Bobby Brown. This past summer he did a series of r&b drum clinics.

1983

Drummer Robert Broz of Dundee, IL, is playing and recording with the Steve Laxton Band. He is also the house drummer for Big Sound Audio House in Chicago and teaches 40 students. He can be reached at <RbDrums@aol.com>.

Pianist Oscar Acevedo Gomez of Bogota, Colombia, leads Grupo de Oscar Acevedo and has performed in Boston, Caracas, Mexico, and Colombia. He released the CD Dedicatoria earlier this year. He also composes music for television and theater, and can be reached at <acevemus@colomsat.net.co>.

Vocalist Paul De Melin of Quincy, MA, is the featured vocalist and has arranged many of the backup vocals on a CD entitled Web of Deceit. He also cowrote and sang on "The Baby Place" commercial.

Electric bassist Andreas Lonardoni of Berlin, Germany, has finished his twentieth library music CD for use in television, radio, and film. He has plans to record a CD with vibraphonist Tom van der Geld '72. Lonardoni can be reached at <ALonardoniLodo@compuserve.com>.

Trombonist Jeff Rinear of North St. Paul, MN, is featured on Pete Whitman's Igmod release Departure Point. The sextet plays originals and jazz standards and has begun work on a second recording.

Cynthia Sinclair of Santa Monica, CA, has regained her singing voice 11 years after losing it. She is writing songs and plans to record again. She is also a regular in the guitar section of the Joe Vento Big Band Jazz Orchestra.

Former Klover front man, guitarist Mike Stone of Marblehead, MA, is an Omnipotent Music Group recording artist. He performs in the Boston area.

Guitarist Fred Woodard of Roxbury, MA, and his trio released the CD Arrival! in July. He composed most of the songs. His e-mail address is <rwoodard@msn.com>.

1984

Drummer Chris DeRosa of New York City recently replaced drummer Moe Tucker in the band Magnet. Magnet released a third CD, Pleasing Chester, and DeRosa released a solo album titled Live in Miami. He can be reached at <http://www.chrisderosa.com>.

Drummer Rob Hart of Burlingame, CA, released a CD titled Trios of the Past, Present and Future. The disc features alumni John Seppala '83, Kai Eckhardt '87, David Bell '76, and Jeff Massanari '77. His e-mail address is <DRMINinhs@aol.com>.

Guitarist Greg Colbath of Natick, MA, has released his debut CD Forbidden Urges. Colbath did the vocal, guitar, bass, and keyboard tracks, and drum programming and penned the disc's 11 original songs.

Argentine drummer/composer Guillermo Nojechowicz has played at the Blue Note club in NYC and the Regattabar with his group El Ecor More. He can be reached at <gnojecho@caregroup.harvard.edu>.

Playwright/actor/saxophonist Jeff Robinson of Arlington, MA, has performed his play Live Bird in Kansas and Massachusetts to rave reviews. Jazziz magazine featured an article about Robinson's work in its September issue.

1985

Trombonist/composer William Cepeda '85 of Brooklyn, NY, released My Roots and Beyond, which received a glowing review in the Boston Globe on August 12. Cepeda has worked with artists such as Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente, and Lester Bowie.

Drummer/percussionist Anton Mühlhofer of Vienna, Austria, recorded and produced his first CD Mi Mundo, showcasing popular Cuban styles. He is also a professor of Latin percussion at the Conser-vatory of Vienna and has played with Joe Zawinul, Arturo Sandoval, and Placido Domingo.

Classical guitarist Michael Nicolella of Seattle, WA, is completing a CD titled Push featuring new music for classical and electric guitars. He has received a grant to compose a concerto for guitar and chamber orchestra, and composer John Fitz Rogers is writing a major work for computer-generated sound and electric guitar that Nicolella will premiere. He can be reached at <galenic@u.washington.edu>.

Bassist/composer Arnon Palty of Israel toured India with the Israeli Allstars featuring the great Zakir Hussein. Palty has also been working with Plutonium, who played at the Red Sea Jazz Festival. He can be reached at <palty7@hotmail.com>.

1986

Drummer Kelly Zaban Fasman of Pleasanton, CA, played drums and recorded in Tokyo with the Musical Circus Fantasia. She is currently playing in the San Francisco area and with the American Musical Theater of San Jose.

Guitarist Philip Hii of Milbrae, CA, has released his second album Stream of Consciousness. Hii played nylon-string guitar and Photon MIDI guitar and composed the disc's 11 instrumental tracks.

Television producer and director Denis O'Brien of New York City has directed campaigns for the New York Rangers, ABC, Primestar, and won two Emmy's for the production of the Mets and Sportschannel television spots. Most recently he produced a music video for DJ Spooky. His e-mail address is <obrienww@aol.com>.

Guitarist John Petrucci and drummer Mike Portnoy took time off from their band Dream Theater to record the hard rock instrumental CD Liquid Tension Experiment 2 with bassist Tony Levin and keyboardist Jordan Rudess for the Magna Carta label.

1987

Keyboardist Timothy Edwards of Los Angeles, CA, recently jammed with Kenny Burrell. He also composes and records for Paramount Pictures and Fox Sports and may be reached at <immersive@geocities.com>.

Pianist Satoko Fujii of Japan released two new albums, Past Life and Kitsune-bi. Two of her previous albums were the critics' choice picks for Cadence, Jazziz, and Coda magazines in 1998. Fujii also received an excellent review in the New York Times for an April performance. Her e-mail address is <natsat@msb.biglobe.ne.jp>.

Bassist/guitarist Vincent Leffler of Memphis, TN, produced, mixed, and played on a new album for SaveYourSoul Records called We Can Praise Him All Day Long.

Composer/drummer Markus Lonardoni of Aelen, Germany, received an award for his work in community outreach through jazz at the Jazz Lights Festival in Oberkochen. He is also a film and television composer.

Dennis Mitchell of Brooklyn, NY, was musical director and played tenor saxophone and clarinets for a Carnegie Hall concert put on by the American Music Group Influences: Dameron & Jones. Alto saxophonist/ flutist David Lee Jones '84 of Fort Lee, NJ, also played in the show.

The Visions and Reflections CD by pianist Ray Winch of Flanders, NJ, was nominated for Northwest New Jersey's 1998 CD of the year. His Web site address is <http://www.raywinch.com>.

Bassist Owen Yost of Hoboken, NJ, is subbing for the Broadway production of The Lion King and is playing in a Gino Vanelli tribute band. He can be reached at <funkymusicmf@usa.net>.

1988

Patrick McDonald of Antioch, TN, is the new drummer with the Charlie Daniels Band touring the country on the Volunteer Jam Tour. He is also doing sessions in Nashville and recording with Leon Russell. His e-mail address is <patdrums@aol.com>.

Jason Vogel of New York City graduated first in his class from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. He works at Kramer, Levin, Naftalis & Frankel specializing in copyright, trademark, and Internet law. His e-mail address is <jasonvogel@ibm.net>.

1989

Trumpeter Ingrid Jensen of Brooklyn, NY, has a new release on Enja Records titled Higher Grounds. She can be reached at <gridjam@earthlink.net>.

Drummer Jerry Krenach of New York City is the Head of Music Production for J. Walter Thompson, a worldwide advertising agency. For five years he has been music (continued on p. 26)

supervisor for the "Saturday Night Live" band and a session drummer for Lou Reed, Daryl Hall, and others.

Vocalist Ava Tracht-Landman of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, is the vocal director at Mars Music. She is also the vocal coach to Julio Iglesias Jr. and Latin recording/movie artist Chayanne.

Flugelhornist/composer Dmitri Matheny of Berkeley, CA, spent the summer touring New York, New Orleans, Arizona, Oregon, California, Colorado, New Mexico, and Paris. His Web site address is <http://www.mathenymusic.com>.

 

1990

J Curve recording artist Darren Barrett of Roxbury, MA, released his debut CD First One Up in June. A member of the Jackie McLean

Quintet and leader of his own quintet, Barrett has also worked with Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Roy Hargrove, and others.

Jeffrey Freymann-Weyr of Baltimore, MD, is the assistant producer for NPR's daily classical music radio show, which recently won a Peabody Award. His e-mail address is <jfreymann@npr.org>.

Flautist Hiro Honshuku of Cambridge, MA, and alto saxo- phonist Jim Hobbs '89 of Westfield, NJ, play in the Klaresque Ensemble in New England and New York City. The ensemble's Web site is at <http://www.gis.net/~eklar>.

Avril Korman of Encino, CA, owns two businesses in the visual arts, ElvenGlass and Fabulous Finishes. Her e-mail address is <bronxelf@bronxelf.com>.

Drummer Chris Novicki of Hollywood, CA, has been sidelining for films and television shows such as "Ally McBeal" and "Frasier," and the movie And the Beat Goes On. He endorses Pork Pie Percussion and plays sessions.

Mike Piehl of Somerville, MA, recently worked on a film called Danger Plus 1, which costarred Lou Ulrich '91. They also play in the band Groovasaurus and can be reached at <http://www.expandingman.com>.

Drummer Benjamin Schuman of Brooklyn, NY, is the founder of JazzReach Performing Arts & Education Association, and does educational outreach programs for young people. In August JazzReach played at the Fresh Air Jazz Festival with trumpeter Nicholas Payton; they will do a West Coast tour this fall. Bassist Richie Goods '91 is also a member of JazzReach.

Vocalist MaryEllen Thompson of Miami, FL, has been a production singer for Carnival Cruise Lines for four years. In July she sang aboard the Carnival Triumph, the world's second largest cruise ship. Reach her at <justaff@carnival.com>.

1991

Guitarist Tariqh Akoni is currently playing with Chaka Khan.

Composer/arranger/producer Bill Brown of Hollywood, CA, worked on Disney's Villian's Revenge, The War of the Angels, and "Zena." He is now working with Oliver Stone on the film On Any Given Sunday. Reach him at <billbrownmusic.8m.com>.

Trumpeter Marc Chillemi of Roxbury, MA, has toured internationally with Made in the Shade and Hypnotic Clambake. He also plays with Babaloo, whose music can be heard in the Miramax film Next Stop Wonderland and at their Web site <http://www.punkmambo.com>.

Bassist Michael Karwowski of Venetia, PA, is developing a course curriculum for private instruction in guitar, theory, and composition at local retailer PA Music. He is also working on an orchestral suite.

Steven Ray Liedlich of Eldora, CO, plays the guitar in an upright position and released the album Upright Guitarist featuring Sherri Jackson, Libby Kirkpatrick, and Dave Watts.

Electric bassist Daniel Pearson of Hollywood, CA, performed on the Blockbuster Awards with Jennifer Lopez and toured Europe with Coolio. Contact him at <DanOnBass@earthlink.net>.

Eniko Konye Platteel of Holbrook, MA, teaches piano and voice. She recently toured Europe with her quartet, and they are working on a new album.

Cynthia [Harris] Schulz and Robert Schulz '92 of Rio Rancho, NM, are the parents of two children, Carolyn and Stephen. Robert is band director at Garfield Middle School in Albuquerque.

Jonathan Stark of Providence, RI, founded Providence Music Events, an organization that calendars musical events to develop the Providence music scene. Reach him at <jonathanstark@yahoo.com>.

Guitarist Chris Wormer of Mt. Juliet, TN, has been playing with the Charlie Daniels Band since 1994. He has recorded several albums and compilation projects including the Grammy Award-winning Amazing Grace 2. Reach him at <CWTunes@aol.com>.

1992

Bassist Bryan Beller of Hollywood, CA, toured Europe with recording artist Wayne Kramer. He writes a bimonthly column for Bass Player magazine. He is also export manager at SWR Sound Corporation and can be reached at <bassboy69@earthlink.net>.

Singer/songwriter Erik Bennett of Atlanta, GA, recorded a CD single called "Leanna's Song" in memory of his friend Leanna Piver, a Georgia Tech cheerleader. A portion of the proceeds will go to scholarships in Leanna's name.

Bassist Ivan Bodley of Brooklyn, NY, played gigs last summer with numerous artists including Rufus Thomas and Percy Sledge.

Bassist Arron DiCesare of Dedham, MA, and his progressive rock group Ice Age released The Great Divide on the Magna Carta label.

Guitarist Scott Miller has relocated from Los Angeles to Minneapolis to join the rock band Johnny Clueless. The band is signed to the Boxov/OarFin label headed by Bob Pickering '92, and was recently profiled in Billboard magazine.

Julio Vargas of Guaynabo, PR, is finishing his master's degree in divinity and hopes to become the first ordained music minister in Puerto Rico. His group plays Latin Christian music.

Solange Vergara of Paris, France, performed at the Nice Jazz Festival with the Voice Messengers, a 14-piece vocal group.

Saxophonist Petter Wettre of Oslo, Norway, and his band. The Trio recorded with Dave Liebman in September, and released their first album Meet the Locals. Petter can be reached at <pwettre@online.no>.

Robin Zaruba of Houston, TX, released his album White Boy on King B Records. He owns CompuCord Studios, a multimedia facility specializing in enhanced CD production. Reach him at <compucord@hotmail.com>.

1993

Lisa Breslin of Allston, MA, is a holistic health care specialist for Stress Management Associates. Her self-empowerment group was featured on the WCVB Channel 5 news in May.

Guitarist Sten Hostfalt of Sweden received his master's degree from the New England Conservatory of Music and played with Guillermo Klein's Big Van Big Band on tour in Argentina. Contact him at <dbp674@tninet.se>.

D. Rider McCoy of Boston, MA, plays with the reggae band Dub Station, and is working on a CD with Tommy Osuna, a former guitarist for Johnny Cash. Dub Station is also making a new album.

Drummer Christian Moder of Oak Park, IL, did a three-week tour of Germany and Austria with the rock band the Great Crusades. Contact him at <moder@cluster.wwa.com>.

Pianist Mika Pohjola of New York City has been playing with his trio in the city. He has new CDs coming out soon: Live at the Blue Note, Sound of Village, and a duo recording with vocalist Johanna Grussner '96. Pohjola can be reached at <jazz.what.cc>.

Brian Preston of Atlanta, GA, is the owner and creative director of the Music Factory, a multimedia production facility doing soundtracks, ads, and label work for various musical artists. Working with Preston are Jay Frigoletto '92 and Greg [Wachter] Manning '93. You can reach Preston at <mystudio@bellsouth.net>.

Acoustic bassist Wyeth Tvenge of Denton, TX, plays with a world music group called Tin Roof Tango. He gigs in the Fort Worth area and is completing a CD project.

Saxophonist Matt Zebley of Redlands, CA, has been touring as a member of the Brian Setzer Orchestra since January. He played on Setzer's new album and MTV video, and a score Setzer composed for an upcoming movie. Zebley can be reached at <mzink@discover.net>.

1994

Pianist Mark de Clive-Lowe of New Zealand released his CD Six Degrees, a mix of eclectic beats and jazz stylings. He plans to tour Japan, London, and New Zealand for the rest of the year. Visit his Web site at <jazz.co.nz/tap/mark>.

Andreiev Kalupniek of Anapolis, Brazil mixed the soundtrack of the Brazilian film No Coracao dos Deuses featuring members of Sepultura and actor Antonio Fagundes. Contact Kalupniek at <kalup@genetic.com.br>.

Pianist/composer/producer Cornelius Claudio Kreusch of New York City toured Europe, Mexico, and Cuba with his group Black Mud Sound. He won Germany's 1999 Scala Award for Artist of the Year. His latest CD Scoop features Salif Keita, Bobby Watson, Will Calhoun, Terri Lyne Carrington, and others. Contact him at <ccknyc@blackmudsound.com>.

Drummer Nathaniel Morton of Sherman Oaks, CA, has been touring with Tommy Henriksen and Doolittle/Mercury recording artist Trish Murphy. He is endorsing Zildjian cymbals and sticks and Pearl Drums. His e-mail address is <N8Drums@aol.com>.

Guitarist Peter J. Pizzi of Medford, MA, earned his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Northeastern University. He still plays the guitar, and released a compilation CD of past recordings. Contact him at <pizzip@asmc.org>.

1995

Vocalist Jen Chapin of New York City has been performing with bassist Stephan Crump. She also did a German tour with En Why Sea in July. Visit her Web site at <http://www.jenchapin.com>.

Pianist Kasson Crooker of Belmont, MA, and Pianist Melissa Kaplan '96 of Allston, MA, released a five-song E.P. on Java/Capitol Records with their band Splashdown. They played three Lillith Fair dates this summer and will release a full-length CD in March 2000.

Keyboardist Jetro Da Silva of Pano-rama City, CA, and percussionist Taku Hirano '91 of Santa Barbara, CA, toured this summer with Whitney Houston.

Byron Delto of Chula Vista, CA, teaches at Southwestern College and is in the process of getting his M.M. in jazz studies at San Diego State

University. He also performs with the Dirty Bourbon Big Band. His wife, vocalist Clare '95, teaches at Feaster-Edison Elementary School and appeared on "60 Minutes" in a program about her school. Both can be reached at <bcmusinc@aol.com>.

Drummer Jon Dowling of New York City plays with the band Lanny Isis and is auditioning for the Bruce Hornsby Band. Visit his Web site at <http://www.jondowling.com/movie.htm>.

Guitarist Roland Gebhardt of Neunkirchen, Germany, was invited to record tracks on Love at First Sight, produced by D. Massion of DimaMedia Productions. The CD, which also features top European players Birelli Lagrene and Diego Imbert, will be released in December. Selected tracks can be heard via the Internet at <dimamedia.de.>.

Vincent Gillioz of Geneva, Switzerland, finished studies in music education and orchestration at the Conservatory of Geneva. He is now completing a certificate in composition and musical knowledge and has released a CD of music he composed for Manipuler n'est pas jover.

Abraham Jaber of Mexico toured the US with Fonovisa artist Hechos Raros. His own group Salmo:40 recorded their first album on his own Libra Records International label. Contact him at <abrahamjaber@hotmail.com>.

Mark Jeschke of San Francisco, CA, is a multimedia designer and composer for Excite. He has worked as

an assistant engineer for Jim Reitzel Productions recording artists such as David Grisman, Eric Martin, and Daniel Kobialka. Contact him at <mark@oogamedia.com>.

Jonathan Varo of Baton Rouge, LA, plays keyboards and sings for Crosstown Traffic, and has opened for acts like War and Irma Thomas. Crosstown Traffic are recording a second album and can be reached at <http://www.crosstowntraffic.com>.

1996

Vocalist Sheryl Ann Cohen of Brooklyn, NY, and her group Brazzjazz completed a three-week tour of Brazil (featuring Rubens de La Corte '98, Beto Braza '97, Gilberto Favery '97, and Frank Oberson) to support their debut CD Kick off your Shoes.

Bassist Ian Martin of Roxbury, MA, will be touring Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Egypt as a USIA Jazz Ambassador. He has played with Ronnie Jordan and on the single remix of Naughty by Nature's "Jamboree," which was engineered by Adam Kudson '94.

Jana-Caterina Maurer of Munich, Germany is the director of sales and marketing for Quantec Audio Engineering Ltd. She can be reached at <http://www.quantec.com>.

Drummer Marc Gratama of the Netherlands is performing with Hans Dulfer and Dick de Graaf. He recently played with the Maz Vaz Trio at the Iowa City Jazz Festival alongside Art Farmer, Liquid Soul, and the Sun Ra Arkestra. Reach him at <email@mgratama.demon.nl>.

Saxophonist Hermann Lara of Oakland, CA, is a stock broker with Charles Schwab. He plays with the Cuban group Fito Reinoso y su Ritmo y Armonia and writes for ChaCha Luz. Contact him at <hermannlara@hotmail.com>.

Composer/Producer Justo Morao of Caracas, Venezuela, signed a three-year deal with Sony Music Publishing as a composer. Two of his songs are being recorded by Latin recording artist Danny Rivera. He can be reached at <jmorao@usa.net>.

Bassist Stefan Redtenbacher of London, England, heads the Bass Department at the Academy for Contemporary Music in Guildford. He writes a monthly column for Rock Legends magazine and plays with and produces various groups. Visit his Web site at <easyweb.easynet.co.uk/stefan.red/>.

Pianist Chooi Fun Wong of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, signed with Warner Chappell Publishing Company as a composer and author. She is also working with producers in Malaysia and can be reached at <swcfunny@hotmail.com>.

1997

Vocalist Dominik Grimm of Freising, Germany, is performing eight shows a week for the opening season of Tabaluga and Lili a new musical by German pop artist Peter Maffay.

Composer/arranger Ignacio Perez has moved to Madrid, Spain, where he has been writing music for commercials, documentaries, and music theater.

Trumpeter Marek Skwarczynski of Brooklyn, NY, recently performed on the new recording by Will Smith entitled Put Your Weight Up and can be reached at <jazzvision@usa.net>.

1998

Pianist Aruna Abrams of Arlington, MA, was hired by East-West recording artists Dream Theater to transcribe keyboard parts for their new keyboardist. Abrams also performs regularly at Jake Ivory's. She can be reached at <ArunaSutra@aol.com>.

Pianist/composer Alberto Bonacasa of Italy recorded two of his compositions on a CD with Italian drummer Giorgio Di Tullio. The album, Dream'n Drums also features Eric Marienthal and Jeff Gardner. Bonacasa can be contacted at <Albertobonacasa@hotmail.com>.

John Czajkowski of Binghamton, NY, has been the tour manager for singer Shania Twain for a year and a half. In the lineup of her touring band are Marc Muller '83 (steel guitar) and Hardy Hemphill '89 (keyboards).

Rakiya Diggs of Wellingboro, NJ, has been hired as the keyboard player for Paula Cole's fall tour.

Keyboardist/producer Joaquin Fernandez of San Juan, PR, produced an album for singer Alex Manuel. He can be reached at <eljoaco@hotmail.com>.

Composer Timothy Huling of Seattle, WA, assisted composer Hummie Mann '76 on his score for an A&E miniseries. Huling has worked on several other projects as a composer, orchestrator, music supervisor, and copyist. His e-mail address is <timotheons26@hotmail.com>.

Wayne B. Marek of Kyle, SD, teaches music theory and concert band at the Little Wound Elementary School. He is the only music teacher on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and can be reached at <wayneb13@hotmail.com>.

Jason Patera of Stickney, IL, is a full-time teacher at the Chicago Academy for the Arts. He also conducted a production of Jesus Christ Superstar, and played piano in a production of Sweet Charity. Patera can be reached at <jasp99@aol.com>.

1999

Drummer Don Correu of Norcross, GA, is an admissions counselor for the Atlanta Institute of Music. He works with prospective drum students and does some teaching. He also has an endorsement deal with the Noble and Cooley drum company.