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Mary Bono and Bob Brown '73
 
Mark Small '73
 

1950

Earle Brown of Rye, NY, recently conducted his own tribute concert with Peter Kotik at Lincoln Center. It was performed by the orchestra of the S.E.M. Ensemble and featured compositions by Brown's friends and colleagues Edgar Varese and Pierre Boulez. He also released a CD on the CRI label titled American Masters.

 

1969

Saxophonist and vocalist Jay Patten of Nashville, TN, has released a new CD of big band swing music titled In Blue Time with Patten's Swing Noir Orchestra. The disc features clarinetist Buddy De Franco on three cuts and orchestrations penned by Jeff Steinberg '69.

 

1973

Bob Brown of Cathedral City, CA, shot a TV commercial with California congresswoman Mary Bono for his company, B&D Productions, featuring show biz icons Monty Hall and Barbara Sinatra. Send e-mail to him at bobbrown@earthlink.net.

Guitarist Mark Small of Foxboro, MA, and fellow guitarist Robert Torres will premiere original works they composed for two guitars, organ, and choir on October 29 in Salt Lake City with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. The music is part of the live television broadcast of "Music and the Spoken Word," which airs nationally. Small and Torres recently released a new album titled Joy in Every Sound. Visit their web site at www.smalltorresduo.com for more information.

Latin jazz flutist Nestor Torres of Miami Beach, FL, was nominated for a Latin Grammy Award in the category Best Pop Instrumental Performance for the song "Luna Latina" from his recording Treasures of the Heart.

1975

Composer Kim Cascone of Pacifica, CA was appointed the director of content at Staccato Systems, a software synthesizer company in Silicon Valley. Cascone just returned from a European tour where he performed computer music from his new CD Residualism. Not too long ago he gave a workshop/ performance at Berklee that was arranged by Berklee professor Richard Boulanger. He is currently working on a sound installation titled "Dust Theories," which will premiere at DeadTech in Chicago. Visit his web site at www.anechoicmedia.com.

Composer Danny Pelfrey of Woodland Hills, CA, received an Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Dramatic Underscore) for the television drama "Felicity." For more information, go to the web site www.emmys.tv/awards/52ndnoms.htm#30.


Harrison Goldberg '76
 

1976

Harrison Goldberg of Santa Rosa, CA, plays soprano, tenor, and alto saxophone on the fully improvised album Tales of Kings. Steven Miller is featured playing Shendai ceremonial drums, cymbals, gongs, and various bells. The album's lead cut, "Third Cataract", spent nearly five weeks at the top of the MP3.com World Fusion charts after the CD was released in April. Check out the album online or contact Goldberg at his web site, www.neonegypt.com.

Frank Warren of Sharon, MA, operates Frank E. Warren Music Service. The Boston Public Library Music Research Division recently acquired a series of new musical compositions published by his company. Warren has collaborated with the Greater Boston Choral Consortium and His Majestie's Clerkes to sponsor an annual choral composition competition. For more information e-mail him at Fewpub@juno.com.

From the left: Emil Viklicky '78, Zuzana L., Billy Hart, Todd Barkan, and George Mraz '70.
 


1978

Composer Ken Field of Cambridge, MA, has recently completed a visiting composer residency with the Creative Music Orchestra in New Haven. He also performed his music at the New Orleans Contemporary Arts Center for "Revolution," working with Delfeayo Marsalis '89 and a number of New Orleans musicians. Field has also released two CDs, Pictures of Motion and Tokyo in F. Visit his web site at http://fieldk.home.att.net.

Composer and pianist Emil Viklicky of Prague, Czech Republic, played on a new album by bassist George Mraz '70 titled Morava. The disc, issued on the Fantasy label, also features drummer Billy Hart and singer/dulcimer player Zuzana L. He also recorded a CD with saxophonist Benny Golbin titled B. Golbin and the Emil Viklicky Trio. His opera Faidra was premiered by the Prague State Opera on September 20. You can find out more at www.musica.cz/viklicky.

Rich Lamanna '79
 
John Zoltek '81
 
Scott Robinson '81
 

1979

Saxophonist Rich Lamanna of Schenectady, NY, has completed his debut CD titled Introspective. The disc was released by Mana Productions, and Lamanna was the executive producer. It features Alex Acuna, Othello Molineax, and Otmaro Ruiz, and Berklee alumni Kenwood Dennard '76, Dan Dobek '72, Jack Kulp '86, and Chuck D'Aloia '80. Check out his web site at www.home.earthlink.net/~richlamanna.

Percussionist Bobby Sanabria of Bronx, NY, has released a big band CD titled Afro-Cuban Dream, Live & in Clave!!! The 19-piece big band features Michael Philip Mossman, John Stubblefield, and Chris Washburne among others. You can e-mail Sanabria at zeldaarts@mindspring.com.

 

1980

Baritone saxophonist Claire Daly of New York, NY, was included for the second time in the Down Beat Critics' Poll in the Talent Deserving Wider Recognition category. She was included in the Jazziz magazine article titled "Girl Talk," a discussion with various female jazz artists. She also was a part of the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz festival, and sat on a panel at the Billboard/BET conferences in Washington, D.C.

Angelo Marcialis of Chester, NY, was invited to the Republic of China as part of an International Delegation of Music Educators. Marcialis is a multiple-year honoree for "Who's Who Among America's Teachers."

1981

Saxophonist Scott Robinson of West New York, NJ, released a CD titled Melody from the Sky for the Arbors Jazz label. Robinson plays C-melody saxophone throughout the program of standards, originals, and classical works in ensemble settings with string quartet, bass marimba, acoustic guitar, and piano.

John Zoltek of Kalispell, MT, conducted the CBC Vancouver, BC Orchestra in the premiere performance of new works by Canadian composers Mark Armanini, John Oswald, and Jean Derome. The performance was part of the duMaurier International Jazz Festival Vancouver. Zoltek is also conductor of the Glacier Orchestra and Chorale and the Montana Power Summer Symphony. You can e-mail him at jzoltek@bigsky.net.

1982

Composer/vocalist Gina Lorenzo has just released four CDs on the Internet. She performed and produced all of the music and is now working on a new release for December. Visit her site at www.GSongs.com.

1983

Bassist Andreas Lonardi of Bad Honnef, Germany, wrote songs for the soundtrack to the movie Keeping the Faith, directed by James Burrows.

Multi-instrumentalist Marc Muller of Neptune, NJ, produced the music for a new Winnie the Pooh series on the Disney Channel that began airing this fall. He records all of the music at his home studio. Muller has also been the guitar and pedal steel guitar player with Shania Twain's band since 1995. Contact him via e-mail at mmullerman@aol.com.

David Ganc '84
 

1984

Pianist Franck Amsallem of Brooklyn, NY, performed with Timothy Ries at the Greenwich House Music School in a concert presented by Eclectix.

Drummer Chris DeRosa of New York has been recording tracks with Ramones and Deftones producer Daniel Ray. He is also playing with the New York–based rock band Liquid and Canadian songstress Wendy Ip. Visit his web site at www.chrisderosa.com.

Woodwind player David Ganc of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, showcases his flute playing exclusively on his second solo CD, Caldo de Cana. His latest recording sessions have included the tracks for Joao Bosco and Hebert Viana. You can reach him at dganc@uol.com.br.

The July Boston French Film Festival at the Museum of Fine Arts included a showing of the film Lulu Kreutz's Picnic (Le Pique-nique de Lulu Kreutz), produced by Jean-Philippe Reza of Paris, France. The 100-minute film (in French with English subtitles) was shown twice to enthusiastic audiences.

Pianist Barry Rocklin of Revere, MA, spent the early part of 2000 on a three-month tour of Sweden with his one-man cabaret act. He is currently in Norway, where he will participate in the Haugesund International Jazz Festival. Later he will be a featured entertainer aboard Monarch of the Seas, a Royal Caribbean ship. For more information see the web site www.profile.cc/brshowtune/.

Keyboardist/songwriter Derek Sherinian of Capitola, CA, has released the CD Universe with his band Planet X. For information on the album and tour, go to www.DerekSherinian.com on the Internet. Sherinian previously toured with Alice Cooper, Kiss, and Dream Theater.

1985

David Bondelevitch of Studio City, CA, won an Emmy Award for his work as music editor for the TNT movie The Huntley.

Guitarist David Brumbaugh of Williamsport, PA, owns and operates the Uptown Music Collective teaching studio in Williamsport. He also performs with the bands Bluezilla, the Transcendents, and the Doug McMinn Jazz Quartet.

1986

Classical guitarist Michael Nicolella of Seattle, WA, released a new CD in July called Push featuring music by a number of contemporary classical guitar composers and some music by Jimi Hendrix. He and his wife also have a new daughter, Teresa Gale Nicolella, born on April 9, 2000. For more about Nicolella, you can check out his web site at www.nicolella.com.

Saxophonist Sid Smith of Boston, MA, has released two CDs, Tears of the Lion and Nursery Wrong for the Solo record label. An active performer and recording artist, Smith has played for musical theater productions and created music for an interactive CD game. He can be reached via e-mail at veroniquepiter@hotmail.com.

Saxophonist Tommy Smith of Tillietudlem, Scotland, released a new CD titled Blue Smith with 11 of his original pieces featuring guitarist John Scofield '73, bassist James Genus, and drummer Clarence Penn. Smith recently became Scotland's youngest "Doctor of the University" and was nominated for a Top Scot Award.


John McCaffrey '87 
 

1987

Guitarist Tony DiMito of Studio City, CA, is a music editor with Westwind Media. He worked on Love and Basketball (movie), "The 3 Stooges" (ABC), and "Dilbert" (UPN). You can e-mail him at EtonesMus@aol.com.

Pianist/composer Satoko Fujji of Elmhurst, NY, has released a double CD called Double Take featuring 11 original compositions for jazz orchestra. The disc features alternate takes of four of the works as performed by the ensemble she leads in Japan and then by her ensemble in New York. Contact her at BandKComm@aol.com.

Vince Leffler of Memphis, TN, was coproducer and bassist for his group Footprints & T.J. on their CD entitled Blue is the Color. The disc was released in June 2000. Leffler can be reached at cousnvinnie@webtv.net.

John McCaffrey of Coconut Beach, FL, was named Best Drum Teacher of the Year in South Florida by South Florida magazine. He is an ensemble instructor for the Backstage Music Network and is working on some filmscoring projects with Nickelodeon Studios in Orlando. He also owns Twins Records.

Saxophonist Dennis Mitcheltree of Brooklyn, NY, has been performing in New York and in France. His third CD as a leader, Union, is due out in January 2001.

1989

Christophe Chagnard of Seattle, WA, is cofounder and conductor of the Northwest Sinfonietta in Tacoma. The orchestra began its 10th anniversary season in September. Its first CD, titled Mozart Symphonies, features performances of Mozart's symphonies 40 and 41 and sold very well. The group is planning to have a second release this season. Chagnard has also served as music director and/or conductor for the New England String Ensemble, the Sixth World Harp Conference, and orchestras in Japan and Russia.

 

1990

Singer/songwriter Melissa Ferrick of West Hollywood, CA, has gotten a great reception for her album Freedom. Earlier this year, she won the Best Female Singer/Songwriter award at the Boston Music Awards. In addition to a sold-out show at the Berklee Performance Center, she performed at the Boston Pride Festival and the Newport Folk Festival.

Vocalists Paul Pampinella '90, David Stackhouse '91, Orin Malka '95, members of the a cappella group Five O'Clock Shadow, were featured on the pilot of the VH-1 program "Breakthrough." The group has just released its third CD Wonders of the World for the Hotlips label, and is touring to support the new disc. See the web site at www.focs.com.



Mindy Abair '91
 
Debbie Deane '91
 

1991

Saxophonist Mindi Abair of Hollywood, CA, has been on the road for a year playing saxophone, keyboards, and percussion with the Backstreet Boys. Abair just released her second CD, Always and Never the Same, on her website www.mindiabair.com.

Composer/arranger/producer Bill Brown of Hollywood, CA, has composed and produced music for Steven Spielberg, Oliver Stone, Tom Clancy, Michael Crichton, and companies including Disney, Miramax, Universal, and Columbia/Tri Star. He is currently director of music for Soundelux Showorks, Hollywood. His web site can be found at billbrownmusic.8m.com.

Singer/songwriter Debbie (Kochman) Deane of Brooklyn, NY, has released a self-titled debut CD containing a dozen of her original songs. Deane is backed by Jeff Andrews and Richard Hammond (bass), Brian Blade and Rodney Holmes (drums), Joshua Redman (saxophone), and Wayne Krantz (guitar). Visit her web site at www.debbiedeane.com.

Bassist Daniel Pearson of West Toluca Lake, CA, is the bass player and musical director for Coolio. He also will be appearing in a Disney Channel Concert with Universal Recording artist Jason Raize. His Internet address is DanOnBass@earthlink.net.

Singer/songwriter Jonathan Stark '91 of Providence, RI, is in pre-production for the follow-up to his debut CD. E-mail him at jonathanstark@yahoo.com.

1992

Bassist Ivan Bodley of NY, NY, has been playing gigs with Eddie Floyd, Shirley Alston Reeves, Buster Poindexter, Peter Wolf, and others. He played on a new CD released by Frankie Paris and Cold Sweat, called 10 Shades of Blue. He also produced and played on a CD by musical comedian Stephen Lynch.

Pianist Derek Rowland of East Aurora, NY, contributed a solo piano piece titled "Tommy and Lia" to the Make-a-Wish Foundation's compilation CD Be the One to Make a Wish Come True, Vol. 1. Other artists on the disc include Bruce Hornsby, Gino Vannelli, and the Yellowjackets. He also released a solo piano CD entitled Festival. Contact him at dhrowland@aol.com.

Tenor saxophonist Petter Wettre of Oslo, Norway, released two albums this year: one with The Trio called In Color, which can be found at www.resonant-music.com, and his duo album with Per Oddvar Johansen on drums entitled The Only Way to Travel, which is on blaajazz.com. The Trio has performed at jazz festivals in Oslo and Edinburgh.


James Dower '93
 
Anne Marie David '93
 
Matt Zebley '93
 
Gideon Miller '94
 

1993

Pianist Anne Marie David of Newton, MA, has released her second CD of piano solos titled The First Morning. She penned 10 of the disc's 13 selections and cowrote two with her husband JoJo David '94. Anne Marie is associate director of liturgies at Boston College, and leads a choir at Wellesley College. JoJo is the vocal director of the jazz ensemble at Boston College and works as a freelance writer and musician. Visit the web site annemariedavid.com for more information.

Pianist James Dower of Marlboro, MA, released a CD titled The James Dower Trio featuring drummer Mark Mahoney '93 and bassist Steve Skop. The group has been playing at area jazz venues for three years. For information on the disc, visit Dower's web site at www.JamesDower.com.

Todd Evans of Oakland, CA, engineered and coproduced the new Trans Lucid CD titled Vigil at Skyline Studios in Oakland. His own band Tempest has been on tour and made stops in Boston and Denmark. The band is signed to the Magna Carta label. You can reach Evans at tsevans@ix.netcom.com.

Guitarist Antonio Kitanovski of South Boston, MA, played with soprano saxophonist Charlie Mariano at a concert in Skopje, Macedonia, at the Macedonian National Theater. Kitanovski has appeared twice at the Macedonian Jazz Festival.

Pianist/composer Mika Pohjola of New York City has released Mika Pohjola: Live at the Blue Note with bassist Matt Penman and drummer Roberto Dani. Pohjola is playing in the New York area and has two more CDs slated for release. Check the web site www.mp3.com/mikamusic to hear his music.

Earle Pughe of Concord, MA, is playing electric and acoustic guitar and lap steel in the Las Vegas production of the show Footloose.

Woodwind player Matthew Zebley of Calimesa, CA, toured this summer with the Brian Setzer Orchestra and played on Setzer's new CD. He is also part of the trio Kingcake, and can be heard on their self-titled debut CD. Contact him at mzink@discover.net.

1994

Vocalist Miragia Lysette de Cuba of Oranjestad, Aruba, had her first child Naomi Zoe Xiara Bernasco on June 14.

Bassist Tim Luntzel of Boston, MA, recently toured Europe with the Bloomdaddies, featuring saxophonists Seamus Blake '92 and Chris Cheek '91 and drummers Dan Rieser '90 and Tony Mason. Luntzel is also featured on the upcoming release of Cocktail Angst's second CD with pianist Jon Dryden '91 and vibraphonist Tom Beckham '90. His web address is www.member.xoom.com/luntzel/gigpage.htm.

Gideon Miller of London, England, plays bass for the group Blackbox Recorder. They recently scored a top-20 hit in the UK charts and were featured on Top of the Pops, the BBC's national TV chart show. Send him e-mail at gideonmiller@hotmail.com.

1995

Songwriter Jen Chapin of Brooklyn, NY, won the Roxygen on Oxygen female musical artist search. Chapin and her band performed on Oxygen TV August 14. She also has tracks available for listening or MP3 download at <www.planetjam.com/Artists/Artist.asp?authIDID=965211784&Artist ID=195>.

Taku Hirano of Woodland Hills, CA, has been playing percussion on tours with Isaac Hayes, Brandy, Whitney Houston, and most recently Lionel Richie on Tina Turner's 24-7 Tour. He is also on releases from Dr. Dre and Lucy Pearl. Tali1@att.global.net is his e-mail address.

Johnny Rabb of Nashville, TN, was recently certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as the fastest drummer in the world for playing 1,070 strokes in 60 seconds. He is also the cofounder and director of product development for the johnnyraBB Drumstick Company. Visit the company's web site at www.johnnyrabb.com.

Bassist Hideyuki Shima of Kyoto, Japan, released a CD with his group Six-North titled I'm Here in My Heart. Shima composed, produced and played bass on the disc, which is available from the French label Musea Records. His e-mail address is sixnorth@alpha-net.ne.jp.


Oli Bott '96
 
Rachel Panay '96
 
Beto Hale '96
 
Issi Rosen '96
 

1996

In June, composer Laura Andel of Cambridge, MA, conducted the Laura Andel Jazz Orchestra in premieres of her new works and other original material. The concert was in part funded by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Society. Visit www.gis.net/~lulandel/.

Vibraphonist, composer, and conductor Oli Bott of Eppstein, Germany, won the first prize at the Fourth Leipzig Improvisation Competition and a special prize in jazz. His current efforts include working with the Oli Bott-Bertrand Lauer Band, the Oli Bott Orchestra, and his duo with Thomas Wallisch. For more information, go to www.bott-lauer.fr.st.

Vocalist Rachel (McDonald) Panay of Newton, MA, has released a CD of pop/dance originals in collaboration with Fabrice Dupont '94. She is currently working on remixes with top Boston DJs and on a second EP with house/electronica producer Francis Phan. See www.rachelpanay.com for information.

Engineer Lorne Bregitzer of Lakewood, CO, has recorded vocals for a number of artists, including DefJam, Redman, Method Man, and a number-one song for D'Angelo. He works at Colorado Sound Studios in Westminster, CO. You can e-mail Lorne at lorne@diac.com.

Singer/pianist Tony DeBlois has been performing extensively throughout the U.S. including appearances on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the Boundless Abilities Concert in Rochester, NY, and the International Gathering of Savants in Austin, TX. DeBlois, who is blind and autistic, has released two CDs through Cornerstone Christian Music Worldwide. He can be reached at TonyDeBloi@aol.com.

Guitarist and composer Roland Gebhardt of Neunkirchen, Germany, just recorded his latest CD, Lazy Days for Mood Records. The disc was voted Best CD of the Month in the German magazines Git & Bass and Keyboards. For more information, contact him at RoGebhardt@t-online.de.

Singer/songwriter Beto Hale of Denver, CO, has released a new CD titled Sube for Lalo Records. Seven of his original songs on the disc are sung in Spanish and four are in English. Featured instrumentalists include bass and Chapman stick player Tony Levin and Mesoamerican percussion master Luis Perez Ixoneztli. Visit Hale's web site for further information at www.betohale.com. Hale is also an editor for Musico Pro magazine.

Bassist Stefan Held of New York City recently performed with jazz flutist Dave Valentin. He also was on a national tour of the show Always . . . Patsy Cline with Grammy nominee Phil Oestermann. Contact him via e-mail at hprod@aol.com.

Guitarist Issi Rozen of Brookline, MA, received the Best Jazz Performer award for 1999 from Boston magazine. His group, the Issi Rozen Quartet, released their second CD called Homeland Blues on Brownstone Records. Rozen and his wife Michelle recently had a daughter, Mya. He can be reached at issirozen@aol.com.

Composer and painter Sakae Tauchi of Saitama, Japan, had his work Fantasia No. 4 "Cyprus" performed by pianist Aya Ishizaki at arecent concert titled the Field of 20th Century Piano Music. Tauchi's e-mail address is tauchi@sf6.so-net.ne.jp.


Gardenia Benros '97
 

1997

Singer/songwriter Gardenia Benrós of Boston, MA, released her second independent CD titled Bo Kin Cre. The music (sung in Portuguese) was an immediate success in her native Cape Verde, where her song "Trabissero" reached number one. Working on the album with Benrós were keyboardists Ricardo Pachecco Chaves '97 and Joaquin Fernandez '98, bassist Guido Stewart '98, and engineers Nicholas Lee '95 and Jeff Gomez '98. Faculty member Bob Patton did the mastering. Visit her web site at www.gardeniaonline.com/.

Vocalist Rosemary Blankson of Atlanta, GA, is part of the creative team at HITCO Music Publishing in Atlanta. E-mail her at akwapem7@aol.com.

Composer and multi-instrumentalist Antonio Carlos Defeo of Pelham, NY, has completed an album of original songs titled Sky and Water Blue. Visit his web site at www.antoniocarlosdefeo.com.

Drummer Steve Hass is a session player and sideman in NYC. He has performed with stars like George Benson, Billy Joel, and Art Garfunkel, and is currently working with the Ravi Coltrane Group and the Christian McBride Quartet.

Sean-David McGoran and his wife Jenna (Sariano) McGoran '98 of Federal Way, WA, both teach music and direct ensembles at Christian Faith School in Seattle. They have just released their first CD of original songs titled 180 Degrees.

Boston musicians Noriko Yamaguchi and Youg-Lim Lee played a concert at MIT's Killian Hall with Youg-Lim Lee's Jass Orchestra. Saxophonist George Garzone '72 was the special guest artist.

1998

Drummer Daniel Curran of Danvers, MA, works at Genelec in product management and technical support. He also plays with a blues band called One Way Out around the Boston area. His e-mail address is daniel.curran@genelec.com.

Guitarist James Philip Daley of Sherman Oaks, CA, and his band Navin recently performed in Las Vegas at the Emerging Artists Talent in Music (Eat'm) Conference. The group is active in the L.A. club scene too. Check out the band at www.mp3.com/navin.

Composer Ernesto Klar of Boston, MA, is director of the Klaresque Ensemble in a series of two performances in New York City and four in Boston. The ensemble has released a CD entitiled Approachable Perspectives--the Music of Ernesto Klar and will begin recording a second later this year. The group also features Hiro Honshuku '90 (flute) and Jim Hobbs '89 (alto saxophone).