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Marlène Tachoir '77
 

1958

Tenor saxophonist Gordon Brisker of Sydney, Australia, has released a new CD entitled My Son John on the Naxos Jazz label. Appearing on the disc are Mike Nock '62, Tim Hagans, Billy Hart, and Anthony Jackson. Brisker is currently teaching at the University of Sydney and the Sidney Conservatorium of Music.

 

1966

Composer Alf Clausen of Northridge, CA, recently won an Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement in a Primetime or Late Night Animated Television Program for his work on "The Simpsons," and Outstanding Individual Achievement for Music in an Animated Television Production for his contribution to "The Simpsons: Behind the Laughter." He is currently featured in an audio portrait on ASCAP's website at http://www.ascap.com/audioportraits/audioportraits.html.

1967

Pianist Bob Shallue of Fairfield, CT, has been working as a freelance arranger and performer for the last 15 years. He previously worked for Warner Bros. Publications and Cherry Lane Music.

 

1970

Woodwind player Marc Elbaum of Meridith, NH, played saxophone and clarinet on the new CD Something I Saw or Thought I Saw by Bill Morrissey. The disc will be released on the Philo/Rounder label in March.

1975

Saxophonist Dennis Taylor of Nashville, TN, was recently nominated for a Nashville Music Award in the category Outstanding Wind Player. This is the second year in a row Taylor has received this nomination. In addition, Taylor appears on Chicago blues legend Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater's new album Reservation Blues.

1976

Pianist Dave Cashin of Redmond, WA, recently released his first solo piano/synth CD, entitled Serenity. In addition, Cashin has been performing with Percy Faith, Fat James, and Keb Mo.

Pianist Lenn Millbower of Davenport, FL, recently published Training with a Beat: The Teaching Power of Music, a book that explores the link between learning and music. Since its publication, Millbower has spoken at conferences for the International Society for Performance Improvement and the American Society for Training and Development.

1977

Bassist Fred Berman of Bayside Queens, NY, is teaching and performing regularly in the New York City area with his trio Threedom. Berman also performs regularly with legendary pianist Bross Townshend.

Composer/pianist Marlène Tachoir of Nashville, TN, was named the first-prize winner of the Global Music Network's Women in Jazz composer contest. Her composition "Flyer," the unanimous choice of the judges, has been recorded by Tachoir a group led by her husband, vibraphonist Jerry Tachoir '77. The piece can be heard at www.gmn.com. Tachoir also recently finished a multimovement work titled Vibraphone Concerto for Orchestra and is penning a book about piano voicings.

Steven Stanley '83
 

1978

Pianist Robert Cento of Norwood, MA, recently published two intermediate-level piano solos, "Homage to Grieg" and "In the Sultan's Palace" with Myklas Music Press of Denver, CO. The music is available in stores in the U.S. and Canada.

Saxophonist Clare Cooper of New York City, NY, has released her first album, Valentine, and has earned several songwriting awards from the Songwriter's Guild of America.

Last fall, pianist Scott Gordon of New York City released a seasonal CD titled Merry Christmas. The disc was played widely on 38 syndicated stations. Visit his web site at www.scottgordonmusic.com.

 

1980

Guitarist Paul Bettencourt of West Warwick, RI, provided new vocal and instrumental music for a stage adaptation of The Grapes of Wrath, directed by David DiLullo. Bettencourt also served as music director, accompanist, and featured narrator for the show's performances in South Kingstown, RI.

Trumpet player Jonathan Lax of Summit, NJ, is performing with the Herald Trumpet Ensemble and the Mirandola Consort. He also performed with the reggae band Ecstasy at the Hedonism III resort in Runaway Bay, Jamaica. Lax also serves as director of the Bayonne High School Jazz Ensemble in Bayonne, NJ.

Composer Frank Macchia of Burbank, CA, has released the fourth volume of Little Evil Things. The recording features Macchia's music performed by the Moscow Symphony Orchestra as an underscore to the narration of horror stories penned by his wife, Tracy London. He also recently conducted the score for the film Get Carter and orchestrated the score for Men of Honor. See his website at www.littleevilthings.com.

Drummer Anthony J. Resta of Westford, MA, produced Shawn Mullins's new CD Beneath the Velvet Sun at Crossover Studios in Atlanta, GA. Resta shared live drum duties with Vinnie Colaiuta '75 and keyboard duties with Mullins and Elton John.

Drummer Bill Spoke of Hollywood, CA, is performing with the blues/rock band the L.A. Bluescasters, playing dates with the rock band Odds 'n' Ends, and doing studio projects. See his website at www.mccmusic.com/billspoke.htm.

Larry Steen '84
 


Guitarist Gregan Wortman of Billings, MT, is currently producing film and video with his own company Kruzn Dog Productions. Visit his website at www.imt.net/~kruzndog.

1981

Drummer Lilian Carmona of Sao Paulo, Brazil, was a special guest performer in a concert with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London that took place in Sao Paulo last September. Also on the bill were saxophonist Paquito D'Rivera and pianist Jorge Calandrelli.

Electric bassist Loren Parkins of New York, NY, is currently working as vice president and executive music producer at the BBDO/New York advertising agency. Parkins has also worked with composers Stewart Copeland and Mark Mancina.

Violinist Michael Polera of Albuquerque, NM, has assumed the position of manager at Santa Fe Violin and Guitar Works, a shop offering sales and restorations of stringed instruments.

Guitarist Ken Selcer of Cambridge, MA, is recording a new CD that features Berklee faculty member Larry Finn '86, Mark Shilansky and Lou Ulrich '91. Selcer plays with groups Somebody's Sister and the Ken Selcer Band.

Saxophonist Shaakir of Houston, TX, released a new CD titled A Dif'rent Kinda Sax for his own company Shaakia Productions. His company has written and produced music for many different artists and wrote the theme for the Houston Rockets home game introductions.

1982

Drummer Joseph Napolitano of Norton, MA, has been producing music for numerous independent and short films at his home studio.

1983

Vocalist J.B. Holloway of Van Nuys, CA, recently signed a publishing contract with singer Pat Boone. Holloway's work can be found online at www.mp3.com/jbholloway.

Joe Merrick '88
 
Danilo Perez '88
 


Guitarist Steven Stanley of Boston, MA, recorded a CD titled Left Here All Alone. The disc features 14 original songs with blues, rock, country, and jazz underpinnings. He also produced a short film titled Secrets from Somewhere, which won a top-100 award in the New York/L.A. Film Festival and was shown at the Cannes Film Festival.

Guitarist Emiel Van Egdom of Maastricht, the Netherlands, recently performed on Jessie Galante's new album Candy Jar and is completing a solo project due out later in the year. See his website at www.emielvanegdom.com.

1984

Guitarist Pete Huttlinger of Nashville, TN, took first place in the National Fingerpicking Guitar Competition, held September 14, 2000, in Winfield, KS. Huttlinger also released a CD, which is titled Naked Pop, available from the Instar Records label. Huttlinger is currently touring with contemporary Christian artist Kathy Troccoli.

Saxophonist Leigh Pilzer of Silver Spring, MD, is featured in a new book by author W. Royal Stokes entitled Living the Jazz Life: Conversations with Forty Musicians about Their Careers in Jazz. Also appearing in the book are Cyrus Chestnut '85, Ingrid Jensen '89, and Diana Krall '83.

Bassist Larry Steen of Los Angeles, CA, is working as a full-time studio and live musician. In addition, Steen recently recorded vocalist Karen Gallinger's CD entitled Remembering Bill Evans on the Sea Breeze label.

1985

Trumpet player David Bondelevitch of Los Angeles, CA, was interviewed with film composers David Raksin and Elmer Bernstein for the winter issue of Trojan Family magazine, published by the University of Southern California. You can read the article online at www.usc.edu/dept/pubrel/trojan_family/winter00/FilmScoring/Cue.html.

Pianist, singer, and songwriter Henry Char of Cartegena, Colombia, has released a new album titled Cosas en Común for the MTM label. Char wrote and arranged all 11 songs and is the lead vocalist on the disc. For more information visit his website at www.henrychar.com.

1986

Guitarist Mike Brannon of San Antonio, TX, released a CD entitled Bar Codes with his group Synergy. Hear selected cuts at www.cdbaby.com/cd/synergy. Brannon is also compiling a book of interviews with Pat Metheny, Herbie Hancock, and others.

Vocalist Julie Kinscheck of Somerville, MA, was featured with her all-female a cappella gospel/jazz group, Faith in Action, at the recent A Cappella Summit at Boston University. Larry Jackson '86 is producing the group's CD.

1987

Tenor saxophonist Carl Clements of Roslindale, MA, is enrolled in New England Conservatory's doctoral program for world music. Clements is working on a CD entitled Rituals with the eclectic jazz group Crosscurrent.

Electric bassist Owen Yost of Hoboken, NJ, is playing acoustic and electric bass in a new off-Broadway musical, entitled Suddenly Hope, at the Rich Forum Theatre in Stamford, CT. Yost recently backed singer Lesley Gore at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT.

1988

Released on Diamond Cut Records by label owner David Berman '92
 
Chris Murphy '92
 


Singer/guitarist Thaddeus Hogarth of Jamaica Plain, MA, formerly of the Heavy Metal Horns, is leading his own quartet. His second solo CD, Trying to Believe, won the Musician's Atlas Independent Music Award for best r&b album.

Drummer Joe Merrick of Hanson, MA, just released his second solo CD, entitled Supernaturally Sober. The album was produced and engineered by Merrick at his own Guilty Dog Studio. Appearing on the album are Justin Beech '89, Michael Merrill '87, Ryan McHugh '96, and Dave Dicenso '76. The CD can be purchased online at www.joemerrick.com.

Pianist Danilo Perez of Boston has released a new CD for the Verve label called Motherland. Personnel includes John Patitucci, Brian Blade, Chris Potter, Regina Carter, Diego Urcola '90, Luciana Souza, Luisito Quintero, and others.

1989

Engineer Seth Ballou of Warwick, RI, is owner and engineer at his own studio Spectrum Recording in Warwick.

Drummer Jonathan Peirce of Rensselaer, NY, recently completed a five-country Asian tour with his band Groove Inc. He has also performed with artists like Chubby Checker and Jeanne French. Visit his website at www.jonathan-peirce.com.

Guitarist Gernot Wolfgang of Los Angeles, CA, had his composition "Reflections" performed in Carnegie Hall, New York. The Verdehr Trio performed the piece on February 19, 2001.

 

1990

Vocalist Paul Pampinella of Arlington, MA, and his a cappella vocal group Five O'Clock Shadow, which includes David Stackhouse '91 and Oren Malka '96, has recorded a new CD titled Wonders of the World on Hotlips Records.

Drummer Hans Schuman of New York City and his JazzReach Performing Arts and Education Association premiered a new multimedia outreach for teens last fall. Schuman's group, featuring bassist Richie Goods '91 and saxophonist Mark Gross '88, performed at venues throughout the city for a total estimated audience of over 3,000 high school students.

1991

Guitarist Juan Camacho of Madrid, Spain, has released a second album, entitled La Balada de la Brigada Lincoln, on Satchmo Records. The album is a tribute to Americans who fought in the Spanish Civil War.

Drummer Anders Mogensen of Copenhagen, Denmark, is performing with the Anders Mogensen External Experience and recently released a CD entitled A.M. He has performed in the past with jazz artists David Liebman, Steve Swallow, the Brecker Brothers, and others.

1992

Bassist Pam Kerensky '94

(far left)
 
Cornelius Kreusch '94
 
Randy Browning '95 (front) and Brett Kinney '93
CRISTINA RIVERA
 
Kentaro Kihara '95
 
Katherine Farnham '96
 
Sakae Tauchi '96
 


Drummer David Berman of Boston, MA, started his own label Diamond Cut Records to promote Boston jazz. Berman produces and plays for the label, and recently appeared on a CD by saxophonist Richard Gardzina '61, entitled Imaginings. Also appearing on the album were John Paul '88 and Victor Mendoza '81.

Bassist Ivan Bodley of New York City, NY, has been performing with a variety of comedy acts, and recently produced a CD for comedian Stephen Lynch entitled A Little Bit Special.

Songwriters Benjamin Groff of Beverly Hills, CA, and Manuel Perovic '98 of Boston each won a first prize in the 2001 USA Songwriting Competition. Groff's song "Chiquita Mi Senorita" took top honors in the Latin and Dance categories and got honorable mention in the Pop category. Perovic took first prize in the Jazz category for his tune "Who Knows."

Guitarist Chris Meeker of Rochester, NY, had his first commissioned composition performed by the Twin Rivers Choral Society. Meeker holds a master's degree in composition from Indiana State University.

Guitarist R. Chris Murphy of Marina del Rey, CA, recently recorded a new album for the Bozzio Levin Stevens group, and mixed a new CD for Dregs and Deep Purple guitarist Steve Morse. He has also been in the studio working with King Crimson. See his website at www.eschatonmusic.com.

1993

Guitarist Ron Bosse of Rockland, MA, performed with his group Pursuance and special guest Dave Liebman in Stellar Regions, an anniversary concert commemorating the life and music of John Coltrane at Cheney Hall, Manchester, CT.

Guitarist Timothy Harrington of Kankakee, IL, is an audio engineer at Private Studios in Urbana, IL. He recently engineered voiceovers for Eminem's cartoon series and received assistant engineering credits on the Billy Bragg/Wilco CD Mermaid Avenue II.

Pianist Mika Pohjola of New York City, NY, performed at the Steinway Hall in New York last November with his group the Sound of Village Duo. Pohjola has also been leading the ensembles MikaKosmos and MikaSonik. See his website at http://jazz.what.cc.

Guitarist Joel Someillan of Miami, FL, is president of his own production company Someillan Productions. He has credits on albums and singles by such artists as Madonna, Ricky Martin, Backstreet Boys, N'Sync, Cher, Gloria Estefan, Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, and others. See his website at www.someillan.com.

Guitarist Greg Thompson of Hartford, CT, is a consultant for jingle services and other productions. His specialty is Csound, a signal processing software that creates sound effects. Visit his website at www.soundinproduction.com.

Trumpeter Frank Vardaros of Boston, MA, celebrated the release of his new CD Smooth Ride with a performance at the Ryles Jazz Club in Cambridge in November. The CD features drummer Larry Finn '86, guitarist Bruce Bartlett '75, and famed trumpeter Arturo Sandoval on piano and flugelhorn.

1994

Electric bassist Pam Kerensky of Medford, MA, is a member of the group Chapter in Verse. The group recently showcased at the Rockrgirl Conference held in Seattle, WA, on November 3, 2000, and has released a self-titled EP. See the band's website at www.chapterinverse.com.

Pianist Cornelius Claudio Kreusch of New York City, NY, has released a solo piano CD, recorded live at Steinway Hall in New York. Additionally, Kreusch played the Blue Note Jazz Club with his group Black Mud Sound and toured internationally with his Afro/funk/world beat group Fo Doumbe. See his website at www.blackmudsound.com.

1995

Guitarist Randy Browning of Boston, MA, recently performed with Brett Kinney '93 as the acoustic guitar duo Late Bloomers at the Boston Folk Festival. Also on the bill were Roger McGuinn, Richie Havens, and Cheryl Wheeler.

Drummer Samuel Cereghini of Cono, Italy, released a CD with his band Zion. The disc is available online at www.ottonote.com. See the band's website at www.zion.it.

Composer Antonio Carlos DeFeo of Pelham Manor, NY, was featured on the recently released CD Though Love Be a Day by the American Celebration Duo. DeFeo's art song "Sonnet 23—Is It Indeed So" is based on a poem written by Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

Trumpeter Brian Dwyer of Malvern, PA, recently returned from a tour of the United States and Canada as a pit orchestra musician with the musical Annie. Dwyer is now playing lead trumpet for the John Hoey Orchestra in Philadelphia, PA.

Percussionist Taku Hirano of Woodland Hills, CA, recently toured with Lionel Richie on the Tina Turner World Tour, and is now working with Stevie Nicks.

Pianist Kentaro Kihara of Kawasaki, Japan, released his second CD entitled Inner Voice for the Devotion Music label. The CD was produced by Sayoko Inakagi '95.

Pianist Johannes Wallman of New York City, NY, was the recipient of a major grant from the Canada Council to study, compose, and perform music for jazz ensemble influenced by traditional American spirituals. Wallman also teaches jazz at New York University and performs with the Harlem Spiritual Ensemble. See his website at www.keepitcute.com.

1996

Guitarist Brian Casper of Concord, NH, is studying law at the Franklin Pierce Law Center in Concord, NH.

The song "Higher" by vocalist Deanna DellaCioppa of Jersey City, NJ, made it to number three on the Billboard Dance Music Charts. She was recently featured at the Billboard Dance Music Summit and performed at a number of dance clubs in Spain.

In February, bassist Christian Fabian of Boston performed at the University of Idaho with pianist Hank Jones, drummer Ben Riley, trumpeter Claudio Roditi '70, and vocalist Ethel Ennis. He has toured and recorded with the Lionel Hampton Big Band since 1998 and will be with them on their West Coast tour this spring. He recently recorded a CD titled A Jazz Praise II with pianist Jim Martinez and drummer Ed Thigpen.

Vocalist Katherine Farnham of Miami Beach, FL, had her song "Mosaic" chosen as the official theme of Miami Mayor Alex Penelas's Mosaic 2000 Project, an effort to unite the diverse citizens of Miami.

Songwriter Christos Kyriakides of Limassol, Cyprus, owns and operates Blue Monk Studios and Kyriakides Music School. He has released a CD of cross-cultural music titled Aerolith.

Drummer Chris Lukes of Los Angeles, CA, has toured with artists such as Ricky Jones, All 4 One, Chante Moore, and Jesse Powell. His television appearances include "BET Soundstage," "Disney Concert Series," the "American Music Awards," the "Tonight Show," the "Today Show," and more. Lukes is currently on tour with artist Enrique Iglesias.

Pianist Rusty Scott of Boston, MA, released a new CD with the Rusty Scott Quartet, entitled Short Bread. The group has played extensively over the last five years and features Tim Mayer '95 on tenor sax and drummer Aaron Thurston '97, and bassist Keala Kaumeheiwa.

From the right: Christian Fabian '96 and fellow bassists John Clayton, Ray Brown, and Christian McBride, and drummer Gregory Hutchinson.
 


Saxophonist Sakae Tauchi of Tokorozawa, Japan, released a CD entitled Phantasiae Peregrinabundae: Six Exotic Preludes and Fantasies for Solo Piano on the JILA label. The disc features solo pianists Reiko Ichihara, Noriko Horike, Yoko Suzuki, Tomoko Matsumoto, and Misa Hashizume. Tauchi also painted the cover art.

1997

Guitarist Michael Barrett of New York City, NY, is working as an audio postproduction engineer at Sony Music Studios in New York City. Barrett did the sound design for ABC's "Monday Night Football" opening sequence and a remix for the theme music. He has also done work for MTV, the Discovery Channel, and the "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" show.

1998

Electric bassist Erik MacPherson of Woonsocket, RI, is touring nationally with blues artist E. C. Scott and has performed with numerous bands throughout New England. He teaches bass at the Gordon Lasalle School of Music in Leominster, MA.

Erik MacPherson '98
 
Jordan Zed '00
 


Drummer Wayne Marek of Escazu, Costa Rica, is teaching at an international preparatory school in Costa Rica. He teaches fourth- and fifth-grade band, music appreciation, and high school band, and directs the violin program.

Pianist Gerard Salonga of Quezon City, the Philippines, is assistant conductor of the Manila Philharmonic Orchestra and was musical director of a production of They're Playing Our Song. Salonga is also an arranger and producer for BMG Records.

1999

Drummer Ramon Angel-Rey of Boston, MA, toured Spain with the Javier Vercher Quintet. He played percussion in the Ramon de los Reyes Flamenco Dance Company with Jose Mena '00.

Guitarist Ernesto Klar of Boston, MA, composed and performed an extended work entitled "Permutatio" with his Klaresque Ensemble. The composition was part of an artistic collage of music and light commissioned by the Cambridge Arts Council.

Guitarist Adolfo Melian of Buenos Aires, Argentina, worked as assistant director on artist Sui Generis's latest recording Sinfonias para Adolescentes, released by Universal Music Argentina.

Percussionist Tricia Williams of Los Angeles, CA, is performing with Mike Keneally's group Beer for Dolphins. The band, which features Chris Opperman '99 and Bryan Beller '92, released a CD titled Dancing.

 

2000

Drummer George Shepherd of Los Angeles, CA, teaches at Mars Music in Santa Ana, CA. He recently published instructional books titled Alpha and Time Travelers. Visit his website www.georgeshepherd.com.

Drummer Gregg Stein of Quincy, MA, is currently working as marketing communications manager for the Avedis Zildjian Cymbal Company in Norwell, MA. He is performing throughout the Northeast and teaching and writing music.

Thanh Tran of Burbank, CA, composed the score for the opening video for the 2000 Veterans of Foreign Wars Convention in Milwaukee, WI. Tran is a copyist for Sony Music Preparation.

From the left: Sam Purkin '88, Bob Reynolds '00, vocalist Robin McElhattan '99, and Acting MP&E Chair Rob Jaczko in Berklee's Studio A

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