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1957

Composer Harry Ferruolo '57 of Dorchester, MA, released a CD titled Harry Ferruolo Composes for a Family of Friends. The Gustav Csik Trio, featuring pianist Gustav Csik, drummer Geza Lakatos and bassist Reggie Johnson, recorded 14 Ferruolo originals for the disc in Maur, Switzerland during November 2001. The CD was produced by Ferruolo's wife, Margie Anderson Ferruolo.

 

Nonsequence
 
Jeff Steinberg
 

1963

Composer Michael Gibbs of London, England, released a new CD titled Nonsequence for the Provocateur label. The disc features the NDR Bigband and New York players Chris Potter, Lew Soloff, Randy Brecker, and Chris Hunter. For more information the project, visit his website at www.provocateurrecords.co.uk.

1969

Jeff Steinberg of Nashville, TN, was contracted to conduct the Nashville Symphony Pops Orchestra for three concerts in the 2001/2002 season. Guest artists appearing with the orchestra include Michael Feinstein, the Lettermen, and Paul Anka.

 

1973

Pianist Kenny Werner of Watchung, NY, cofounder of Laurel Tree Records, recorded a healing CD titled Spirit after the September 11 tragedy. More information on the disc can be found at www.laureltreerecords.com.

1974

Jon Hammond of New York City is continuing his television program, "The Jon Hammond Show," for its 18th year. In 2001, his band's lineup included Erik Hargrove (drums) from the James Brown Band and harmonica player Lee Oskar of War.

Robert A. Robison of Racine, WI, is the music specialist at an assisted-living facility in South Milwaukee. He is also the managing director for Behold the Lamb Ministries which conducts worship services at 10 Wisconsin prisons.

1975

Pianist Bill Gordon of Miami, FL, has released his second CD, Out the Box. The band includes Dave Sholl, Marty Richards, and Marty Ballou. Gordon writes and records film and TV music and also teaches a number of students.

1976

Trombonist Lennie Peterson of Worcester, MA, a skilled cartoonist, created the comic strip The Big Picture which runs in the Bennington Banner newspaper of Bennington, VT, and in other publications

1978

Drummer Ronnie Ciago of Long Beach, CA, has recorded with Rickie Lee Jones, Patrick Moraz, Brand X, Bill Ward, Mick Taylor, Paul Rodgers, Robert Downey Jr., Hiram Bullock, Ndugu (Leon) Chancler, and Paul Williams.

 

Pianist Scott Gordon of New York City released a new CD titled After Hours. Visit his website at www.scottgordonmusic.com.

Drummer Chris Massey of Langenthal, Switzerland, plays in New York with the group Have We Told You All You'd Thought to Know? with bassist Steve Swallow, guitarist David Torn, saxophonist David Cast, and Beat poet Robert Creeley. He is also on the Trio Courage CD Ways Out with Swallow and saxophonist John Mills.

1979

Tim Kotowich of Munich, Germany, has been named Managing Director of Act Music + Vision Gmbh + Co.KG, a European independent jazz label. He was formerly marketing director for Teldec Classics International in Hamburg.


Guitarist David Schanzer of Tequesta, FL, released a jazz fusion CD entitled Decade with the group Frenzi. Download a free mp3 at www.indigostarproductions.com.

 

1980

Baritone saxophonist Claire Daly of New York City released a new CD titled Movin' On with her quartet. She also played with the Billy Taylor Trio at the Kennedy Center. Segments of that performance will air on National Public Radio.

 

Woodwind player Lawrence Jones of Brighton, England, released the CD Philly Feel with the Brighton Jazz Allstars.

Composer Frank Macchia of Burbank, CA, has released Little Evil Things Volume V. The series features horror tales by Tracy London, with underscore by Macchia.

1981

Producer/composer Aaron Loo of Beverly Hills, CA, released the CD L.A. Attitude. He also writes children's songs and runs the recording studio Pacific Apple Productions.

1982

Guitarist and lyricist Nick Delonas and his band Ironia released their debut CD, A Granite Scale. Songs can be downloaded from the band's website at www.ironia.net.

1983

Jody Espina of Riverdale, NY, has launched JodyJazz, a line of saxophone mouthpieces. For details, go to www.jodyjazz.com. Espina teaches at Concordia College and Hoff-Barthelson Music School.

Carol Evans (formerly Margaret Sue Huete) of New Orleans, LA, just earned her master of science degree in engineering technology from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg.

Jenny Hill
 
 

Saxophonist Jenny Hill of Brooklyn, NY, is featured in a method book titled Practice Like the Pros and has toured with the Big Apple Circus. She is working on her second CD.

1984

Ayelet Cogan of Ramat-Aziz, Israel, is musical director for Barney & Friends in Israel. For the last 10 years, she has been the musical director for numerous musical theater productions and has recently released a CD.

Drummer Chris DeRosa of New York, NY, recently finished tracks for Duck, You Sucker, the band Collider's new CD, and tracks for Robert Kufehs. Vic Firth Drumsticks makes his signature model sticks.

Guitarist Michael Nickolas of Marlborough, MA, has released a new duo CD titled We Got By with vocalist Ray Greene '85.

1985

Drummer Bill Spoke of Hollywood, CA, played on new CDs by Dane Charbeneau (Words and Music) and Jerry Mundo (Once in a Blue Moon).

Percussionist Nick Twyman of London, England, has worked in the pit orchestra for numerous West End musical productions. He also teaches at Thames Valley University.

1986

Elementary-school music teacher Sheila Maddox of Tampa, FL, is courageously undergoing a second round of treatment for breast cancer. A popular teacher, Maddox has been an inspiration to many around her and has touched the lives of many students in Hillsborough County's elementary schools.

Singer Heidi Johanna Vierthaler was a production assistant for an event for Democracy Rising, a Ralph Nader project, at the Orpheum Theater. She has also been working on the Harvard Living Wage Campaign (see www.livingwagenow.com).

1987

Tony DiMito of Studio City, CA, is an independent music editor working on the television shows Inside Schwartz and Grounded for Life.

Pianist Satoko Fujii of Sayama, Japan, has released two new CDs. Junction is a trio date featuring Fujii's originals on the Ewe label. Vulcan, a quartet outing featuring trumpeter Natsuki Tamura, was released on Libra Records.

Guitarist Matt Kaslow of Brooklyn, NY, is music director and guitarist for Laura Branigan's band.

Guitarist Mark Stanley of Brookeville, MD, has released a new CD titled Insect Warriors on his own Sir Eel record label with noted drummer Dennis Chambers, bassist Mark Egan, and keyboardist Andy Milne among others. For more information visit his website at www.sireelrecords.com.

Recording engineer Saundra Palmer Grassi of New York City received a TEC Award (technical excellence and creativity) from Mix magazine in the Best Remote recording category for her mix of the broadcast of the Hotter Than That Fourth of July concert from Liberty Park by the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis.

Bassist Owen Yost of Hoboken, NJ, recently played at the Rosemont Theater in Chicago with Tommy James.

1988

Film composer Mitch Clyman of Jerusalem, Israel, operates Muso Productions Music and Sound Design. Current projects include an AOL Time Warner project that involves writing and producing 65 songs, music for 10 videos, and sound design for 10 CD-ROMs and a website.

Guitarist Jeff Serdins (Serdinsky) of Scotch Plains, NJ, has released an instructional video called Advanced Soloing Techniques and is recording with his band G-Factor. Serdins has played with Stevie Nicks, Madonna, and many other top acts. See his website at www.jeffserdins.com.

Guitarist Torben Waldorff of Malmö, Sweden, has been playing with trumpeter Ingrid Jensen '88. Their quartet toured extensively in Denmark, Sweden, and the U.S.

1989

Pianist/flutist Christian Le Délézir of Auray, France, released two CDs on the Exaton label. Suite Exatoniques 1&2 features solo flute and Exosonates 1&2 features solo piano.

Vocalist Ava Tracht-Landman of Davie, FL, has released a vocal instructional CD. She is distributing it through CDstreet.com and www.learntosing.biz.

Flugelhornist Dmitri Matheny of San Francisco, CA, toured the Netherlands and Belgium last fall and presented a series of Christmas concerts in Callifornia.

 

Singer/songwriter Kelly Riley of Chelsea, MA, was the opening act for Willie Nelson and Lyle Lovett. The song "Gonna Take Some Time," from Riley's CD Live and You Learn, was used in The Young and the Restless. Visit her website at www.kellyriley.net.

 

1990

Pianist and singer Ferdinando Argenti of Methuen, MA, released Argenti, a CD of American, Italian, and original songs. Visit his website at www.interjazz.com/argenti for more details.

Gospel singer Renese King of Boston appeared as a guest artist with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Orchestra for their holiday tour. They played in seven states from California to New York.

1991

Bassist Daniel Pearson of North Hollywood, CA, has been touring with hip hop artist Coolio and performs every Sunday in Los Angeles with Big Beat Sundae featuring Ivan Neville, Bernard Fowler, and Angus Thomas.

Electric bassist Lucas Pickford of Boston released Blown Fuse, a collaboration with keyboardist and Berklee faculty member Steven Hunt. For more information on the project visit Pickford's website at www.lucaspickford.com.

Pianist Thomas Snow of South Portland, ME, released the CD Christmas at Mast Cove. The solo piano disc provides a new take on many seasonal favorites. For more information, go to www.tomsnow.com.

Guitarist/singer Oliver Steller of Frechen, Germany, released the CD Liebeslieder: Lust & Liebesgedichte for the Naxos label. On it, Stellers sings his settings of works by renowned German poets.

1992

Composer/arranger/trombonist Ivan Ilic of Belgrade, Yugoslavia, conducted a gala concert with Diane Schuur and the Radio/Television Big Band of Serbia in November of 2001. He also wrote the score for the musical theater production Golje which opened in Belgrade's Theatre T in October.

Vocalist Grazyna Auguscik of Chicago, IL, released her eighth CD River for the GMA Records label. Visit her website at www.grazynaaugucik for news on her career and other recordings.

Composer Matthew Davidson and his group Archetribe released a CD titled Earthtones for the Stretta label. It features fellow alumni Ken Field '78 (flute) and Dave Demarco '88 (bass). For more information, visit www.stretta.com.

Drummer John Lindsay of Colorado Springs, CO, is an artist-development representative for WEA. He also plays sessions and teaches drums.

1993

Composer/pianist/vocalist Anne Marie David of Needham, MA, recorded her song "Love Lights the World" with a children's chorus to benefit the families of the September 11th victims through the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund.

Benjamin Groff of Santa Monica, CA, won first prize in the dance category of the USA Songwriting Competition with his song "Music In My Heart." He has taken the prize in that category for three consecutive years.

Songwriter David Peters [aka David Z] of Bethesda, MD, learned that his song "Meant For Me" from the CD David Z's BeatBank: Ready, Set, Go is getting club and radio play in Boston.

Pianist Mika Pohjola of New York City released his seventh CD, Landmark, on the Abovoice label. Alumni on the disc include vocalist Johanna Grüssner '96, drummer Roberto Dani '94, and bassist Fernando Huergo '92.

Zoran Rebrovic
 

Guitarist Zoran Rebrovic of Milton, MA, taught harmony, arranging, and instrumental lessons at the Summer Music School on Croatia's island of Brac.

Tenor saxophonist/singer Korel Tunador of Pittsburgh, PA, received the Emerging Artist Award in the 2001 Creative Achievement Awards from the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

1994

Guitarist Michael Chlasciak of North Arlington, NJ, played guitar and cowrote several of the tracks on Rob Halford's new album Metal Is. He also played on the Jason Becker benefit CD Warmth in the Wilderness and is endorsing D'Addario and Digitech products.

Singer/songwriter José Condé of Brooklyn, NY, released a new CD titled Esencia. The disc is Condé's tribute to the essence of the Cuban musical heritage. Fellow alumni playing on the disc include pianist Gonsalo Grau '98, guitarist Aquiles Baez '96, and trumpeter Albert Leusink '99.

Bassist Scott Koziol of Burbank, CA, played on the CD Hidden Stash II by Capitol Records artists Kottonmouth Kings. He also appeared in the MTV video for the single "One Step Closer" by Linkin Park.

Michael Vitali of Albany, NY, is a graduate student at SUNY Albany. He works with the band Great Day for Up and recorded a live show for Warner Cable.

1995

Singer/songwriter Jen Chapin of Brooklyn, NY, won first prize in the lyrics category at the 2001 USA Songwriting Competition. She also won third prize in the best overall song category for her tune "Indispensible." Visit her website at www.jenchapin.com.

Drummer/keyboardist Paul Panebianco of Long Island, NY, released the CDs The Nth Degree and Pizza Logic. They are available through the CDBaby website.

Songwriter /multi-instrumentalist Assaf Seewi of London, England released the CD Explicit Lifestyles on Kaboom Records. Visit his website at www.theamazingassaf.com.

1996

Singer/songwriter Bleu of Boston, MA, has signed with Aware/Columbia Records and will work with producer John Fields. Bleu had four songs featured on MTV's The Real World and Road Rules, and his song "The Waiter" will be in the film Lovely and Amazing.

Benni Chawes
 

Vocalist Benni Chawes of Koldinggade, Denmark did 17 of his Human Bass concerts with Danish rapper M.S. Mukupa. He is also doing transcriptions of Chick Corea solos for the Web company SheetMusicNow.com.

Vocalist Deanna DellaCioppa lof Jersey City, NJ, launched her website at www.deannasings.com.

Pablo Fdez-Arrieta of Madrid, Spain, is completing a jazz studies graduate degree at Queens College in New York.

Guitarist Julian Graciano of Buenos Aires, Argentina, released his CD Tango XXI: The Other Side with the Tango Contemporanean guitar duo.

Percussionist Taku Hirano of Los Angeles, CA, has been featured in drum magazines and toured with Lionel Richie. He also played with Mary J. Blige, Stevie Wonder, and Utada Hikaru on MTV, Unplugged Japan.

Guitarist Manfred Junker of Konstanz, Germany, has released the CD Cole Porter—Live! with the Manfred Junker Quartet on the German label Edition Collage.


Composer Ryan Shore of New York City composed the music for an HBO special titled 'Twas the Night. The program aired 31 times in late December.

1997

Pianist Gustavo Casenave of Astoria, NY, gave a concert of his own compositions with bassist Mark Egan and percussionist Manolo Badrena at a jazz festival hosted by the Argentine consulate of New York.

Songwriter/guitarist Satoru Nakagawa of Boston and his blues band Tokyo Tramps have released their debut CD Long Way from Home. The all-Japanese lineup features Yukiko Fujii '98 (bass), Yoshi Hayata '97 (guitar), and Wataru Hirohara on drums.

Guitarist Thomas Wallisch of Berlin, Germany, and vibraphonist Oli Bott '96 recorded the CD Unknown Beauty for Big Tone Records. Visit the website at www.big-tone-records.com.

1998

Chris Chambers of South Plymouth, MA, is the instrumental and choral director at the Old Rochester Regional High School in Mattapoisett, MA. He is also a special needs aide at the East Bridgewater middle school.

Guitarist/songwriter John Mayer's CD Room for Squares on Columbia Records received a four-star review in Rolling Stone magazine. One of his songs is on the soundtrack of the film Serendipity.

Bassist Brian O'Connell has been touring with the band Uncle Sammy along with Tom Arey '00, Beau Sasser '00, and Max Delaney '99. Their CD is titled Naturally Preserved.

Karin Okada of New York, NY, was a winner in the vocalist division of the 2001 Betty Carter Jazz Ahead progr am. She writes music for cable television and is completing a master's degree.

1999

Guitarist Peter Rom of Vienna, Austria, released two CDs, The Eye and Footnotes, on Miltona Records.

 

 

 

2000

Singer/songwriter Michael Graetzer of Nashville, TN, released the CD Soul Direction featuring 10 of his original songs.

Guitarist Glenn Zeringue of Jamaica Plain, MA, joined the Massachusetts National Guard and is assigned to the 225th Band in Fall River, MA. He toured with the band Big Top and plays frequently in the Boston area.

2001

J. Scott Elson of Portland, ME, works as an audio engineer with Bob Ludwig's Gateway Mastering Studios in Portland, ME.

John Maragos of Rochester, MN, had one of his songs placed in an episode of TV series Dawson's Creek.

Composer and guitarist Julio Santillán of Boston leads the Los Changos Trio on the CD Desde el Norte. Trio members include bassist Fernando Huergo '92 and drummer Franco Pinna.