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1953


Trumpeter Herbert Dale of Half Moon Bay, CA, is retired now and would like to hear from friends and Berklee almmni from the early 1950s. Reach him by e-mail at bsharp7herbdale@netsacpe.net.

 

1963


Composer and bassist Graham Collier of Malaga, Spain, reissued his 1967 debut album Deep Dark Blue Centre on CD through Disconforme Records in 2001 and on enhanced vinyl by Whatmusic.com. Collier has made a total of 12 recordings and plans two more releases this year. Visit www.jazzcontinuum.com for more information.

Drummer Ronald Spagnardi of Cedar Grove, NJ, celebrated his 25-year anniversary as editor/publisher of Modern Drummer magazine. Spagnardi founded the popular magazine written exclusively for the drumming audience in 1977.

1967

Bob Shalue of Fairfield, CT, has worked as a pianist for MMM Productions for two years. He previously worked as an arranger for Warner Bros. Music in New York and as a correspondent for Variety.

 

Harvie S. '70
 

1970


Bassist Harvie S. (formerly Harvie Swartz) and his Latin-jazz fusion project Eye Contact have released the CD New Beginning featuring Michael Brecker and Ray Vega.Visit his website at http://harvies.com.

1971

Chuck Mymit of Forest Hills, NY, served as a guest conductor for the All-State Division IV High School Jazz Ensemble. The program consisted of compositions and arrangements by Mymit.

1972

For the past 12 years, Jeff Colella of Los Angeles, CA, has been musical director for singer Lou Rawls. In March, his trio (Trey Henry on bass and Kendall Kay on drums) did a live concert-broadcast for WICN at Mechanics Hall in Worcester, MA, and several other gigs in the Boston area.

1973

Pianist Kenny Werner of Watchung, NJ, did a duo tour with Toots Thielemans in honor of the harmonica player's 80th birthday.

1974

Ken Demaine of Rockport, MA, operates Cape Ann Gifts in Rockport. His daughter Krystal Demaine '00 recently opened North Shore Music Therapy Services in Rockport.

Drummer Jeffrey Meyer of New York City coproduced, wrote material, and played percussion for New Orleans singer and drummer Johnny Vidacovich's latest CD. Also featured on the disc are keyboardist/composer/coproducer Michael Pellera '76 and saxophonist Tony Dagradi '72.

Hammond B3 Organist Albert Weisman of New York City has played with Bo Diddley, Joe Jackson, and others. His new project is a B-3/drums drag-and-drop audio library titled Organisms. For more information visit www.bluesorgan.com.

Saxophonist Dennis Taylor of Nashville, TN, published a book and CD package entitled Blues Saxophone for Hal Leonard Corporation. The book features transcriptions and analysis of 18 blues artists.

Bill Gordon '75
 

1975

Pianist/composer Bill Gordon of Miami, FL, completed a European tour to support his recent album Out the Box. Four of the CD's cuts have been selected for inclusion in a film and TV shows. The disc is available at www.cdbaby.com/billgordon1.

Flutist Nika Rejto of Lafayette, CA, has released a new CD titled Midnight Kiss on her own Unika Record label. This summer she will marry Michael Cogan, owner of Bay Records and Recording Studios in Berkeley, CA.

1976

Keyboardist Allan Coletta of Bear, DE, released a CD titled Swamp Yankees in Paradise. Among the musicians playing Coletta's original songs are Allan's wife Rose on vocals and James Seabra '76 on drums, vibes, and marimba.

1978

Saxophonist Ken Field of Cambridge, MA, was commissioned by the Dog & Pony Theatre Company of New Orleans to write original music for their March production of the Tennessee Williams play Suddenly Last Summer. In May, Field performed alto-saxophone trio music for the company's production of Revolution: A Ballet on Wheels.

Tom Zicarelli of Bethel, ME, made a presentation in April on teaching music composition to nonmusicians at the National Music Technology Conference in Nashville. Zicarelli teaches music technology at Gould Academy in Bethel, ME.

Louis Lima '79
 

1979

Pianist Louis Lima of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, works extensively as a composer and performer live and in the studio. His latest project is with the Rio Jazz Orchestra. Lima recently enrolled in a local university to study business administration.

Jim Reiske of Kendallville, IN, is working as a sales engineer for Sweetwater Sound Inc. in Fort Wayne, IN.

Bassist Doug Wray of Fairfield, CT, played four- and five-string basses on songwriter Sloan Wainright's new CD The Song Inside. He has been with her band since 1995. Wray and his wife also had a son, James Vincent, on February 13.

 

Bruce Arnold '80
 

1980

Guitarist Bruce Arnold of New York City has released the CD Give 'Em Some with bassist Ratzo Harris and drummer Tony Moreno. Arnold showcases his jazz, classical, rock, blues, and funk influences on the CD's seven original works.

Guitarist/vocalist Ti Muntarbhorn of Bangkok, Thailand, performed in Thailand and India this spring with her band Dr. ka-Ti and the Brazilian Jazz. She received an arts grant for a month-long residency in Lisbon, Portugal, from Fundacao Oriente.

Guitarist Paul Nelson of Stamford, CT, performed the Queensryche song "Speak" on the United: Singing to the World CD. Nelson is among a cast of rock superstars on the new disc. All proceeds from the CD and DVD will benefit the Red Cross 9-11 relief efforts.

Anthony J. Resta of Westford, MA, produced Lucia Monizs's sophomore effort for the EMI label. The disc came out in February.

1981

Guitarist Stanley Munslow of Coventry, RI, reunited his prog-rock band Curio after a 14-year hiatus and released the CD Lacuna.

Saxophonist Scott Robinson of New York City won Down Beat magazine's critic's poll in the miscellaneous instrument category and was featured on the cover of the November issue of Jazz Journal International.

1982

On March 10, violinist/composer Benjamin Smeal of Green Bay, WI, premiered his Latin American-themed work Lenten Prelude for violin, viola, and organ at St. Norbert College. Smeal performs extensively and operates a teaching studio.

1983

Buddy Andrews of Jacksonville, FL, and his group the Modern Groove Experience released a CD titled Safe Haven and will soon release a second titled Close Acquaintances. Andrews wrote all of the material, played woodwinds and synthesizers, and handled production details for the CDs. The discs are available at www.members.tripod.com/budmusic/tmgepage1.htm.

Scott Hoffman of Tampa, FL, plays drums with the band O-Town of the TV show "Making the Band." The show, formerly on ABC, currently airs on MTV Saturdays at 9:00 p.m. Hoffman has also worked as a back-line tech for the Backstreet Boys and played drums for members of Bad Company and 38 Special.

1984

Steven Corn of West Hills, CA, formed a new-media consulting company for the music industry, Corn Music Services, Inc. (www.cornmusicservices.com). He is providing business development and content acquisition services to company's such as Universal Music Publishing Group, Encore Karaoke, Saban Capital Group, and others.

Drew Cremisio of Cincinnati, OH, conducted the Madison County Honor Band in a January concert at Camden High School in Camden, NY. Cremisio teaches at Northwest Local Schools and Northern Kentucky University.

Composer Joel Goodman of New York City wrote the music for the film Children Underground, which received an Academy Award nomination in the Best Feature Documentary category.

Jeff Horney completed his M.S. degree in education at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He currently works as an online learning facilitator at the Madison Metropolitan School District.

Singer/Pianist Barry Rocklin of Revere, MA, an entertainer for Royal Caribbean cruise ships, sailed on Enchantment of the Seas in April and will be aboard Explorer of the Seas July through September.

Robert Vosgien of Burbank, CA, is chief mastering engineer at Capitol Records in Hollywood. His latest projects include remastering Queen's A Night at the Opera and mastering Gutterflower by the Goo Goo Dolls, Eva Cassidy's Songbird, Walter Beasley's Rendez-Vous, Lee Ritenour's A Twist of Marley, and the latest discs by Poison and Motorhead.

1985

Classical guitarist Michael Nicolella of Seattle, WA, presented concerts this spring in St. Paul, MN, Providence, RI, New York City, Victoria, B.C., Canada, and Seattle playing contemporary works for classical and electric guitar. On June 29, Nicolella and the Seattle Creative Orchestra will premiere his guitar concerto. A CD of his performance of "Transit" by John Fitz Rogers was released in April. For more information, visit www.nicolella.com.

Jamshied Sharifi of New York City composed and conducted the score for the Paramount/Nickelodeon film Clockstoppers, which opened in theaters March 29. Miyuki Sakamoto '92 orchestrated the score and helped produce the recording sessions.

Saxophonist/composer Tommy Smith of Tillietudlem, Scotland, has released a new CD called Into Silence on his own Spartacus label. The disc features Smith's solo saxophone on medieval chants, folk songs, ballads and improvisations. Visit his website at www.spartacusrecords.com for more information.

1986

Singer/songwriter Jennifer Brunetti of New York, NY, released an album of her songs titled Mercyside for the Mi5 Recordings/Koch Progressive label. The musicians include guitarist Ted Mason (Modern English), bassist Muzz Skillings (Living Colour), and drummer Milan Meserich. For more information, visit www.Mi5recordings.com.

Bassist Larry Jackson of Woburn, MA, and his band Boscobel released their self-titled debut CD. Jackson's other band Eye2Eye, has also released three CDs and won Boston Music Awards in three consecutive years. Visit his website at www.upsiderecords.com.

1987

Saxophonist Gordon Beadle of Cambridge, MA, performed in Europe last fall with a blues review. Beadle was nominated for a W.C. Handy Award as blues horn player of the year and is featured on new CDs by Duke Robillard, Doug James, Jerry Portnoy, and others.

Pianist Satoko Fujii of Saitama, Japan, released the duo CD Clouds with trumpeter Natsuki Tamura. The disc, featuring six improvisations,was released by the Libra label.

Geoffrey Gee '87
 
Dow Brain '88 and Brad Young '88
 


Pianist Geoffrey Gee of Arlington, MA, recently composed the score for a 60-mnute dance performance at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Gee plays solo piano concerts frequently in the Boston area. His CDs are available through his website at www.geoffreygee.com.

Bassist Terje Gewelt of Oslo, Norway, and pianist Christian Jacob '86 of Ojai, CA, released the CD Duality. The disc features selections by Gewelt and Jacob along with standards, a folk song, and a piece by William Walton. Visit the website www.resonant-music.com for further information.

Bassist/producer Vince Leffler of Memphis, TN, engineered, produced and performed on the CDs Amazed and A Way to Your Heart by the Crossway Worship Band. Both are on the Memphis-based S.Y.S. Records label.

1988

Dow Brain and Brad Young, both of Waltham, MA, founded Underground Productions in 1990 and have had a string of successes writing and producing for various artists. They have worked with LFO, Joey McIntyre, Eden's Crush, Cyrena, Kim Fox, and Alsou, and on the just-released Fabu CD by Mulberry Lane.

Mark Brodin of Minneapolis, MN, produced the documentary Delafield, which aired nationally in May on PBS. The film deals with the challenges making farm life in rural America difficult, as symbolized by the closing of a 130-year-old community church in Delafield, MN.

Bassist Charlie Colin and keyboardist Rob Hotchkiss are members of the band Train. The group won a 2002 Grammy Award for Best Rock Song and contributed the song "Fall Out" to the soundtrack of the film We Were Soldiers.

Shawn Clement of Canyon Country, CA, has composed extensively for TV and movies. Television shows using his music include Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Police Videos, and Ally Mcbeal. His film credits include work on 2004: A Light Knight's Odyssey and A Fate Totally Worse than Death. Visit his website at www.clemistry.com.

Christopher Morford of Chicago, IL, composed and performed the original score for the feature film Drive By. Two films for which Morford composed music, Lana's Rain and Book of Swords, are due out later this year.

1989

Guitarist Kevin Ansell of West End, NJ, is a member of Highway 9. The band released its debut CD What in Samhill? for Epic Records in May.

Guitarist Robert Disner of Los Angeles, CA, played on the debut CD by Beth Thornsley. Rob Cairns '90, Beth's husband, produced the disc.

Singer Esther Haynes of Arlington, VA, was nominated for three Wammies (Washington Area Music Awards) in the traditional-jazz categories. Visit her website at www.hokummusic.com.

Drummer Steve Pemberton of Santa Clarita, CA, is busy in Los Angeles-area studios. Last year he played with the Boston Pops Orchestra conducted by John Williams and Keith Lockhart.

Singer/Songwriter, Kelly Riley of Chelsea, MA, won the top-five finalist prize in the 2001 Nashville Songwriters Association International Songwriting Contest for her song "Love Bug" from her Live and You Learn CD. For more information, visit www.kellyriley.net or nashvillesongwriters.com.

Vocalist Ava Tracht-Landman of Fort Lauderdale, FL, is a professional singer and voice teacher in the South Florida area and has performed with Jon Secada. Among her students are Latin entertainers Chayanne and Julio Iglesias Jr. Visit her website at www.learntosing.biz.

Composer Gernot Wolfgang of Los Angeles, CA, heard the Los Angeles Philharmonic's Chamber Music Society present the premiere of his piece Moods in Blue on March 4 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.

 

Kim Burgin '90
 
Chandler Hayes '90
 

1990

Guitarist Joy Basu of Burbank, CA, is finishing his second CD and working with Jessica Simpson, Jennifer Lopez, CoCo Lee, and Angie Stone. He has performed on Soul Train, The Tonight Show, and The Rosie O'Donnell Show. For more information, visit his website at www.joybasu.com.

Vocalist Kim Burgin of Inglewood, CA, released her debut gospel CD No Fear on Stile Records. Visit the website at www.stilerecords.com.

Chandler Hayes of Foothill Ranch, CA, released his debut CD entitled An Audience of One. Hayes composed, played all instruments, and sang on each of the selections. The CD is available through his website www.chandlerhayes.com.

Jim Lima of Salem, MA, is a senior software-quality-assurance engineer at Cakewalk, a manufacturer of music and sound-production software.

Drummer Kevin Rapillo of Nashville, TN, has been touring with songwriter Tom Hambridge '83 as well as Jason White, Jeff Finlin, Will Kimbrough, and Pat Buchanon.

Jennifer Rowe-Dixon of Venice, FL, a student at Florida State University College of Law, is a member of the Florida State University Law Review and won a book award for legal writing and research. She is focusing her studies on entertainment law.

Debra Salvucci-Adams of Nashville, TN, wrote and sang her song "Shooting Stars" for the television movie of the week On Music Row. It aired three times in March on the CMT network. Download an MP3 of it at www.mp3.com/debraadams.

Drummer H. Benjamin Schuman of Brooklyn, NY, and the Metta Quintet released Going to Meet the Man, a CD titled after the writings of James Baldwin. Schuman is joined on the CD by saxophonist Mark Turner '90, guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel '90, saxophonist Mark Gross '88. To learn about Schuman's Jazz Reach jazz education program, visit www.jazzreach.org.

1991

Composer Bill Brown of Hollywood, CA, has penned music for the films Any Given Sunday, Ali, and Finding Forrester and full scores for Scorcher and Trapped, and interactive media titles by authors Tom Clancy, Michael Crichton, Clive Barker, and others. Contact him at on the Web at www.billbrownmusic.com/.

Vocalist Eniko Konye Platteel of Holbrook, MA, teaches piano and voice in the Quincy and Braintree public schools.

1992

Yoichi Arakawa of Gardena, CA, has published over 40 guitar books. His latest is More Jazz Guitar Chords and Accompaniment from Six Strings Publishing. For information about Arakawa's work, visit www.sixstringsmusicpub.com.

Saxophonist Seamus Blake of New York City won first place and a $20,000 scholarship in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition.

Alto saxophonist Jaleel Shaw '00 of Peterson, NJ, was a finalist and won a $1,000 scholarship. Shaw went to Hong Kong in March with the Mingus Big Band.

Bassist Jason Langley of Brooklyn, NY, is touring with Grammy nominee Shemekia Copeland. He is featured on Copeland's third album for Alligator Records, which was produced by Dr. John.

Bassist Watts Shimmura of Largo, FL, is playing with a 10-piece band at Busch Gardens in Tampa and does other shows in the Tampa area.

1993

Marc D. Ensign of Brooklyn, NY, is founder of Sound-n-Vision Designs, a web design, multimedia, graphic design, web hosting, and distribution company for musicians and artists. His clients include Skitch Henderson and the New York Pops. Visit his website at www.snvdesigns.com.

Woodwinds player Matt Zebley of Calimesa, CA, has launched his website at www.mattzebley.com.

1994

Guitarist "Metal" Mike Chlasciak of North Arlington, NJ, played on the Black Sun CD by Primal Fear and completed his third solo CD with Cozy Powell, John West, Bobby Jarzombek, and Chris Cafferty. Visit Mike at www.planetshred.com.

Drummer Nathaniel Morton of Sherman Oaks, CA, is touring with A&M recording artist Vanessa Carlton in support of her debut CD Be Not Nobody.

1995

Singer/songwriter Jen Chapin of Brooklyn, NY, has released a duo CD titled Open Wide with acoustic bassist Stephan Crump in March. For more details on the disc and her performances, visit www.jenchapin.com.

Keyboardist Drew Dorsett of Sherman Oaks, CA, is touring with Darren Hayes, former singer for Savage Garden. He also toured with the show Love Makes Things Happen produced by Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds and David E. Talbert.

Ethan Eubanks of Brooklyn, NY, signed a publishing deal with Windswept Pacific. He also works as lead singer for Red Time (www.redtime.com), and plays drums on recording sessions. Eubanks's voice is featured on the new Sony PlayStation 2 video game Parappa the Rapper 2.

The Boston-based metal group Unwelcome Wagon includes bassist Chris Farrell '95, guitarists Jeff Miller '91 and Jeff Aach, and drummer Geoff Chase '90. They just completed a five-song EP which can be purchased at www.unwelcomewagon.com or at Amazon.com.

Saxophonist Phil Stöckli of Brooklyn, NY, toured Switzerland with a quartet featuring bassist Derek Nievergelt '97, drummer Sebastiaan deKrom '96, and pianist Chris Wiesendanger. They also played at the MIDEM 2002 conference in Cannes, France.

Keyboardist Tim Vine of London, England, has released an album with a singer under the band name Sherbert. Vine has toured with Terrence Trent d'Arby and worked with other artists such as Simply Red, Marlena Shaw, Bill Bruford, and others.

1996

Vibist and composer Oli Bott of Berlin, Germany, was commissioned to write a piece for the Jazz across the Border Festival 2001 in Berlin. He is releasing a recording of that work this fall. Visit his website at www.olibott.com.

Michael O. Drexler of New York received a Grammy nomination for mixing, mastering, and restoring Harry Belafonte's recording The Long Road to Freedom: An Anthology of Black Music.

Composer Vincent Gillioz of Los Angeles, CA, has scored a feature film titled Psychotic featuring Joe Estevez and Sam Jones. He is also assisting composer William Goldstein.

Guitarist/Composer Milton Mermikides of London, England, teaches at the Royal Academy of Music and at Colchester Institute and London's Centre for Young Musicians. He performs with a soul band and also with his wife Bridget in the Mermikides Classical Guitar Duo. Contact him at mmermikides@alumni.berklee.net

Composer Giacomo Biondi Morra of Maennedorf, Switzerland, released A Return to Ethernity with his group Sonyc-Byo-Hazard. The disc features pianist Vincent Bourgeyx '97 and vocalist Karin Lugmair.

Composer Will Richter of Hollywood, CA, has the composed scores for 21 television and independent feature films including The Zeros, Judgment Day: The Ellie Nesler Story, and Frost: Portrait of a Vampire which stars Gary Busey. Ritcher's latest project, Pendulum, is available on DVD from Artisan Entertainment.

Pianist/songwriter Stefynie Rosenfeld of Malden, MA, has released a CD titled No Second Time Around. Featured musicians include guitarist Rob Carlson '96, bassist Justin Kolack '99, and drummer Ted Millen. Visit Stefynie on the web at www.cdbaby.com/stefynierosenfeld.

Megan Gass-Wendell and Mason Wendell '97 operate Canary Promotion+Design, offering graphic design services for Web and print media as well as publicity services for independent bands, solo artists, record labels, and magazines. For more information, visit www.canarypromo.com.

1997

Brad Bietry of Winter Springs, FL, is the musical director and keyboardist for gospel singer Ron Kenoly. A renowned worship leader, Ron Kenoly has recorded nine albums.

The Los Angeles-based trio Outside Pedestrian, featuring guitarist/composer Anthony Fesmire '97, bassist/composer David Lockeretz '98 and drummer David Kontesz, released their second CD Sunless City. Guest saxophonist Matt Zebley '93 also played on the CD.

Drummer Steve Hass of Astoria, NY, has been on tour with Manhattan Transfer since April. He has played on CDs by Manhattan Transfer, Ravi Coltrane, and Manhattan Vibes.

Singer Tami Machnai of Jamaica Plain, MA (originally from Israel), was featured in the annual Rozenshine-Bernstein concert in Massachusetts. She is working on a CD of Sephardic arabesques based on her live show of the same name. Her electronic press kit can be found at www.soncicbids.com.

Vibist Christos Rafalides '97 of New York City, drummer Steve Hass '98, and bassist John Benitez compose the trio Manhattan Vibes. The group recently released a self-titled CD that features trumpeter Randy Brecker. You can visit the band's website at www.manhattanvibes.com.

Karyadi Sutedja '97 of Braintree, MA, chief engineer for studio Bopnique Musique in North Chelmsford, MA, was awarded a gold record for engineering Collective Soul's latest release Blender. He has also worked with Shawn Mullins, Megadeth, Guster, and others.

1998

Guitarist Neal Adams of Costa Mesa, CA, leads a jazz group in the Los Angeles area playing his original compositions with bassist Dominik Hauser and drummer Steve Sykes.

Gail McArthur of Malden, MA, married Baron Browne '78, a bassist who has toured with many jazz-fusion greats including Billy Cobham, Steps Ahead, Jean-Luc Ponty, and others.

1999

Panflute player Damian Draghici was featured in a 90-minute concert from his native Romania that aired on PBS stations nationally.

Sean McGowan '99
 
Natasha Bishop '00 (left) of W.F. Leopold Management and Melissa Etheridge '80
 
LaNiece McKay '00
 
Jason Smith '00
 


Guitarist Sean McGowan of Rockport, ME, has released River Coffee, his debut fingerstyle guitar album. The disc was one of three winners in this year's Homegrown CD contest by Acoustic Guitar magazine. McGowan is profiled in the July '02 issue of the magazine.

Patricia Zarate of Santiago, Chile, was named an Alberto Vilar Global Fellow in Performing Arts by New York University (NYU). The prize will fund Zarate's jazz studies at NYU for two years.

 

2000

Natasha Bishop of Burbank, CA, works at W.F. Leopold Management whose clients include Melissa Etheridge, Meredith Brooks, Dave Koz, David Lanz, and Jeremy Toback. Bishop personally manages Kristin Cifelli '98 and Daniel Barrett '94.

Saxophonist Bob Reynolds of Astoria, NY, played on seven tracks of a project produced by Don Grusin and Sam Purkin '88. He also played in Spain with the Jonah Smith Band..

Ariel Soudak of Tarzana, CA, founded Galaris Independent Music, a website and newsletter offering musicians legal advice and tips on health, practicing, music technology, and more. See www.galaris.com for information.

Vocalist La Niece McKay '00 and bassist Jason Smith '00 both of Los Angeles, CA, are members of the reggae band Caribbean Pulse. The group released the CD Stand Up with the song "Dry Your Eyes,"which was a hit in Jamaica last winter. Visit the band's website at www.caribbeanpulse.com.

2001

Juno Kang of Paris, France, Kasson Crooker '95 of Belmont, MA, and Chris Child '95 of Boston, created the music and sound design for the PlayStation 2 game FreQuency.

Darcie-Nicole Wicknick of Cambridge, MA, has launched Ask Darcie, a music business advisory and administrative services firm. The company's website is http://home.talkcity.com/arpeggioav/askdarcie.