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1965

Drummer Albert Buffone Jr. of Yonkers, NY, recently marked 35 years as a performer and drum teacher.

1971

Chuck Mymit of Forest Hills, NY, recently had two of his compositions premiered by the Five Towns College Chorus and Five Towns College Concert Band. A biographical entry on Mymit is included in the latest edition of the Marquis publication Who's Who in America.

1973

Keyboardist John Novello of North Hollywood, CA, has released his new CD titled Time Crunch for the Magna Carta label. The disc features his trio Niacin with Novello on Hammond B-3 organ, Billy Sheehan on bass, and Dennis Chambers on drums.

1974



Ken Hatfield '74

Photo by Will Sherratt

Gutarist Ken Hatfield of Astoria, NY, has released a new CD titled Phoenix Rising. He is joined by trumpeter Claudio Roditi '74, saxophonist Billy Drewes '74, and bassist Hans Glawischnig '92, and other musicians on the disc's 10 tracks. Visit www.kenhatfield.com for more information.

Saxophonist and flutist Bob Zung of Tokyo, Japan, released Nice to Meet Me, his first CD as a leader. Kinuko Usui '91 plays piano and coproduced the CD. Visit Zung's website at www.bobzung.com.

1975

Alfred O. Guzman Jr. of Las Vegas, NV, has been drummer for the Legends in Concert show at the Imperial Palace Hotel in Las Vegas for the past three years.

1979

Composer/pianist Misha Segal of Woodland Hills, CA, has been touring and performing at hospitals and health organizations to buoy the spirits of cancer patients. In memory of his mother who died in 2001, Segal is performing his work "Female," which inspired his mother in her battle with cancer.



George Correia '79

Drummer George Correia of Warren, RI, has been touring and recording with the band Steve Smith & the Nakeds. He has also played percussion on recordings by Peter Wolf, songwriters Jennifer Minuto and Rick Mancini, and Joey McIntyre. Correia is also a drum teacher in Rhode Island.

James Gentry of Redlands, CA, has released his second CD, which is titled She for Whom the Sun Does Shine. The disc is a follow-up to his Nica's Dream CD. Visit www.jgquintet.com to learn more.

Drummer Osami Mizuno of Tokyo, Japan, recently hosted a drum clinic at his school with Prince's drummer John Blackwell '95. Mizuno continues to play with bassist Kiyoto Fujiwara '72 and saxophonist Yoshiaki Malta '73 who first met at Berklee 25 years ago. Mizuno's Alan Dawson Drum Method Volume I is in its third printing.

Latin percussionist Bobby Sanabria of Bronx, NY, released Bobby Sanabria & ÁQuarteto Ach! last October for the Khaeon World Music label. His group recently played at the Dominican Republic Jazz Festival, opening for Chuck Mangione. Sanabria was also a consultant for and contributor to the traveling Smithsonian exhibit Latin Jazz: la Combinaci—n Perfecta.

1980

Guitarist Paul Nelson '80 of Stamford, CT, is featured on the Jason Becker Tribute Volume II CD, the United We All Come Together CD and DVD, and Terry Templeton's CD Spark. In January he played dates with guitar legend Johnny Winter.

Drummer Bill Spoke of Hollywood, CA, is continuing to play in Los Angeles jazz clubs and do recording sessions in the Los Angeles area. Visit his site at www.mccmusic.com/billspoke.htm.

1981



Hilary Noble '81

Photo by Susan Wilson

Saxophonist Hilary Noble of Boston, MA, has released Noble Savage on the Whaling City Sound label. The disc features percussionist Bobby Sanabria '79, saxophonist Charles Neville, and pianist John DiMartino. Visit www.hilarynoble.com for more information.

1982

Luis Disla of Bronx, NY, produced, arranged, and played saxophone for the hit Latin songs "El Dolor de tu Presencia" by Jennifer Pe–a and "Si No Estas" by Area 305.

Guitarist Doug Jackson of Mission Viejo, CA, has been touring extensively with the 1980s hit makers Ambrosia and played on their latest CD Live at the Galaxy. He also has done TV dates, studio sessions, and gigs with such artists as Dave Mason, Al Stewart, Gary Wright, Edgar Winter, Marie Osmond, Iron Butterfly, Bryan Duncan, and Dweezil Zappa, to name a few.

1983

Don Carolan of Sudbury, MA, is an audio and electrical engineer who heads his own consulting business. He continues to produce music and do sound-studio and equipment design for commercial, educational, and live-performance applications.

Saxophonist Lance Bryant of Chatham, NY, has released his debut CD, Psalm, featuring Bryant as the composer, arranger, and soloist. He has played for the Broadway musical Swing!, and with such with jazz artists as Jon Hendricks, Abdullah Ibrahim, Wallace Roney, and Carla Cook. Bryant and his wife, Brigette (Beech) Bryant '84, have a son and a daughter.

Composer Chris Purcell of Lemoyne, PA, won a music award from Unda-USA, the National Catholic Association for Communicators, for the video Great Expectations. Purcell is part owner of C&C Music Company and is promoting Into the Desert, a new music theater work.

Saxophonist Ben Schachter of Philadelphia, PA, and his group Trio of Many released two CDs, Inside Looking Out and The Missing Beloved on Ben-Jam Music. On the latter, the trio is augmented by Gary Bartz (saxophone), Tim Hagans (trumpet), and Jef Lee Johnson (guitar).

1984

Drummer Larry Franquez of Mangilao, Guam, has been playing with well known jazz musicians in Japan and Guam, and he hosted his sixth annual drum clinic in Guam.

Composer Eddie Horst of Atlanta, GA, wrote the score for a two-hour special about the September 11 tragedy for CNN entitled America Remembers. He has also been writing humorous pieces for the Cartoon Network. His website is www.eddiehorstmusic.com.

Composer Haruno (Shitara) Kira of Chiba, Japan, has released Breath, a CD of her compositions for shakuhachi flute, percussion, and piano. Hear selections at www.cdbaby.com/harunokira.

Producer/composer Michael Nickolas of Marlborough, MA, has licensed his song "What Do You Call Love?" for an upcoming episode of Soul Food (Showtime).

1985

Singer/pianist Barry Rocklin played during December 2002 and January 2003 at Soprano's Piano Bar, in Maho, Dutch St. Maarten. In March and April he will play in Malm, Sweden, and Sandefjord, Norway.

1987

Saxophonist Gordon Beadle '87 of Cambridge, MA, is featured on the latest release by organ great Jimmy McGriff called McGriff Avenue. Beadle led a band with guitarist Leo Boni '87, on tour in Italy.

Saxophonist Scott Brubaker of Minneapolis, MN, has released the double CD set titled Summertime with a jazz quartet, recorded live during National Night Out crime prevention night. He also completed a studio project featuring jazz standards and an original.

Guitarist Mordy Ferber of New York City has been playing with such musicians as Billy Hart, Dave Liebman, and Larry Coryell, and has recorded a new CD with Peter Erskin, Michael Brecker, and Eddie Gomez. Visit his website at www.mordyferber.com.

Pianist Satoko Fujii of Saitama, Japan, released a jazz trio CD titled Bell the Cat! Featured on the recording are Jim Black '90 (drums) and Mark Dresser (bass). Matt Kaslow of Brooklyn, NY, is working as music director and guitarist for singer Laura Branigan.

Stephen Ward of Astoria, NY, completed his master's degree in music technology at New York University. He is the associate director of the Music Industry and Technology Department at Mercy College in White Plains, NY.

1988

Dave DeMarco of Baltimore, MD, plays bass with Rebel Amish Radio (Garageband Records) and several other bands. He has appeared on several CDs including the instructional CD Turn It Up and Lay It Down, Vol. II along with bassists T.M. Stevens and Chuck Bergeron. Visit www.davedemarco.com for more information.

Drummer Izzy Kieffer of Brooklyn, NY, and his group Reality Shock have released their debut CD, There's a Voice. The disc features 13 original songs. Visit www.realityshock.org for more information.



Ingrid Jensen '89

Photo by Baine Stanley

Keyboardist/arranger Mauricio Marques of Sao Paulo, Brazil, worked on the Vera Cruz Island CD by drummer Vera Figueiredo. It features Mike Stern '75, Dave Weckl, Dennis Chambers, and others.

1989

Trumpeter Ingrid Jensen of Astoria, NY, has released a new CD titled Now As Then with her group Project O (featuring saxophonist Seamus Blake '92). The band recently completed a sold-out tour of the Pacific Northwest.

Scott Sheriff of Nashville, TN, has been touring as bandleader and keyboardist for Sparrow recording artist Steven Curtis Chapman. He also sang background vocals on Chapman's Speechless, Declaration, and True Love CDs.



Ava Tracht Landman '89

Ava Tracht Landman has released an interactive vocal instructional CD entitled Learn to Sing Like a Star. The disc features a variety of vocal exercises and examples to prepare singers for professional performance. It can be found at www.cdstreet.com or on her website www.learntosing.biz.

1990

Pianist Ferdinando Argenti of Methuen, MA, has launched a new website at www.interjazz.com/argenti.

Songwriter [munk], formerly known as Michael Ciano of Hyde Park, MA, is releasing his second CD, titled Severed, on his own Waxboy label. His music has been featured in the television shows Charmed and One Life to Live and in various ads. [munk] performed for the 2002 Boston Phoenix Best Music Poll and the 2002 WBCN Rock 'n' Roll Rumble. Visit his website at www.waxboy.com.

Jennifer Rowe-Dixon of Tallahasse, FL, a student at Florida State University College of Law, was named outstanding appellate advocate in the Moot Court Final Four Competition presented before the Florida Supreme Court.

1991



Mindi Abair '91

Photo by Rocky Schenck

Saxophonist/vocalist/composer Mindi Abair of Hollywood, CA, released her debut CD, It Just Happens That Way, for the Verve label in February. Among the backing musicians are bassist John Taylor, drummer Steve Ferrone, and guitarists Peter White, Marc Antoine, and Jeff Golub '78.

Guitarist/singer/songwriter Geoff Pearlman of Sherman Oaks, CA, released Anything at All on the Easy Walker label. Visit his site at www.geoffpearlman.com for more information.

Drummer Ray Santovasi of Waterbury, CT, is working live and in the studio with the bands Wellspeak and FourPeace. He endorses drum products by several companies. Contact him at raymon@cttel.net.

Guitarist/vocalist Oliver Steller of Frechen, Germany, has released his latest CD, Das Verschwinden der Ferne, for the Naxos label. He recently did 60 concerts throughout Germany to support the album. Visit www.oliversteller.de.



Cathy Walker '91

Singer/songwriter Cathy Walker of Tewksbury, MA, has released her debut CD, Joshua. The disc features Walker singing and playing guitar with backing from the band That's That on the disc's 12 original pop/rock songs.

1992

Bassist Ivan Bodley of Brooklyn, NY, played on the soundtrack to the forthcoming movie North Fork starring Nick Nolte and Daryl Hannah. Bodley is heard on the end-title theme.

Roger Fearing of Woodland Hills, CA, and his wife, Tammy (Hostler) '93, are working at Paramount Pictures. They also have started making and selling custom wooden guitar knobs. Visit the website at www.thgknobs.com for more information.

1993

Woodwind player Sergio Alvares of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, was recently appointed coordinator of music at Universidade Federal do Espirito Santo in Brazil. Alvares has performed with the New World Symphony, Florida Grand Opera, NARAS, and Sony Music of Taiwan, and has presented workshops and articles at jazz festivals and music-education organizations.

Anne Marie David of Needham, MA, released her third solo piano CD, titled Here I Am Lord. Augsburg Fortress has published the piano scores from the album. For more information and to hear selections, visit her website at www.arrhaepress.com.

Pianist Mika Pohjola of New York City teamed up with vocalist Johanna Grssner '96 to produce Moomin Voices. The disc features songs by Erna Tauro based on Scandinavian stories by Tove Jansson and is available through www.cdbaby.com.

Tristana Ward of Venice, CA, founded Celluloid Jukebox, a music supervision and clearance company for film music. She is working on the film Saved starring Jena Malone, Mandy Moore, and Macaulay Culkin, which will released in the summer of 2003 by United Artists.

1994

Songwriter Dee Adams of Rochester, NY, was named grand prize winner of the Songs Inspired by Literature competition. Her song "Pennsylvania" will appear on a compilation CD with tunes by David Bowie, Roseanne Cash, Steve Earle, and others. Visit www.deeadams.com to hear the song.

Tim Bruhns, Tony Porter '99, Nate Duprey '99, Darcie-Nicole Wicknick '01, Opal Leung '01, and current Berklee students Jamie Rattner and PohGek Tay, all of the Boston area, operate Blink Music, a production studio in Cambridge, MA. The studio has produced interactive scores for video games and recording projects for a wide variety of artists. To learn more, visit www.blinkmusic.com.

Guitarist "Metal" Mike Chlasciak of North Arlington, NJ, is pictured on the 2003 D'Addario Strings calendar for the month of March. Jackson guitars has produced a "Metal" Mike Preferred Artist's Choice signature model instrument. Chlasciak was also a guest soloist on the new CD by singer John West, and appears in the upcoming Halford video Betrayal. Visit his site at www.planetshred.com.

Vocalist Jose Conde of Brooklyn, NY, and his Cuban-music group Jose Conde y su Ola Fresca recently opened for Angelique Kidjo and Bob Dylan in Aspen, CO. The group plays at the jazz club Iridium every other Thursday.

Pianist Cornelius Claudio Kreusch of New York City has produced five albums on his own Black Mud Sound label. After the release of his latest disc, Live! At Steinway Hall, he did a series of international solo concerts. He also did a 20-city tour with his band Fo Doumb.

Adam Kummins of Hollywood, CA, works for E! Entertainment Televison in business affairs managing copyrights and trademarks. He also is performing his own material in Los Angeles. Visit his website at www.88keys.org.

Michael Molloy of Cape Coral, FL, is head of the Audio Department at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall in Fort Meyers, FL. He is also doing film scoring and commercial music at Anthony Andriani Music, Inc., his own music-production facility.

Vocalist Chiara Civello of New York City has signed with Verve Records and will record her debut CD for the label this spring.

1995

Guitarist Roland Gebhardt of Neunkirchen, Germany, and his band Ro Gebhardt's Intercontinental toured in Germany during October and November 2002. His band featured Harvie S '70 (bass), Pierre-Alain Goualch (piano), and Roland Hppner (drums). Visit Gebhardt's site at www.rogebhardt.de.

Taku Hirano of Atlanta, GA, has been playing percussion with LeAnn Rimes and Lionel Richie, and he played on the Biker Boyz movie soundtrack.

Singer/songwriter Tonya Miller of Cambridge, MA, released Keyhole, her debut CD, featuring seven of her songs. Visit her website at www.tonyamiller.net.

Maggie Perrotta of Ridgefield Park, NJ, has signed the band Roadtrippers (featuring singer Dee Adams '94, and drummer Mike Krajewski '85) to her music services company Sage Productions. Visit www.sageproductions.net for more info.

Former Berklee trustee Pamela Roller of Nashville, TN, and her husband, Jim, had a daughter Katherine Elaine Roller, on August 22, 2002.

Bassist James Rosocha of Manville, NJ, recently performed with Phish leader Trey Anastasio at Tribecca Blues in New York City. His group B.D. Lenz Jazz Quartet recorded a third CD, which features Randy Brecker and Richie Cannata. Visit www.bdlenz.com for more information.

Composer/keyboardist Caroline Wegener of Berlin, Germany, has launched her website to give news of her CD releases, gigs, and press quotes. Visit the site at www.jazzpages.com/CarolineWegener.

1996

Composer Laura Andel of New York City premiered Sonambulist, a 50-minute work for 14 musicians at the Fifth Argentina-Brazil Music Festival of New York in October 2002. Visit her site at www.lauraandel.com/lao.html.

Composer/vibist Oli Bott of Berlin, Germany, presented his work Dialogues on Identity for a 12-piece group at the Jazz Across the Border Festival in Berlin. The live broadcast will appear on a CD released on Bott's label. Visit www.olibott.com for more information.

Vocalist Deana DellaCioppa of Cliffside Park, NJ, was awarded an r&b grant from the ASCAP Foundation and the Heineken Music Initiative. The $3,500 grant was created to assist emerging r&b songwriters establish their careers.

Vincent Gillioz was recommended by Golden Globe nominee Christopher Young for the 2002 Sundance Institute Composers Lab. He recently scored the independent feature Scarecrow, as well as Sonata, his fourth feature of 2002.

Songwriters Teddy Goldstein of New York, Adeniyi Adelekan '99 of New York, and Christiane Jade Karam '03 of Boston, all won honorable-mention awards in the recent USA Songwriting Competition. Katherine Farnham '96 of Florida was a semifinalist.

Drummer Steve Hass of Astoria, NY, has been touring with the Manhattan Transfer, Suzanne Vega, and Gabriella Anders.

Singer/songwriter Boris Perovic of New York City has been producing records and has released three German singles under the stage names Metasonica and Teutonica, fusing symphonic, electronic, and ethnic styles. Please visit www.borisberlin.com.

Adrian Hernandez of Watertown, MA, owns Clear Perceptions Studios in Boston and served as an editor and premastering engineer on the Corporate America CD by the famed rock group Boston. Hernandez also wrote original music and produced a soundtrack in surround sound for a major convention presentation by the DaimlerChrysler Company.

Songwriter/pianist Monica Larson of Chelmsford, MA, released a recording her piano solos entitled Silent Voices. She is now working on a second disc. Visit her website at www.acinommusic.com.

Composer Will Richter of Hollywood, CA, wrote music for the new NBC series Livin' Large starring Carmen Electra.

The second CD, Damned If You Do, Damned If You Don't, by songwriter Assaf Seewi of London, England, won a contest in the October issue of the European magazine Sound on Sound. Visit his website at www.theamazingassaf.com for more information about his career.

Drummer Todd Waetzig of Las Vegas, NV, has been a drummer with the Blue Man Group (BMG) since the show opened at the Luxor Las Vegas Hotel in March 2000. Last summer he played with the BMG touring company that featured Moby and David Bowie.

1997

Keyboardist James Auburn (Tootle) of Boston, MA, and his group Luv Jones participated in a concert at House of Blues in Cambridge to benefit the September 11 Victim Relief Fund. Visit the website www.luvjones.com for more information on the group.

Dancer and musician CeyJay Jumao of Boston, MA, released his debut CD, titled Bittersweet Morsels, featuring Carl Barc '97 (bass), Jon Berkowitz '97 (drums), and Scott Collins '93 (guitar). Jumao is writing a song for a show by the Rainbow Tribe Dance Company and had a role in the independent film Passionada.

Drummer Marc Gratama of Chicago, IL, released a new CD titled Set it Off with his r&b/soul band Starcandy. Visit www.starcandy.net for more on the band.

Paul C. Hoenigschnabl relocated from Los Angeles to Hartberg, Austria, where he opened pchstudios, a publishing company, and record label. In addition to signing Austrian artists, the studio does audio for commercials, CD-ROMs, and websites. Contact them at pch@pchstudios.com.

Singer /songwriter Jennifer Hope '97 of Newhall, CA, released her second CD, Reflections of an Enchanted Soul, on her Mystic Dreams label. Visit her website at www.jenniferhope.com for more information on her career.



Danita Ng '97

Singer/actress Tsidii Le Loka of New York City appeared with Phyllis Newman and Lea DeLaria in The Vagina Monologues last fall at Manhattan's West Side Theatre.

Guitarist Steve Mazur of Port Huron, MI, joined the top-selling Canadian modern rock band Our Lady Peace last April. They recently completed a European tour and will tour the United States and Canada this year supporting their fifth CD, Gravity. Visit www.ourladypeace.net for more information.

Danita Ng and Jason Poss of New York City composed music for the theatrical trailer to Jean-Luc Godard's film In Praise of Love (Eloge de l'amour), and worked for Howard Shore on the soundtrack to the film The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.



Jason Poss '97

1998

Pianist/composer Alberto Bonacasa of Milan, Italy, plays with CeCe Rogers & Nuphunk, led by New Yorkbased singer CeCe Rogers. The band has played several times at Austrian jazz and rock festivals. For more on the group, visit www.usb-records.com.

Pianist/composer Zack Ferris of San Francisco, CA, has composed in a variety of styles and has backed up artists such as Sonny Lewis and Ledsi. He has just released a new CD, which is titled Chasing the Cheetah. Go to www.sonomajazz.com to hear selections.

Vocalist Wendy Roy of Boston, MA, participated in a 9-11 benefit at Madison Square Garden hosted by Steve Buscemi. Her music was also featured in a Kristie Yamaguchi special that aired on NBC December 22. Visit her website at www.wendysings.com.



Wendy Roy '98

Photo by Javier Palenque

1999

Drummer Sean Noonan of North Easton, MA, and his progressive jazz group the Hub (featuring Dan Magay '95, saxophone) have been touring extensively in Europe and will play in Japan and America this year. The group's third CD, Trucker, has garnered positive reviews.

Guitarist Chris Zahnleiter '99 of Cambridge, MA, toured southern Germany with his jazz band The Chris Zahnleiter Group with Ben Zwerin '97 on bass and Jamie Chan '99 on drums. Zahnleiter also teaches guitar in Westborough, MA. Visit his website at www.chriszahnleiter.com.

2000



Zack Ferris '98

Singer/pianist Aruna Abrams of Hollywood, CA, recently signed a management contract with Blue Metallic Entertainment Group and is making her debut recording.

The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra performed composer Ariel Blumenthal's piece Rabin on October 9, 2002. The work, which won the Chicago Symphony Orchestra composition competition for 2001, received rave reviews in the Israeli newspapers.

Violinist Kip Jones of Duluth, MN, embarked on a year-long motorcycle trip and solo violin tour, playing various venues across the country.

Vocalist Julie Mahendran of Toronto, Canada, has produced a four-song CD titled All of Me. She also has a website at www.juliemahendran.com that posts her bio, reviews, and upcoming gigs.

2001

Composer H. Scott Salinas of Philadelphia, PA, won the grand prize in the Turner Classic Movies Third Annual Young Film Composers Competition. He created a new score for the restored silent film Laugh, Clown, Laugh (1928) starring Lon Chaney. Salinas recorded his score with a Los Angeles orchestra in November at the Todd-AO scoring stage on the CBS studio lot. The film aired in the fall. Visit his website at www.salinasmusic.com.

Drummer Josh Trager of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, has been touring with Frank Marino and Mahogany Rush and appears on the group's forthcoming live CD. He recently returned from playing with Marino, Jack Bruce, Glenn Hughes, and Uli Roth for the Legends of Rock UK tour.

Darcie-Nicole Wicknick of Boston, MA, has a new website for her music-business-consulting company. Visit her website at www.askdarcie.com to learn more.



Christine Fawson '02

2002

Percussionist/arranger Ana Norgaard of Boston, MA, founded Flava Productions and is the director of the Flava Orchestra. She also teaches at Shady Hill School in Cambridge, MA.

Composer Sam Bird of North Hollywood, CA, was commissioned to write a 40-minute dance score for the Than Dao Dance Company. The work premiered in September 2002 and received great reviews in the New York Times.

Trumpeter/vocalist Christine Fawson of Boston, MA, completed her debut CD, Happy Talk. Professor Phil Wilson penned the arrangements and produced it. Visit www.christinefawson.com for more information.