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1970s  -  1980s  -  1990s  -  2000s

1972

Guitarist/vocalist Maurice Richard Libby of Moose Jaw, SK, Canada, released his first solo CD, Homemade, for Desmond and Hodi Records. The music ranges from country blues to hip-hop.

1973

Composer and vibraharpist Bobby Vince Paunetto of Bronx, NY, has reissued his Commit to Memory CD. The disc features vintage performances by bassists Mike Richmond and Abe Laboriel, guitarist John Scofield, trumpeter Tom Harrell, and saxophonists Ronnie Cuber and Billy Drewes. Visit www.rsvpjazzrecords.com.

Keyboardist/songwriter B. J. Snowden of Billerica, MA, was the subject of a two-part BBC film. She was also profiled on the Boston TV magazine Chronicle in May. Additionally, Snowden opened for the B-52's in Brockton, MA, and played at the Montreal Pop Festival.

1974

Composer/saxophonist Remy Filipovitch of Essen, Germany, released a CD titled Go! with the Zbigniew Namyslowski-Remy Filipovitch Quintet. It features music by both leaders. Visit www.martinbuntrock.de.

Songwriter Ruth (Rosen) Greenwood of Princeton, NJ, had four of her songs place in the top 15 of the Nashville-based Tunesmith Songwriting Seminar contest.

Keyboardist Jon Hammond of New York City has released a new CD titled Hammond's Bolero. Visit www.cdbaby.com/hammond. This summer, Hammond toured Russia with saxophonist Igor Butman '89.

1976

Rick Fortenberry of East Dennis, MA, opened Motion Pictures Guitar, a teaching studio to prepare guitarists to enter Berklee.

Trombonist/composer Nick Lane of Sherman Oaks, CA, released the CD Smile & Nod under the group name Alias Smith & Lane. It features Greg Smith (baritone sax), Red Young (keyboards), Tom Warrington (bass), and James Gadson (drums). Visit www.strokeland.com.

John Sompayrac of Cambridge, MA, received his bachelor's degree in social sciences from Harvard University Extension School in June.

Christopher Waterman
 

Christopher Waterman of Topanga, CA, was named dean of the School of the Arts and Architecture at UCLA in June. He has written books about African culture and popular music and as a bassist he has performed with a diverse roster of artists.

1977

Guitarist Jerry Beaudoin of Waltham, MA, plays on a new release by fellow guitarist J. Geils titled J. Geils Plays Jazz! Beaudoin also played with guitarist Howard Alden on a CD titled Jazz Guitar for the New Millennium: Volume Two.

1978

Classical guitarist William Tiger Fitzhugh of Nashville, TN, teaches at two Nashville-area colleges. He has toured the United States. extensively with acts ranging from Alan Jackson to the Nashville Symphony Orchestra.

1979

Trumpeter Jonathan Lax of Summit, NJ, performed works by G.F. Handel at a recital at City College of New York, and led the Mirandola Consort at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire in Mount Hope, PA. He is a high-school band director in Bayonne, NJ.

Bassist Douglas Wry of Fairfield, CT, plays with singer/songwriter Sloan Wainwright on her new CD Cool Morning.

 

1980

Producer Anthony Resta of Westford, MA, produced Grains of Sand, the debut CD by singer/songwriter Tony Roberts. He also produced an EP by the band i.

Drummer David Young of Decatur, GA, played on the new Christian CD Messiah's Voice of Praise by The MVP's on the LCM record label. Visit www.cutelittlechurch.com. He also appeared on the television program Atlanta Jazz and Blues with various blues artists. He is studying special education at the University of Georgia.

1981

Pianist Harry Miller of Paterson, NJ, has released a CD titled Jazz Beauty on his own Inner Ear label. Miller recently completed a seven-month tour with the Maynard Ferguson Band.

Guitarist James Robo of Bremerton, WA, has been appointed assistant director of the Navy Band Northwest in Silverdale, WA. He was previously a guitarist and operations coordinator for the Navy Band Southwest in San Diego, CA.

1982

Trumpeter Mark Buselli of Indianapolis, IN, is cofounder of the Buselli/Wallarab Jazz Orchestra. Visit www.bwjo.org.

1983

Emiel van Egdom of Amherst, NY, has undertaken six CD projects as a guitarist, composer, arranger, or producer. He is planning tours of Europe, Russia, and America.

Bassist Gabriel Espinosa of Pella, IA, is a professor of jazz at Central College in Pella. His Latin-jazz group Ashanti has released the CD Ashanti Sin Fronteras.

Trumpeter Ritchee Price of Riverside, RI, has released a CD titled Make a Difference and is planning a live big band release next. Price is the band director at the Portsmouth Middle School in Portsmouth, RI.

Steve Thomas
 
Cyrus Chestnut
 

Guitarist/composer Steve Thomas of Stow, MA, has released a new CD titled The Jaz-Mobi Project. The disc features 11 of Thomas's original instrumentals. Visit www.atwoodmedia.com.

1984

Drummer Chris DeRosa of New York City performed with alternative singer Jenn London as part of the Armed Forces entertainments in the Middle East. DeRosa was pictured in the May/June issue of DRUM! Magazine.

1985

Pianist Cyrus Chestnut of Bronx, NY, has released a new CD for the Warner Bros. label titled You Are My Sunshine. The disc features hymns, gospel tunes, standards and five originals by Chestnut.

Pianist Werner "Vana" Gierig of Munich, Germany, released the CD A New Day. The disc features guest artist Regina Carter. Visit www.vanamusic.com.

Guitarist Jim "Wizard" Keys of Eddystone, PA, and his band Reverse Reality released their self-titled debut CD. The band has gotten extensive college radio play and reached number two on MP3.com in the Philadelphia area. Visit www.reverserealityrocks.com.

1986

Producer Charles Carlini organized a jazz bash August 11 at the Blue Note in Greenwich Village to honor Hank Jones. Among the luminaries were Marian McPartland, Oscar Peterson, Monty Alexander, James Williams, Kenny Barron, Barry Harris, Lewis Nash, Ben Riley, Roy Haynes, Jimmy Heath, George Coleman, Russell Malone, Rufus Reid, George Mraz, Clark Terry, Freddie Cole, and Jon Faddis.

Pianist/songwriter David Chaump of West Pittston, PA, released a CD titled New Day featuring his pop songs and instrumentals. Visit www.davechaump.com. Chaump also teaches choral music for the Susquehanna Community School District.

Composer and guitarist Chris Florio of Roslindale, MA, released an artist sampler on his web-based label Passion Records. In addition to tracks by Florio, the disc features Rodney Smith '80, Kevin Cobb '80, Kathy Sheppard '81, Jon Keezing '82, Valerie Vogoda '87, and faculty members Mimi Rabson, Melissa Howe, and Peter Cokkinias. Visit www.passionrecords.com.

Recording engineer Michael White is a former staff engineer at Right Track and Electric Lady Studios in New York, where he worked with Whitney Houston, Bobby Brown, Lloyd Cole, James Taylor, Lisa Loeb, Deee-Lite, Marcus Miller, David Sanborn, and David Byrne.

1987

Saxophonist Andrew Clark of Bradford, MA, released his second CD, Jaywalking, on Papasax Records. He was named male artist of the year and his song "Cut Off" was voted song of the year in the 2003 Jam Music Magazine readers' poll. Visit www.andrewclark.us.

Guitarist Mordy Ferber of New York City has released the CD Being There with Peter Erskine, Michael Brecker, Eddie Gomez, Will Lee, and Tiger Okoshi. His film and TV writing credits include a recent HBO movie titled The Guilty. Visit www.mordyferber.com.

Pianist/composer Satoko Fuji of Sayama, Japan, released Before the Dawn, a live recording of her all-star Japanese big band Orchestra East at the 2002 Hamamatsu Jazz Festival. The disc is available on her NatSat label.

Randy Heddon of Temple City, CA, has released the CD L.A. Dialogues with Los Angeles saxman Jimmy Street. It is available at www.cdbaby.com/heddonstreet.

Pianist/singer/songwriter Bob Malone of Los Angeles, CA, released Malone Alone on his Delta Moon label. His previous release, Like It Or Not, was named best male singer-songwriter album at the 2002 Just Plain Folks Music Awards. Visit www.bobmalone.com.

Vocalist Marlon Saunders of Jersey City, NJ, released the CD Enter My Mind. It features 13 songs that Saunders cowrote and a cover of Stevie Wonder's "If It's Magic." A review in the August issue of Vibe magazine gave it the equivalent of four stars. Visit www.marlonsaunders.com.

Jack Wright of Belmont, MA, joined the marketing and public relations department at FleetBoston Celebrity Series in 1995. He was appointed the director of public relations in 2001.

1988

Vocalist Shawna Carol of Bedford, MA, penned the book The Way in Song: A Guide to Freeing the Voice and Sounding the Spirit, for St. Martin's Press.

Saxophonist Mario Perrett of Tewksbury, MA, was pictured in the August issue of Boston magazine at Wally's Café where he plays every Monday night. Perrett frequently plays with Anthoni Vitti '86, Anita Suhanin '91, Tom West '75, and Kevin Beltz.

1989

Bassist Erik Applegate is coordinator of the University of Northern Colorado/Greeley Jazz Festival, one of the largest educational jazz festivals in the country that attracts more than 7,000 people.

Vocalist Donna Deussen of Tarzana, CA, released High Wire, her debut CD of jazz standards. It features saxophonist Eric Marienthal '89. Visit www.donnadeussen.com.

Guitarist Gene Ess (formerly Gene Shimosato) of New York City released a new CD titled Sunrise Falling on the AMP label. On the disc are bassists Matt Garrison '92 and Fima Ephron and drummers Rashied Ali and JoJo Mayer. Visit www.jazzgenemusic.com.

David Seaman of Framingham, MA, choral conductor and musical director for the public schools in Medford, MA, teaches voice lessons privately, and works as a musical director for Boston-area theaters.

 

1990

Bassist Ivan Bodley of Brooklyn, NY, toured Europe this summer with Sam Moore (of Sam and Dave). Bodley also played acoustic bass on the end title track for the movie North Fork. Visit www.funkyboy.net.

Karen Guthery of Stevenson Ranch, CA, was music librarian and did music prep work for the films The Matrix: Reloaded and The Matrix: Revolutions. She has also done MIDI transcription and prep work for Monsters Inc., Scooby Doo, Signs, The Simpsons, King of the Hill, and Taken.

Songwriter/guitarist Harald Hanisch of Vienna, Austria, had the song "Ich Lebe" (I Live), which he cowrote and coproduced, lodge at number one on the European pop charts for more than 10 weeks.

Vocalist Chandler Hayes of Foothill Ranch, CA, is the warmup act for the hit television series Dr. Phil. Visit www.chandlerhayes.com.

Bassist Jaromir Honzak of Prague, Czech Republic, released his third CD, Present Past, featuring nine of Honzak's jazz compositions. Guitarist Christian Rover '93 is among the players on the outing.

Vocalist Ira Kaspi of Lohja, Finland, released a duo CD titled Standards with guitarist Peter Engberg. Visit www.irakaspi.com.

Keyboardist/vocalist Laura Siersemsa of Greenfield, MA, released a CD titled Love Flows Like the Blood of a River. It features cellist Eugene Friesen and percussionist Steve Wilkes. Visit www.laurasiersema.com.

1991

Bassist Jonathan Evans of Oakland, CA, has toured with Tori Amos for the past five years and played on four of her CDs. He also operates a recording studio in Oakland.

Paul Sallee of Howell, NJ, works as a piano teacher. He and his wife, Tina, had a new baby, Kate Christina Sallee, on June 25.

Recording engineer Ashley Shepherd has written the book Pro Tools for Video, Film, and Multimedia. His engineering credits include gold and platinum records by Blessid Union of Souls, Ryan Adcock, and Emosia, and Tapestry Revisited: A Tribute to Carole King.

Guitarist Nick Vecchio of Taunton MA, is the program director and a teacher for the National Music Workshops for Daddy's Junky Music stores. He also authored the book Beginning Guitar for Adults for Workshop Arts Publications.

Bryan Beller
 
Melissa Lewis
 

1992

Bassist Bryan Beller of Canyon Country, CA, has released a CD titled View on Onion Boy Records. The disc features a dozen of Beller's original compositions. Visit www.bryanbeller.com.

1993

Composer Bryan McAdams of Brooklyn, NY, had his jazz musical The Water Chalice staged at a three-week workshop at Chicago's Theatre Building. He is planning a concept album of The Water Chalice and performing with bands in New York City.

Vocalist Lori Cotler of Bayside, NY, teamed up with percussionist Glen Velez for a CD titled Elephant Hotel. Velez and Cotler cowrote the disc's eight originals. Sidemen include Eugene Friesen (cello), Adam Rogers (guitar), and Howard Levy (harmonica). Visit www.glenvelez.com.

Singer/songwriter Melissa Lewis of Nashville, TN, released her debut CD, Simple Life, containing eight songs by Lewis and four by Andrea Stople '98. Helping out were producer Angel Roman '94, keyboardist Steven Byrom '94, and vocalist Tristana Ward '93.

Bassist Rick McLaughlin of Cambridge, MA, and his trio released their debut recording Study of Light on Accurate Records. McLaughlin also appears on CDs by Felipe Salles and the Either Orchestra. Visit www.rickmclaughlin.com.

Bassist Tom Witt is touring with Capitol Records artist Javier, and appeared in Javier's "Crazy" video. He also played on the Isyss song "Single for the Rest of Your Life," and on remixes for Tupac Shakur and Julio Iglesias.

1994

Guitarist "Metal" Mike Chlasciak of North Arlington, NJ, played the National Anthem on guitar before a major league soccer game at Giants Stadium in New York on July 2.

Guitarist Reginaldo Frazatto Jr. of São Paulo, Brazil, released three CDs for the MCD World Music label (www.mcd.com.br) titled MPBaby, Vols. 1-3, and are instrumental acoustic guitar renditions of Brazilian popular music for children.

Michael Horowitz of Seattle, WA, received a Fulbright fellowship to conduct research among the gypsy jazz guitarists of the Netherlands as part of his Ph.D. studies at the University of Washington, Seattle. Horowitz operates DjangoBooks.Com and publishes materials about Django Reinhardt.

Songwriter Lori Ingberg of Nashville, TN, and her cowriter Robert Wolf received an honorable mention in the CMT/NSAI Song contest and an award in the Great American Song Contest for their song "The Safest Place I Know."

Bassist Pam Kerensky of Somerville, MA, and her band Juniper's Daughter released a single titled "Everything You Wanted" from their forthcoming CD. The band lineup includes drummer Chad Cunningham '90.

Pianist Cornelius Claudio Kreusch of New York City released a new CD titled Sunmusic. It features musicians from many countries and cultures including multi-instrumentalist Richard Bona, drummers Marvin "Smitty" Smith '81 and Will Calhoun '96, and vocalist Salif Keita. Visit www.blackmudsound.com.

Bassist Tim Luntzel of Brooklyn, NY, played on the CDs The Secret Sun by Jesse Harris and the Ferdinandos (featuring Tony Scherr and Norah Jones), and on American Hips by Jim Campilongo with drummer Dan Rieser '92. Visit www.luntzel.com/gig.html.

1995

Saxophonist Thomas Alm (formerly Thomas Karlsson) of Borlänge, Sweden, and his band Soulstation released a CD titled Have to Be Hip. Alm wrote seven of the tunes and all horn arrangements. Visit www.soulstation.nu.

Guitarist Alex Machacek of Vienna, Austria, recorded a CD with drummer Terry Bozzio titled Delete and Roll. Machacek, Bozio, and bassist Patrick O'Hearn filmed a live concert in Austin, TX, for DVD release.

Songwriter Paulo Tozzi of São Paulo, Brazil, was a finalist in the 2002 USA Songwriting Competition in the instrumental category. Visit ptozzi.sites.uol.com.br.

1996

Composer Laura Andel of New York City released a CD featuring her composition SomnambulisT on Red Toucan Records. The disc features two other works by Andel with the 14-piece Laura Andel Orchestra. Visit www.lauraandel.com/order.html.

Juli·n Graciano of Buenos Aires, Argentina, teaches guitar and musical analysis at the National Academy of Tango.

Lisa Gray of San Francisco, CA, is with Bread & Roses, a nonprofit organization that brings free, live performances to people isolated in Bay Area institutions. Visit www.breadandroses.org. She also operates an audio postproduction company called Slinky Boa Productions.

Bassist Ian Martin of Toronto, Canada, performed June 13 on the Good Morning America show with American Idol singers Kelly Clarkson and Justin Guarini.

1997

Saxophonist Phil Stockli of Brooklyn, NY, has released his second CD, Third Eye, with drummer Jeff Ballard, bassist Matt Penman '95, pianist Pete Rende '95, and guitarist Mike Moreno. Visit philstockli.com.

The band LuvJones, featuring James Auburn [Tootle] '97, Nathan Sabanayagam '03, Dominic Henri '03, Nat Love, and Shea Rose, played at a birthday party for Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Kerry Healey and at the Funky Fem Fest in Julian, PA.

Keyboardist Dakota Wolfchild of Kapaa, HI, and his Jawaiian/reggae band Revival played at Hempfest Kauai 2003 and Summer Solstice Folk Music, Dance, and Storytelling Festival, and released a new CD in September.

Filmmaker Tintin Wulia of Bali, Indonesia, received an honorary mention at the International Short Film Festival in Hamburg and was nominated for a Silver Screen Award in the Singapore International Film Festival for her film Ketok. Visit shortfilms.wulia.com.

1998

Violinist Ernesto Biceño of Barcelona, Spain, is a member of Kamerata Flamenca, an innovative chamber orchestra playing a mix of flamenco, chamber music, and jazz. Visit www.kamerata.org.

Drummer/composer Francesco Di Lenge of Milan, Italy, released his debut CD Migrations. It features seven songs written and produced by Di Lenge. Visit www.francescodilenge.com.

Saxophonist Jason Goldman of Glendale, CA, has been touring with Warner Bros./Reprise artist Michael Bublé. Visit www.jasongoldmanjazz.com.

Sean Meredith-Jones of Toronto, Canada, released a new album of his original tunes called New Time. Visit www.seanmeredithjones.com.

Songwriter/producer Ben Stellpflug of Boston, MA, returned to Boston after a four-year stint with the Walt Disney World music department. He has launched his own production company and is seeking vocalists. Visit www.benstellpflug.com.

1999

Michael Anthony Vernon Eggar of Croton-on Hudson, NY, earned his master's degree in computer science at Boston University in May.

Guitarist David Laborier of Luxembourg has released a CD titled The David Laborier Trio featuring 11 original songs. Visit www.labojazz.com.

Pianist No-Kyung Lee of Pusan City, Republic of Korea, authored the book Jazz it! It details her decision to pursue a jazz career, her educational experiences in America, and her top jazz CD picks.

Guitarist Rale Micic of New York City released the CD Bridges for the CTA label in August. The disc features Micic's compositions and guest artists Bob Reynolds '00 (saxophone) and Milan Milanovic '97 (piano). Visit www.ralemicic.com.

The Tokyo Tramps, featuring Satoru Nakagawa '99 (guitar, vocals), Yoshi Hayata '00 (guitar, vocals), Yukiko Fuji '98 (bass, vocals), Wataru Hirohara '03 (drums), released their new CD Bound For Glory. Visit www.tokyotramps.com.

Guitarist Emiel van Egdom of Amherst, NY, is working on several projects as guitarist, composer, or producer in his Pro Tools–equipped home studio.

Kay Witte of Woodside, NY, had the song "War" from his solo album Impressions Collector released as the title cut of a new antiwar release by Ashram Records. Visit www.cdbaby.com/kayro. He remixed a song for German artist Boris Berlin and is appearing as a DJ in Europe promoting his Duppie Killer project.

 

2000

Drummer Mario Calandrelli of Venosa, Italy, operates Perfect Groove Music Productions and is playing sessions and live dates in the U.S. and Italy. Visit www.mariocalandrelli.com.

Luigi Castelli of Los Angeles, CA, is working with producer/remixer BT (Brian Transeau '89) to develop and code custom music software systems and plug-ins for BT's live and studio projects.

Pianist Corbett Lunsford of Chicago, IL, is the music director for the Second City Comedy Troupe and has composed music for modern dance performances.

Pianaist Vardan Ovsepian of Newburyport, MA, released a new CD on the Fresh Sound label. It features vocalist Monica Yngvesson '02, drummer Take Toriyama '97, bassist Joshua Davis, and guitarist Mick Goodrick '67.

Saxophonist Jaleel Shaw of Paterson, NJ, recently earned his master's degree at Manhattan School of Music and has been playing with his own group as well as the Mingus Big Band, the Count Basie Orchestra, the Village Vanguard Orchestra, and Diane Schuur. He began teaching at Temple University this fall.

Vocalist Kirstie (Shepard) Wheeler of Gorham, ME, is a member of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus and sang with conductors Rafael Borgos and John Williams this past summer.

2001

Vocalist/music-business consultant Darcie Wicknick of Allston, MA, completed a demo with Berklee student musicians and engineers. Visit go.berkleemusic.com/askdarcie1 to read her online newsletter.

Nana Jokura
 
Vladimir Vasileski
 

Singer/composer Nana Jokura of Toronto, Canada, wrote, performed, and produced all of the material for her CD Nothing To Lose. The disc is available at www.nanajokura.com. Her music has been featured in independent films and commercials.

Vocalist Sara Leib recorded the CD It's Not the Moon featuring 11 jazz standards with Berklee Assistant Professor and pianist Mark Shilansky, drummer Michael Herklots '02, and bassist Edward Perez.

Saxophonist Paul Towndrow of Glasgow, Scotland, won the Public Prize at the White Foundation World Sax Competition at the Montreux Jazz Festival in July. He also won the 2003 Peter Whittingham Award and has released a CD titled Colours. Visit www.paultowndrow.com.

Drummer Michael VanDyne of Cahoes, NY, guitarist James Malone '98, and their metal band Arsis are recording their debut CD. Visit www.mp3.com/Arsis.

Guitarist Vladimir Vasileski of Boston, MA, played at the Ohrid Summer Festival in Macedonia together with pianist Leonardo Blanco '99, bassist Martin Spato, and drummer Beno Sattleri.

2002

Keyboardist Juri Panda Jones of Boston, MA, completed a 16-city tour backing Graham Parker, Bill Janovitz, and Kate Pierson in support of their CD Lost Songs of Lennon & McCartney. Visit www.juripop.com.

Drummer Mauricio Zottarelli of Allston, MA, and his fusion group Dig Trio featuring Gustavo Assis Brasil '01 (guitar) and Divis Pinto '01 (bass), released a self-titled CD. Visit www.digtrio.hpg.com.br.

2003

Singer/songwriter Nancy Bilonda of Hyde Park, MA, released the contemporary gospel album Fall Deep. Bilonda coproduced the project with Pierre Huberson '01 and Berklee students and alumni Chris Loftlin, Tyrone Chase, Thomas Pridgen, Penny Smith, Donnie Edwards, and Claude Kelly. Visit www.nancybilonda.com.

Singer/guitarist Jay Pun of Charlottesville, VA, plays as a duo with Steve Dunn '03 (bass, guitar, turntable) outside the venues of tour stops by the Dave Matthews Band.