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1960s  -  1970s  -  1980s  -  1990s  -  2000s

1963 

Tony Scodwell of Las Vegas, NV, released the CD Tony Scodwell Big Band-Live in the Studio. He plays trumpet for Doc Severinsen and works steadily in Las Vegas. Scodwell also builds trumpets.

1965

Composer/pianist Dave Burrell of Philadelphia, PA, released the CD Expansion with the Dave Burrell Full-Blown Trio featuring William Parker (bass) and Andrew Cyrille (drums).

1970 

Guitarist Bill Loughman of McMurray, PA, teaches guitar to 60 students weekly and performs locally in the Pittsburgh environs as a solo guitarist.

1972

Drummer Carl Holzapfel of Aurora, CO, is on the Outer Limits CD with the Bill Wright Band. Visit www.billwrightband.com.

Susan Schmidt Horning of Akron, OH, is a faculty member at the Cleveland Institute of Art and plays with the group Email Special. The Village Voice recently reviewed the reissue of that self-titled album Schmidt's group Chi-Pig recorded in 1979.

1973

Guitarist John Carlini of Berkeley Heights, NJ, released Angel Eyes, a new CD with jazz mandolinist Don Steinberg.

The music of composer/vibraharpist Bobby Vince Paunetto of New York City was featured on a recent Rutgers University Jazz from the Archives show broadcast on NPR and the Internet. Paunetto was also the dedicatee of a composition by Gary Morgan titled "Refractions" released on the Gary Morgan & PanAmericana Live at Birdland CD.

1975

Ken Carper, a teacher and musician, was part of a delegation sent from South Florida to deliver medicine, assistance, and goodwill to United Methodist churches in Cuba. While there, Carper performed on trumpet with musical groups and donated the trumpet he played to a rural church in Cuba's Holguin district.

Nello Giansiracusa of Heidelberg West, Victoria, Australia, returned from Manila, Philippines, where he played jazz nightly.

Keyboardist Jon Hammond of New York City recently performed in Germany. For 21 years, he has hosted the Jon Hammond Show on channels 56 and 108 in Manhattan. His latest CD Hammond's Bolero is available at Apple itunes and www.cdbaby.com.

Rob Mounsey of New York City produced, arranged, and conducted Aaron Neville's new album of standards entitled Nature Boy-the Standards Album on Verve. The disc features Michael Brecker, Roy Hargrove '89, Ron Carter, Grady Tate, among others and reached number one on the jazz charts. Mounsey also recently worked with the Boston Pops, Ruben Studdard, Rod Stewart, Diana Krall '83, Chiara Civello '98, and others. Visit www.robmounsey.com.

Jerry La Rosa of Rutherford, NJ, recorded, edited, and mastered the audio book The Nazi Officer's Wife, which won an Audie Award.

1977

Songwriter Tony Roberts of Somerville, MA, was named a winner in the third annual Artists for Literacy songwriting contest. His song "Just Like Don Quixote" was inspired by Miguel de Cervantes' novel Don Quixote.

Trombonist Bob Wolf of Concord, OH, organized and will perform at the Lakeland Jazz Festival running February 24 through 26, 2005. The festival will feature Phil Wilson and Phil Woods, adjudicated performances by high-school and junior college bands, and master classes. Wolf is accepting arrangements for a 10-trombone (plus rhythm section) ensemble that will feature Phil Wilson. Contact Wolf at bookinandbankin@allvantage.com.

1978

Saxophonist Ken Field of Cambridge, MA, produced music for a film by his wife Karen Aqua entitled Andaluz. The film was screened at the 2004 World Festival of Animated Films in Zagreb, Croatia. Visit http://kenfield.org.

Composer Emil Viklicky of Prague, Czech Republic, was commissioned by Wynton Marsalis to compose The Mystery of Man, a work that will feature Marsalis's big band with actors Vanessa Redgrave and Richard Gere as narrators. The work will premiere on October 28 in New York City. Viklicky has also composed three operas. Visit www.viklicky.com.

1979

Pianist Katy Roberts of Paris, France, recently released her third CD, Katy Roberts Quintet Live ? l'Archipel. Visit http://apem.aucase.com/katyroberts.

 
  Matt Backer '80
  Judy Totton

1980 

Guitarist Matt Backer of London, England, has released his second solo album, The Impulse Man, to enthusiastic reviews. Backer has been a London session guitarist for 20 years working with artists ranging from Julian Lennon and Steve Earle to Shirley Bassey and Swing Out Sister. Visit www.mattbacker.com.

Dan Levitin of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, is a tenured associate professor at McGill University where he teaches psychology and music and is researching brain structures underlying musical memory. He also plays saxophone and guitar with the jazz combo Blue Monkey Project.

Composer/saxophonist Frank Macchia of Burbank, CA, has released the new CD Animals featuring Vinnie Colaiuta '75, Scott Breadman '75, Mark Isham, Dave Carpenter, Billy Childs, Grant Geissman, and Bruce Fowler. Macchia was a composer fellow at the Sundance Institute and orchestrated music for the film Cellular. Visit www.frankmacchia.net.

Composer/bandleader Gary Morgan of New York City has released the CD Gary Morgan & PanAmericana Live at Birdland. The disc features Morgan's big band with Harvie S. '70 on bass.

Guitarist Paul Nelson played on Johnny Winter's I'm a Bluesman CD, which stayed at number seven for more than eight weeks on the Nielsen SoundScan blues charts. Visit www.paulnelsonguitar.com.

Songwriter and producer Cathy Block of Buckingham, PA, and her husband, Tony Oppenheim, produced projects for the vocal group the Manhattans and singer Jacqueline Maloney at their studio. Block writes musicals for children and pop songs. Visit www.thatswhatkidsdo.com.

 
Rob Hotchkiss '82  
Melissa Martin  

1982

Guitarist Gary Boggs of Oakland, CA, has released his new CD Motion on the Delvian label. Visit www.boggsmusic.com.

Vocalist and composer Lenora Zenzalai Helm of New York City received a grant from Chamber Music America to create a new work for her ensemble the Zenzalai Project. She was also awarded a composer residency at the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, NH. Additionally, Helm will be profiled in the 2005 edition of Who's Who In America Marquis directory.

Singer/songwriter Rob Hotchkiss of Battle Ground, WA, has left the Grammy Award-winning band Train to pursue his solo career. His debut CD Midnight Ghost features Steve Bowman and David Bryson of Counting Crows. Visit www.robhotchkiss.com.

Violinist Benjamin Smeall of Green Bay, WI, has released a new CD titled SongCycleS featuring his original songs in world music styles, with Smeall playing violin, viola, bass, guitar, and singing. Visit www.songcycles.net.

Zoro of Chatsworth, CA, is a member of Lenny Kravitz's current touring band. Zoro appeared on the cover of the September issue of Modern Drummer and was voted the top r&b drummer in the magazine's July reader's poll.

 
  (From the left): Drummer Zoro '82 and Lennie Kravitz

1983

Woodwind player Buddy Andrews of San Diego, CA, is playing saxophone, flute, and synthesizer with the band Funk's Most Wanted throughout the San Diego area.

Saxophonist Jenny Hill of Brooklyn, NY, backed Eumir Deodato and DJ Logic at the Moogfest honoring Robert Moog. She also toured California and the United Kingdom with Dub Side of the Moon, a Pink Floyd tribute band in reggae style.

Keyboardist and producer Paul Hoyle of Miami, FL, did engineering and mixing for the CD Albita Lleg— by Cuban singer Albito. The disc was nominated for two Latin Grammy Awards. Hoyle has also worked on Jennifer Pe–a's CD Libre and Shakira's Donde estan los Ladrones.

Bassist and steel guitar player Sandy Martin of Salem, MA, was the music director for the CD Harrier Angel. The disc features Steve Bankuti '86, Adam Feldman '79, faculty members Jim Peterson and Didi Stewart, and student Brent Newcomb. Berklee alumni contributing arrangements include Robert J. Mooney '84, Doug Andersen '75, and William Hartzell '80. The disc, a concept album for a rock musical penned by Cassandra von Braun, is available on Apple iTunes and www.cdbaby.com.

Lynn Patterson of Windsor Mill, MD, teaches recording arts, media, and law to high school students at Frederick Douglas High School in Baltimore as part of a citywide music-career training program. She is also the band director for the district.

Saxophonist Rainer Pusch of Saint-Remy de Provence, France, has toured Europe, Africa, Russia, and Indonesia. He worked in the Indian movie industry and studied Carnatik music in Madras. He currently works in his home studio. Visit http://rainerpusch.kulturserver-worldwide.org.

1984

Guitarist Michael Arlt of Würzburg, Germany has released the CD We Three Live! with his organ, guitar, and drums trio We Three. Arlt will tour Germany this fall. Visit www.michaelarlt.de

Vocalist Lynne Fiddmont of Pomona, CA, is on tour as a background vocalist with Phil Collins. She plans to release her debut CD next year. Visit www.lynnefiddmont.com.

Chris Florio of Roslindale, MA, has completed scores to six short films for the Atomic Testing Museum in Las Vegas. He has also been presenting showcases in the Boston area for the artists on his Passion Records label. Visit www.passionrecords.com.

Bassist Bernard Gallone of Presles, France, is the bandleader and house bassist at the Moulin Rouge in Paris.

 
Larry Steen '84  

Peter Rebell of Middleboro, MA, is the lead guitarist for the country band Caboose Junction. The group released the single "All That Matters" on Rebell's own label.

Bassist Larry Steen of Los Angeles, CA, and the Larry Steen World Jazz Ensemble will perform at the January 2005 conference of the International Association of Jazz Educators in Long Beach, CA. Visit www.larrysteenmusic.com.

1985

David J. Bondelevitch, of Burbank, CA, is a tenure-track assistant professor at the University of Southern California, School of Cinema-Television and president of the Motion Picture Sound Editors.

Drummer Alun Harries of Twickenham, England, has been recording, touring, and making television appearances with entities ranging from the BBC National Symphony Orchestra of Wales to Lauren Field and Randy Bachman. He also appears on the Fast Show, The Farewell Tour DVD and is giving clinics in England and Norway.

Guitarist Michael Nicolella of Seattle, WA, received a grant from 4Culture to compose a new work for electric guitar and orchestra. This fall he will release his fourth CD, which will include his Guitar Concerto for classical guitar featuring the Northwest Symphony Orchestra with Anthony Spain as conductor. Visit www.nicolella.com.

Guitarist Scott Schroen of Hazel Park, MI, performs the music of Frank Zappa with his band Ugly Radio Rebellion and operates the Music Mill, a teaching studio and musicians' services business.

1986

Songwriter/producer Michéal Castaldo of New York City has released a CD of international music titled Villa. Appearing on the CD with Castaldo are Marlon Saunders '87, Elliott Thomas '80, Stein Svendsen '87, and Issac Raz '90. Visit www.michealcastaldo.com.

Guitarist Jon Durant of Cohasset, MA, has recorded a new instrumental CD, Things Behind the Sun with drummer Vinny Sabatino and bassist Tony Levin. For more information on the disc, visit www.alchemyrecords.com/durant.

Pianist Matt Rollings of Nashville, TN, is an eight-time winner of the Country Music Association's keyboardist of the year title. He recently signed his publishing company Zesty Zack's Music to a copyright administration deal with Integrated Copyright Group, Inc.

1987

Bassist Terje Gewelt of Oslo, Norway, has released Small World on the Resonant Music label. The disc features 10 of Gewelt's jazz compositions. Visit www.resonant-music.com.

Guitarist Dario Saraceno released Primitive Mask, the debut CD by his band Primitive Mask. Visit www.primitivemask.com.

1988

 
  Todd Grubbs '88

Rock-fusion guitarist Todd Grubbs of Brandon, FL, released a pair of CDs this year, Toddities Volume 1 and Beautiful Device. He performs and teaches in the Tampa Bay area. Visit www.toddgrubbs.com.

1989

Anders Bostrom of Verona, NJ, is playing various flutes for Bombay Dreams on Broadway. He is also featured on new CDs by faculty bassist Bruno Raberg and saxophonist Donny McCaslin '88.

Chris Miller of Clayton, GA, and his company Double Planet.com released Creative Guitar Mastery Series, a system of learning guitar. See www.creativeguitarmastery.com.

1990 

Vocalist Lalah Hathaway of West Hills, CA, released her first solo CD in 10 years titled Outrun the Sky for Mesa/Bluemoon Recordings. The disc features more of Hathaway's songs than her past CDs.

Guitarist Dan Phillips of Tokyo, Japan, works as a freelance player and instructor. He has performed in the United States, Bangkok, and Japan and has released two CDs. Visit www.danphillipsmusic.com.

Composer/guitarist Thad Tinsley, Jr. of Spartansburg, SC, performs as a solo guitarist and teaches privately. He is currently completing an orchestral work that he will conduct at a live recording session in February 2005.

Michael Lau of Bethpage, NY, works at Warner Chappell Music in the Creative Music Solutions division. He recently served as the music technical director, music editor, and coproducer of the score for Clifford's Really Big Movie.

1991

Saxophonist and vocalist Mindi Abair '91 of Los Angeles, CA, has released Come as You Are for the GRP label. Matthew Hager '91 produced the disc.

Julie Dunlap of Athol, MA, received her master's degree in computer science from Fitchburg State College in May.

Bassist Daniel Pearson of North Hollywood, CA, toured with Taylor Dayne, the opening act for Cindi Lauper last summer, and is currently touring with Clay Aiken. Visit www.danielpearson.org.

1992

Vocalist Jeanne Ciampa-Centrella of Groton, MA, performed at a private party to raise funds for Democrat presidential candidate John Kerry. Also performing were drummer John Sands '78 and bassist Rob Simring '92.

Drummer Steve Chaggaris of Malden, MA, has been recording with an array of artists. As a member of the Ken Clark Organ Trio, he has completed tracks for the group's second CD. Visit www.kcot.net.

1993

Steve McAllister of Austin, TX, has released Songs in the Key of W. McAllister played bass, wrote material, and produced the disc that is a musical spoof of the president's verbal bloopers. Visit www.georgewbushsingers.com.

Michael Rexford of Los Angeles, CA, graduated from University of California, Hastings College of Law in San Francisco and is now an attorney at Universal Music Publishing Group in Los Angeles.

James Starr of Cranston, RI, is writer/marketing coordinator for the Numark, Alesis, Akia Professional, Ion Audio, and Wavefront Semicoductor LLC companies that produce DJ, recording, and audio processing equipment.

Tom Witt of Van Nuys, CA, played bass for the 2004 American Idol Tour. Earlier this year he toured Europe with guitarist Steve Fister and played on the soundtrack to A Day Without a Mexican.

1994

Guitarist Ben Butler of Astoria, NY, collaborated with Martin Erskine on the score for Heights, a film starring Glenn Close. He has also performed with Chiara Civello '98 and plays with drummer Jerry Marotta and bassist Mike Visceglia every Monday night at the Bitter End. Visit www.benbutlermusic.com.

"Metal" Mike Chlasciak of North Arlington, NJ, is the new guitarist for the thrash rockers Testament. They recently toured Europe. The band is preparing for a new recording on Spitfire Records. Visit www.testamentlegions.com.

Maria Entraigues (aka Maria Maria) of Burbank, CA, recorded the song "Zapata Vive" for the soundtrack of the movie Zapata and cowrote the end titles song.The soundtrack recording is available on Sony. Entraigues signed with Sony Mexico for a Spanish-language album.

Saxophonist Oscar Feldman of Weehawken, NJ, plays regularly in New York with various jazz groups and a tango dance troupe. Feldman has toured and/or recorded with Paquito D'Rivera, Al DiMeola, Eumir Deodato, and others. Visit www.oscarfeldman.com.ar.

Drummer Nate Morton of Sherman Oaks, CA, toured last summer with Natalie Cole and the with the 2004 American Idol Tour.

Amy Nance of Sherman Oaks, CA, is an associate producer at Warner Bros. Animation in Los Angeles where she has worked since 1998.

Eric Welsh of Boston, MA, is the head engineer for Disclive. Welsh has toured with Chaka Khan, Billy Idol, the Pixies, and others, recording, mixing, mastering, and burning CDs to be sold after the shows.

 
Cesar Oliveira '95  

1995

Eric Barao of Seekonk, MA, contributed a story to the new book Tales from the Rock 'n' Roll Highway, published by Billboard Books. The book provides a backstage look at the rock-and-roll life.

Singer-songwriter/trombonist Vincent Lebrun of New York City released his debut CD We Live. Michael Ward-Bergeman '98 engineered the disc. Visit www.vincentlebrun.net.

Guitarist Cesar Oliveira of Las Vegas, NV, has published transcriptions of Nashville guitarist Hank Garland from his Jazz Winds from a Different Direction recording. Visit http://www.hankgarlandtranscriptions.com

Bassist James Rosocha of Manville, NJ, is pictured in the Phish Companion book jamming with Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio.

Kasia Sokalla of Methuen, MA, appeared in the play Oedipus at the American Repertory Theatre in June.

Pianist Caroline Wegener of Berlin, Germany, appears on Berlin Jazz Exploration 2004, a CD featuring four German jazz groups. Visit www.jazzpages.com/carolinewegener.

1996

Drummer John Blackwell of Columbia, SC, has been the drummer for Prince for four years. On a recent Prince tour stop in the area, Blackwell received a key to his home city and visited his former high school.

Steve Catizone of Boston, MA, and Leo Mellace '92 have opened their second recording studio in Soho, NY, in addition to their Boston location, Sanctum Sound. They are working with Wyclef Jean and members of Aerosmith.

Music educator Johanna Grussner of New York City is the subject of the book Seven Days of Possibilities-One Teacher, 24 Kids, and the Music that Changed Their Lives Forever by New York Times columnist Anemona Hartocollis. The book details Grussner's work creating an outstanding gospel choir with inner-city kids in New York.

Bassist Stefan Redtenbacher of London, England, recorded his second CD Falling from Insanity featuring Fred Wesley (trombone), Elliott Randall (guitar), Jef van Veen (percussion), and members of the Brand New Heavies and Incognito. Also contributing were alumni Steve Hamilton, Nichole Thompson, and Dave Limina. Visit www.stefanredtenbacher.com.

Raz Ytzhaky of Tel Aviv, Israel, is the jazz department chair at the Tel Aviv High School of the Arts. He recently published his first book, Jazz Improvisation: Theory and Basis.

1997

Brad Bietry of Colorado Springs, CO, is the pianist and arranger for the Falconaires, the Air Force Academy's premiere jazz ensemble. Bietry recently performed with the vocal jazz group New York Voices in Denver.

Andrew J. LeVay of New York City received his J.D. degree from Boston College Law School. He is currently a litigation associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in Manhattan.

Scott Martin of Manchester, NH, is an audio-visual engineer in Berklee's film-scoring studios. He recently worked on CDs and film projects by Peter Bufano '96, Pericles Kanaris '01, Natasha Busse '99, and Mark Petrie '02.

Saxophonist Laura Macdonald of South Lanarkshire, Scotland, has recorded her second CD featuring Antonio Sanchez '97, Donny McCaslin '88, Gildas Bocle '85, Claus Stotter, and Steve Hamilton '95.

Pianist/songwriter Gerry Porraz of Northglenn, CO, released the disc Porraz that features 10 of his progressive pop songs. Visit www.gerryporraz.com.

Aaron Schwoerer of Los Angeles, CA, met with former Beatle Paul McCartney at Ocean Way Studios where Schwoerer enjoyed conversation and listened to music from McCartney's upcoming CD.

Singer/songwriter Sarah Sharp of Austin, TX, is among the artists featured in the Audio Portrait series on ASCAP's website. Visit www.behindthebeat.com

Keyboardist James (Tootle) Auburn of Allston, MA, is the music director of Velvet Stylus featuring Tony Porter '99 and Darcie-Nicole Wicknick '01. Visit http://jamesauburn.tripod.com.

1998

 
  Miguel Zenon '98

Singer/songwriter Tim Franklin of Cambridge, MA, released his solo debut CD, Hold Still. The disc was produced and engineered by Marc Lacuesta '98 and Will Kennedy '99. Visit www.memoryeffect.com.

Composer Augusto Monk of London, England, toured with singer/songwriter Kate Schutt '97, and gave a solo piano concert at La Scala de San Telmo in Argentina earlier this year. He is also presenting his multimedia tango-influenced show in London. Visit www.augustomonk.com.

Saxophonist Miguel Zenon of New York City led his quartet in a performance at the Tanglewood Jazz Festival 2004 in Lennox, MA.

Vocalist Theresa Jones '99 of Altadena, CA, sang with Lalah Hathaway '90 at the recent Essence Music Festival in New Orleans.

1999

Guitarist Peter Kelly of Yonkers, NY, and his band Hemenway, featuring Perry Carbone '03, signed with Download Records. Their song "Calling Me" was on the show Out of the Box, a new music show on New York's Q104.3-FM.

 
Winners of the BMI Foundation's John Lennon Scholarships Competition included (from the left) Berklee student Joel P.W. Dean, Megan Kirschbaum '04, Yoko Ono, Andrew Horowitz, and Mikhail Tarasov'02.  

2000 

Bassist Vincent Briguglio of Rockport, MA, has toured with the musicals Fame, Grease, and Footloose. Visit www.vincentbriguglio.com.

Drummer Mario Calandrelli of Venosa, Italy, toured last summer with the Italian Sony Music artist Ivan Segreto and opened for Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra in Rome. Visit www.mariocalandrelli.com.

Daniel Davis of Santa Monica, CA, scored the films Waiting for Woody, 'Til Death, and Mirror, Mirror.

Victoria Davitt of Green Bay, WI, and Kellie Lin Knott '03 teamed up with Stolie to form Tres Femmes and released a self-titled CD. Visit www.tresfemmes.com.

2001

Scott Elson of Portland, ME, is a staff engineer at Gateway Mastering Studios and mastered the latest CD by Dave Weiner titled Shove the Sun Aside. Visit www.scottelson.com.

Federico Fiorentino of Milan, Italy, produced Ivan Segreto's album Porta Vagnu for Sony Music Italy. The record spent 12 weeks in the top 40.

Vocalist Vlada Tomova of Brooklyn, NY, is the founder and director of Yasna Voices, a Bulgarian women's vocal ensemble based in New York. The group performs women's songs from around the world. Visit www.vladatomova.com.

Darcie-Nicole Wicknick of Allston, MA, interviewed the Crystal Method, Josh Turner, and Ricky Fante for fmsound.net, and recently sang with the Women's Restoration Conference Choir. Visit http://askdarcie.tripod.com.

2002

Pianist/composer George Dulin of Astoria, NY, had his award-winning composition for piano and orchestra premiered in Bologna, Italy by the Toscanini Foundation Orchestra.

Pianist/songwriter Oli Rockberger of Boston, MA, played a jazz concert for London's City Showcase series at the Piazza in Covent Garden. Visit his website at www.olirockberger.com.

2003

Pianist/composer Chie Imaizumi of Boston, MA, led the Chie Imaizumi Jazz Orchestra in a performance of original compositions at the North Sea Jazz Festival at The Hague on July 11. The 11-piece ensemble is made up entirely of Berklee alumni and students.

Flutist Anne Marie Levey of New York City is recording a Brazilian project, working with the rock band Sexdigital, and attending Columbia University.

The song "Like the Sun" by Jamie Rattner of New York City was a runner-up in an international songwriting contest for VH-1's Save the Music Foundation. Visit www.jamierattner.com.

Guitarist Hironobu Saito of Miyazaki, Japan, released the CD The Remaining 2%on the Fresh Sound New Talent label. His group, including drummer Kendrick Scott '03 will play in Europe, Japan, and America to support the recording.Visit www.hironobusaito.com.

Cuban-born Latin percussionist Arturo Stable of Boston, MA, has released the CD 3rd Step with pianist Rafael Alcala '03, drummer and faculty member Francisco Mela, and bassist Carlos Del Pino.

2004

Guitarist Michael MacAllister of Jamaica Plain, MA, released the CD Finders Keepers, featuring MacAllister playing guitar on five of his big-band compositions.

Songwriter Jesse Terry of Nashville, TN, signed a publishing deal with Masville Music. Earlier this year, he was named grand prizewinner in the 4th Annual CMT/NSAI Song Contest.