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1950s  -  1960s  -  1970s  -  1980s  -  1990s  -  2000s

1957

Pianist Hal Galper of Cochecton, NY, released a new trio record with bassist Jeff Johnson and drummer John Bishop, Furious Rubato. The Enja label has reissued Galper's Ivory Forest (featuring John Scofield '73) and Now Hear This (featuring Tony Williams) CDs. Visit www.halgalper.com.

1961

Bassist and composer Skip Beckwith of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, received five Stompin' Tom Awards recognizing him as an unsung hero of the industry by the East Coast Music Awards. Beckwith is a faculty member at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.

1968

Jerry Kazanjian of Medfield, MA, retired after directing the middle-school and high-school bands in the town of Holliston, MA, for 36 years. He is a retired chair for the Massachusetts Music Educators Association.

1969

Bassist Rick Petrone of Greenwich, CT, and drummer Joe Corsello '64 played on the new Steve Marcus Project CD, along with guitarist Bill Bickford and the late saxophonist Steve Marcus.

1971

Drummer Michael Canfield of Johannesburg, South Africa, and his band RhythmSectionAfrica signed with Gallo Record Company for the release of the group's CD Authenticity. Visit www.rhythmsectionafrica.com.

Gabriel Heiser (a.k.a. Kenneth Price) of Superior, CO, has published the book How to Protect Your Family's Assets from Devastating Nursing Home Costs: Medicaid Secrets on Phylius Press. Heiser earned a law degree after finishing Berklee.

Harmonica player Tulsa Read of Shawnee, KS, a three-time national harmonica champion, was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame by the National Traditional Country Music Association. Visit www.harmonicaonline.com.

1972

Raymond Switzer of Gödöll, Hungary, published the book Conscious Courtship with George Ronald publishing. Visit www.grbooks.com. His first solo CD, Accents of My Soul, will soon be released.

1975

Composer/keyboardist Brad Hatfield of Westwood, MA, had one of his songs included on the DVD version of the movie Borat. Hatfield recently played piano on Rebecca Parris's CD You Don't Know Me and on Carol Sloane's Dearest Duke. He contributed three tunes and piano tracks to a forthcoming CD by saxophonist Houston Person.

Keyboardist/composer Rob Mounsey of New York City wrote the score and six songs for Kings of South Beach, an A&E television movie. He produced the album Destination Moon for Deborah Cox; arranged, conducted, and played keyboards on Billy Joel's single "All My Life"; and worked on a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald on the Verve label. Visit www.robmounsey.com.

Bob Parr '75 of Weston, CT, produced the CD Café Mozart with fellow alumnus Boris Berlin '96. Parr has worked with numerous top artists and in film and TV as a composer, arranger, remixer, and bassist.

Saxophonist Richard Ploss of Medford, MA, played his jazz compositions for an audience of 3,000 at the Hynes Convention Center. He is also the founder of New Town Computer Systems, Inc.

Guitarist Carl Verheyen of Topanga Canyon, CA, has released the CD Take One Step. Verheyen is a studio guitarist and a member of the group Supertramp. Visit www.carlverheyen.com.

1976

Guitarist/composer Jay Azzolina of Hastings-on-Hudson, NY, released the CD Local Dialect. Azzolina is backed by Greg Hutchinson, John Patitucci, Larry Goldings, and Tim Ries on the disc's nine originals.

 
  Chuck Loeb '76

Guitarist Chuck Loeb of Hilton Head Island, NC, has released Presence, his 15th CD as a leader, on the Heads Up label. Loeb has also produced CDs by 25 other artists and played on more than 500 albums. Loeb has written theme songs and other music for more than a dozen television shows. Visit www.chuckloeb.com.

Guitarist/composer/producer Kimo Williams of Chicago, IL, was recognized as the 2006 Chicagoan of the Year by Chicago magazine. His group the Lt. Dan Band, featuring actor/musician Gary Sinise, plays fundraisers and USO gigs in support of American troops.

1977

Baritone saxophonist Jim German of Bethel Park, PA, played on the Grammy-winning CD Turned to Blue by vocalist Nancy Wilson. Faculty vibist Dave Samuels also plays on the disc.

1978

Drummer Jack Evans of Katonah, NY, and his band Revernd Zen had their song "Dangerous Times" nominated for Best Song in the 2007 Los Angeles Music Awards. Visit www.reverendzenmusic.com.

Keyboardist and composer Philippe Saisse of Scarsdale, NY, received the insignia of Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres at the French Embassy in New York on January 11. The award from the French government recognizes individuals who contribute significantly to furthering the arts in France and worldwide.

Guitarist Jimmy McIntosh of Las Vegas, NV, released his debut CD, Orleans to London, featuring Ron Wood of the Rolling Stones, Jeff Beck, and the Neville Brothers. Visit www.jimmymcintosh.com.

1979

Public-school band director Jonathan Lax of Summit, NJ, was an adjudicator for the Teen Arts Festival at New Providence High School in New Jersey. In April his students from Bayonne and Summit schools performed at the Smithsonian.

1980

Composer/arranger Eddie Horst of Atlanta, GA, has written charts for Natalie Cole, Bruce Springsteen, Train, Monica, and Pearl Jam. He has also written for the films Fatwa, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, and FDR: Little White House, as well as for several ad clients. Visit www.eddiehorstmusic.com.

Clair Marlo of Sherman Oaks, CA, has begun scoring the second season of ESPN's American Dragster. She also composed the score to An Existential Affair. Among Marlo's new endeavors are the CD Trinity and an electronica project. Visit www.clairmarlo.com.

Drummer Bill Spoke of Hollywood, CA, played on the L.A. Bluescasters CD See You in the Morning. The disc is available at CD Baby.

1981

Saxophonist Laura Dreyer of New York City produced a CD titled Sax in the City, featuring 11 of New York's top female jazz instrumentalists. The proceeds will go to breast cancer charities. Visit www.cdbaby.com/saxinthecity.

Drummer Barry Harvey of Brisbane, Australia, is actively touring across Australia with the band Oz Chain promoting its CD Sweet Honey. Visit http://music.download.com/ozchain.

Trumpeter Dennis Keating of Pahrump, NV, plays lead trumpet for various shows, works as a Neil Diamond and Louis Armstrong impersonator, and operates a karaoke business.

 
Gina Biver '83  

Guitarist/songwriter Chris McDermott of Groton, MA, released the CD Radio Ghosts in January. Several top musicians, including drummer Clyde Stubblefield, back him on the disc's 13 original songs. Visit www.chrismcdermott.com.

1983

Composer and guitarist Gina Biver of Falls Church, VA, has released the CD From Where I Sit. The disc features five of her original instrumental pieces. Biver's compositions have been used in film and television, and her works have been performed in the United States, Australia, and Europe. Visit www.ginabiver.com.

Saxophonist Lance Bryant of Andover, MA, recently led a quartet featuring Mulgrew Miller and faculty members John Lockwood and Yoron Israel opening for Nancy Wilson's trio at a Tufts University concert. Visit www.lancebryant.com.

1984

Louis Durra of Venice, CA, was nominated for an Ovation Award and a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award in the Best Musical Director category for his work on the show and cast album for Play It Cool. Visit www.louisdurra.com.

 
  Maagie Pate '84

Guitarist Pete Huttlinger of Nashville, TN, performed at Carnegie Hall in March with Chris Nole and Molly Weaver. Visit www.petehuttlinger.com.

Vocalist Maggie Pate of Raleigh, NC, has given jazz and classical performances throughout the country and worked in arts management. She is completing a master's of education degree at Sunbridge College.

1985

Bassist Gildas Bocle of Paris, France, released the CD Or Else featuring 10 of his compositions played with Gary Burton '62, Billy Drummond, Walt Weiskopf, and Jean Baptiste Bocle '88. Visit www.bocle.com.

David Bondelevitch of Burbank, CA, was nominated for an MPSE Golden Reel Award for his work on the ABC miniseries The Ten Commandments starring Dougray Scott, Omar Sharif, and Claire Bloom. He is a past president of the MPSE and serves as vice president of the Cinema Audio Society.

 
Gildas Boclé '85  

Thomas Scheuzger works as the technical director and broadcast engineer for Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion radio show. He also served as post-music recordist for the Robert Altman film A Prairie Home Companion.

Bassist Thales Silveira and keyboardist Mario Lobo '84 of Pernambuco, Brazil, released their second CD of original instrumental music, Soma, with the band MallaVooDoo. Silveira also plays with the Recife Symphony Orchestra. Visit www.mallavoodoo.com.br.

1986

Guitarist Jon Durant of Cohasset, MA, has released the CD Flood on his Alchemy Records label. Durant is backed by percussionist Vinnie Sabatino and bass/Chapman Stick player Tony Levin. Visit www.alchemyrecords.com.

1987

John McCaffrey of Clemmons, NC, is now teaching drums after a long career as a performer, producer, and film composer. He also performs with the Piedmont Opera.

The CD Mother and Child by Paige Stroman of San Antonio, TX, was included in the gift bags given to Oscar nominees at the Academy Awards in February.

1988

Guitarist Bill Hartzell of Wilmington, MA, released his debut CD, Different Agenda, featuring instrumental jazz, rock, and acoustic pieces. Visit www.billhartzell.com.

1989

John Colaiacovo of North Plainfield, NJ, had one of his collaborations with tenor Ronald Naldi of the Metropolitan Opera appear in the movie Carolina Moon that aired on the Lifetime channel in February.

Keyboardist Scott Sheriff of Nashville, TN, plays with Kenny Loggins and Steven Curtis Chapman, and is the music director of the Steely Dan tribute band Twelve against Nature. Guitarist Chris Cottros '92 also plays with the group. Visit www.twelveagainstnature.com.

1991

Singer/songwriter Debbie Deane of Brooklyn, NY, released the CD Groove House. Alumni contributing to the disc included Eli Massias '91, Rich Lamb '88, Robin Macatangay '90, Julia Schell '90, Chris Cheek '91, Jeff Andrews '79, and Richard Hammond '92. Visit www.debbiedeane.com.

Sam Platt of Lawrence, KS, works as a freelance studio engineer recording commercials for several major clients. He recorded the music and audio for a promotional video for the city of Kansas City and is currently working on a tribute CD for Buck O'Neill featuring local jazz artists.

Guitarist Patrick Redd of Kansas City, MO, owns Funky Munky Music, which sells products worldwide. The store regularly hosts clinics and performances featuring top musicians. Visit www.funkymunkymusic.com.

Lara (D'Agostino) Schwartz of Providence, RI, wrote the book Making Music Videos: Everything You Need to Know from the Best in the Business that was published by Billboard Books in June.

 
  Thomas Snow '91

Pianist Thomas Snow of Westbrook, ME, released Some Other Time, a CD of solo piano arrangements of jazz standards. The release is Snow's third. Visit www.tomsnow.com.

Bassist Jesse Williams of Arlington, MA, plays with Duke Robillard and was featured on Robillard's Guitar Groove-a-Rama, which received a Grammy nomination. He also plays with Al Kooper and teaches at Milton Academy.

1992

Bassist Ivan Bodley of Brooklyn, NY, and the retro/nuevo soul band Cracked Ice are previewing four songs from their upcoming CD at www.myspace.com/crackediceband.

Andy Germain of Calabasas, CA, completed a national children's hospital tour in the spring as the character Andy Glockenspiel. Germain has been a children's music performer for 20 years and has released the CD Monster in Pink Underwear. Visit www.andyglockenspiel.com.

Songwriter and producer Rob Graves of Nashville, TN, wrote the songs "Breathe into Me" and "Already Over" that reached number one on the Christian rock charts. He also produced the Grammy-nominated CD End of Silence by the band Red.

Jay Jennings of Burbank, CA, did sound effects editing for the Clint Eastwood movies Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima. Each won an Oscar for sound editing.

Bassist Jesse Stern of Los Angeles, CA, has been touring with the band Hanson since January. Visit www.jessestern.com.

1993

Melvin Butler of Palmyra, VA, is an assistant professor of music at the University of Virginia. He has earned master's of arts and Ph.D. degrees from New York University and is writing a book on Pentecostal music in Haiti.

 
Lori Cotler '93  

Vocalist Lori Cotler of New York City worked with producer Leo Sidran and percussionist Glen Velez on a single entitled "Nature Boy" that was released on iTunes. Visit www.loricotler.com.

1994

Guitarist "Metal" Mike Chlasciak of North Arlington, NJ, toured with Sebastian Bach (formerly of Skid Row) opening for Guns 'n' Roses. Chlasciak also appears in the new Halford video "Forgotten Generation." Visit www.myspace.com/metalmikechlasciak.

Jason Heinrichs of Richfield, MN, and his group Roomsa released the new CD Oceans on his website (www.aphrodisio.com) and iTunes.

Ivan Ilic of Belgrade, Serbia, wrote a symphonic arrangement of Serbian movie themes for an international broadcast celebrating 50 years of the European Union. He is completing a musical theater work titled Down to Earth that will premiere in Belgrade in December.

Steve Kercher of Manchester, MA, cowrote the song "Friend of Africa" for the PBS/BBC documentary Amazing Grace, which chronicles the life of abolitionist William Wilberforce.

Bassist Tim Luntzel of Brooklyn, NY, is playing with the band Smokey's Roundup and on an assortment of other gigs. Visit www.luntzel.com.

Cliff Truesdell of San Francisco, CA, authored the book Mastering Digital Audio Production: The Professional Music Workflow with Mac OS X and the companion blog and podcast called Making Music with OS X. Visit www.clifftruesdell.com.

1995

Jared Cruz of San Francisco, CA, is completing a CD with the band Mud. The band plays regularly in the Bay Area and has opened for top artists.

Songwriter Tami Machnai of Glen Ridge, NJ, took first prize in the Billboard World Songwriting Contest and won the Excellence in Songwriting Award. She toured her native Israel this spring and released three of her songs on CD. Visit www.tamimachnai.com.

Drummer Assaf Seewi of London, England, released the DVD Gimme That Beat. In addition to his work as a songwriter, Seewi has released three critically acclaimed CDs and has composed music for television. Visit www.assaf.co.uk.

Singer Orna Shifren of Calabasas, CA, recently married Sam Purkin '88. Celebrated musicians Nathan East and Don Grusin performed during the ceremony. Purkin recently cowrote and produced the single "Gimme Some" for saxophonist Warren Hill '87.

Pianist Caroline Wegener of Berlin, Germany, released the CD Jazzscetches with the Caroline Wegener Acoustic Trio featuring Denis Stilke '93 (bass) and Serge Radke (drums). Wegener had a daughter, Annika Josephine, in September 2006. Visit www.jazzpages.com/carolinewegener.

1996

Singer & composer José Conde of Brooklyn, NY, and his Cuban groove band José Conde y Ola Fresca have released a new CD, (R)Evolución, for the Mr. Bongo Records label. Alumni on the project include Gonzalo Grau '98, Aquiles Baez '96, Juancho Herrera '95, Renato Thoms '95, and Albert Leusink '99.

Julian Graciano of Buenos Aires, Argentina, is arranging music for the Turkish tango group Okotango and for bandonéon player Eduardo Fernandez.

Michael Heyman of Somerville, MA, is coeditor of The Tenth Rasa: An Anthology of Indian Nonsense. The book contains stories, songs, folk tales, poetry and prose by Indian authors. Visit www.tenthrasa.blogspot.com.

Boris (Perovic) Berlin of New York City coproduced on the new CD Café Mozart with Bob Parr '75. The disc combines tango, Latin, Middle Eastern, and Klezmer styles on 17 Mozart pieces. Visit www.myspace.com/mozartmodern.

Raul Ramirez of Hollywood, FL, has released Ecomusica Vol.2: Ambient Lounge, a follow-up to his Ecomusica Vol. 1: The Chillout Sessions, which was among the top 100 electronica albums in Canada for 2005. Visit www.ecomusica.com.

1997

 
  Christopher Crocco '97

Guitarist Christopher Crocco of New York City released a new CD, The Chris Crocco Fluid Trio, which features saxophonist George Garzone and drummer Francisco Mela-Castro. Crocco also plays on Garzone's new recording, One Two Three Four. Visit www.chriscrocco.com.

Composer William Richter of Los Angeles, CA, is cowriting music with concert pianist Daniel Lessner. Richter has scored feature films, theatrical trailers, and commercials since his arrival in Los Angeles 10 years ago. Visit www.skandamusic.com.

Samantha Skripko Gandia of Camden, NJ, is teaching voice, piano, and songwriting and performing around New Jersey. She and her husband, Antonio Gandia '97, have three-year-old twins and a new son.

The short film Everything's OK by filmmaker Tintin Wulia of Travancore, Australia, has become part of the permanent collection of the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, Holland. Visit www.tintinwulia.com.

1998

Saxophonist Aaron Santee of Port Washington, WI, has launched his own line of professional saxophones called Santee Saxophones. Visit www.santeesaxophones.com.

Bassist Guido Farusi Stewart of Madrid, Spain, plays with the Madrid Big Band and Fat Ladies Jazz Quartet and is also an actor. Visit www.guidofarusi.com.

Bassist Whynot Jansveld of Brooklyn, NY, has been touring with Jonatha Brooke and Gavin DeGraw as well as recording an album with the Weepies. Visit www.whytunes.com.

Tracy Vail of Derry, NH, is business development and artist relations manager for Yellow Brick Road Entertainment, LLC, which has launched the BandDigs site, a forum for bands to stream live video broadcasts and conduct video chats with fans. Visit www.banddigs.com.

1999

Theresa Jones Bailey of Venice Beach, CA, will tour for the next two years as a featured vocalist and keyboard player with Cirque du Soleil's new show, Kooza. Her husband, Chris Bailey, is the show's drummer. Visit www.cirquedusoleil.com.

Richard Furch of Los Angeles, CA, has done engineering work for recordings by Tyrese, Miley Cyrus, and Omarion at his own production room. Visit www.emixing.com.

2000

Drummer Ferenc Nemeth of Brooklyn, NY, released his debut CD, Night Songs, featuring his original compositions and arrangements played with bassist John Patitucci, saxophonists Mark Turner '90 and Chris Cheek '91, guitarist Lionel Loueke '00, and pianist Aaron Parks. Visit www.ferencnemeth.com.

Vocalist Michael Sean Harris of Saint Catherine, Jamaica, is teaching music, playing various gigs and writing for theater, reggae, and gospel-pop artists. Visit www.myspace.com/michaelseanharrismusic.

Joe Kenny of Valley Springs, CA, has been appointed as the new operations manager for Craviotto Drum Company.

Guitarist Matt Konfirst of West Chicago, IL, released War of Righteousness, his second solo album. Special guest artists include Vreny van Elslande '02 and Andrew Bordoni (guitar) and Christopher Konfirst (trumpet). Visit www.mattkonfirst.com.

Percussionist Sly De Moya of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, completed a tour of the Dominican Republic sponsored by the American Embassy and Cultures of Rhythm.

Rob Szyba of Garfield, NJ, is enrolled at Hofstra University School of Law in Hempstead, NY, and working toward a juris doctorate degree.

Violinist Robert Thompson of Oakland, CA, toured with Cirque du Soleil for three years. He made Four Generations, an eight-minute video widely viewed on the Internet about humanitarian work he and his wife did in rural China. To view it, visit www.jazzviolin.com.

2001

Guitarist/composer Julio Santillán is performing with the Julio Santillán Trio, featuring Nuno Antunes (clarinet) and Mauro Satalino on percussion. Visit www.juliosantillan.com.

2002

Orpheo McCord of Los Angeles, CA, has been touring Europe and the United States with the band the Fall. The band's new CD is titled Reformation Post TLC. Visit www.thefall.info. McCord also performs and records with Cass McCombs.

 
Kendrick Scott '03  

Pianist Aruán Ortiz of Tarragona, Spain, completed a tour of Spain in February and March. Visit www.aruanortiz.net.

Nolan Warden of Chicago, IL, is an adjunct faculty member at Malcolm X College and College of Lake County, and is a facilitator for Boston University's online graduate program in music education.

2003

Drummer Kendrick Scott of New York City released his debut album, The Source, featuring 10 of his original jazz compositions. Among those backing Scott are guitarists Lionel Loueke '00 and Lage Lund '00 and saxophonists Walter Smith '02 and Seamus Blake '92.

Composer J.J. Lee of Los Angeles, CA, has been writing for TV, film, and video games. She won the Game Audio Network Guild's student/apprentice composition award and has established Overtone Productions with Chris Lord '05. Visit www.jjandchris.com.

Luis J. Santiago Sierra directs the band program at the University of Puerto Rico, Ponce. He conducted a workshop with his wife, Nadine, at the Universidad de las Americas Puebla in Mexico.

 
  Hiromi Uehara '03

Pianist Hiromi Uehara of Brooklyn, NY, has released the CD Time Control on the Telarc label. Her trio Hiromi's Sonic Boom was augmented by faculty member David Fiuczynski as guest guitarist.

2004

The album Sentido Tropical by Rique Colón of Toa Baja, Puerto Rico, was a winner of a Vox Populi award and a finalist in the Best Latin Album category at the Independent Music Awards. Visit www.riquecolon.com.

Michael Dishner (a.k.a. Gejius) of Portland, OR, released the CD Black Eyes and Wet Set: The Toys of Synth, a CD and booklet of music for illustrations by artist Sean Christensen.

Natlie Fernandez of Miami, FL, is playing gigs in her area and completing an album.

Gregory Monskie of Carlisle, PA, earned his law degree from the Dickinson School of Law at Pennsylvania State University in May.

Juan Sebastián de Peyrecave of Doral, FL, and José Gentile of Los Angeles, CA, were producers and engineers for the Mi Tiempo CD by Latin star Chayanne. De Peyrecave cowrote five songs for the disc and played guitar and drums. He also worked on the Jennifer Lopez album Como Ama Una Mujer. Visit www.josegentile.com and www.sebastiandepeyrecave.com.

Vocalist and songwriter Natalie Stovall of Columbia, TN, was invited to sing "God Bless America" for President George W. Bush at the White House Correspondents' Association dinner. View it at www.youtube.com/nataliestovall.

Composer Michael Teoli of Los Angeles completed the score for the independent film 41, a documentary about Nicholas O'Neill, who died in the Station nightclub fire in Rhode Island in 2003. Visit www.michaelteoli.com.

2005

Elizabeth Ziman of New York City and her band Elizabeth & the Catapult had the single "Momma's Boy" reviewed in Billboard magazine.

 
Shayna Zaid '05  

Joel Gonzalez of New York, NY, released the hip-hop CD Lounge Rap Vol. 1 with the band Lifted. Visit www.loungerap.com.

Brooks Milgate of Charlton, MA, and Steve Foster '06 are members of the band the Luxury. Their debut CD was released in February. Visit www.theluxuryband.com.

Pianist and vocalist Rachel Solomon of Goodlettsville, TN, plays with the all-female country band Mustang Sally with bassist Amanda Ruzza '03 and fiddler Sarah Wilfong Joblin '01 and has been opening for major acts.

Vocalist Shayna Zaid of New York City released the CD Half a World Away that was coproduced by Joel Dean '04. The project is the first to combine American pop and r&b in songs featuring both English and Malay lyrics. Visit www.myspace.com/shaynazaid.

 
  From the left: Carley Martin '07, Krysta Youngs '05, Megan Burtt '07, Jenny Langer '05, and Rachel Black '06 rocked the Lipstick Sessions at Harpers Ferry in Allston, MA, on April 15. The event, the first of many to come, was a showcase for top, young female artists and celebrated the intersection of music, fashion, and visual art.

2006

Alex Beram of Newton, MA, was recently named general manager of the Regattabar in Cambridge.

Singer Tyla Vercollone of Duxbury, MA, is performing in the Boston area and working for Abbott Personnel Services in Boston.

Brian Zarlenga of Los Angeles and his band Blue Judy were featured in the reality show Jammin' that aired nationwide in January on SiTV. On the show, John Densmore of the Doors mentors Blue Judy and headlines a concert in West Hollywood. Visit www.bluejudy.com.