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1970s  -  1980s  -  1990s  -  2000s

 
  Jon Hammond '74

1974

Saxophonist Don Davis of Manchester, NH, released the CDs The Microscopic Septet: Lobster Leaps In on Cuneiform Records and Davis & Deleault on Delvad Music. He teaches at the Manchester Community Music School and the High Mowing School, both of which are located in New Hampshire. Visit www.myspace.com/donalddod.

Organist and accordionist Jon Hammond of New York City embarked on his annual tour of Germany in March and streamed several of his gigs on his Live Streaming HammondCast channel. The tour marked Hammond's 23rd appearance at Musikmesse in Frankfort. Visit www.livestream.com/hammondcast.

1975

Vocalist and drummer Jack Evans of Katonah, NY, and his band Reverend Zen received a nomination from Toronto Exclusive magazine for best song. The group's

Bad Attitude CD was nominated for best international adult contemporary song at this year's Canadian awards and won song of the year at Spain's Effigy Awards. Visit www.reverendzenmusic.com.

 
  Bill McCormick '75

Brad Hatfield of Westwood, MA, was recently hired as the co-composer of the FX television series Rescue Me. He also served as the co-arranger, conductor, and pianist on Susan Werner's new CD Classics.

Composer Bill McCormick of Stamford, CT, composed the music for the CD To Be Continued. The disc's eight tracks feature guitarist Ken Hatfield '75 backed by bassist Hans Glawischnig '92 and percussionists Steve Kroon and Dan Weiss. Visit www.mpubmusic.com.

Keyboardist John Novello of Valley Village, CA, released B3 Soul in conjunction with the No Go label and Nu Groove Records. B3 Soul was coproduced by multiplatinum songwriter and producer Andy Goldmark. The disc's first single, "Feelin' the Beat," was released in March.

1976

Guitarist Chuck Loeb of Hilton Head Island, SC, released Between 2 Worlds on the Heads Up International label. Saxophonist Eric Marienthal '79 was a guest soloist and Loeb's wife, Carmen, and daughter, Lizzy, provide background vocals on the disc. Visit www.chuckloeb.com.

 
Dean Brown '77  

1977

Funk-fusion guitarist Dean Brown of San Diego, CA, released Modern Techniques for the Electric Guitarist, an instructional DVD that demonstrates two-handed rhythmic independence, developing rhythm patterns with a variety of grooves, and more. Visit www.myspace.com/deanbrown.

Joe Lopez of Miller Place, NY, plays in a jazz trio and is active in his local music scene. He is recording a CD of music written by Steve Subject and also teaching.

Flutist Amy Thropp of Duluth, GA, serves as the choir director for the congregation Beth Shalom in Dunwoody, GA. She also works as the VP of marketing at the Integrated Technology Group.

1980

Producer and multi-instrumentalist Anthony Resta of Westford, MA, released The Critically Forgotten Demos of Saturn under the artist name Ajax Ray O'Vaque. The CD is available on eMusic, iTunes, and Amazon.com. Visit www.anthonyjresta.com.

Drummer David S. Young of Decatur, GA, published his first book, Skits, Raps, & Poems for the School Counselor, with Marco Products publishing. He is a school counselor in suburban Atlanta. Visit www.marcoproducts.com/

skitsrapspoems.html.

 
  Paul Sciaba '83

1981

Guitarist Michael Cassidy of Canoga Park, CA, independently released the 12-track concept album A Lone Mutant's Sonic Salvation and also wrote and produced all songs and recorded guitars, bass, vocals, and keyboard tracks. Ronnie Ciago '77 played drums and percussion. Visit www.michaelcassidy.org.

Guitarist Craig Cullinan of El Cajon, CA, worked with the progressive rock band Animation led by Eric Charles '80. He is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in history from San Diego State and will graduate in May 2009.

Jon Eeg-Henriksen of Oslo, Norway, is the chairman of Samspill International Music Network, an organization of world musicians in Norway.

1982

Composer and arranger Rich Adams of Nashville, TN, arranged and orchestrated a violin concerto for violinist Stefan Petrescu. The work was performed in concert by the Black Sea Philharmonic Orchestra in Costanza, Romania, and was subsequently recorded for the CD Music from Middle Tennessee State University. Adams is earning his doctorate in composition at the University of Memphis. Visit http://richardscottadams.com.

Trumpeter Mark Buselli of Indianapolis, IN, is the director of jazz studies at Ball State University in Indiana. His group the Buselli Wallarab Jazz Orchestra just released its sixth recording on the Owl Studios label.

1983

Guitarist and singer Paul Sciaba of Wakefield, MA, has released a solo acoustic album titled Impressions. He plays in the Boston area with the trio Cool Change. Visit www.coolchangemusic.com.

1984

Drummer Chris DeRosa of New York City joined pop-dance diva Nadia Ali in support of her new album Love Story. The pre-release single debuted on the Billboard charts at number 38. DeRosa also freelances with songwriters Monica Allison and Amanda Ray and works with his own jazz quartet Monkfish. Visit www.chrisderosa.com.

Saxophonist Anthony Grant of Cambridge, MA, performed with First Class Band for the 2009 presidential inaugural celebration held in Boston. Visit www.firstclassband.com.

 
Anthony Grant '84  

Arranger and producer Rob Mathes of Greenwich, CT, served as the music director for the January 18 opening inaugural concert for President Barack Obama at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. Performers included Bono, Beyoncé Knowles, Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen, Josh Groban, and many others.

1985

Trumpeter Chris Kase of Madrid, Spain, released Ode, his fifth CD as a leader. Kase is a professor of jazz trumpet and improvisation at Musikene, a music conservatory in San Sebastián, Spain. Visit www.chriskase.com.

Saxophonist John Scarpulla of Huntington, NY, served as the musical director for the Long Island Music Hall of Fame Awards, where he conducted, arranged, and performed with Run-DMC and Chuck D, Kenny Vance, the Tokens and more. He also released Everybody Get Down with his band Funk Filharmonik. Visit www.johnscarpulla.com.

Robert Tarchara of Taunton, MA, celebrated the 20th anniversary of Stoughton Music Center, a retail store and music school he founded. Tarchara has published books on guitar and arranging for Minstrel Press and Santorella Publications. Visit www.stoughtonmusic.com.

1986

Guitarist Kevin Kastning of Groton, MA, released the CD Parabola with fellow guitarist Sándor Szabó. The pair plays 12-string baritone, 12-string alto, and six-string bass-baritone guitars on Kastning's 11 compositions. Visit www.kevinkastning.com.

1987

Guitarist and composer Dario Saraceno of Wappingers Falls, NY, released the CD Dario & the Clear, with guest musicians Mark Egan and Mike D'Agostino. Visit www.myspace.com/dariotheclear.

1988

Composer Shawn Clement of Canyon Country, CA, is scoring the 3-D, CGI sci-fi film Quantum Quest. In April, Clement will record his score at George Lucas's Skywalker Ranch with an 82-piece orchestra. The movie will premiere in theaters later this year.

Guitarist Derek Davidowich of Hopatcong, NJ, released the recording The Sky Is Falling with his band Days before Tomorrow. The independent release was produced by Ron Nevison. Visit www.daysbeforetomorrow.com.

 
  Jennifer Dixon '90

1989

Anders Bostrom of Verona, NJ, is playing flute, piccolo, and recorder for the Broadway production of Shrek.

Guitarist Michael Crutcher of Lowell, MA, and his band Trick Bag are writing and recording original music that pays tribute to the funky music of New Orleans. Crutcher also teaches 50 private students per week.

Composer and songwriter Douglas Clarke DeAngelis of Los Angeles, CA, operates DeAngelis Music Inc., a music supervision company. He also co-owns Messy Music, a publishing company that licenses music for film, television, and video games, with Kevin Haskins.

Guitarist Philip DiTullio of Milford, MA, is the founder of the Schillinger Society and is a leading authority on the Schillinger System of Musical Composition. He also presented at the Kharkiv Jazz Festival in the Ukraine, the birthplace of Joseph Schillinger.

Composer Gernot Wolfgang of Los Angeles, CA, was commissioned by the Verdehr Trio and Michigan State University to compose the work Sketch Book. The Verdher Trio will tour and perform the piece through May. The New York classical radio station WQXR 96.3 FM broadcasted a performance of the piece in March. Visit www.gernotwolfgang.com.

1990

Pianist and guitarist Nick Bomleny of Windermere, FL, organized a special show to benefit Toys for Tots with his group Switch and an all-star lineup of local musicians, including blues guitarist Pat Travers and vocalist Chris Kirkpatrick of 'N Sync. Visit www.iloveswitch.com.

Drummer and engineer Geoff Chase of Watertown, MA, has completed work on the first Axemunkee CD, Sidewalk Mary, which was featured on the SIRIUS/XM show "Dave Marsh Kicks out the Jams." Chase has also played drums and engineered recordings by the British psychedelic band Sendelica titled Live at the Knitting Factory and Transatlantic Underground. Visit www.myspace.com/gchase67.

Jennifer R. Dixon of Orlando, FL, was promoted to a senior associate at the law firm Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster Kantor & Reed, P.A. Her work involves appellate law, intellectual property, real estate, land use and property rights litigation, and sports and entertainment law.

Guitarist Gene Ess of Ridgewood, NY, released the album Modes of Limited Transcendence on Simp Records. This summer he will headline at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club in London. Visit www.jazzgenemusic.com.

 
Laura Siersema '90  

Singer/songwriter Laura Siersema of Greenfield, MA, recorded the CD Talon of the Blackwater, her third independent release. Produced by Jay Hovnanian and mastered by Jeff Lipton, the album features T. Lavitz, Nick Falk '06, Marcelo Woloski '07, Nate Comp, Bruce J. LeBlanc, and Alastair Moock and faculty members Michael Farquharson and Eugene Friesen. Visit www.laurasiersema.com.

1991

Jazz guitarist Juan Camacho of Madrid, Spain, released La estrategia del tiempo (The Strategy of Time). Visit www.juancamacho.es.

Guitarist and songwriter Doug Emery of Cape Elizabeth, ME, reissued two albums that he recorded in the 1990s: Ukiah and Doug Emery. Alumni Tom Snow '91 (piano) and Jason St. Pierre '91 (saxophone) appear on the latter disc. Visit www.myspace.com/dougemerymusic.

Trumpeter Marc Chillemi of South Portland, ME, joined the group Orchestra Baobab (from Dakar) onstage for sold-out shows at the Somerville Theatre and Higher Ground in Burlington, VT. Chillemi currently performs with the traditional Cuban sextet Primo Cubano. Visit www.myspace.com/marcchillemi.

Guitarist John Scott Evans of Doraville, GA, is featured in the latest issue of Fingerstyle Guitar magazine. His song "Cascadia" from his latest CD, Above the Sun, was included in the Master's Workshop section of the magazine. The CD is available on iTunes. This year, Evans will tour the United States and Japan. Visit www.johnscott evans.com.

Engineer Brian Vibberts of Los Angeles, CA, mixed the Chick Corea and Gary Burton double CD The New Crystal Silence, which was nominated for three Grammy Awards and won the Grammy in the Best Jazz Instrumental Album category. Vibberts has mixed an upcoming release for Chick Corea and John McLaughlin's Five Peace Band.

1992

Bassist Ivan Bodley of Brooklyn, NY, played the Creative Coalition 2009 Inaugural Ball with Sam Moore, Elvis Costello, and Sting. He also performed in the house band at the Kennedy Center with his band Cracked Ice at an event honoring the late comedian George Carlin. Bodley serves as the music director for Sam Moore.

Saxophonist Rudresh K. Mahanthappa of Brooklyn, NY, released two CDs, Kinsmen and Apti, both of which received favorable reviews in The New Yorker and Rolling Stone magazine. Visit www.rudreshm.com.

Bassist Jesse Stern of Los Angeles, CA, backed Sly Stone during a recent tour. The band also features Sly's daughter Novena and Stacey Lamont Sydnor. Stern has also worked as a freelance bassist, producer, and songwriter and recently opened for Céline Dion. He also completed producing and cowriting Lounge Theory, Vol.1, a lounge-chill-electronica project released in March.

 
  Tristana Ward '93

1993

Earl Johnson Jr. of Inglewood, CA, released his new CD Juicy. Visit www.earljohnsonjr.com.

Composer and arranger Philip H. Manos of Tarzana, CA, worked on the CDs See My Face and Christmas Is ... by Mark Masri, and The Lights of December by Amy Sky. Manos and producer David Foster co-arranged a duet with Olivia Newton-John. Visit www.philsphilharmonic.com.

Pianist Greg Steiner of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, owns and operates Q Station, a full-service production company for film, television, radio, and music. He produced and directed his first feature-length comedy and mystery film Bumping off Burt on location in South Florida. Aaron Fulkerson '93 provided an original orchestral score for the film. Visit www.q-station.com.

Vocalist Tristana Ward of Los Angeles, CA, released her debut CD, Dreamland: Songs for Sleepyheads Big and Small. The album is a collection of beloved children's songs. Visit www.tristanaward.com.

1994

Saxophonist Richard D'Abreu of Richmond, VA, released his latest CD, Jazz in the Spirit. The lead-off single is a contemporary vocal jazz adaptation of "Look and Live," a classic hymn penned in 1887 by William A. Odgen. Visit www.jazzinthespirit.com.

Bassist and trombonist Leon D. Rawlings of Washington, D.C., is the music director and founder of 76 Degrees West Band, a funk-jazz group. The single "School Boy Crush" from the band's forthcoming self-titled album reached number one on Washington, D.C.-area radio. Visit www2.airplaydirect.com/music/ bands/25385/index.php.

Singer/songwriter Jessica Will of Los Angeles, CA, released the CD Edges of My Solitude and a music video produced by Henri Yonet '91. Visit www.jessicawill.com.

1995

Jason T. Buckingham of Westminster, CO, was selected as the Colorado representative in School Band and Orchestra magazine's "50 Directors Who Make a Difference" poll. He is the director of bands at Northglenn High School in Northglenn, CO.

"Swiss Chris" Flueck of Neuendorf, Switzerland, served as the drummer and musical director for John Legend's recent tour. He has also recorded and/or performed with Kanye West, Chuck D, Run-DMC, Wyclef Jean, and Billy Cobham. Visit www.myspace.com/ swisschristhemanonthedrums.

Drummer Shinya Miyamoto of Astoria, NY, completed a tour of Japan with the Glory Gospel Singers as the group's drummer and producer. The cast included Nadine Ford '07 and Nichelle Mungo '97. Visit www.shinyamiyamoto.com.

1996

Bassist Stefan Redtenbacher of Hollycombe, England, released his latest funk opus, Hausmusik, with the group Redtenbacher's Funkestra. The band is mastering its fourth album, Concubine Chronicles-Live at British Grove. Visit www.stefanredtenbacher.com.

Saxophonist Ada Rovatti of New York City released her new CD Green Factor, which blends jazz and Celtic styles. Rovatti is joined by George Colligan, Janek Gwizdala '00, Obed Calvaire, Christian Howes and special guests Randy Brecker, Adam Rogers, and Ivan Goff. Visit www.adarovatti.com.

1997

Guitarist Justin Ballard of Quincy, MA, and his band Debris were nominated for best rock act and best hard-core and metal act at the Worcester Music Awards. Visit www.debrisband.com.

Singer/songwriter Manda Mosher of Los Angeles, CA, released Everything You Need on the indie roots label Red Parlor Records. Visit www.mandamosher.com.

Barry Silver of North Attleboro, MA, is the chief technology officer at Security Lock Distributors. He also plays drums with Jennifer Minuto and the Boston-based rock band Switchblade Suicide. The band plans to record its second album in June. Visit www.switchbladesuicide.com.

 
Jerome Sabbagh '98  

1998

Saxophonist Jerome Sabbagh of Brooklyn, NY, released One Two Three on the Bee Jazz label. Sabbagh is joined by Ben Street on bass and Rodney Green on drums. The CD is Sabbagh's third album as a leader. For more information visit www.jeromesabbagh.com.

1999

Theresa Jones-Bailey of Woodland Hills, CA, sang background vocals on Jennifer Hudson's recent tour, which included appearances on several national TV broadcasts. Jones-Bailey sang backgrounds on Anastacia's new CD Heavy Rotation, and her song "Victory" was recorded by teen gospel artist Spensha Baker.

David Lockeretz of Long Beach, CA, launched a networking site to connect music teachers with interested students. Visit www. findmymusicteacher.com.

 
  Laura Vecchione '00

2000

Engineer John Campbell of Garden Grove, CA, works as a freelance sound engineer, educator, and consultant in Southern California. He is in his sixth year as a senior audio technician and music mixer at the Crystal Cathedral.

Drummer J.L. Claybourne of West Hartford, CT, recorded an acoustic Americana album with Mike Greca and hip-hop drum tracks for Enemy Concept. Visit www.myspace.com/jlclaybourne.

Bassist Janek Gwizdala of Los Angeles, CA, released Live at the 55 Bar and is touring Europe, the United States, and Asia with Jojo Mayer, Oli Rockberger '02, and singer/songwriter Jem as his musical director. Gwizdala also produced the debut album of Justin Vasquez.

Guitarist David Middleton of Los Angeles, CA, released his second CD, The Sad Thing Is, We Like It Here, with his band Shaimus.

Saxophonist Bob Reynolds of Los Angeles, CA, is a member of John Mayer's touring band. Mayer and Reynolds recently worked together in the studio to record solos for Australian singer Guy Sebastian and performed with Michael Bublé on a taped episode for television hosted by Chris Isaak. Visit www.bobreynoldsmusic.com.

Singer/songwriter Laura Vecchione of Old Greenwich, CT, released her sophomore album, Girl in the Band, mixed by multi-Grammy Award winner Jim Scott. She has placed four songs on TNT's drama Saving Grace and wrote, recorded, and taped a video inspired by Mahalia Jackson and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Visit www.lauravmusic.com.

 
Hey Rim Jeon '01  

2001

Singer/songwriter Lola Danza of Brooklyn, NY, gave a master class on jazz improvisation at Endicott College in March. Visit www.loladanza.com.

Pianist Hey Rim Jeon of Somerville, MA, released Mona Lisa Puzzle, featuring drummers Terri Lyne Carrington '83 and Richie Barshay, saxophonist Dave Liebman, and bassist James Genus. Visit www.jazzjeon.com.

2002

Singer/songwriter Melissa Axel of Denver, CO, released the new five-song EP Transition. The disc's five vocal/piano originals feature violinist Kailin Yong and cellist Ryan Drickey. She also founded the Colorado Artist Network, a nonprofit organization that hosts songwriting/music-industry workshops. Visit www.melissaaxel.com.

Drummer/composer Rick Landwehr of Brookline, MA, is featured on Tamandua's CD Eternal Anteater of the Universe, along with Joe Conley '02 and Brant Grieshaber '98. Landwehr also plays with the Daniel Bennett Group and endorses Vic Firth products. Visit www.ricklandwehr.com.

Singer/songwriter Erika Luckett of El Prado, NM, was featured on the show Art of the Song. The show is hosted by Michael Shorr '02 and can be streamed at www.artofthesong.org/tune-in/shows/show-209.

 
  Melissa Axel '02

2003

Guitarist B.J. Block of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, placed the songs "Mersey Beat" and "The Twilight Drive-In" with a Boston-based music licensing company. The songs are from Block's most recent CD, Glitterball. Visit www.myspace.com/bjblockmusic.

Singer/songwriter Lauren Flaherty of Boston, MA, released her sophomore album, You Don't Know Me, featuring collaborations with Ryan McCormack '03, Lindsay Gardner '05, and Jeni Magana '08. Visit www.laurenflaherty.com.

Composer and arranger Jinsoo Kim of Palisades Park, NJ, received his master's degree in film scoring and multimedia composition from New York University. He has worked for the National Geographic, History, and Discovery channels.

 
Ethan Brosh '04  

2004

Violinist Lydia Veilleux of Redondo Beach, CA, launched the company Short Order Strings with Ryan Leach '05. Short Order Strings offers professionally produced and arranged string tracks for recordings. Visit www. shortorderstrings.com.

Guitarist Ethan Brosh of Newton, MA, signed with Magna Carta Records and released Out of Oblivion, his debut instrumental album. Guest artists on the CD include George Lynch, Greg Howe, Joe Stump, and Mike Mangini. It was mixed and mastered in England by producer Chris Tsangarides. Brosh performs in the Greater Boston area with Angels of Babylon. Visit www.myspace.com/ethanbrosh.

Singer/songwriter Mare Wakefield of Nashville, TN, released Ironwood and has toured the United States, Germany, and Holland in support of the album. Visit www.marewakefield.com.

Guitarist Nobuki Takamen of Jersey City, NJ, released the new CD From Now On. It features Hitoshi Kanda (piano), Bryan Beninghove (tenor sax), Toshiyuki Tanahashi (bass) and Makoto Kikuchi (drums). Visit www. nobukitakamen.com.

Alexandra Velez of Miami Beach, FL, is the assistant manager for the studio the Hit Factory Criteria Miami.

 
  Nobuki Takamen'04

2005

Guitarist Patrick Dugan of Naperville, IL, released Wheels of Time with his band Harlan Flo featuring P.J. Dalton '05. The CD was produced by Berklee faculty member Marty Walsh for Fuzz Junker Records. Visit www. harlanflo.com.

Multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter Mariana Iranzi of Buenos Aires, Argentina, released her debut album for children titled Adventura Collage. It features 15 songs in a range of styles. Visit www.marianairanzi.com.

Bassist Esperanza Spalding of Boston, MA, performed at the White House with Stevie Wonder in February.

Drummer Mike Stavitz of Brookline, MA, is currently on tour with Vanguard recording artists the Alternate Routes.

Jazz Pianist Anders Vercelli of Boston, MA, released the CD titled Just Ahead featuring his trio playing jazz standards and original material. Bassist Blake Marquez '05 also performs on the disc. Visit www.andersjazz.com.

 
Mariana Iranzi '05  

2006

Vocalist and TV host Dessy Dobreva of Astoria, NY, toured the United States and Canada to celebrate the national independence day of her native Bulgaria. Visit www.myspace.com/dessydobreva.

Drummer Elisa Logothetis of Richmond, VA, toured with American Idol runner-up David Archuleta. Visit www.myspace.com/eliaslogothetis1.

Guitarist Mark McKnight of Belfast, Ireland, released his debut album, Overnight, featuring Sam Yahel, Will Vinson, and Mark Ferber. He placed third in last year's Montreux Jazz Guitar Competition. Visit www.markmcknight.co.uk.

Adam Rich of Woburn, MA, released his debut EP 100 Years of Summer on the Modern Day Detachment label. Pianist Michael Galvin '05 also worked on the project. Visit www.myspace.com/adambrich.

David Schmidt of Glen Rock, NJ, was named the vice president of copyright administration for Sony Music Entertainment. He is responsible for all facets of copyright licensing for each of Sony's U.S. labels.

Singer/songwriter Jonelle Vette of Sherman Oaks, CA, released her two EPs: Vette and Wonderlust. Her songs have won several awards on GarageBand.com, including best female vocals and best mood in alternative pop. Visit www. vettemusic.com.

2008

Shota Nakama of Boston, MA, is the producer and musical director for the Berklee Video Game Orchestra, which consists of a 40-piece chamber orchestra, 40-voice choir, and five-piece rock band. Visit www.vgo-online.org.

Bassist Daniel Ori of New York City received the ASCAP Young Jazz Composers Award. Visit www.myspace.com/danielori.