Berklee's Summer in the City series and Topnotch Resort in Stowe, VT are partnering this summer for two day-long festivals, Berkleefest, on July 26 and August 30 in Stowe, Vermont. As a special deal, Topnotch is running a contest throughout the summer on Instagram and YouTube for Berklee students and alumni to win a two-night stay at the resort any time in the 2015 season.
Dennis Keating of Rancho Cordova, CA, is working on a Louis Armstrong tribute and will embark on a 10-month Korean cruise ship gig to Japan and China. He is also a freelance musician in Las Vegas and northern California. Visit www.baddoglive.com.
Saxophonist, flutist and composer Laura Dreyer of New York City released the CDFree Flying Bird on Piloo Records, which is distributed by Sony Premium Latin. It's available at CD Baby, iTunes, and Amazon.
David Young of Decatur, GA, conducts drum circles in the Georgia public-school system as part of a school counseling program. He authored the books Skits, Raps & Poems for the School Counselor and Sing Along Guidance.
Guitarist Rick Stone of Brooklyn, NY, released his fifth album, Fractals, a trio album featuring a mix of original compositions and jazz standards. It also features Marco Panascia '02 on bass. Visit www.rickstone.com.
Anthony J. Resta of Westford, MA, and his band Electrons wrote music for a seven-minute film for David Lynch and for the TV show Burn Notice. He is also coproducing the new Michael Chiklis Band album, released a remix of the Duran Duran single "Girl Panic!," and co-wrote the Minky Starshine single "Cinematic Mojo." Visit www.bopnique.com.
Saxophonist and composer Frank Macchia of Burbank, CA, arranged and produced his band Swamp Thang's new self-titled album. Other alumni in the band include Eric Jensen '79 and Tom Lockett '80. Visit www.frankmacchia.net.