Steven Corn

Steven Corn of West Hills, CA, is the CEO and cofounder of digital distributor, BFM Digital, which released the Gaddabouts’ Look Out Now! in September, featuring Edie Brickell, Steve Gadd, Pino Palladino, and Andy Fairweather Low. BFM Jazz also released John Daversa’s Artful Joy.

Zoro

Drummer Zoro of Brentwood, TN, was honored in June as part of the White House Fatherhood Champions of Change & Convening on Engaging Men and Boys. Visit www.zorothedrummer.com. 

Toshiya Ochiai

Songwriter Toshiya Ochiai of Kyoto, Japan, is writing songs in English, with inspiration taken from British and American songwriters. 

Gene Nakanishi

Gene Nakanishi of Las Vegas, NV, is producing the third CD for Naked Fish. John Matteson, the son of jazz euphonium player Rich Matteson, is featured on the disc.

Lenora Zenzalai Helm

In May, Lenora Zenzalai Helm of Durham, NC, was a performer and clinician at the Fiji International Jazz and Blues Festival in Port Denarau, Fiji. She also presented a paper at the Future Teach 2012 conference at North Carolina Central University. In the fall, she will perform as part of a residency at the International Jazz School at UNISA in Pretoria, South Africa. Visit www.lenorahelm.com. 

Scott Robinson

Scott Robinson of Teaneck, NJ, was the musical host for the Louis Armstrong Jazz Festival in Hungary. Last summer he was an artist in residence at the Ancona Summer Jazz Festival in Italy. He also appeared with Ryan Truesdell at the Umbria Jazz Festival in July; and in Japan, Ottawa, New York, and Barcelona. 

Charlie Cocchiaro

Charlie Cocchiaro of Chelmsford, MA, released ScratchTones, a four-track recording studio application for the iPhone, that musicians can use to create their own ringtones as well as for scratch songwriting. 

Patrick Dreier

Patrick Dreier of Franklin, MA, and Lisa Ostrow opened Encore Music Academy, a music school and recording studio. Visit www.encoremusicacademy.net. 

Douglas Wray

In December 2011, Douglas Wray of Fairfield, CT, accompanied John Scofield, Loudon Wainwright III, and Sloan Wainwright at Sloan’s holiday show in Bedford, NY. Wray has played with Sloan Wainwright since 1995. 

Michael Manring

Bassist Michael Manring of Oakland, CA, and guitarist Kevin Kastning ’86 released a CD titled In Winter on Greydisc Records. Visit www.michael-manring.com. 

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