Jim Briggs

Jim Briggs of North Hollywood, CA, scored and played guitar for the short documentary Mr. Christmas. The film received awards at film festivals in the United States and Canada. The session was engineered by Andrew Maltese ’08, and featured Berklee alumni Neara Russell ’10, Sean Rainey ’05, Andy Keathley ’08, Matt Bruer ’08, and Evan Winsor ’09.

Roy Assaf

Roy Assaf of New York City has released the album Respect. He played with the Dizzy Gillespie All Stars at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow, Russia. He has worked with Winard Harper, in addition to many other musicians. Visit www.royassaf.com. 

Khari Allen Lee

Khari Allen Lee of Auburn, AL, and the New Creative Collective, released the album Conscious Evolution. The group held the Concert for Our Conscious Evolution, a celebration of the birthday of John Coltrane. Visit www.khariallenlee.com. 

Rebecca Loebe

Singer-songwriter Rebecca Loebe of Austin, TX, released the album Circus Heart. She also performed at Berklee’s Café 939. Visit www.rebeccaloebe.com. 

Asuka Kakitani

Asuka Kakitani of Brooklyn, NY, released her debut album Bloom, featuring an 18-piece orchestra. Visit www.asukakakitani.com for more information. 

Steve Gregory

Steve Gregory of Stafford Springs, CT, released the album River to the Sea. It features Jon Francis ’99 on drums. Proceeds from downloads will go to the Connecticut Food Bank and Love146 charities. Visit www.stevegregorymusic.com.

Travis Vance

Travis Vance of Nashville, TN, was the bassist and bandleader on tour with Thomas Rhett, opening for Jason Aldean. 

Luis Santiago-Sierra

Luis Santiago-Sierra is the commanding officer of the 319th Army Reserve Band in New York. He composed and produced a Christmas CD for the Puerto Rico National Guard Language Center and composed music for Nadine Martinez for “Gris,” presented at the Wave Rising Series. 

Gregory Pavliv

Gregory Pavliv of Cedar Grove, NJ, is the director of training for Little Kids Rock, a nonprofit that provides assistance to public schools. The program has reached more than 200,000 students in the United States. Bruce Springsteen made a recent appearance at an event that raised $800,000. Visit www.littlekidsrock.org. 

Kizzy McHugh

Kizzy McHugh of Rotterdam, Netherlands, is a TV host, actress, singer, and songwriter. Her new album, Unspoken Rhyme, was produced by Robert Jansen and Piet Souer. Visit www.kizzymchugh.com. 

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