Jody Espina of Scarsdale, NY, and his company JodyJazz are releasing a new series of play-along CDs titled Tradin' with the Greats with artists George Garzone '72 and Kenny Werner '73. The company is also releasing a DVD featuring Garzone, Mike Stern '75, John Pattituci, and Kenwood Dennard '76. Visit www.jodyjazz.com.
Drummer Peter Gregory of Denver, CO, founded Gregory Tech Drum Center, a teaching studio, in 2006. Formerly he taught at Juilliard School of music in New York, and Gregory has played with such artists as Richie Cole, Nelson Rangell, and Bo Diddley.
Saxophonist David Ganc of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and woodwind player Mário Sève released the second volume of the book Choro Duets-Pixinguinha e Benedito Lacerda, with a play-a-long CD containing counterpoints played by Brazilian choro master Pixinguinha. Visit www.davidganc.com.
In March, Don Breithaupt of Bolton, Ontario, Canada, and his band Monkey House will release the albumHeadquarters. Guests musicians include Steely Dan veterans Michael Leonhart and Drew Zingg and guitarists Rik Emmett and Kim Mitchell. Visit www.monkeyhouse.com.
Keith Tyrone Jefferson of Charlotte, NC, the former musical director for James Brown, heads the nonprofit organization A Sign of the Times of the Carolinas. The organization's educational performance project will include an annual music festival, performances by the JBs, and workshops in the style of James Brown. Visit www.asignofthetimes.org.
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Aaron Loo of Beverly Hills, CA, is working on the original musical I Ching, which is based on the life of Madame Mao and the Gang of Four. He is also producing a documentary about retired L.A. studio musician Ollie Mitchell, and another titled Between the Yin and the Yang. Visit www.betweentheyinyang.com.