Gary D. Sproul

Gary D. Sproul of Oakland, CA, published his first novel, The Length of the Leash, in October 2011.

Derek Sherinian

Derek Sherinian of Burbank, CA, appeared on the covers of Keyboard, Muzikus, Músico Pro, and Keyboard Playermagazines last year. He also recently toured with Billy Idol. Visit

Michael Nickolas

Guitarist and composer Michael Nickolas of Marlborough, MA, has released the 2012 edition of the book The Independent Artists Guide to Pricing Music, which covers music in various types of media. Visit

Jody Espina

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

Peter Gregory

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.

David Ganc

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


Steven Corn

Steven Corn of Valley Village, CA, and his company BFM Digital, started a new record label called BFM Jazz and released the CD American Road by Tierney Sutton '87. Visit

Don Breithaupt

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

Keith Tyrone Jefferson

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

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