Catherine King

Singer and songwriter Catherine King of South Dennis, MA, is preparing to record her first full-length album after a 20-year hiatus. The album will be recorded at 2 Dogs Studios in New Brunswick, Canada.

Shawn K. Clement

 

In June, composer Shawn K. Clement of Canyon County, CA, had his song "The Warrior's Hymn" sung by Jon Anderson (the lead singer for Yes) at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. The song was part of an orchestral concert titled "A Tribute to the Wounded Warriors," an event that raised funds for wounded soldiers. Visit www.clemistry.com.

 

Dario Saraceno

 

Guitarist and songwriter Dario Saraceno of Wappingers Falls, NY, released his fourth album Tattooed Prophet with his band Dario & the Clear. The legendary rhythm section of Tony Levin and Jerry Marotta is also featured on the album.

 

Tamas Marius

Saxophonist Tamas Marius of Monterey, CA, released the CD Leavin' You with his band Blues at Eleven. The band recently won a Battle of the Bands contest that offered a spot at the 2011 Monterey Bay Blues Festival main stage as the grand prize, where the group performed on June 25. Visit www.bluesateleven.com.

Carl Clements

Saxophonist Carl Clements of Amherst, MA, received his Ph.D. in ethnomusicology in September 2010 from the Graduate Center, CUNY. His dissertation is entitled Pannalal Ghosh and the Bansuri in the Twentieth Century. Clements recently returned from a tour in Europe and is a current faculty member at Columbia University. Visit www.carlclements.com.

Kelly Riley

Singer and songwriter Kelly Riley of Lynn, MA, was invited to perform her song "Babe in Arms" as part of the Massachusetts Country Music Association Awards ceremony in Randolph, MA. Visit www.kellyriley.net.

Jose Gonzalez

Songwriter, engineer, and producer Jose Gonzalez of Weston, FL, received a Latin Grammy for his participation as an engineer on the latest Ilan Chester album Treasures of Venezuelan Music. Gonzalez is also the owner of Bright Notes Publishing & Productions

Michael Arlt

Guitarist Michael Arlt of Würzburg, Germany, is completing an album consisting primarily of original music with musicians from all over the world. The disc is due out later this year. Arlt's 2009 album Moment to Moment! was named CD of the year by the German guitar websitewww.archtop-germany.de. Visit www.michaelarlt.de.

Frack Amsallem

 

Pianist Franck Amsallem of Brooklyn, NY, conducted the WDR Big Band for a farewell concert dedicated to trombonist Bernt Laukamp. Amsallem arranged several pieces for the all-original program. Visit www.amsallem.com.

 

Wendy Swedberg, Scott Robinson, Greg Gisbert

 

Producer Wendy Swedberg MacDonald of Duxbury, MA, produced the CD Ron Carter's Great Big Band. The album was released in Japan on Toshiba-EMI in March 2011, and Sunnyside Records released the album in the United States in September. Former Berklee faculty member Bob Freedman wrote all the arrangements, and the album features Scott Robinson '84 on tenor saxophone and Greg Gisbert '85 on trumpet.

 

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