In August, Patrick Charles of Woodland Hills, CA, performed at the Sumida Jazz Festival in Tokyo, Japan. He is recording an album with pianist and composer Kevin Toney of the Blackbyrds. Visit www.patrick-charles.com.
Drummer Sean Noonan of North Easton, MA, released the album A Gambler’s Hand. It features a string quartet and incorporates jazz and classical forms. The album is the subject of a 30-minute film that was shot in Poland.
Mark Joggerst of Schutterwald, Germany, co-wrote the music for the film Rising above the Blues, about the life of Jimmy Scott. The film also features Joe Pesci, Quincy Jones, James Moody, and many others. Visit www.risingabovetheblues.com.
Brendan Burns of Cambridge, MA, released TIMESTAMP, which was recorded live at the Somerville Theatre and features Valerie Thompson ’02, Derek Von Wormer, and Jordan Ross ’12. There will be a documentary and CD release event later this fall. Visit www.brendanburns.com.