Saxophonist and composer Frank Macchia of Burbank, CA, arranged and produced his band Swamp Thang's new self-titled album. Other alumni in the band include Eric Jensen '79 and Tom Lockett '80. Visit www.frankmacchia.net.
Guitarist Gerry Beaudoin of Waltham, MA, and his group gave a clinic and concert at the North Shore Jazz Project in September 2011 to benefit jazz education in schools. Their new CD is titled The Return.
Guitarist Wayne Krantz of New York City has completed the album How the West Was Left on the Abstract Logix label. The recording features Vinnie Colaiuta '75, Tal Wilkenfeld, Keith Carlock, and others. Next summer and fall, he and his quartet will be on tour throughout Europe.