James Dower

Pianist and composer James Dower of College Point, NY, released the new solo CD Reinvention. He performed at a star-studded inaugural ball for President Barack Obama and composes and records music for film and television. Visit www.jamesdower.com.

Anne Marie David

 

Songwriter and pianist Anne Marie David of Natick, MA, released her fifth album, Turning Home, which features nine of her original songs and instrumental pieces. The disc was produced by Bill Elliott and includes backing tracks by guitarists Kevin Barry '88 and Duke Levine and by bassist Mike Rivard '88, among others. Visit www.annemariedavid.com.

 

Thomas Lorenzo

Thomas Lorenzo of Barcelona, Spain, was commissioned by the Arts Council England to compose the suite The Immigrant and by the Sociedad General de Autores y Editores to write the textbook El Arreglo un Puzzle de Expresion Musical. He also released his fourth CD, Spanish Breeze.

Max Crittenden

Producer and songwriter Michael Crittenden of Belmont, MI, recently opened Mackinaw Harvest Music Group, a large commercial recording facility in Grand Rapids, MI. His band Troll for Trout has released six CDs and Crittendon's songs have aired on ABC, MTV, and PAX NET television. Visit www.mackinawharvest.com.

Ivan Bodley

Bassist Ivan Bodley of Brooklyn, NY, made his Carnegie Hall debut backing comedian Stephen Lynch in October 2009. His CD Pigs Feet & Potted Meat airs on more than 70 stations nationally. Visit www.funkboy.net.

 

SCott Motyka

Guitarist Scott Motyka of Douglas, MA, released his self-produced solo album Cut. . . . from Within. Visit www.scottmotyka.com.

Michele Caniato

Composer and arranger Michele Caniato of Watertown, MA, published the book The Jazz Ensemble Companion: A Guide to Outstanding Big Band Arrangements Selected by Some of the Foremost Jazz Educators. He is an associate professor of music at Fitchburg State College in Massachusetts. Visit www.michelecaniato.com.

Ken Berman

Pianist and composer Ken Berman of San Francisco, CA, released Looking Forward, his third CD of original music featuring bassist Kai Eckhardt '87 and drummer Akira Tana '77. Visit www.kenbermanmusic.com.

Ilene Altman

Children's music artist Ilene Altman of Gloucester, MA, and singer/songwriter Tamara Hey '91 of New York City released the CD Sharing the Same Stars by Leeny and Tamara. Visit www.leenyandtamara.com.

Mindi Abair

Saxophonist Mindi Abair of Los Angeles, CA, has released the songbook The Mindi Abair Collection with Hal Leonard Publishing and performed in Japan with Shelia E., Kat Dyson, and Rhonda Smith. Visit www.mindiabair.com.

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