Bassist Damian Erskine of Portland, OR, played with the Jaco Pastorius Big Band at the Blue Note in Tokyo and the Montreux Jazz Festival. He recorded the CD Joy Luck with Peter Erskine New Trio and has toured with Gino Vannelli. Visit www.damianerskine.com.
Bob Reynolds of Los Angeles, CA, created the music for a new scripted dramatic series called Jan, starring Steven Moyer (True Blood), Virginia Madsen (Sideways), and Caitlin Gerard. Visit www.bobreynoldsmusic.com.
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.