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Class of 1962

 

Gary Burton of Fort Lauderdale, FL, won the Jazz Journalist Association’s award for Best Book of the Year for Learning to Listen. He also won in the Mallets Instrumentalist of the Year category.  

Class of 1966

Alf Clausen of Canyon Country, CA, is the composer for The Simpsons, recently acquired by FXX. The network launched “Simpsons World,” providing on-demand access to all episodes and a compendium of Clausen’s work. Visit simpsonsworld.com.

Class of 1971

Keni Fink of Willits, CA, released the album Anybody Listening? on Deep Space Records. Visit dspacer.com.

Class of 1973

Patrick Kurdy of Boise, ID, is the president of the Idaho Jazz Society, which received a gift to establish an endowment fund for college music scholarships. Visit idahojazzsociety.org.

Film composer Nick Labuschagne of Houghton, South Africa, won the Statistical Award for Live Music Broadcast, a Wawela Music Award from the South African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO). Caption: Nick Labuschagne ’73 (left)

 

Class of 1975

Vocalist Cathy Segal-Garcia of Granada Hills, CA, released Never Forgotten, a CD/DVD of performances with the late guitarist Ted Greene. Visit cathysegalgarcia.com.

Class of 1976

Brent Bowman of Lenexa, KS, leads the River Cow Orchestra. The group recently completed its ninth CD that received a review in the June-July issue of Jazz Ambassador magazine.

Russell Golub of Daly City, CA, released the album Outside World. The disc features 10 rock songs, nine of which were written or cowritten by Golub, who contributed guitar, bass, and vocal tracks to the project.

Michael Druxman of Corrales, New Mexico, released the CD Last Call, featuring Tim Sleigh ’77.

Guitarist Terry Roland Smith of Phoenixville, PA, released the CD Jazz Pop 101. was produced by Grammy winning producers Joe Nicolo and Phil Nicolo of Studio 4 Recording in Conshohocken, PA. The music is available for download at Amazon and iTunes among other sites. Caption: Terry Roland Smith ’76

Class of 1977

Harrison Goldberg of Gualala, CA, and his group Cloudfire released the album Trance Lucent. He also collaborated with visual artist Yeh Fei Pai. Visit harrisongoldbergarts.com.

Charlie Hiestand of Seattle, WA, and his band Hopscotch released their eponymous CD, a collaboration with Jeanie Mishler. Visit hopscotchjazz.com.

Laura Klein of Berkeley, CA, is an associate professor of the Alexander Technique at the California Jazz Conservatory. Visit lauraklein.net.

Class of 1978

Saxophonist Ken Field of Cambridge, MA, and the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble released the album Live Snakes, receiving an editor’s pick award in DownBeat magazine. Visit revolutionarysnakeensemble.org.

Saxophonist Mark Legault of Southbridge, MA, was inducted into the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame with the r&b band Steve Smith & the Nakeds. Visit thenakeds.com. Legault also repairs instruments for Boston public schools.

William Tiger Fitzhugh of Nashville, TN, and the Vintage Mandolin Quartet released the CD Back in Time. Visit vintagemandolinquartet.com.

Class of 1979

Pianist Lulu Martin of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, released the piano book O Som dos Acordes. He performs with Ithamara Koorax and composed music for the film Um Apólogo.

Woodwind player and keyboardist Mike Sirkin of North Hollywood, CA, released the ambient music album Concentric Circles. Visit cdbaby.com.

Class of 1980

Tommy Lockett of Chatsworth, CA, served as the music editor and composed source music for the film Jersey Boys.

Class of 1981

Saxophonist Laura Dreyer of New York City released the CD Vida. Arte. Amor., featuring Mila Schiavo ’94, Bernardo Bosisio ’97 and Karen Rodriguez ’10. Visit lauradreyer.com.

Freddie Franken of Wilmington, IL, released the CD Portraits of Love. He is currently a professor at Olivet Nazarene University. Caption: Freddie Franken ’81

Joseph Napolitano of Attleboro, MA, and his electronic music duo A Fifth Column, had their track “A Fifth Column” chosen for a compilation CD released on Russian Winter Records.

Class of 1982

K. Tyrone Jefferson of Charlotte, NC, runs the nonprofit A Sign of the Times of the Carolinas, which won a John S. and James L. Knight Cultural Innovation Grant. Visit asignofthetimes.org.

Gene Nakanishi of Las Vegas, NV, coproduced and performed on the CD The Jake Project Band, featuring Jake Sears on vocals.

Violinist Benjamin Smeall of Green Bay, WI, posted a version of the Andean folk song “Jaku ripusun Witaweñita” on YouTube.

Class of 1983

Jody Espina of Savannah, GA, spoke at a recent TEDx event. He is the founder and president of JodyJazz Inc., a manufacturer of woodwind mouthpieces. Visit jodyjazz.com. Caption: Jody Espina ’83

Class of 1984

Cameron Schmitz of Wesley Chapel, FL, created the Schmitzbender guitar, featuring an innovative fretboard design. He showed his instruments at the NAMM show and appeared on the National Geographic series Showdown of the Unbeatables. Visit schmitzbender.com

Chris DeRosa of New York City recorded an album with H.R. and performed with LUXE. He performs for Shekinah Glory Worship and CDR Studios in New York City. Visit chrisderosa.com.

Ray DiVirgilio of Newark, DE, directs St. John the Beloved School’s Advanced Band in Wilmington, DE, which earned a “superior” rating for its performance at the National Catholic School Band Festival.

Composer Joel Goodman of Topanga, CA, scored the film An Honest Liar, which premiered in April at New York’s Tribeca Film Festival.

Class of 1985

Marco Hernandez of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, produced FincaFusion’s first single “La Gatica E’ Mariaramos, with vocalist Darwin Jose. Visit fincafusion.com.

Composer Peter Melnick of New York City recorded music for a PBS documentary on James Whistler. He received Drama Desk nominations for the musicals Adrift In Macao and The Last Smoker in America, and is currently working on Snow in August. Visit petermelnick.com.

Saxophonist Tommy Smith of Lanark, Scotland, released the duo album Whispering of the Stars with pianist Brian Kellock. Visit spartacusrecords.com.

 

Class of 1986

Ferdinando Argenti ’90
Ferdinando Argenti ’90

Juan Dargenton of Cordoba, Argentina, appeared on Diego Urcola’s album Mates, with Avishai Cohen ’99 and faculty member Dave Samuels.

Guitarist and composer Kevin Kastning of Groton, MA, released the album Watercolor Sky with woodwinds player Carl Clements. Visit kevinkastning.com.

Jazz guitarist Keijo Pennanen of Helsinki, Finland, released his second album Lift and teaches at the Pop & Jazz Konservatorio in Helsinki.

 

Class of 1987

Scott Ouellette of Rowley, MA, performs as a solo guitarist and runs the website GTR-Transcribing.

Guitarist Dario Saraceno of Wappingers Falls, NY, and his band Dario and the Clear released the album Blue Realm.

Singer/songwriter Nola Shepherd of Seal Beach, CA, released the new album Nola. Visit nolashepherd.com. Caption: Nola Shepherd ’87

Class of 1988

Shawn K. Clement of Canyon Country, CA, released “Warriors Hymn,” a piece benefitting Hiring Our Heroes, produced by Jack Douglas and featuring Cheap Trick’s Robin Zander. It is eligible for Grammy nomination consideration.Visit clemistry.com and hiringourheroes.org. Caption: Shawn K. Clement ’88

Bassist Dave DeMarco of Baltimore, MD, has recorded with Crack the Sky and Matt Halpern. He will be featured on a release with guitarist Oz Noy. Visit yoursessionbassist.com.

Joe DelMerico of Smyrna, TN, won a Midsouth Emmy award for composition in the Historic/Cultural Program category for the Nashville Public Television series Looking over Jordan. Visit themecast.com

Contemporary classical composer Ming Tsao of Berkeley, CA, released the CD Pathology of Syntax on Mode Records.

Class of 1989

Author Chrissi Sepe of Staten Island, NY, released the e-book Iggy Gorgess, a novel set in Greenwich Village during the late 1980s. 

Vibes player Philippe Cornaz of Grand-Lancy, Switzerland, released the album Slight Confusion 4tet, which is available through Amazon.

Flugelhorn player Dmitri Matheny of Oakland, CA, released the live album Sagebrush Rebellion, featuring Matheny’s original jazz compositions and standards. Visit dmitrimatheny.com

Class of 1990

Pianist and songwriter Heather Edwards of New York City was recently recognized as a Top 10 act on Reverbnation. Visit heatheredwards.net

Guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel recently performed with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Rosenwinkel’s New Quartet featuring Kendrick Scott ’03 played at the Newport Jazz Festival. He also did a reunion tour with the band Human Feel. Caption: Kurt Rosenwinkel ’90

Former saxophonist Bonnie Sommerfeld of Fargo, ND, recovered from a spinal injury and has reemerged as a jazz vocalist. She is currently working on two recording projects and performs regularly with the band 42nd Street. Visit bonniesommerfeld.com

Class of 1991

Guitarist and composer Adonis Aletras of Aglandjia, Cyprus, had music featured on television shows including Vice, America Now, Bring It, and others. 

Class of 1992

Andrew Germain of Calabasas, CA, released the book Harmonious Mind of the Child, offering methods and insights for childhood education.

Lil John Robert

Drummer Lil John Roberts of Atlanta, GA (formerly of Philadelphia), released the album Heartbeat, which reached number 26 on the Billboard charts. Visit liljohnroberts.com. Caption: Lil John Roberts  ’92

Class of 1993

Reg Bloor of New York City performed at the Red Bull Music Academy New York Festival and at the OFF Festival in Katowice, Poland.

Class of 1994

Singer Lisa Donahey of Van Nuys, CA, released Lisa Donahey Takes on Broadway, with help from Chris Gestrin ’95. Visit lisadonahey.com

Brian Michaud of Somerset, MA, received his doctor of musical arts degree from Boston University and published the book The Road to Nyn

Ron Stahl of Gaylordsville, CT, appeared on the Jay Willie Blues Band’s CD Rumblin’ and Slidin’

Geoff Unger of Levittown, NY, and his metal band SYMPTOM 7 released the album Hog’s Tooth. Visit symptom7.com

Gina Zdanowicz

Gina Zdanowicz of Roselle Park, NJ, was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award in the Outstanding Promotional Announcement, Institutional category for her work on Nickelodeon’s Halloween Campaign. She runs Serial Lab Studios and is a Berklee Online instructor. Visit seriallab.com

Class of 1995

Eric Barao of Seekonk, MA, wrote the score for the documentary film  Raising Matty Christian, appeared on the album Here Comes the Reign Again: The Second British Invasion, and released an album in April. Visit ericbarao.com

Zachary Borovay of Silver Spring, MD, designed projections for the Broadway productions Waiting for Godot, No Man’s Land, and Holler If Ya Hear Me. Visit borovaydesign.com

Class of 1996

Mark Jackson of Los Angeles, CA, wrote, produced, and mixed material for the artist Dorothy on Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Records. He has also written for Rihanna. Visit mjandirok.com

Doug Hinrichs

Percussionist Doug Hinrichs of Jersey City, NJ, invented a one-handed triangle for the Latin Percussion Company. He performs for sessions and Broadway shows and composes for television. Visit doughinrichs.com.  Caption: Doug Hinrichs ’96

Class of 1998

Alex Mercado of Mexico City, Mexico, released the album Symbiosis with Scott Colley and Antonio Sanchez ’97, funded by the Mexican government through FONCA. Visit alejandromercado.com

Michael Krajewski of Woodbury, MN, completed his doctorate in classical guitar performance and music education at the University of Minnesota. He is an assistant professor of music industry and guitar studies at Minnesota State University Moorhead. Visit michaeljkrajewski.com

Saxophonist Jerome Sabbagh of Brooklyn, NY, released the album The Turn and is touring Europe this fall. Visit jeromesabbagh.com

Class of 1999

Haddon Kime of Scottsdale, GA, wrote music for The Snow Queen: A New Musical, developed by the San Jose Repertory Theatre and presented at the New York Musical Theatre Festival. 

Class of 2000

Drummer Patrick Charles of Woodland Hills, CA, recorded his second CD with Kevin Toney and performed at the Sumida Jazz Festival in Tokyo, Japan. Visit patrick-charles.com

Kate Ferris of Marblehead, MA, is on the board of directors of the Salem Jazz and Soul Festival and is the director of bands at the Village School in Marblehead, MA.

Diego Scliar of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, endorses Tama Drums. Visit scliar.com.

Saxophonist Jaleel Shaw of Paterson, NJ, recently toured with trumpeter Tom Harrell and bassist Esperanza Spalding ’05. Visit jaleelshaw.com.

Class of 2001

JooWan Kim

JooWan Kim composes for and directs Ensemble Mik Nawooj, which released the album A Hip-Hop Orchestra. Visit ensemblemiknawooj.com.  Caption: JooWan Kim ’01

Saxophonist Elan Trotman of Mattapan, MA, released the single “Smooth  ’n’ Saxy,” which became the second most added song on the Billboard charts. Visit elantrotman.com.  

Class of 2002

Mónica Giraldo

Singer, songwriter, and guitarist Mónica Giraldo of Bogota, Colombia, released the album Que venga la vida (Let Life Come). Visit monicagiraldo.com. Caption: Monica Giraldo ’02

Class of 2003

Yael Meyer

Yael Meyer of Santiago, Chile, released the album Warrior Heart, produced by Bill Lefler ’93. Visit yaelmeyermusic.com.

Caption: Yael Maeyer ’03

James Murphy of Danvers, MA, launched the drum lesson website PeaceAndDrums.com.

Singer/songwriter Shantell Ogden of Nashville, TN, was nominated by the International Music and Entertainment Association in the Best Americana Artist and Best Americana Album categories. 

Marc Cincone of Brooklyn, NY, is the director of development at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts in Brookville, NY. Visit tillescenter.org

Todd Clouser of Wellington, FL, founded the nonprofit Music Mission. Visit toddclouser.com

Omar Ledezma of San Francisco, CA, is a member of the Pacific Mambo Orchestra. The group won a Grammy Award in the Best Tropical Jazz Album category. Visit pacificmambo.com

Michelle Lewis of Boston, MA, released the album The Parts of Us That Still Remain, featuring the single “Run Run Run.” Visit michellelewismusic.com

Class of 2004

Briana Cash

Briana Cash of Ipswich, MA, had her song “All Around Me, It’s Christmas” nominated for a 2014 American Songwriting Award. Another song, “Take a Walk with Me,” was a winner in the Sony MVR Original Song Series contest. Cash has released two EPs. Visit brianacash.com.

Nathan Cohen of Oakhurst, NJ, received the Governor’s Teacher Award, Teacher of the Year and an Honors award from the VH1 Save the Music Foundation. He teaches at Grace A. Dunn Middle School in Trenton, NJ. 

Melinda Colaizzi of Pittsburgh, PA, released the album Witness, featuring Kristian Habenicht ’05. The song “Trouble” from the album was a semifinalist in the International Songwriting Contest. Visit listentomelinda.com

Shinya Ikuta of Hamamatsu, Japan, organized the 2014 Hamamatsu World Music Festival 2014. His group, the Hamamatsu Big Band Project, was featured. 

Dave Madden of Austin, TX, won in the best arranger category at the Austin Music Industry Awards. Visit davemadden.com

Mike McAdam of Merrimack, NH, released the book The Private Guitar Studio Handbook on Berklee Press. 

Steven Shewbrooks

Composer Steven Shewbrooks of Brooklyn, NY, launched the music production company Shew Creative. His music has been licensed for television, in-store radio, fitness programs, videos, trailers, games, and more. Visit shewcreative.com. Caption: Steven Shewbrooks ’04

Class of 2005

Jeriel Johnson of Van Nuys, CA, was named a project manager for urban music in the Awards Department of the Recording Academy. 

Class of 2006

Dante Fazio of Burbank, CA, was the supervising dialogue editor for the Evolve video game. He is an engineer at Warner Bros. Post-Production Studios. Visit dantefazio.com.

Jaime Garamella of Brooklyn, NY, and Lauren Stockner ’08 and the Spanish Channel released the EP Emergency Exit, produced by Andrew Koss ’01. They recently toured Europe. Visit spacha.net

John Hostetter of Harrisonburg, VA, was named teacher of the year for Staunton city schools in Virginia. He teaches at Shelburne Middle School. 

Giovanni Rotondo of Naples, Italy, scored the film Orphans & Kingdoms, featured at the New Zealand International Film Festival. Visit orphansandkingdoms.com

Class of 2007

Vocalists Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig of Brooklyn, NY, appear on Sukierae by Jeff Tweedy of the band Wilco. They are members of the band Lucius, featuring Dan Molad ’04, Andew Burri ‘09, and Peter Lalish ‘05, and toured supporting Sara Bareilles. 

Alexis Grapsas

Alexis Grapsas of Los Angeles, CA, scored the films Las Vegas Story and Land of Leopold, and wrote music for the film The Misfits and the television shows Revenge and Reckless. Caption: Alexis Grapsis ’07

Class of 2008

Lauren V. Buchter of New York City composed the score for Above the Sea, which won the gold medal in the Narrative category at the 2014 Student Academy Awards. She is currently scoring the feature-length film Promenade. Visit laurenbuchter.com

Florencia Gonzalez of Long Island City, NY, and the Candombe Project released the album Between Loves. Visit florenciagonzalez.com

Kelly Haechler of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, is an operations manager at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. She has worked with such artists as Sting, Mariah Carey, Nickelback, and others. 

Class of 2009

Saxophonist Melissa Aldana of Brooklyn, NY, and the Crash Trio released their self-titled album in June. She launched an international tour at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City where she received the Martin E. Segal Award. Visit melissaaldana.com

Matt Baamonde of Herndon, VA, composed, orchestrated, and arranged music for the film The Hornet’s Nest. Visit baazarproductions.com

Iván Carrero of Los Angeles, CA, and his company I-C Studios S.A.S. have done advertisement work for RCN TV, Adidas, Nestlé, and Samsung. Visit i-cstudios.com

Yuto Kanazawa of Woodside, NY, won in the jazz category of the International Songwriting Competition. 

Yoojin Park

Yoojin Park of Brooklyn, NY, signed with Universal Music International and released the album West End, featuring Victor Gould ’09 and Godwin Louis ’08, produced by Antonio Hart ‘91. Visit yoojinpark.com.  Caption: Yoojin Park ’09

Tidtaya Sinutoke of Rego Park, NY, worked on the musical Clouds Are Pillows for the Moon, featured at the 2014 Yale Institute for Music Theatre. 

Class of 2010

David Bawiec

David Bawiec of North Hollywood, CA, wrote music for the “We Are #GayPropaganda” campaign and the films Backmask, The 10 Year Plan, and John Wick and produced a single for Witt Gooden ’11. Visit davidbawiec.com. Caption: David  Bawiec ’10

Mario Evon

Mario Evon of Kingston, Jamaica, released the singles “Soul Tek” and “You Used 2 Love Me,” from his album Reggae-Soul Volume 1: M.E. on Love. Visit marioevon.com. Caption: Mario Evon ’10

Kim Logan of Nashville, TN, released the single “Neighborhood” and is recording her second album with producer Dave Cobb. Visit kimlogan.net

Sonya Rae Taylor of Austin, TX, signed a publishing contract as a staff writer with BMG Chrysalis and Franklin Publishing.

Sagit Zilberman of Boston, MA, released an album with Project Grzegorz Rogala & Zilberman. The group performs and teaches clinics in Poland. 

Class of 2011

Kiesa Ellestad (aka Kiesza) of Calgary, Canada, received more than 60 million YouTube hits for her video “Hideaway,” and appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman and Jimmy Kimmel Live. Visit kiesza.com

Joelle James of Murrieta, CA, co-wrote the song “All The Way Home” that was included on Tamar Braxton’s Grammy-nominated album Love & War. She is signed to Interscope Records and released the single “Sweet Lemonade.”

Saxophonist Grace Kelly of Santa Monica, CA, released the Kickstarter-funded EP Working for the Dreamers. Visit gracekellymusic.com

Saxophonist Yoo Sun Nam of New York City released her album Light of the City, featuring Kyumin Shim ’12 and Chris Cheek ’91 in September. 

Sharon Raizer of Brooklyn, NY, plays drums for the band Darling Din, who released a five-song EP featuring the single “Killing to Be Bright.” Visit darlingdin.com

Shea Rose of Boston, MA, was named for the second time as Artist of the Year at the Boston Music Awards. Visit shearose.com.  

Greg Arney of Canaan, NH, founded Hub Guitar LLC, a guitar lesson network. Visit hubguitar.com

Class of 2012

Bassist Junichi Arima of Hazu-gun, Japan, released an EP online. Visit junichiarima.com

Troy Cartwright Dixon (aka Troy Cartwright) of Dallas, TX, is the recipient of the 2014 Rising Star Texas Music Award and plans to release an album in January 2015. Visit troycartwright.com

Vicente Ortiz Gimeno of Los Angeles, CA, released an album Music for Wind Ensemble (Live), featuring six original prize-winning works for symphonic band. The album is available through iTunes and can be heard on Spotify.

Young-Ae Jung of Anseong, South Korea, teaches at Gimcheon University and Daegu Arts University. Visit young-aejung.com

Ben Marino of Allendale, NJ, played drums for Green Day’s American Idiot: The Broadway Musical. Visit benmarinomusic.com

Felix Peikli

Felix Peikli of Oslo, Norway, released the album Royal Flush, featuring various Berklee alumni. Visit kingclarinet.com. Caption: Felix Peikli ’12

Class of 2013

Singer/songwriter Ingrid Andress of Nashville, TN, has signed a publishing deal with Sea Gayle Music and Arthouse Entertainment. She also sings with the a cappella group Delilah.

Fiddler John Mailander of San Diego, CA, released the CD Walking Distance, featuring Molly Tuttle ’14 and faculty member Joe Walsh. Visit johnmailander.com

Matea Prljevic of Sherman Oaks, CA, co-wrote music for the film Ears of Cherry, which was showcased at the L.A. Asian Pacific Film Festival and the Short Film Cannes Film Festival. Visit mateamusic.com

Class of 2014

Bill Langdon of West Chester, PA, is the on-call sound mixer for the QVC Home Shopping Network.   

Lilla D’Mone (aka Lilla) self-produced and released her second album titled The Awakening. Visit lilladmone.com