Class of 1965
Bassist and producer Gene Perla of Easton, PA, who has worked with numerous jazz greats, released the album Bill’s Waltz on his own PM Records label. Visit perla.org.
Class of 1973
Keyboardist John Novello of North Hollywood, CA, plans a January 2016 release of his solo album Ivory Soul, featuring the single “Crush” with Gerald Albright. The latest CD by his band Niacin reached number 19 on Billboard magazine’s jazz charts. Visit keysnovello.com.
Pianist Steve Sternberg of Tallahassee, FL, has worked full time on the retirement home circuit for five years in Florida and Alabama. He has also taught private lessons on piano, saxophone, flute and harmonica since 1982. Visit stevesternberg.com.
Class of 1974
Guitarist Al Di Meola of New Milford, NJ, released the album Elysium. In June he was named the 22nd recipient of the Montreal International Jazz Festival’s Miles Davis Award.
Class of 1974
Guitarist Joshua Breakstone of West New York, NJ, released the album 2nd Avenue: The Return of the Cello Quartet, featuring Mike Richmond, Lisle Atkinson, and Andy Watson. It is his 21st album as a bandleader. Visit joshuabreakstone.com.
Class of 1975
Richard Niles of Mission Viejo, CA, is the U.S. representative of the German company Instant Music Licensing, whose software allows easy and fast licensing of music. He also just published a book titled From Dreaming to Gigging: Jazz Guitar in 6 Months. Visit richardniles.com.
Class of 1977
Steven Saltzman of Los Angeles, CA, released the book Music Editing for Film and Television: The Art and the Process. Visit saltzmanmusic.com.
Class of 1978
Bob Sinicrope of Milton, MA, is the president of the Jazz Education Network (JEN), which will hold its seventh annual conference in Louisville, KY, in January 2016. It will feature keynote speaker Victor Wooten, 75 performances and clinics, a jazz business symposium, and more than 100 exhibitors. Visit jazzednet.org.
Class of 1980
Singer/songwriter Holt Vaughn of Orchard Park, NY, released the album These Songs, Vol. 1, featuring Phil Keaggy, Will McFarlane, Ashley Cleveland, Rick Cua, Jerry Livingston, Tony Morra, and Ted Reinhardt. Visit holtvaughn.com.
Class of 1981
Saxophonist Scott Robinson of Teaneck, NJ, released Mission in Space, featuring Marshall Allen and Henry Grimes on his ScienSonic Laboratories label. Visit sciensonic.net.
Guitarist Rolf Sturm of North Bergen, NJ, released an album with singer Jenna Mammina titled Spark on Water Street Music. He has appeared on 60 albums with artists including Tony Trischka, Anthony Braxton, and John Medeski. Visit jenna-rolf.com.
Class of 1982
Bassist Loïc Souriant of Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe, released the album Bass Traveler.
Class of 1982
Michael Antonelli of Walden, NY, completed his doctor of music arts degree at Boston University and wrote his dissertation on Joe Lovano and Us Five. Visit orangecountyhops.com.
Luis Disla of Hollywood, FL, produced and arranged the tropica/salsa project La 313 for his DLM label, featuring vocalist Armando Vega and composer Hector Montijo.
Class of 1983
Jody Espina of Savannah, GA, produced the George Garzone album Crescent, featuring pianist Leo Genovese ’04 and bassist Esperanza Spalding ’05.
Class of 1984
Joel Goodman of Topanga, CA, scored the HBO film Southern Rites and the Neil LaBute film Dirty Weekend, and the PBS program American Experience: Walt Disney. Visit joelgoodman.com.
Pianist and singer Barry Rocklin of Revere, MA, performs his “Barry from Boston” cabaret series aboard the MS Veendam, MS Oosterdam, and the MS Vollendam.
Bassist Hans-Peter Brack of Herrliberg, Switzerland released a new album with Diggin’ the Blues on Sony Music Entertainment Switzerland. Visit diggintheblues.ch.
Class of 1985
Drummer Alun Harries of Twickenham, Great Britain worked on Lisa Kwei’s albums The Girl You Left Behind and Leave Only Footprints. The latter is scheduled for release in late 2015. He also runs a private teaching studio in Twickenham.
Saxophonist Sam Newsome of Brooklyn, NY, published the book Life Lessons from the Horn: Essays on Jazz, Originality and Being a Working Musician. He teaches jazz studies at Long Island University Brooklyn.
Class of 1986
Guitarist Kevin Kastning of Groton, MA, released the album Otherworld on Greydisc Records. Visit kevinkastning.com.
Class of 1987
Joe Doyle of Nashville, TN, had his song “Back to Bethlehem” recorded by Kenny Rogers for Rogers’s new album Once Again It’s Christmas. Visit joedoylesongs.com.
Class of 1988
Vocalist Luciana Souza of Los Angeles, CA, released the album Speaking in Tongues, featuring Lionel Loueke ’00, Massimo Biolcati ’99, and Kendrick Scott ’03. Visit lucianasouza.com.
Class of 1988
Saxophonist Mario Perrett of Stoneham, MA, is featured on blues guitarist Ronnie Earl’s latest album Father’s Day on Stony Plain Records. It debuted at number three on Billboard magazine’s blues chart. Perrett is also an artist in residence at Wally’s Café jazz club in Boston.
Tony Schultz of North Quincy, MA, was elected as the vice president of the Eastern Region of U.S. and Canada for the Audio Engineering Society. He has owned and operated Big T Productions for 26 years. Visit bigtproductions.com.
Class of 1989
Trumpeter Dmitri Matheny of Oakland, CA, completed a successful Indiegogo funding campaign for his group’s new album Jazz Noir. Visit dmitrimatheny.com.
Class of 1990
Sam Hooper of Los Angeles, CA, and Mike Null released the EP Hoodoo Blues, featuring blues classics by Albert King, John Lee Hooker, Junior Wells, and more. Visit samhooper.com.
Joanna Katzen of Athol, MA, had her song “And We Shall Want No More” published in the folksong anthology Rise Again, the sequel to the Rise Up Singing collection.
Mark Ptak of Hawthorne, NJ, and his progressive rock band Advent released the album Silent Sentinel. He did engineering and mixing work on the album. Visit adventmusic.net.
Kurt Rosenwinkel recently toured Asia playing solo guitar concerts. Stops included Shanghai, China; Seoul, Korea; and Hong Kong. He will also play at the Barcelona Jazz Festival in November and at SFJazz in San Francisco in January 2016. Visit kurtrosenwinkel.com.
Peter Vantine of Middleton, MA, released the solo piano CDs Prayerful Improvisations 2 and Peaceful Classics. Proceeds from Peaceful Classics will benefit the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund. Visit petervantine.com.
Joe Zobkiw of Raleigh, NC, had his electronic music piece “So This Is How It Ends” used in the video Islands of the Wild Atlantic Way: Shaped by the Sea, which promotes a coastal touring route in Ireland. Visit zobkiw.com.
Class of 1991
In November, Susan Tedeschi of Jacksonville, FL, will tour Europe with the Tedeschi-Trucks Band. The group recently performed in a tribute to Joe Cocker’s 1970 Mad Dogs & Englishmen tour, featuring many of the original musicians. Visit tedeschitrucksband.com.
Class of 1992
Drummer “Lil” John Roberts of Atlanta, GA, performed on Stevie Wonder’s Songs in the Key of Life tour, Janet Jackson’s Unbreakable tour, and was musical director for the BET network’s Sunday Best All Stars. He has performed and/or recorded with Dave Chappelle, Queen Latifah, and Nathan Watts. Visit liljohnroberts.com.
Class of 1992
Joe Bush of Southington, CT, won Emmy Awards for his contribution as the audio technician for the Derek Jeter special “Salute 2 the Captain” and the Yankees post-game show “Farewell 2 the Captain.”
Composer Jason Eckardt of Kerhonkson, NY, released a new CD titled Subject, featuring flautist Eric Lamb and pianist Marilyn Nonken. He also received performances of his works by bassoonist Rebekah Heller and flautist Claire Chase. Visit ensemble21.com.
Jazz pianist Amina Figarova of Forest Hills, NY, released the album Blue Whisper. She also recently completed a European tour. Visit aminafigarova.com.
Jason Jennings of Burbank, CA, was the lead sound designer for Terminator: Genisys, Goosebumps, Spectral, Now You See Me: The Second Act, and Kung Fu Panda 3. Upcoming movie projects include The Huntsman and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2.
Kevin Kliesch of Valencia, CA, won a Daytime Emmy in the Outstanding Music Direction and Composition category for his work on the Disney Junior show Sofia the First.
Saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa of Montclair, NJ, won the Downbeat Critics Poll in the Album of the Year (Bird Calls), Alto Saxophonist of the Year, and Rising Star Composer of the Year categories. Visit rudreshm.com.
Vibraphonist Errol Rackipov of Hollywood, FL, released the CD Pictures from a Train Window on First Orbit Sounds. Visit errolrackipov.com.
Class of 1993
Reg Bloor of New York City is releasing her first solo CD Theme from an Imaginary Slasher on October 22. Visit regbloor.com.
Class of 1993
Sophie Duner of Hovas, Sweden, appeared at the Festival O/Modernt in Stockholm and at the Bimbache open Art Festival in the Canary Islands. Exhibitions of her paintings and drawings accompanied her performances.
Class of 1994
Jose Conde of Brooklyn, NY, and his salsa group Ola Fresca released the album Elixir. Visit joseconde.com.
Class of 1996
Pablo Ablanedo of Cambridge, MA, published the book Suite of Mirrors: A Collection of Mirror Pieces for the Beginning Pianist. Visit pabloablanedo.com.
Christian Pedersen of Farsta, Sweden, and his Transatlantic group recorded the album Autumn Sketch. The band toured Sweden and visited New York for a series of gigs and radio appearances.
Class of 1997
Ayala Asherov of Charleston, SC, released the album Colors and Shapes, produced by Mark Bryan of Hootie and the Blowfish, with drummer Quentin E. Baxter. Visit ayalaasherov.com.
Class of 1997
Sean Meredith-Jones of Toronto, Canada, filmed a video in Santa Monica, CA, for an upcoming single and led a Jeff Beck tribute concert. Visit seanmeredithjones.com.
Class of 1998
Damian Draghici, a member of the European Parliament, raised funds through his Bright Light Foundation for a memorial dedicated to Roma victims of the Holocaust. Draghici helped design the monument, which was unveiled at the Roma Culture Museum in Bucharest, Romania, in August.
Fiddler, singer, and step-dancer April Verch of Pembroke, Ontario, Canada, performed with her band at the recent Champaign-Urbana Folk and Music Festival. They are touring in support of her 10th album The Newpart, produced and engineered by Casey Driessen ’00.
Class of 1999
Avi Rothbard of Bronx, NY, won the 2014 John Lennon Award in the jazz category for “One and Nine.” His latest trio CD is called City Colors. Visit rothbardmusic.com.
Class of 1999
Richard Furch of Sherman Oaks, CA, recorded and mixed Tyrese’s Black Rose album. It opened at number one on Billboard magazine’s 200, hip-hop and r&b charts, Apple Music and iTunes. He also mixed BJ the Chicago Kid’s album on Motown Records. Visit richardfurch.com.
Sean McGowan of Denver, CO, released an album of music from My Fair Lady. He also performed at festivals including the Swannanoa Guitar Week in Asheville, NC, and Alex de Grassi’s Guitar Workshop in Caspar, CA. Visit seanmcgowanguitar.com.
Bart Migal of Long Island City, NY, engineered Björk’s new album Vulnicura. He also engineered cast albums of the Tony-nominated On the Town, On the Twentieth Century, and Fun Home.
Class of 2000
Bob Reynolds of Los Angeles, CA, cofounded the Inside: Outside Retreat for Saxophonists. He was also featured in an August 19 New York Times article called “The Creative Apocalypse That Wasn’t.” Visit bobreynoldsmusic.com.
Class of 2000
Drummer Patrick Charles of Woodland Hills, CA, released the single “Sons of the Sun,” and will release a full-length CD in the summer of 2016. Visit patrickcharlesmusic.com.
Saxophonist Jaleel Shaw of Paterson, NJ, was featured in the Blindfold Test in the August issue of Downbeat magazine.
Class of 2001
Jonathan Geer of Austin, TX, is the pianist and composer for the nuevo tango ensemble Austin Piazzolla Quintet. The group released its third self-titled album featuring four compositions by Geer. Visit apqtango.com.
JooWan Kim and the Ensemble Mik Nawooj received a Google AdWords Grant, giving the band a monthly stipend to share its music. In October, the band will be in residency at Zoo Labs, where they will record their second album. Visit ensemblemiknawooj.com.
Class of 2002
Jorge Castellanos of Cambridge, MA, is the head of Audreio, a desktop music production software company. Visit audre.io.
Aaron Diecker of Los Angeles, CA, is a dialog editor for Fox’s Family Guy and American Dad. He also founded a website featuring music and other top resources at creativelyforward.com.
John Shannon of Pittsburgh, PA, Benjamin Geis ’03, and Matt “MJ” Lambert ’04 make up theSHIFT, a cosmic rock trio that released their debut EP 7th Direction in the spring. Visit shiftwithus.com.
Slava Tolstoy of Natick, MA, Ippei Ichimaru ’98, and Ben Powell ’09 form the International String Trio, and recently toured the West Coast.
Class of 2003
Nathalia Palis of Stevenson Ranch, CA, is a bilingual children’s songwriter and performer. She released her second album Dream a Little (Sueña un Poquito) and has been featured on Univision and The Talk (CBS). Visit nathaliamusic.com.
Class of 2003
Justin Purtill of Grass Valley, CA, released a new album of improvisational folk music entitled The Sun in Splendor on Constant Clip Records. It is available on Bandcamp, iTunes, and CDBaby. Visit justinpurtill.com.
Roy Assaf of New York, NY, started a company called C-PLNR (pronounced “C-planner”), offering career planning, group workshops, personal style, and more. Visit cplanr.com.
Class of 2004
Rodrigo Bonelli of Brooklyn, NY, released a jazz septet album titled Septet Works. The group has received airplay on some 50 radio stations worldwide. Visit rodrigobonelli.com.
Hadi Sumoro of Philadelphia, PA, launched HX Audio Lab, LLC, which provides audio/acoustics consulting services. He works in studio design, loudspeaker design, and electro-acoustic optimization. Visit hxaudiolab.com.
Sam Warshaw of Tamarac, FL, and his wife work in the cruise entertainment industry. His company Warshaw Entertainment casts musicians for jobs on cruise ships. Visit warshawentertainment.com.
Class of 2005
Timothy Driscoll of Austin, TX, and his band Dead Earth Politics won the Austin Chronicle’s award for best erforming band: metal for the third straight year. In March they released the EP Men Become Gods. Visit deadearthpolitics.com.
Class of 2006
Dan Cutler of New Orleans, LA, plays bass for the Deslondes, whose album was released on June 9. It was featured on NPR’s “First Listen” program.
In November, Charlie Worsham of Nashville, TN, will perform a seven-city tour of the UK. Visit charlieworsham.com.
Class of 2007
Jamie Lynn Fletcher of Greenleaf, WI, released the album My Desire of You. One of the album’s songs was nominated for the 2015 Independent Music Awards in the Jazz with Vocals category. Visit jamielynnfletcher.com.
Class of 2007
Matt Lange of New York City released his debut album Ephemera, featuring the single “My Love Aside,” on deadmau5’s mau5trap label.
Gregorio Uribe of Brooklyn, NY, and the Gregorio Uribe Big Band released the album Cumbia Universal. The group performed in October at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York. Visit gregoriouribebigband.com.
Chris Vasquez of Los Angeles, CA, and Michael Torres ’03 founded SoundLife Music Lessons, providing in-home music lessons in the Los Angeles area. Visit soundlifelessons.com.
Michael Vongova of New York City was commissioned by the United Nations to write a piano concerto in commemoration of its 70th anniversary. The work was premiered in New York City in May and was performed in Carnegie Hall in September. Visit michaelvongova.com.
James Austin Wyle of Nashville, TN, performed with the Wyle Band at Summer NAMM 2015 and on Balcony TV. The group’s song “Child of the Night” was also featured in the new comedy show Odd Mom Out on the Bravo channel. Visit thewyleband.com.
Class of 2008
Chris Bolint of Portage, IN, just released his debut solo instrumental rock album entitled Embers Alive. He will be playing shows around the Midwest to promote the release. Visit chrisbolint.com.
Class of 2008
Lenny Wee of Los Angeles, CA, was the music production manager, Pro Tools engineer, and arranger for the 2015 Clive Davis Pre-Grammy Gala. Visit lennywee.com.
Magda Giannikou of New York, City and her band Banda Magda performed this summer in the UK, Greece, Cyprus, Switzerland, Canada, and the U.S.
Class of 2009
Saxophonist Melissa Aldana of Brooklyn, NY, and her trio toured Europe this summer and performed at the Playboy Jazz Festival in Los Angeles. She also led a weeklong workshop at the Summer Session at Vallekilde in Denmark.
Brant Buckley of Chicago, IL, released a three-song EP titled Chicago Summer. Visit brantbuckley.com.
Class of 2009
Rob Craft of Media, PA, played, produced and composed for A Minor Error’s debut EP Suds for Spuds.
Tidtaya Sinutoke of Rego Park, NY, was one of 12 songwriters chosen to participate in the 2015 Johnny Mercer Foundation Songwriters Project. Visit tidtayasinutoke.com.
Alexandra Spalding and Adrian Olsen ’08 are members of the band Avers, which released the song “Vampire” from their self-produced album. Parts of the album were recorded at Olsen’s Montrose Recording studio.
Class of 2010
David Bawiec of North Hollywood, CA, was the music editor and score/soundtrack producer for the Marcus Nispel horror film Exeter. Visit davidbawiec.com.
Vocalist Kim Logan of Nashville, TN, did a tour in July of the East Coast and Midwest. Visit kimlogan.net.
Eric Milos of North Hollywood, CA, is the owner of Clear Lake Recording Studios in North Hollywood. He recently completed a Kickstarter-funded recording for Meaghan Maples. Visit clearlakerecordingstudios.com.
Martin Nessi of Glendale, CA, mixed and engineered the new Andrea Bocelli album produced by David Foster, Humberto Gatica and Tony Renis, featuring Ariana Grande and Nicole Scherzinger. He also did engineering for Josh Groban’s Stages, Gloria Trevi’s El Amor, and Andrés Cepeda’s Mil Ciudades. He’s also worked with Anahi, Chiquis Rivera, and Julio Reyes.
Dan Palmere of Tallahassee, FL, completed his master of music degree in music therapy at Florida State University in May.
Scott Quintana of Ventura, CA, is the drummer for Kacey Musgraves. He recently appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Late Night with Seth Meyers. He works extensively in the Nashville area.
Neara Russell of Los Angeles, CA, performed with Anthony Starble and toured this summer with DJ Duke Dumont in the U.S. and Europe, and headlined at several music festivals. Visit neararussell.com.
Class of 2011
Gizem Gokoglu of New York City had her composition “Inhale” awarded honorable mention in the Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra (SWOJO) Composition Contest. It will be performed and recorded live by the SWOJO with guitarist Mimi Fox at the 2015 Earshot Jazz Festival in Seattle. Visit gizemgokoglu.com.
Class of 2011
Matt Garstka of Glendale, MA, appeared on the cover of Modern Drummer in March. He is the drummer for the band Animals as Leaders, and recently gave clinics in China and Malaysia. Visit mattgarska.com.
Alex Von Guggenberg of Alexandria, VA, signed an exclusive worldwide publishing deal with Big Yellow Dog Music. Visit lxeproductions.com.
Danielle Deckard of Sydney, Australia, released her debut EP End of the World. Visit danielledeckard.com.
Ryan Edwards of Watertown, MA, and Maria Finkelmeier coproduced “Waking the Monster,” an event turning the exterior of Fenway Park’s Green Monster into a nine-person, three-story percussion instrument. They commissioned six new scores from New England composers for the project. Visit ryanedwards.info.
Vocalist Emily Elbert of Los Angeles, CA, toured nationwide with Esperanza Spalding ’05. Visit emilyelbert.com.
Class of 2012
In July, KC Daugirdas of North Hollywood, CA, conducted the premiere of his five-movement choral cantata The Singing Revolution at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion, featuring 1,400 singers and a 40-piece symphonic band. Visit daugirdasmusic.com.
Class of 2012
Jessica Brizuela of Pasadena, CA plays with the Los Angeles Harp Ensemble. She performed and presented a workshop at the American Harp Society 2015 Summer Institute in Logan, Utah. Visit jessicabrizuela.com.
Mike Smale of Clinton, MA, recently opened M. Smale Productions, offering multimedia services, music performance, audio production/engineering, and photography. Visit msmale.com.
Class of 2013
Ryan Marks of Boston, MA, and Kenny Blume comprise the duo electronic producers LOUDPVCK. They released the EP Botany.
Class of 2013
Nicole Bono MA’13 of New York City is working as a licensing assistant for ABKCO Music & Records in Manhattan.
Jake Cassman of Boston, MA, Ryan Jordan ’13, and Alex McGillivray and their band Drunken Logic released the album Long Day’s Journey to the Middle, featuring Austin Wells and Alex Trevino.
Billy Crabbe of London, England, released his first single in May titled “Way Back Home.” Visit billycrabbe.com.
Paolo Cognetti MM’13 of Firenze, Italy is a freelance pianist and the in-house composer for L’Officina Sonora Bigallo studios, working on a range of projects. He recently took second place in a composition contest and had his winning orchestral piece premiered on Italian national TV and radio in August.
Vincent Despins MA’13 of Paris, France, is the head of communications and media for MaMA Event, a music festival and convention in Paris. Previously, Despins worked as a digital project manager at DBTH, a music business marketing and development service in Paris and as an associate music supervisor for Tracks & Fields in Berlin.
Jordan Gagné MM’13 of Los Angeles, CA, is writing additional music for TV projects with composer Jeff Russo. Gagné established his own production company, Clockwork Studios, and scored the film Teachers, which received its premiere at the L.A. Film Festival.
Pedro Santa Cruz MM’13 founded the music production company Oso Pardo in Santiago de Chile. He is creating music for three TV series, including an animated show to be broadcast next year on the Brazilian network O Globo. He has also scored TV commercials, short films, and informational videos.
Class of 2013
Allison Zatarain MA’13 is the manager for artist services for the Orchard in New York City. She is working with artists Dum Dum Girls, the Raveonettes, Fallulah, and Dan Owen with the Orchard founders Scott Cohen and Richard Gottehrer.
Class of 2014
Cara Smith of Brielle, NJ, won best female artist at the 11th annual International Acoustic Music Awards. Finalists included Susan Cattaneo ’97, Oscare Peñas ’01, Emily White ’07, Devin D’Amato ’14, and Annie Johnson ’13.
Luiza Sales MM’14 of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, released her second album titled Aventureira, which is available on Apple iTunes. She founded Solares Prodducões, an artist management company, and the YouTube project called Meninas do Brasil, creating videos by independent female artists.
Class of 2014
João Bruno Soeiro MM’14 of Moscow, Russia, is working for CineLab film studios in Moscow. He currently works at the company’s postproduction branch, CineLab SoundMix.
Giorgi Mikadze of Tbilisi, Georgia, performed at the Black Sea Jazz Festival with Zach Mullings and Antoine Katz ’13, and at the Newport Jazz Festival with Berklee faculty member Brian Raydar Ellis.
Matthew Mazzone MM’14 of Adelaide, Australia, is working as a consultant for inMusic Brands, the parent company of Akai, creating MIDI maps for a new keyboard being developed by Akai. Additionally, he is teaching electronic music and production for MusicSA, doing live sound for a local band, producing his own music.
Guitarist Maddie Rice of Salt Lake City, UT, drummer Louis Cato ’06, and keyboardist Masayuki Hirano ’06 are members of the house band for the Late Show with Stephen Colbert led by music director Jon Batiste.
Tanya Nath MA’14 of Faridabad, India, was named as a digital services executive for Sony Music India in July.