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Class of 1956

Rik Tinory of Cohasset, MA, was honored at this year’s Grammy Awards for his work on Aerosmith’s album Pump, which has sold more than 4 million copies. 

Class of 1971

Gary Morton of Orleans, Ontario, is the Viennese Ball Orchestra’s musical director and vice president of Local 180 AFM. He retired after 25 years with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police band and is pursuing a master’s degree from Southern New Hampshire University

Class of 1972

Steve Groves '72

Steve Groves '72

Guitarist and singer Steve Groves of Ottawa, Canada, released the new EP Notes from the Underground, which  features five blues-based songs, and is available at the iTunes Store. This summer Groves will perform at European festivals.

Susan Schmidt Horning of Fresh Meadows, NY, published the book Chasing Sound: Technology, Culture, and the Art of Studio Recording from Edison to the LP. She was interviewed by the Boston Globe and is an
assistant professor of history at St. John’s University.

Class of 1975

David Kowal of Los Angeles, CA, worked on Candice Courtney’s debut album I Am on Oil Creek Records, featuring Phil Hanson ’01. Visit candicesingshere.com.

Richard Niles of Mission Viejo, CA, produced and cowrote the album Simple Truth for saxophonist Ed Barker, featuring “When You Smile” with Lance Ellington. He arranged Paul Carrack’s album Rain or Shine, and wrote and produced “Last Vegas” for X-Factor’s Elaine Gibbs.

Nika Rejto of Lafayette, CA, received the Bay Area Jazz and Blues Artists Award for Jazz Excellence and recorded a concert on KPFA-FM. Visit nikarejto.com.

Class of 1977

Lee West ’77Lee West of Melrose, MA, penned two titles for Santorella Publications: Hip to the Blues and Real Gone Guitar. West’s band Rockhouse Rebels released the CD Pharaoh’s Blues.

The San Francisco Chronicle featured an article on Tony Corman of Berkeley, CA, and his quintet FivePlay (featuring Laura Klein ’77 and Alan Hall ’78), detailing Corman’s focal dystonia and self-reconstruction as a guitarist and composer. Visit tonycorman.com. 

Glenn Franke of Maplewood, NJ, and his big band performed with Steve Turre and Rufus Reid on a broadcast about trombonist J.J. Johnson. Visit musictax.com.

Harrison Goldberg ’77Saxophonist Harrison Goldberg of Gualala, CA, and his band Cloudfire released the album Cloudfire & Friends. Visit cloudfiremusic.com.

Class of 1979

Noah Agruss of Sherman Oaks, CA, scored choreographer Christopher Stowell’s ballet Cipher, which was premiered by the Los Angeles Ballet. Visit noahagruss.com. 

Tim Sublette of Smithfield, MO, produced, arranged and performed on Ben Rodgers’s song “If 12 Steps Are All I’ve Got” available online.

Class of 1980

Dyann Arthur ’80Dyann Arthur of Mill Creek, WA, produced and directed the film Americana Women: Roots Musicians: Women’s Tales & Tunes. It was screened at Berklee’s Stan Getz Library. Visit musicboxproject.org.

Jeff Dawson ’80 (right) and Neil Simon ’97Jeff Dawson of New York City played keyboards and wrote original music for a February Sunset Jazz Festival concert in Frederiksted, St. Croix, featuring Neil Simon ’97

Cynthia Hilts of Brooklyn, NY, performs solo and with Lyric Fury throughout the New York metropolitan area, and she is also mixing her new album.

David Lockwood of Plymouth, NH, released the album Modern Love, featuring Erica Leigh ’10 and Berklee faculty members Kevin Barry, Kristin Cifelli, and Randy Roos. Visit davidlockwoodmusic.com. 

Angelo Marcialis of Chester, NY, won the New York State Band Director Association’s Richard H. Snook Outstanding Band Director Award. He is retiring in July.

Mike McAllister of Cumming, GA, was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in January.

S. Ti Muntarbhorn of North Hollywood, CA, worked with Harvey Kubernik on the book It Was 50 Years Ago Today: The Beatles Invade America and Hollywood.

Class of 1981

Saxophonist Scott Robinson of Teaneck, NJ, and soprano Dawn Upshaw are featured on Winter Morning Walks by Maria Schneider and the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

 

Bill Wright of Sparta, NJ, heads the Bill Wright School of Music, which provides instruction for students of all styles, ages and levels. Visit billwrightmusic.com.

Class of 1982

Drummer Zoro of Brentwood, TN, released the book The Commandments of the Half-Time Shuffle. Visit zorothedrummer.com.

Class of 1984

Sandra Wall of Rochester, VT, plays with the bands Kim and the Nurse and Megan on the Right. She performed at the 2013 Tweed River Music Festival.

Class of 1985

Pengbian Sang of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, was nominated for Soberano Awards in the Arranger/Orchestrator and Album of the Year categories for his band Retro Jazz’s CD. It includes Federico Mendez ’00, and faculty members Dan Cantor and Jonathan Wymer worked on the album.

Class of 1986

Christian Jacob '86Christian Jacob of Granada Hills, CA, released his first solo recording, Beautiful Jazz: A Private Concert. Visit christianjacob.com. 

Daniel Indart of Tarzana, CA, was interviewed by Elizabeth Espinosa on the CNN Latino’s show Sin Límites, discussing Latin music in Hollywood’s entertainment industry.

Lauren Kinhan ’86

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Sandrine Lee

Lauren Kinhan of Hampton Bays, NY, released the album Circle in a Square, featuring Randy Brecker, Romero Lubambo, Gary Versace, Donny McCaslin, and Joel Frahm. Visit laurenkinhan.com.

Stephan Sieber of Basel, Switzerland, worked with producer George Whitty on a new album. Among the featured performers are Vinx, Dean Brown ’77 (guitar), Sieber (percussion) and George Whitty (keyboards).

Tommy Smith of Larkhall, Scotland, heads the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, which released the album American Adventure. Smith produced and played on the album, featuring guitarist Mike Stern ’75.

Rockin’ Ron Carter of Jeffersonville, VT, released a collection of pirate music for children titled Pirate PaRRRty. Visit rockinronthefriendlypirate.com. 

Class of 1987

Linda Lorence Critelli of Tenafly, NJ, is president of the New York chapter of the Recording Academy. She is the vice president of writer/publisher relations for the performing rights organization SESAC.

Bassist Terje Gewelt of Oslo, Norway, performed on the John Surman/Karin Krog CD Songs About This and That, which won the 2013 Norwegian Grammy for best Norwegian jazz Recording. Visit resonant-music.com.

Matt Kaslow of Brooklyn, NY, performed several shows with vocalist Taylor Dayne.

Class of 1988

Tom Chang of Fort Lee, NJ, released the album Tongue & Groove, blending jazz, South Indian, and contemporary classical music.

Stefan Veit ’88Stefan Veit of Filderstadt, Germany, released the book Honky Tonk Piano: Play Songs & Improvise!, featuring original compositions plus songs by Keith Emerson, Oscar Peterson, and Winifred Atwell. Visit jazzimprov.de.

Class of 1990

Juliana Hatfield of Cambridge, MA, and Matthew Caws formed the band Get There. They recently toured Europe and released the album Minor Alps and made a music video featuring actress French Julie Gayet.

Nenyi Quaison-Sackey of Oxnard, CA, and Bill Macpherson ’91 and their band Native Vibe released the album In the Land of Muses. Visit nativevibe.net

Class of 1991

Saxophonist Mindi Abair of Hollywood, CA, released the album Wild Heart, featuring Gregg Allman, Joe Perry, Booker T. Jones, Keb’ Mo’, Trombone Shorty, Waddy Wachtel, and others. Visit mindiabair.com

Rob Macomber of Carmel, NY, records and mixes live music broadcasts for Jazz at Lincoln Center’s performance venues. 

Class of 1992

Composer Jason Eckardt of Kerhonkson, NY, was commissioned by violinist Miranda Cuckson to write a work for her album with pianist Blair McMillen. Eckardt is an associate professor of composition at City University of New York. Visit mirandacuckson.com. 

Class of 1994

Martin Case of Boston, MA, and Joseph Brogan ’75 released the album Awakening. Brogan played woodwinds, and Case composed and played numerous instruments on the album. Visit martincasemusic.com.

Class of 1995

Peter Barr of Brooklyn, NY, released a self-made video for his song “Stand” on YouTube.

Boris Berlin of New York City and Zenon Marko of the group Metasonica, released the album Classica. It features the single “Romance” and the composition “Eternal Return” which also appeared on the compilation album Die welt ist klang (Carpe Sonum Records). Visit metasonica.com. 

Class of 1996

Prashant Aswani of Venice, CA, released the album Visions. Visit prashantaswani.com.

Jeff Ellwood ’96

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Matt Perko

Jeff Ellwood of Placentia, CA, has collaborated with Jerry Bergonzi ’68 to catalog all of Bergonzi’s compositions. Free portions can be downloaded at jeffellwood.net

Manfred Junker of Konstanz, Germany, and fellow guitarist John Stowell recorded the duo CD Here At Last. Visit manfredjunker.com.

Emmanuelle Somer of Saint-Dyé-sur-Loire, France, released the CD Parce que! with Henri Roger, Eric-Maria Couturier and Bruno Tocanne. Visit emmanuellesomer.com

Class of 1997

Pedro Bromfman of Los Angeles, CA, is scoring the reboot of RoboCop, working with Sebastian Morton ’97 and Gustavo Borner ‘89

Sarah Sharp of Austin, TX, and the Jitterbug Vipers (including Masumi Jones) were on NPR’s Song Travels with Michael Feinstein. Sharp is also part of the duo Kaliyo. Visit jitterbugvipers.com

Class of 1998

Tanisha Hall of Los Angeles, CA, opened White Hall Arts Academy, offering instruction in music, dance, and drama, and mentoring inner-city youth. In its second year of operation, the academy instructs more than 100 students. Visit whitehallacademy.org

Daniel Maudonnet ’98Composer and pianist Daniel Maudonnet of São Paulo, Brazil, released his debut album Pescador with the Daniel Maudonnet Noneto. Visit danielmaudonnet.com.br.

Class of 1999

Gilad Barkan of Brookline, MA, scored the Mayeta Clark film The Final Note. It was recently screened at the Winter Film Awards film festival in New York City.

Laura Crane (aka Lalo) of Valley Village, CA, and Kyler England ’00 perform as the duo Freckles. They released the children’s album Be My Friend, which features numerous Berklee alumni. Visit frecklesmusic.com

Ryan Link of New York City, NY is the emcee for the musical Once, playing numerous instruments and serving as understudy for the male lead. Visit oncemusical.com

Oscar Peñas ’99

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Jimmy Katz

Oscar Peñas of Brooklyn, NY, released the album Music of Departures and Returns, with Sara Caswell, Moto Fukushima ’03, Richie Barshay, Gil Goldstein ’69, Paquito D’Rivera, and Esperanza Spalding ’05. Visit oscarpenas.com

Class of 2000

Clem Fung of Hong Kong, China, and the RubberBand released a new album in April. The group was nominated for a Hong Kong Film International Academy best original song award.

Clem Fung of Hong Kong, China, and the RubberBand released a new album in April. The group was nominated for a Hong Kong Film International Academy best original song award.

Saxophonist Bob Reynolds of Los Angeles, CA, is featured on Snarky Puppy’s latest album We Like it Here. Visit bobreynoldsmusic.com.

Timothy Rodier of Granada Hills, CA, and his company Omni Music Publishing, released scores for the films Batman and The Matrix. Visit omnimusicpublishing.com

Paco Charlín of Pontevedra, Spain, released the album The Night Queen. Visit freecodejazzrecords.com

Class of 2001

Alyosha Barreiro of Mexico City, Mexico, has been involved with the Estela de Luz inauguration, Rotofest, Vive Latino, Prehispánica Electrónica, and his Beat’s X educational program. Visit alyoshabarreiro.com

Matthew Cahoon of Allston, MA, and his group recently opened for Ego Likeness. Cahoon’s music has been featured on the Discovery Channel, TLC, the Science Channel, and MTV.

Brian Marquis of Los Angeles, CA, has toured with Therefore I Am and released his debut album, Blood & Spirits. He produces the Acoustic Basement Tour and the Acoustic Basement Stage on the Vans Warped Tour.

Shawn Meehan of West Roxbury, MA, was featured in the newsletter Not So Modern Drummer. Visit rhythmconsultant.com.

Cava Menzies '01

Cava Menzies '01

Pianist Cava Menzies of Oakland, CA, released the CD Moment to Moment, featuring trumpeter Nick Phillips.

Class of 2002

Mark Kelley of Brooklyn, NY, released a collection of downloadable bass loops, available at thelooploft.com. Kelley is a member of the Roots, the house band for the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Marianne Solivan of Brooklyn, NY, released the album Spark. Her band includes Xavier Davis, Matthew Parrish, and Gregory Hutchinson. Visit mariannesolivanjazz.com

Class of 2003

Lady Bose of Atlanta, GA, is a vocal coach and vocal producer for Patchwerk Recording Studios. She also works with the bands Forward Motion and Iconic Journey.

Nikki DePasquale of Boston, MA, released the single “Here’s to Well-Kept Secrets” and an accompanying video from her upcoming album featuring Paul DePasquale ’04 and Aaron Damus.

Guitarists Jeff Gitelman of Orange, CT, and Yohei Nakamura ’04 performed with Stevie Wonder at the NAACP Image Awards show.

Class of 2004

Mare Wakefield and pianist Nomad Ovunc, of Nashville, TN, released their Kickstarter-funded album Poet on the Moon, produced by Mitch Dane. Visit marewakefield.com.

Kelly Bryand of Machias, ME, opened a studio at the Maine Academy of Modern Music. Visit maineacademyofmodernmusic.org.

Daniel Crider of Charleston, SC, played drums on the debut album In This Life by American Idol contestant Elise Testone. Additionally Crider’s band Dead 27 released Chase Your Devils Down. Visit elisetestone.com and dead27s.com

Class of 2005

Roy Assaf   ’05Pianist Roy Assaf of New York, NY, recorded with David Sanborn and Marcus Miller. He also released Second Row Behind the Painter, featuring Jake Goldbas and Raviv Markovitz. Visit royassaf.com

Romain Collin of Antibes, France, and his trio The North, released the album Slow Down (This Isn’t the Mainland), featuring Abe Lagrimas Jr. ’05 and Shawn Conley. Visit thenorthtrio.com. 

Timothy Driscoll of Austin, TX, and his band Dead Earth Politics won an Austin music award as the best performing metal band for the second consecutive year. The group released the EP The Queen of Steel and performed at the recent South by Southwest conference. Visit deadearthpolitics.com.

Vocalist Minna-Lisa Ferna of Västerås, Sweden, released the album Going Up, featuring Erik Lindeborg, Kristian Lind, and Ikiz. Visit minnalisa.com

Brian J. Gardner of Little Elm, TX, and Cedric Moses are the rap/pop group the Anthm, and released the album Tear Me Down. They performed at the South by Southwest conference. Visit theanthm.com

Ant Law of Edinburgh, Scotland, and his quintet received funding from the Jazz Services Recording Support Scheme to record their album Entanglement. Mel Bay Publications has released his book 3rd Millennium Guitar: An Introduction to Perfect 4th Tuning. Visit antlaw.co.uk

Giovanni Rotondo of Naples, Italy, was chosen to score ll Giudice Meschino, a two-episode TV movie on Italy’s Rai1 station, directed by Carlo Carlei.

Class of 2006

From the right: Claude Diallo ’06, Andy McGhee, and Linus Wyrsch ’08Claude Diallo of Long Island City, NY, toured internationally with retired faculty member Andy McGhee, Linus Wyrsch ’08, Massimo Buonanno ’10 and Laurent Salzard ’07. Diallo has released the albums Motion in Progress, Nothing To Prove, and New Beginnings. Visit claudediallo.com.

Lucas Vidal of Venice, CA, recorded his orchestral piece at Abbey Road Studios that was featured in Panama at Premios Platino, the Latin film awards show.

Class of 2007

Mike Flanagan of Brockton, MA, released the album Mob Music. It topped the iTunes jazz charts and features performances by various Berklee alumni. Visit mikeflanaganmusic.com. 

Joe Matzzie ’07Joe Matzzie of Los Angeles, CA released the album This Box Makes Noise, featuring Nate Laguzza ’08 and Adam Popick ’07, produced by Brian Packer ’06. Visit joematzzie.com.

Kirsten Schubert of New York City is a music publicist at PMK*BNC, a global firm for public relations, product placement, event marketing, and more.

Gregorio Uribe of Brooklyn, NY, and his big band raised Kickstarter funding for their debut album Caribe Contigo. Uribe was recently named one of the Colombian government’s 100 Most Distinguished Colombians Living Abroad. Visit gregoriouribe.com.

Class of 2008

Karmin, composed of Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan ’08 of Burbank, CA, recently released the album Pulses.

Andrew Simon McAllister of Belfast, UK, is scoring the feature film Shooting for Socrates, starring John Hannah, Conleth Hill, and Art Parkinson.

Hiromi Suda ’08Hiromi Suda of Woodside, NY, released the mini-album Rain Dance, which features numerous Berklee alumni. Her song “Mizu no Utsuwa” won an honorable mention at the 2013 USA Songwriting Competition. Visit hiromisuda.com.

Drummer Matt Witek of Long Beach, CA, is performing with the John Pizzarelli Quartet on the Jazz Cruise 2014.

American Authors

American Authors

American Authors, comprising Zac Barnett ’08, James Shelley ’07, David Rublin ’11, and Matt Sanchez ’09, topped the Billboard U.S. Adult Pop Charts with their song “Best Day of My Life.” It won the USA Songwriting Competition, directed by Eddie Phoon ’94. Visit weareamericanauthors.com

Sean Hayden of Toronto, Ontario, composed advertising campaign music for Coors Light, Shreddies, and Gay Lea Foods. His music has appeared on Pawn Stars, The Taste, Toddlers and Tiaras, and Today Tonight. Visit daisydogmusic.com.

Class of 2009

Mark Blomquist of Vestal, NY, runs Relayer Audio, a recording and mixing studio. Visit relayeraudio.com.

Dave Cavalier ’09Dave Cavalier of Los Angeles, CA, toured with the band STAMPS, as part of the High School Nation Tour, featuring Trevor Jackson and Drake Bell. He is working on an album with engineer Hal Winer. Visit davecavalier.com

Matt Musty ’09Matt Musty of Piermont, NH, is recording and touring with Jake Clemons of Bruce Springsteen & the E-Street Band. Visit mattmusty.com.

Tidtaya Sinutoke ’09Tidtaya Sinutoke of Rego Park, NY, was selected for the 2014 Composer-Librettist Studio at New Dramatists. Her song “Somewhere in Time” was featured in Miss Lead, a play by Mary Kathryn Nagle. She was also a finalist in the Davenport Songwriting Contest.

Class of 2010

Stephen Chen of Oyster Bay, NY, performs with Great Caesar. The band raised $50,000 through Kickstarter to film the music video “Don’t Ask Me Why”. Chen also plays baritone sax for San Fermin.

Singer/songwriter Michelle Ferrucci of New Haven, CT, released the song “Love Is Louder” under the artist name E.L.E.I. (Equality, Love, Empower, Inspire). The song is dedicated to all those affected by the Boston Marathon and Newtown tragedies and is available for download at iTunes and Amazon, and is streaming on Spotify.

Trent Freeman of Comox, British Columbia, Ivonne Hernandez ’09, and their group the Fretless released their self-titled second album. Visit thefretless.com.

Nadia Washington of Red Oak, TX, was a vocal artist and judge at this year’s Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival.

Class of 2011

Matt Carlson of Boston, MA, ran the Boston Marathon for the second year and raised money for Perkins School for the Blind. He is the program director for Radio Perkins, the school’s online radio station.

Pianist and composer Moira Lo Bianco of Calabria, Italy, released the album Lunaria featuring Berklee faculty members Bruno Råberg and Marcello Pellitteri, and produced by Alain Mallet. Lo Bianco was nominated for a 2013 Boston Music Award.

Ari Picker of Chapel Hill, NC, and his band Lost in the Trees released the album Past Life, which was featured on NPR’s First Listen series.

Class of 2012

Christopher Nicholas of North Hollywood, CA, is the general manager of Ensemble Mik Nawooj, which won a Yerba Buena Center for the Arts commission. JooWan Kim ’01 directed its shows at Yoshi’s Oakland and San Francisco’s Red Poppy Art-house. Visit ensemblemiknawooj.com.

Joanna Katzen of Boston, MA, received the Walter W. Harp Liberal Arts Music and Society Award for outstanding achievement in research, civic engagement, or performance relating to music and society.

Class of 2013

Alisa Apreleva of Cambridge, MA, helped launch muzterapevt.ru, a Russian language music therapy educational resource. As part of the launch, Apreleva gave a series of presentations and master classes in Russia.

Christian Saint-Lewis of Bath, ME, Esperanza Spalding ’05, Nadia Washington ’10, and Lalah Hathaway ’90 appeared on Dianne Reeves’s latest album Beautiful Life. The recording was produced by Terri Lyne Carrington ’83.

Class of 2014

John Baldwin of Virginia Beach, VA, has performed at Busch Gardens (Williamsburg, VA) and led music at Renaissance Church (Virginia Beach). He acted in theatrical shows, and his music appeared on VH1’s Behind the Music. Baldwin has won the Gigmasters and ASCAPlus awards. Visit johnbaldwinmusic.com.