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Sadao Watanabe '65
Harvie Swartz '70
Frank Potenza '72

Saxophonist Sadao Watanabe of Tokyo released a new CD entitled Remembrance on the Verve label. It features pianist Cyrus Chestnut '85, trumpeter Nicolas Payton, trombonist Robin Eubanks, bassist Christian McBride, and drummer Billy Drummond.

Composer Alf Clausen of Los Angeles, CA, has released Go Simpsonic with the Simpsons, a follow-up to the tremendously successful first release, Songs in the Key of Springfield. Both discs were issued by Rhino records.

Bob Shallue of Fairfield, CT, has worked as an arranger and proofreader for Warner Bros. Music and as a correspondent for Variety. He has also played piano with the Chuck Dudley Quintet and Bill Bissonnette's Easy Riders Jazz Band.

Percussionist and composer Bob Fish of Warwick, RI, had his orchestral composition "Gateway to Eternity" premiered by the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra on January 30. The piece was a millennium commission awarded by First Night Providence, RI 2000, and the Rhode Island State Council for the Arts, and was orchestrated by Judith Sainte Croix. Fish and Diana Young operate the Young Fish School of World Drumming in Warwick. He can be reached at <>.


Bassist Harvie Swartz of Hastings on Hudson, NY, leads his Afro-Cuban group Eye Contact on a new CD titled Havana Mañana on the Bembe label. The band features drummer Ed Uribe, guitarist Bruce Arnold '80, violinist Gregor Huebner, percussionist Memo Acevedo, and multi-instrumentalist Barry Olsen. Visit his web site at <>.

Composer/pianist Randy Klein was awarded his third Southern Regional Emmy Award. Klein and lyricist Michael Earl received the Emmy for their work on the series Ticktock Minutes, produced by Mississippi Educational Television. It received the 1999 National Emmy Award for Best Local Public Service Announcement and is airing on 25 PBS stations. Klein's e-mail address is <>.

Guitarist Frank Potenza of Lakewood, CA, has released a new CD entitled In My Dreams on the Azica label. The disc is a duo effort with bassist Bob Magnusson featuring 13 standards and one original tune. Potenza teaches at the University of Southern California and is a member of the Gene Harris Quartet.

Trombonist Paul Frederick of Sandy, UT, and his Top Brass Quintet produced a holiday CD called The Season of Christmas. The group performs throughout Utah and Wyoming. Paul teaches privately trombone, euphonium, and trumpet.

Cathy Segal Garcia of Los Angeles, CA, is performing, teaching, and recording. Her latest CD is called Heart To Heart and features Ross Tompkins. Visit her web site at <>.

Brad Strickland of Ventura, CA, is managing the band Little Feat and handles artist relations for Parker Guitars and DiMarzio Pickups.

Pianist/composer Hal Gold of Florida, NY, is an active performer and produces music for TV shows like Dateline, Americas Most Wanted, and many others.

Stephen Grover '75
Kevin Johnson '75

He has also penned theme songs for radio and written numerous jingles.

Drummer Stephen Grover of Farmingdale, ME, won the 1994 Thelonious Monk Institute's Jazz Composers Competition, and the 1996 Jazziz magazine Percussion On Fire talent search. His new CD Consideration is available on Invisible Music Records. He can be reached at <>.

Guitarist Kevin Johnson of La Habra, CA, has released a new CD titled Bee Note with H.A.R.T. and D. Connection. It features a host of great performers including Kevin Toney, Patrice Rushen, Philip Ingram, and Dorian Holly. The disc was released by Johnson's J's Master Recorders Company and can be purchased from the <> web site.

Hummie Mann of Seattle, WA, wrote the score to a miniseries called P.T. Barnum that aired on the Arts and Entertainment channel in September. You can find music from the project and an interview with Hummie at <>.

Rob Mounsey of New York City wrote three arrangements for James Taylor's orchestra tour and three for George Michael's latest record.

Tony Palkovic of Claremont, CA, has hosted his own jazz radio show on KSPC 88.7 for the past 10 years. The show, heard throughout Los Angeles, features guest interviews and live performances with some of the biggest names in jazz. Tony can be reached at <>.

Nick Puin of North Olmsted, OH, is currently the band director for the Maple Heights City Schools in Cleveland. He has been a public school music teacher for 13 years. He also conducts the Italian Band of Cleveland and the Nick Puin trio. He can be reached at <>.

Composer Misha Segal of Calabasas, CA, penned music for the animated productions Bobby Blu and The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus, and for the made-for-TV movies Indiscretion of an American Wife and Different. Visit his web site at <>.

Guitarists Jeff Richman and Wayne Johnson, both of Los Angeles, CA, released Apache on Miramar Recordings. The disc, produced by Philip Giffin '76, is primarily an acoustic album featuring originals and pop covers, including "Apache," the 1961 hit rock instrumental.

Dom Cicchetti '76

Dom Cicchetti of Nyack, NY, has released a CD of original jazz instrumentals titled Mirage with guitarist Bill Washer. The disc also features saxophonist Gerry Niewood and other notable players.

Keyboardist Chuck Dracopollous of St. Petersburg, FL, plays and sings regularly around St. Petersburg, Tampa, and Clearwater. He also writes jingles for radio and TV.

Drummer Robert Woodbury 'of Belmont, NH, plays with Rusty Rockstar Roadshow, a six-piece r&b band that performs throughout New Hampshire. He can be reached at <>.

Drummer Dave Cutler of Bournemouth, England, released a live CD titled Jazzalive at the Show Bar with his band, the Jazz Brothers featuring guest artist Jason Rebello on keyboards.

Trumpeter Neville Grenfell of Auckland, New Zealand, has performed with Danny La Rue, Kiri Te Kanawa, Johnny Mathis, Ray Charles, Shirley Bassey, and others. He also plays for film scores, jingles, and musicals. He can be reached at <>.

Christoffer Bonnier Pitts of San Francisco, CA, leads the Contemporary Jazz Orchestra at Jazz at Pearls in San Francisco's North Beach area. The band recently recorded a second album. Visit their web site at <>.

Jerry King of Tigard, OR, is a guitar teacher in Tigard. Contact him at <>.

Leo Gandelman '79

Saxophonist Leo Gandelman's new release, Brazilian Soul, is in heavy rotation on New York's CD 101 FM. The disc, on Gandelman's Jazzica label, features guitarist Ricardo Silveira '77, pianist Egberto Gismonti, trumpeter Marcio Montaroyos '72, bassist Eddie Gomez, and others. His label is seeking new Brazilian artists and can be reached via e-mail at <>.

Saxophonist/flutist Mike Sirkin of North Hollywood, CA, played on Ezra Gould's soundtrack to an animated film featured at the Restfest Digital Film Festival. Sirkin recently completed a third tour of Central Europe with the group Bottom 12.


Guitarist Bruce Arnold of New York City released a new CD called A Few Dozen on the Muse-eek label. Backed by a trio with bassist Ratzo Harris and drummer Tony Moreno, Arnold plays seven of his 12-tone-based original compositions.

Pianist/composer Cynthia Hilts of New York City completed her second composer's residency at the Montana Artists Refuge last summer with a concert tour funded by a grant from US West. She also conducted the score for a French documentary.

Guitarist Mark Lynott of Brookfield, IL, is composing and producing for interactive media, film, and video in the Chicago area. His e-mail address is <>.

Singer/songwriter Aimee Mann of New York wrote and sang eight songs for the soundtrack of the film Magnolia. The disc features Mann on a total of nine of its 13 tracks and was released on the Reprise label.

Chief Petty Officer James Robo of San Diego, CA, is guitarist in the U.S. Navy Band, Southwest Division. Robo and the band play for sporting events and community concerts and have made appearances alongside the San Diego Symphony Orchestra.

Drummer Bill Spoke of Hollywood, CA, is playing with blues, jazz, rock, and pop groups and leading his Bill Spoke Quartet. He may be reached at <>.

Gegan Wortman of Billings, MT, edited and produced three motorcycle videos for Big Sky Video Productions. His cable TV show, Psycho Circus, is still running. Visit Big Sky's web site at <>.

Karl Latham '81

Drummer Karl Latham of Sparta, NJ, has released his debut recording, Dancing Spirits, a compilation of compositions performed on his tours with various jazz artists. Visit his web site at <>.

Saxophonist Allan Chase of Newton, MA, released a new CD called Phoenix with special guest Lewis Nash on drums.

Pianist Duncan Millar of London was nominated as Best Jazz Act in the 1999 UK MOBO awards for his album Dream Your Dream. His other album is called Free Association with the group A-one. See his web site at <>.

Guitarist Mike Stone '83 of Marblehead, MA, released the CD Get Stoned in November on the Omnipotent Music label.

Pianist/composer Franck Amsallem of Brooklyn, NY, wrote and premiered Place Du Temps for Stephen Burns and the Fulcrum Point Ensemble for Performing Arts Chicago. He also performed at the Palestine Jazz Festival and toured the West Indies. See his web site at <>.

Drummer Chris Derosa of New York City recently released a self-titled CD for P.B. Records and has replaced Moe Tucker in the group Magnet. Visit his web site at <>.

Vocalist Ruth Juon of Langnau Am Albis, Switzerland, has just released a CD titled Pas de Deux, a piano/vocal duet recording with the late Eugen Cicero. For additional information on the project, visit the web site <>.

Guitarist Steve Thomas released a CD with his jazz quartet, Sympatico. The self-titled contemporary jazz outing is the second by Thomas, a followup to his 1997 CD, In Time.

Darryl Brenzel of Laurel, MD, has recently had eight of his arrangements and original compositions for big band published by UNC Jazz Press, the publishing division of the University of Northern Colorado.

Marisa Dery of Boston, MA, is the mastering engineer at the Tape Complex in Boston. She recently produced Edable Gray's Songs from M.A.R.S. The album was engineered by Jamie Locke '84 and features vocalist Adrianne Zolondick '85. Dery's e-mail address is <>.

Drummer Alun Harries of Twickenham, England, backed singer Shelby Lynne on a recent British TV broadcast. He will tour with her in Europe this year.

Bassist Jeffrey Rust of Memphis, TN, is currently working with Ruby's Cube as the bassist, singer, and arranger and produced James Hyter's debut CD, Musically Yours, on his own Jasir Record Label. His e-mail address is <>.

Drummer Bryan Boydstun of Tulsa, OK, plays with a blues band and is freelancing with other groups. He and his wife, Nicole, had their second child in July 1999. His e-mail address is <>.

Akikazu Nakamura of Tokyo and his group Kokoo have released a new CD called Zoom. The disc features Nakamura's compositions and his shakuhachi flute improvisations backed by two koto players.

Heidi Johanna Vierthaler of Boston recently conducted a workshop on social and environmental activism at the New England Student Activism Conference. She has been involved in the Med-evac Daja Meston effort to bring the Tibetan scholar Daja Meston back to Boston.

Jonathan Smith '87 (back row, far right) is musical director of the band Gotham City Gates in the Broadway show Swing!. Saxophonist Lance Bryant '87 (back row in green shirt) and trombonist Steve Armour '87 (front row) are members of the band.

Alto saxophonist Jose Alberto Silva is pursuing an M.A. in music education at the University of London Institute of Education. His e-mail address is <>.

Pianist Jonathan Smith of New York City is conductor and musical director for Swing!, a new Broadway show playing at the St. James Theatre. Smith and the eight-piece Gotham City Gates band which includes fellow alumni (saxophonist) Lance Bryant and (trombonist) Steve Armour are featured onstage throughout the production.

Boston-based writers and producers Dow Brain and Brad Young have signed a publishing agreement with BMG Music Publishing. They have penned two hit songs, "Girl on T.V." and "Summer Girls," for Arista recording artists LFO. Brain and Young also own and operate Underground Productions, a recording facility in Boston.

Guitarist Colin Mandel of Encino, CA, released his second CD called Strange & Savage Tales, recorded with members of Allan Holdsworth's band. Mandel endorses Zion and Taylor guitars, S.I.T. strings, Alesis, Line 6, and Mesa Boogie products. He can be reached at <>.

Dmitri Matheny of Berkeley, CA, is playing regularly on the West Coast and released a Christmas CD, Santa's Got A Brand New Bag, his fourth release.

Drummer Tatsuya Osaki of Tokyo is working for the ZAK Corporation, one of the major music promoters in Tokyo.

Guitarist Yuval Ron recorded One Truth with the Turkish world music virtuoso Omar Faruk Tekbilek. The CD was released on World Class Records. Contact Ron at <>.


Drummer Kevin Rapillo of Nashville,TN, has toured with Jen Cohen and plays with the band TiP. His e-mail address is <>.

Guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel of Philadelphia, PA, released Enemies of Energy, his debut outing on Verve Records. The disc was produced by Rosenwinkel and features keyboardist Scott Kinsey, bassist Ben Street, saxophonist Mark Turner '90, and drummer Jeff Ballard.

Vocalist Julia Schell of New York City sang on Wilson Pickett's new CD It's Harder Now. She has also started a production company called Mutual Friends Productions.

Bassist Christopher Sharkey of New Orleans is keeping a full schedule recording and performing with various artists in the Delta area.

Elisabeth Landy of Bellevue, WA, is the principal violist in the Thalia Symphony Orchestra in Seattle and plays with the Microsoft Orchestra. She has played film scores and with area pit orchestras. E-mail her at <>.

Leo Mellace, Mark Cicia '90, and Steve Catizone '94 opened a sound production studio called Sanctum Sound in Boston, specializing in songwriting, arranging, producing and recording. Visit their web site at <>.

Raymond Santovasi of Waterbury, CT, is a clinician for Attack Drumheads, May Miking Systems, and Spaundrums. He has made recordings with Debbie Davis, FourPiece, Mugsy's back, October and Wellspeak. His e-mail address is <>.

Susan Tedeschi '91

Vocalist/guitarist Susan Tedeschi of Norwell, MA, played in the Concert of the Century at the White House last fall, sharing the spotlight with B.B. King, Al Green, Lenny Kravitz, and John Mellencamp. She also received a 1999 Grammy nomination in the Best New Artist category.

Drummer Rachel Weissman of Boulder, CO, received a master's degree in musicology from the University of Colorado in May 1999. She has done extensive research on Lakota Sioux Indian music. She now teaches piano and drums in Denver. She can be reached at <>.

Vocalist and songwriter Sarabeth Wheeler has performed throughout the U.S., Europe, and Japan. Her CD Moonlight Dancers is available at her web site at <>.

Bassist Ivan Bodley of New York City played on the soundtrack of Burnzy's Last Call and played in Hong Kong on New Year's Eve. Bodley endorses Dean Markley bass strings.

Guitarist Hiroshi Kanda of Tokyo teaches guitar, jazz history, and popular music at the Tamagawa University in Tokyo. He is also an active performer. Reach him at <>.

Doug Koeppe of Austin, TX, is sound designer and composer for the CD-ROM developer Human Code Inc. He also plays bass for the Austin-based rock band Sleepwalk-ers. He can be reached at <>.

Patricia Espinosa Marturet '92

Patricia Espinosa Marturet of Boston wrote a Spanish language children's musical titled Muziki. The production, directed by Vicente Albarracin, played at the Teatro Tilingo in Caracas, Venzuela, from July through the fall. She also published a book and CD of the work. The disc features 12 alumni and faculty instrumentalists and vocalists.

Pianist Elisabet Raspall of Barcelona, Spain, has released a new CD titled Lila. It is her second disc for the Fresh Sound New Talent label and features Chris Higgins '90 on acoustic bass and Marc Miralta '92 on drums.

Pianist John Shortess of Alexandria, VA, is currently manager of Online Services for WETA Public Radio and Television in Washington D.C. His e-mail address is <>.

After Berklee, saxophonist Alisa Valdes of Calabasas, CA, attended graduate school at Columbia University in journalism. After a stint at the Boston Globe, she became a pop music writer for the Los Angeles Times and teaches a music criticism class for UCLA online. Her e-mail address is <>.

Bassist Eric Baines of Denver, CO, played on the title track of Nelson Rangell's new Shanachie CD, Always.

Guitarist Jeremy Blietz of Woodland Hills, CA, works at Warner/Chappell Music Inc. in Los Angeles as copyright manager.

Gabrielle Burton '93 applies makeup to her sister Ursula on the set of their film Temps

Gabrielle Burton of Los Angeles wrote, coproduced and starred in the feature film Temps with actor Seymour Cassel. The movie was the second collaborative project undertaken by Five Sisters Productions, operated by Burton and her four sisters. Peter Bufano '96 also had a role in the film. The company is currently working on a third film.

Paul Goldman of New York City is president of Picture This Music. He did all the music, sound design, and audio postproduction for the 1999 "MTV Video Music Awards." He also did sound design and mixed the independent feature film Jaded. His e-mail address is <>.

Songwriter Benjamin Groff of Beverly Hills, CA, took first prize in the dance category of the 1999 USA Songwriting Competition with his song "Let the Joy Rise." Berklee Press is the official sponsor of the 2000 USA Songwriting Competition. Groff currently works for a music publisher in Beverly Hills.

Drummer Brian Kelley of Braintree, MA, plays with his r&b group Part Time Lovers and has released a CD. Kelley is teaching privately and working on a CD with the Brian Kelley Quartet.

Composer Philip Hristov Manos of Hollywood, CA, is orchestrating and conducting 11 songs for the film The Dance Lesson for producer/songwriter Meir Abehsera.

Bassist Rick McLaughlin of Boston, MA, has worked with Morphine, Rachel Z, Laszlo Gardony, Mick Goodrick, Jamey Haddad, John Zorn and George Garzone. He is featured on the new Either/Orchestra CD and on Bob Moses's latest recording, Nishoma.

Pianist/Composer Mika Pohjola '93 of New York City is playing with his own trio and with Mikasonic, featuring Chris Cheek '91 and Fernando Huergo '92. Contcat him via e-mail at <>.

Brian Preston of Atlanta, GA, worked with Jay Frigoletto '92, Mike Torino '93, and Greg Wachter-Manning '93 at his production company the Music Factory doing jingles and soundtracks for such clients as Coca Cola and McDonalds. Contact Preston at <>.

Alto Saxophonist Matthew Zebley of Calimesa, CA, has released a CD of his own music called Live at Moondog. Contact him at <>.

Mathias Lupri '94

Trumpeter Karl Freudenreich of Columbus, OH, is the lead technician at the Vineyard Christian Fellowship in Columbus. He can be reached at <>.

Vibraphonist Matthias Lupri has released a CD titled Shadow of the Vibe with his quartet, featuring saxophonist George Garzone '72, bassist John Lockwood '77, and drummer Sebastiaan de Krom '96. In December, it was at 34 on the Gavin charts and 18 on the CMJ charts.

Eric Welsh of Boston, MA, operates Eman Music in downtown Boston. Recent projects include producing a CD for the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and music for several video presentations. Visit his web site at <>.

Erin Brown '95
Jennifer Hope '95

Singer/songwriter Erin Brown of Salem, MA, has released her debut CD titled Roadsigns to the Sun. The 10-song CD was produced by guitarist John Donelan '77, and featured keyboardist Dave Limina '91, bassist Mike Rivard '85, and drummer Larry Finn '86.

Steven Clark of Valley Village, CA, is working for Howard Rosen Promotion/Take out Management, doing independent radio promotion/management. He has produced music for a DVD video game and a single for Julie Eisenhower. Steven can be reached at <>.

Pianist Jetro Da Silva of Boston toured with Whitney Houston and has performed with Gladys Knight, Brandy, Faith Hill, and several major Motown artists. He can be reached at <>.

Drummer Jon Dowling of New York City is playing with his original band, Pinnacle, and writing tunes for a solo CD that will feature Will Lee and Bruce Hornsby. Dowling's web site is at <>.

John R. Gagne of Baton Rouge, LA, is the general manager and music buyer for Paradise Records in Baton Rouge. He can be reached at <>.

Songwriter Teddy Goldstein of New York City is playing with Teddy Goldstein and the Goldsteins with Ethan Eubanks '95, Steve Walsh '93, and Richard Hammond '96. His self-titled debut CD is available at <>.

Songwriter and vocalist Jennifer Hope of Santa Clarita, CA, has released an EP-length CD titled Winds of Tomorrow containing four songs. She is also on the Cleopatra Records compilation Unquiet Grave. She was interviewed and performed a song for the CBS news magazine show 48 Hours. Her web site is at <>.

Keyboardist Jonathan Varo of Baton Rouge, LA, and his band, Crosstown Traffic, took top awards in the Budweiser Battle of the Bands in Panama City Beach, FL, and Varo was named Best Keyboardist. The band will appear on MTV March 20 during Spring Break. For MP3 downloads, visit the band's web site at <>. Varo's sound design work is included in the Csound Book and CD-ROM authored by Professor Richard Boulanger.

Tom Griesgraber '96 (center) and his trio Agent 22
Manfred Junker '96
Justin S. Walton '96
Ursula Silea Jansveld-Kueenzi '97

Pianist/vocalist Tony DeBlois of Waltham, MA, has released two new CDs. His Christian music release is titled Thank God for Life and his classical instrumental CD is titled 4000 Years of Music. Visit his web site at <>.

Tom Griesgraber plays Chapman Stick with his trio, Agent 22, on the group's self-titled CD. They perform throughout Southern California, and won "Best of the Year" honors at San Diego's Belly Up Tavern. Visit the band's website at <>.

Guitarist Manfred Junker of Konstanz, Germany, released his second CD, Moving On, leading his own quartet with saxophonist Carlo Schoeb '80. Junker can be reached at <>.

Vocalist Cesar Munoz of Caracas, Venezuela, sang with the Ljubljana Symphonic Orchestra in Slovenia in a concert that was telecast. Munoz also presented his musical comedy, Vamos a Hacer el Humor, throughout Venezuela. He can be reached at <>.

Guitarist Justin S. Walton of Portland, ME, has just released his second CD called Reciprocity with the group Actual Size. Walton teaches guitar privately in the New Hampshire area and he is performing throughout New England. His web site is at <>.

J.P. Doherty of Brick, NJ, just completed a tour with his group You Were Spiraling. The band and their new CD, Delusions of Grandeur, were featured in Billboard in October 1999. Doherty can be reached at <>.

Drummer Marc Gratama of Wassenaar, Holland, toured Italy with the production of Hair, doing 40 performances.

Kwan and Lisa Hearns of Framingham, MA, and their blues band, Telifaro, released a new CD titled Give Yourself Freely. All band members are Berklee alumni. The personnel are Kwan Hearns, guitar, Lisa Hearns, vocals; Ben Zwerin, bass; Joe DeRose, drums; and Assen Doykin, keyboards.

Ursula Silea Jansveld-Kueenzi of Brooklyn, NY, had her orchestral work Lied Der Einsamkeit performed and recorded by the Ludus Ensemble in Switzerland. Her Flute Sonata was played by Klaus Wloemer and Ludmily Smetanove in Jeveniku, Czechoslovakia. She can be reached at <>.

Trumpeter Sean-David McGoran of Seattle, WA, was appointed band director at Pacific Christian School in Seattle. He is currently working on his first solo CD. His wife, Jenna McGoran '98, is a singer and songwriter has performed at the North West Folk Life Festival in Seattle and is also working on a solo CD.

Bassist Paul Ogunsalu of Rochester, NY, played on the CD Get That Smile on Your Face with the group Vitamin C and played on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and on the Rosie O'Donnell Show.

Brian Stern of Cheshire, CT, is in an MBA program at St. John's University. He can be reached at <>.

Songwriter Adrianne Gonzalez of Boston won the grand prize in the 1999 USA Songwriting Competition with her song "Say Em Strong." She was also a finalist in the Lilith Fair talent search.

Bassist Barbara Herrald and drummer Gordon Davignon '98 of Providence, RI, are the rhythm section of Violin Road. The band's song "The World You Want" was recently featured on the show Dawson's Creek and they won Musician magazine's Best Unsigned Band contest. Their web site is at <>.

Pianist/composer Jun Tuguchi of Boston had his "Holiday Overture" performed by the Melrose Symphony Orchestra on December 10. He will make his Carnegie Hall recital debut playing Chopin, Beethoven, and Prokofiev on June 10.