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Berklee Beat: Faculty Notes

Associate Professor of Percussion Victor Mendoza was selected by his alma mater, Northern Arizona University School of Performing Arts, to receive the college's 1999 Centennial Alumni Award. His latest CD, Black Bean Blues, has been receiving favorable reviews around the country.

Professor of Guitar Charles Chapman contributed a chapter to a new book titled Masters of the Jazz Guitar, published by Miller Freeman. Chapman also joined the board of advisors at Mel Bay Publications and the MARS Music Foundation committee. In February, he played at the NAMM Show in Los Angeles.


Associate Professor of Percussion Kenwood Dennard has relased the CD Just Advance. The players on it include Marcus Miller, Hiram Bullock, Charles Blenzig, and Delmar Brown.

Associate Professor of Music Therapy Karen Wacks received Teleconference magazine's Leading Award for Distance Learning for her satellite broadcast, Music Therapy and Medicine. The program was viewed by health care professionals across the country.

Associate Professor of Music Production and Engineering Andy Edelstein received a gold medal at the new media festival INVISION and was recognized by the Massachusetts Interactive Multimedia Council for designing multimedia exhibits for the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City, Missouri.


Professor Emeritus John LaPorta has just released a CD titled Life Cycle. The disc features Professor Joe Hunt on drums, Associate Professor Jim Stinnett on bass, and Guitar Department Assistant Chair Rick Peckham.

Associate Professor of Voice Lisa Thorson released a CD titled Resonance on GM Recordings. Thorson sings standards and originals with backing from Associate Professor of Bass Dave Clark, pianist Tim Ray, saxophonist Cerce Miller, and drummer George Schuller.

The new CD Modesty's Odyessy by drummer/composer Brooke Sofferman, features Professor George Garzone on saxophone, Assistant Professor Norm Zocher on guitar, and Assistant Professor Abigail Aronson on vocals.

Professor George Eastman led a workshop in mediation training at Chicago's Waldorf School and was a presenter at the Eastern Psychological Association's symposium on electronic images and the brain. He also participated in a televised debate on the health hazards of cell phone usage at Boston's WGBH-TV.

Associate Professor Mirek Kocandrle penned a Christmas arrangement for the smooth jazz holiday pops concert by the Boston Metropolitan Orchestra. The concert was conducted by Kevin Klaska and was held at the Tsai Performance Center at Boston University.

Broadcast Architecture selected Associate Professor Dan Moretti's December Solstice CD as their top pick for the 1999 holiday season.

Guitarist and Assistant Professor of Contemporary Writing Dave Howard, has completed a new CD titled Souvenirs with Associate Professor Jim Stinnett on bass and Associate Professor Kenwood Dennard on drums. Howard also recently performed at jazz festivals and clubs in Cortale and Soverto, Italy.

Associate Professor of Piano Laszlo Gardony can be heard on the CD Harmonance in a duo with saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi. He recently toured Finland and Norway where he played the Kamoos Jazz festival, and gave concerts and clinics at the Pop/Jazz Conservatory in Helsinki and at the Music Academy of Norway.


Ear Training Professor Hal Crook has written a new, 350-page book titled Ready, Aim, Improvise! The volume and two accompanying CDs were published by Advance Music.

Bass Professor Bruce Gertz released a new CD titled Red Handed, featuring guitarist John Abercrombie, drummer Adam Nussbaum, and saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi.

Assistant Professor of Music Production and Engineering Anthony Hoover was mentioned in a New York Times article on November 16, 1999, for his participation in a groundbreaking demonstration of multidimensional sound recording for the Acoustical Society of America. The presentation was made in Columbus, Ohio.

Associate Professor of Harmony Joe Mulholland has received a faculty recording grant to record his original jazz ballet score.

Assistant Professor Jeff Galindo and the Galindo/Phaneuf Sextet were named by Boston Magazine as Best Jazz Group in its Best of Boston 1999 column. The band has also released the CD Locking Horns on the TTwin TTowers label.

The first DVD release to be issued by Berklee Press is Jim Kelly's Guitar Workshop. It includes Professor Kelly's book and CD of the same name and his instructional video.