Producer Quincy Jones of Los Angeles, CA, received the World Economic Forum's Crystal Award on February 1, recognizing his "advancement of global unity through cultural diversity." Jones is widely known for his production of Michael Jackson's Thriller album and "We Are the World."
Hal Galper of Cochecton, NY, has published a book titled The Touring Musician, which gives insights from a veteran performer about keeping a performing career on track. He also released a new CD titled Let's Call This That. Visit his web site at www.upbeat.com/galper for more on these projects and Galper's current activities.
Antonio Luigi Salvatori of Orlando, FL, is now the conductor of the De Land Little Symphony, in De Land, FL. In the past, he has worked in shows on Broadway and with Buddy Rich's Big Band Machine.
Bassist Timothy Swarbrick of Wilmington, DE, recently celebrated his 65th birthday with a jam session at Porkies Pub in Wilmington. Swarbrick has enjoyed a long career as a performer, in music education, and in other music-related fields.
Keyboardist and composer Michael Hughes of Los Angeles, CA, has released The Birthday CD, featuring 50 settings of "Happy Birthday," including such variations as "Blues Birthday," "Gothic Birthday," "Outer Space Birthday," and "Chopin Birthday." For more information, visit his web site at www.thebirthdaycd.com.
Albert E. MacDonald of Dover, NH, is the instrumental music director for the Amesbury Public School System, where he received the Amesbury Educator of the Year award 1999-2000. He also got the Rotary Club's Paul Harris Fellow Award for 1999-2000.
Bassist/composer Alex Baum of Berkeley, CA, has released the CD Internationally Obscure. Among the many musicians featured on the disc is guitarist Jeff Massanari '77. Baum has performed extensively throughout the world and has played with Eddie Davis, Pinetop Perkins, Clarence Clemmons, Bob Weir, and many others.
Tulsa Read of Shawnee, KS, recently became National Country Harmonica Champion, National Blues Harmonica Champion, and Kansas State Bluegrass Harmonica Champion. Read is currently a full-time teacher and is the director of the Kansas City Metro Harmonica Society.
Drummer Chuck Zeuren of Valhalla, NY, released a CD with his group this spring. The CD was coproduced by John Conard '81.
Guitarist John Scofield of New York has released Bump for the Verve label. The disc features Mark De Gil Antoni, Eric Kalb, Johnny Durkin, Tony Scherr, Kenny Wollesen, Chris Wood, Johnny Almendra, and Dave Livolsi.
Composer James Kimo Williams of Chicago, IL, was commissioned by the Continental Harmony Millenium Music Project to write a work to celebrate Oak Park's 35 years of successful integration. The work will be given its premiere in the fall.
Philip Giffin of Pacific Palisades, CA, is working as a film composer. He recently scored the music for The Audition, a short written and directed by Chad Lowe featuring Hilary Swank. Giffin's music was also heard in the NBC Movie of the Week Spring, which aired in January.
Kenneth W. Johnson of Lakewood, CO, received his doctor of arts degree in composition in 1999. His group the Colorado, the Christian University's faculty jazz combo, hosted sax-great Don Lanphere for concerts and jazz clinics in April. Kenneth can be reached at email@example.com.
Bassist/educator James J. Scianna of Southbury, CT, presented a clinic at this year's IAJE annual conference in New Orleans. He has taught general music for the past 12 years at Gainfield School in Southbury while freelancing in Connecticut and New York.
Bill Zucker of Agawam, MA, was on the cover of Billboard for his song "Millennium," which reached number seven in New Music Weekly, top 20 in Friday Morning Quarterback, and number four in Music 2000 Weekly.
Guitarist Jay Azzolina of Hastings-On-Hudson, NY, has released the album Past Tense for Jamie Abersold's Double Time Records label. The disc contains seven of Azzolina's original compositions and features John Patitucci (bass), Chris Potter (saxophone), Adam Nussbaum (drums), and Charles Blenzig (piano).
Composer Michael Levine of Topanga, CA, scored the music for an NFL commercial that aired during the Super Bowl and music for the film Any Given Sunday.
Guitarist Stan Smith of Bexley, OH, released a new CD titled Pathways for the Cojazz label. For more on the CD, visit the web site www.cojazz.com. Smith also authored a book titled Jazz Harmony on the Guitar. He is a faculty member at Capital University in Columbus.
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Guitarist Mick Gaffney of Parsippany, NJ, appeared on David Bowie's latest video The Pretty Things. He played on Rosie O'Donnell's Christmas record Have Yourself a Merry Christmas with Billy Joel. He also played Madison Square Garden with Marc Anthony. Mick's own band Stuff recently recorded a new album for Kim Yonja. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keyboardist Philippe Saisse of New York has released a new CD titled Halfway to Dawn for the GRP label. The disc explores world pop, soul, and fusion compositions by Saisse, and features vocalists Angélique Kidjo and Cara Jackson, guitarist Jeff Golub '78, and trumpeters Jeff Beal and Jason Golley. A highly regarded keyboardist, Saisse has played with the Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Chaka Khan, Tina Turner, David Sanborn, and many others.
Emil Viklicky of Prague, Czech Republic, won the first prize with his opera Faidra in an international competition called New Opera for Prague 2000. The story of his opera was inspired by stories from war-torn Bosnia. For more information about Viklicky, visit his web site at www.musica.cz/viklicky.
Guitarist James Doran III of Honolulu, HI, and his group Alec B released a CD that won them the title Best Jazz Band at the Hawaii Music Awards. Doran is also the creator, writer, and director for the Sacred Hearts Academy's all- woman guitar ensemble.
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Baritone saxophonist Claire Daly of New York City is working on her second CD for Koch Jazz, due in the fall. She played at the Marylou Williams Women in Jazz Festival at Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., on May 11.
Frank Macchia of Burbank, CA, completed the soundtrack for Little Evil Things 4 in Russia in April. The Moscow Symphony Orchestra performed Macchia's 40-minute underscore for his wife Tracy London's horror stories. Macchia also penned music for the film The Contender, starring Jeff Bridges and Gary Oldman. Macchia's web site is at www.littleevilthings.com.
Singer/songwriter Aimee Mann of Los Angeles, CA, was nominated for an Oscar for her work on the soundtrack for the film Magnolia.
Alto saxophonist Allen Mezquida of New York City is featured on the Sean Smith Quartet Live CD that was released on Chiaroscuro Records. He also played at the Sarasota Jazz Festival on March 24.
Keyboardist and producer Anthony J. Resta of Westford, MA, played and programmed keyboards for an upcoming Collective Soul recording for the Atlantic label. Karadi Suteja '97 works as an engineer for Resta's publishing company and recording studio Bopnique Musique in North Chelmsford, MA.
Bassist Thomas Brigandi of Syracuse, NY, released his first CD as a leader, Late Night New York. It features Eric Alexander and Danny D'Imperio. Brigandi's e-mail address is Brigandi10@aol.com.
Guitarist Rolf Sturm of North Bergen, NJ, heads his own funk-rock band Feed the Meter. The band has released a new CD titled Violation on the Water Street Music label. Jody Espina '84 is featured as vocalist on the disc. Sturm has performed on various soundtracks for film and television, and has recorded 20 CDs as a sideman. He also was the guitarist for Night Music for John Lennon under the baton of Lucas Foss, the composer of the work.
Trumpeter Gene Nakanishi of Las Vegas, NV, recently retired from the Clark County School District after 15 years of service and was inducted into the CCSD Educator's Hall of Fame for his contributions in the field of music education.
Zoro the drummer of Chatsworth, CA, has issued a three-volume video series for Warner Bros. Publications. The videos are a follow-up to his popular book The Ten Commandments of R&B Drumming. Zoro was voted number-one r&b drummer in Modern Drummer magazine's readers poll, and his book was voted the best educational book. He recently played a reunion gig at Madison Square Garden with Lenny Kravitz and dates with the L.A. All Stars, featuring members of Earth, Wind, and Fire. Zoro is also an editor for Stick It magazine.
John G. Buddy Andrews III of Jacksonville, FL, has released two new CDs, East Coast Retrospective and New Locale through TMGE productions (the Modern Groove Experience). Buddy can be reached at email@example.com.
Gabriel Espinosa of Yucatan, Mexico, received his master's degree in jazz studies in 1995 and is now an assistant professor and director of the jazz program at Central College in Pella, IA.
Drummer Tim Cozens of Toronto, Canada, has been studying jazz drumming with renowned teacher Jim Blackley and has been teaching piano and MIDI sequencing at Merriam School of Music for years. He is a freelance drummer, pianist, and arranger, and owns Creative Music Solutions, a digital recording facility. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit his web site at www.interlog.com/~tcozens.
Guitarist Pete Huttlinger of Nashville, TN, played on the film score of The John Denver Story, which aired April 30 on CBS. Huttlinger also performed in New Hampshire at a concert for Prince Michael of Kent.
Music editor David Bondelevitch of Studio City, CA, won his first Golden Reel Award for his work on the IMAX film Island of the Sharks. He was also nominated for music editing on the NBC television series Cold Feet and the ABC television movie The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn. Bondelevitch has been nominated five times previously. His other projects include serving as music editor on the Demi Moore film Passion of Mind and the CBS television movie Going Home.
Pianist Donald Quan of Toronto, Canada, is composing for the syndicated television series "Relic Hunter." He was also featured on singer Lorena McKennitt's new CD Live in Paris and Toronto, and recently opened a new branch of his company, Q Music.
Trombonist Jeff Adams of Millersville, MD, plays in the Army's top touring jazz ensemble, the Jazz Ambassadors of Washington, D.C. He is also a Yamaha artist/clinician. Visit his web site at http://members.aol.com/neopr/neopr.html.
Vocalist and songwriter Julie Kinscheck of Somerville, MA, is performing her original folk/pop material and with Faith in Action, an all-woman a cappella gospel/jazz group. She also teaches songwriting and private lessons in voice and guitar for the Boston Public Schools through the Community Music Center of Boston. Visit her web site at http://members.aol.com/fiaction/.
Quique Roca and Waldo Brandwajnman of La Plata, Argentina, founded Emu Educatión Musical, a contemporary music school in Buenos Aires. Their faculty members include Roberto Gesaghi '83, Roy Elder '82, Carlos Lastra '83, Jose Maria Taveira '88, and Daniel Johansen '82. Brandwajnman and Roca also organize the annual La Plata Jazz Festival.
Heidi Johana Vierthalaer of Boston has been elected a Ward 5 Boston Democratic City Committee delegate to the state convention. She currently works as an audio-visual technician and a substitute teacher. She recently performed for Professor Cornell West's Afro-American studies course at Harvard University.
Tony DiMito of Studio City, CA, is a music editor for Westwind Media. His recent editing credits include work on the film Love and Basketball, the made-for-TV movie Three Stooges, and "Dilbert."
Mordy Ferber of New York City held a record release party at the Blue Note club in New York for his CD Mr. X. Players featured on the disc include drummer Jack DeJohnette, bassist Eddie Gomez, saxophonists Dave Liebman and George Garzone '72, percussionist Nana Vasconcellos, and keyboardist Brad Hatfield '75.
Drummer John McTigue III of Nashville, TN, completed his second album Ridin' the High Line with Wylie and the Wild West on Rounder Records.
Saxophonist Dennis Mitcheltree of Brooklyn, NY, released his third album Union in March, and has plans to tour France and the United States. He performs frequently in New York with his own trio and quartet. His web site is at www.pipeline.com/~dengor.
Vocalist Marlon Saunders of Jersey City, NJ, is a founding member of the acid jazz group Jazzhole, which just released the CD Blackburst for the Beave label. Visit the group's web site at www.jazzhole.com.
Pianist Shane Swisher of Mount Kisco, NY, recently joined the Giles Communications public relations firm as an account executive and publicist. His jobs include securing media placement for Yamaha Corp. Pro Audio Group.
Joseph Doughney of New York City has recently been named associate director of hall operations for Carnegie Hall. He previously worked as an audio engineer and in video production for GRP Records.
Pianist and Verve recording artist Danilo Perez of Boston was appointed cultural ambassador to his native Panama. He will work to promote Panamanian arts and increase world awareness of his country and will receive support from Panama's tourism board and all Panamanian embassies for his concerts throughout the world.
Keyboardist Sam Purkin of Calabasas, CA, produced, arranged, and cowrote music for the Reflections CD by saxophonist Danny Jung. Band members included Nathan East, Don Grusin, Paul Jackson Jr., Phillip Ingram, Luis Conte, Randy Waldman, and John Robinson '75. Purkin also cowrote tunes that appeared on The Best of Fourplay CD, for several discs by saxophonist Warren Hill '87, and for Rick Braun's Night Walk CD.
Drummer Vinny Sabatino of Hyde Park, MA, plays on Michael Whalen's new CD The Border of Dusk, and on Jon Durant's CD Anatomy of a Wish. Sabatino recently formed the partnership Music Management Corp./Sabatino Entertainment Group to help artists get signed. Visit his web site at www.sabatino-ent.com.
Earl Wilt of Peekskill, NY, has made his first album Jam On, available online at www.mp3.com/earlwilt. His second album What It Is, Is What It Is came out in April.
Trumpeter Dmitri Matheny of San Francisco, CA, performed and recorded a new piece with the Del Sol String Quartet penned in memory of his mentor Art Farmer at the opening of Matheny's Home Season concert series in San Francisco.
Guitarist Frank Möbus of Berlin, Germany, can be heard on two new Enja releases, Azul by bassist Carlos Bica and Le Petit Chien. He will be touring and recording in Europe with the band Stalwart and his own band, Der Rote Bereich. Möbus teaches at Berlin's Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler.
Guitarist Gernot Wolfgang of Los Angeles, CA, recently assisted composer Christopher Young with scoring for the films The Hurricane and Entrapment. His composition for violin, clarinet, and piano, entitled "Reflections," was premiered in Washington, D.C., on March 5.
Vocalist Chandler Hayes of Foothill Ranch, CA, is featured on a CD by various artists, entitled StrazzStreet Jazz, and will be releasing a solo CD next year. Hayes also performs with the Foster Entertainment Showband.
Trumpeter Dave Douglas of Brooklyn, NY, has won a number of awards and accolades, including being named "Musician of the Year" for 1999 by Jazz Times magazine. His group Charms of the Night Sky is recording an album for the RCA label.
Pianist Emile Lambrev of New York City, received a master's degree in composition from Manhattan School of Music in 1995.
Bassist Ivan Bodley of Brooklyn, NY, recently performed with Mark Mangold for MIDEM in Cannes, France. The event was filmed for broadcast over Indonesian television.
Drummer John Coffey of Plainville, MA, is teaching music and directing the band at Heights Elementary and Cottage Elementary schools in Sharon, MA. He is also performing with the band B.C. and Company.
Composer Jason Eckardt of New York City received a Carnegie Hall commission for A Glimpse Retraced, a work for piano solo and chamber ensemble. It was premiered at Carnegie Hall by pianist Marilyn Nonken in April 1999. Eckardt recently completed After Serra, a chamber work that was premiered by Ensemble Exposé at London's West End Theatre, the Warehouse, on April 5.
Guitarist Pep O'Callaghan of Barcelona, Spain, has relased a new CD titled Port O' Clock featuring 10 of his original jazz compositions. He receives backing from drummer Marc Miralta and fellow guitarist Publio Delgado. The disc is available from the Fresh Sound New Talent label.
Sergio Alvares of Miami, FL, received his Ph.D. in music education in 1998 from the University of Miami, Coral Cables, FL. He is currently working at Miami Country Day School, directing their string orchestra, concert and jazz band, treble choir, and kindergarten music program. E-mail him at email@example.com.
Bassist Eric Baines of Broomfield, CO, released the CD Different Kinds of People featuring 10 of his original songs. Among the musicians featured are Nelson Rangell and Eric Gunnison. The disc is available at www.artistforum.com/EricBaines. Baines also played on Rangell's new CD Far Away Day.
Guitarist Ron Bosse of Rockland, MA, and his jazz quintet Pursuance just released a new album titled Emotion and Intellect, a follow-up to their 1998 debut album Next Level. Bosse has performed with such jazz luminaries as Bob Mintzer, Bill Pierce, Bob Moses, and George Garzone. Visit his group's web site at www.pursuancejazz.com.
Michael Moore of Brighton, MA, has completed scoring the film Home Field Advantage for Native Pictures. The film stars Heather Donahue from the Blair Witch Project. Learn more at www.nativepictures.com.
Tenor Saxophonist Jason Moynihan of Batavia, IL, toured with the Buddy Guy Band in Europe during May, and in Japan during June. He has also played with the band Buzz since 1995. You can e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brian Preston of Atlanta, GA, recently composed, performed, and engineered projects that netted Adfed Addy Awards for such clients as the University of Alabama and the internet company Yellowhammer. Preston is owner of the Music Factory studio. Visit his company's web site at www.themusicfactory.com.
Pianist Mika Pohjola of New York City has been playing in New York and Philadelphia with his trio and has tours of Scandinavia slated for May and July. Visit his web site at http://jazz.what.cc.
Drummer Nate Morton of Sherman Oaks, CA, is touring with Interscope recording artists the Hippos on the Warped tour. He recently played in Boston at the Orpheum with Smashmouth and MxPx.
Guitarist Mike Valeras of Lowell, MA, recently performed with guitarist Larry Coryell at Ambrosia restaurant in Boston. Also playing that night were Jonathan Stoyanoff '00, Thomas Heggdal '99, and Mark Greenberg '91.
Songwriter Jen Chapin of Brooklyn, NY, has recorded a new CD with a dozen of her songs, titled Jen Chapin Live at the Bitter End. For more information about her gigs and the CD, visit her web site at www.jenchapin.com.
Saxophonist Jason Jones of New Zealand won jazz album of the year with his debut album Subspace at the New Zealand Music Awards 1999. Visit his web site at www.wordworx.co.nz/scoop.html.
Cellist Ina Kemmerzehl of London, England, has released a duo CD called Shapes with guitarist/saxophonist Gerry Hunt. They perform standards, tango, soul, and original compositions. Visit Kemmerzehl's web site at www.jazzcello.com for more information.
Barry Long of Roanoke, VA, is serving as assistant professor of music and director of bands at Roanoke College in Salem, VA.
Singer/songwriter Deb Pasternak of Boston had a release party for her new CD Eleven at the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge, MA, on April 28. This is Pasternak's second release.
Keyboardist Gregg Perry of Kurtistown, HI, has recently formed Peck Tunes, a company specializing in music performance, production, and publishing that focuses on artists based in the Hawaiian islands, Pacific Rim, and West Coast music markets. In June, Perry and Larry Dupio released a CD titled Right Now on Perryscope Records. Visit Perry's web site at www.pecktunes.com.
Pianist Caroline Wegener of Potsdam, Germany, is in a jazz trio with fellow alumni Simon Pauli '92 and Tobias Schiller '94. The trio is recording a CD with engineer Jens Reule '95.
Saxophonist and visual artist Rudi Renoir Appoldt of Ebikon, Switzerland, was an actor and composer for the play Philosophie der Liebe of Theather forum-Luzern in Lucerne, Switzerland. He also served as the designer of the backdrop pictures for the play Qualantum by Susanna Stalder. An Exhibition of some of his photographic images can be seen at www.centralnet.ch/userpages/appoldt.
Bassist Stefan Held of New York City played in the musical Urban Cowboy, directed by Grammy nominee Phillip Oesterman at the Lincoln Center in NYC. Held also performed at the Blue Note with the Charles Tolliver Big Band.
Percussionist Eduardo Lopes of Infesta, Portugal, released Sons da Terra with Grupo de Percussão de Evora. The group features four mallet percussionists, bass, drums, cello, and vocals, playing original music and pieces by Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays, and Max Roach.
Bassist Ian Martin of Dorchester, MA, has released a new album titled One featuring 11 of his original songs. The disc features vocalists Jill Zadeh, Robin McElhatten '99, and Angela Berryman-Simpson.
Luis Pastor of Mexico City has been teaching at the National University of Mexico, and also scoring soap operas and "Sesame Street" for Latin America. You can e-mail him at email@example.com.
Drummer Todd Waetzig of Las Vegas, NV, is now performing for the theater production Blue Man Group at Luxor, in Las Vegas. After leaving Berklee, Waetzig performed with the Boston-area band D Con and did a one-year stint with the Boston company of Blue Man Group.
Composer Antonio Carlos DeFeo of Westchester, NY, won a competition sponsored by the Westchester County Millennium Commission. His piece "Millennium Fanfare" will be featured in Millennium Minutes, a series of videos the commission will air throughout 2000. It was premiered by the Westchester Philharmonic at MusicAmerica 2000 in a January tribute to Martin Luther King Jr.
Drummer Damon Hope of Oakland, CA, has been touring with singer Maria Muldaur. He also operates his own teaching studio. Hope can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The husband and wife team of Jason Poss and Danita Ng-Poss wrote the music for a major Crest toothpaste ad campaign for Procter and Gamble. The ads will be aired throughout the United States, Europe, South America, China, and the Middle East. Danita Ng-Poss is assistant producer at Headroom Digital Audio in New York. Jason Poss is a freelance vibes player.
Composer Sakae Tauchi of Saitama, Japan, received the Chopin Award in March for his composition "Aria, Due Voci." He can be reached at email@example.com.
Pianist Vincent Bourgeyx of Astoria, NY, is currently performing with saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom and with the Al Grey Sextet. He toured Europe in the spring.
Vocalist Brooke Fox of Nashville, TN, released a CD entitled Night Light. She was a finalist in the Lilith Fair talent search 1999 for Nashville. Visit her web site at www.BrookeFox.com.
Singer/songwriter Lorelei Loveridge of Edmonton, Canada, has released a CD titled Endless Contradictions featuring five of her original songs. She is currently living and working in Saudi Arabia and writing material for a new album. You can e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bassist Eric MacPherson of Woonsocket, RI, is playing with several local bands and in pit orchestras for summer stock theatrical productions.
Tomas Trulsson of Malmö, Sweden, and his wife had a daughter, Hanna, on February 19, 2000.
Guitarist Yvon Fazendeiro of Jersey City, NJ, played at the Jazz Standard in New York City in March with famed sidemen (organist) John Patton and (saxophonist) George Braith. Ben Dixon played drums. Fazendeiro can be reached via e-mail at email@example.com.
Robin McElhatten released her debut CD Never Let Me Go. It features Joe DeRose '99 (drums), Massimo Biolcati '99 (bass), Jaleel Shaw '00 (saxophone), Avi Rothbard '99 (guitar), and Ben Kolber '01 (percussion). Joe Ross '99 produced and Ted Paduck '91 mixed and engineered.
Engineer Hyungseok Oh of Elmhurst, NY, is working at Soundtrack Studios in New York City.
Vocalist Akemi Iida released a single, "Story of Time" a cartoon theme song for the "Hero of Milky Way" show in Japan. In May, she hosted the Asian Music Festival in Honolulu, Hawaii, featuring Namie Amuro and a full roster of Japanese pop stars.