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Berklee Beat: Faculty Notes


Percussion Department Chair Dean Anderson will be a clinician at the Percussion Festival de Rio De Janeiro in November and will be on the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra's U.S./Canadian Christmas Tour.

Joanne Brackeen plays original compositions and standards on her new solo piano CD, Popsicle Illusion.

Gregory Burk plays keyboards with Fat Dragon on the CD Dream after a Large Lunch. Robert Patton (a member of the Ear Training Department faculty) mastered the CD.

Trumpeter Jerry Cecco and the Boston Horns performed with Little Anthony and the Imperials on the "CBS Morning Show" in May.

Mel Bay Publications will publish a book of interviews that Charles Chapman has conducted with various musicians. He was also named to the advisory board of the Blue Book of Acoustic Guitars, an industry handbook on the instruments.

Chair of General Education Charles E. Combs served for the past year as Interim Associate Director of the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education at the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

Trombonist Hal Crook played in Switzerland this summer with Marvin "Hannibal" Peterson, guitarist Rick Peckham, and saxophonist Jim Odgren. Crook also recorded a new CD with keyboardist John Medeski. A book of 50 of Crook's compositions will be issued by Advance Music in Germany as a follow-up to his book Ready, Aim, Improvise! Crook's article on chord-tone soloing in the summer issue of Berklee Today was excerpted from that book.

Ben Elkins directed his Back Bay Brass Jazz Orchestra in a live concert for a self-titled CD.

Associate Professor Joanne Brackeen released a solo piano disc titled Popsicle Illusion.

Vocalist Gabrielle Goodman was featured with the Boston Pops Orchestra in June for the premiere of the gospel oratorio Hosanna by Charles Floyd.

Associate Professor Peter Alhadeff is a founding faculty member of Academic and Recording Industry Alliances Institute, an interface between academe and the music industry. He and Chair of Music Business/Management Don Gorder made presentations at ARIA's launch in Miami. Gorder was also named to the executive board of NAMM-Affiliated Music Business Institutions, an organization for colleges that teach music business.

Guitarist Dave Howard released the CD Souvenirs on Neoga Records. It features Kenwood Dennard on drums, mouth harp, and voice and Jim Stinnett on bass and keyboards.

Scott Johnson played guitar and keyboards, and sang on Paul Gilbert's new album Alligator Farm.

Alexandros Kalogeras composed Seven Visions in the Shades of Azure for guitar and orchestra. The work was premiered recently with the Hingham Symphony Orchestra.

Composer Darrell Katz has released a disc titled The Music of Darrell Katz. Staff member Lynette Gittens provided vocals.

The Nashoba Valley Chorale premiered a three-movement work for chorus and percussion titled Idylls by composer Allen LeVines.

Bassist Lello Molinari released his third CD titled Multiple Personalities featuring faculty members George Garzone (saxophone), Mick Goodrick (guitar), Bob Gullotti (drums), Frank Carlberg (piano), Marcello Pellitteri (drums), and Jeff Galindo (trombone).

Vibist Victor Mendoza is recording a new CD with faculty members Jim Odgren (saxophone), Fernando Huergo (bass) and Eguie Castrillo (congas), and two members of Ricky Martin's band, Waldo Madera (drums) and Hector Infanzón (piano).

Guitarist Jane Miller leads the Jane Miller Group on The Other Room. Sandra Kott played violin and Associate Professor Lauren Passarelli coproduced the disc with Miller.

Faculty members Wayne Naus (trumpet), Bob Schlink (viotar), Joe Mulholland (keyboards), Michael Farquharson (bass), Dino Govoni (tenor saxophone), and John Di Santo (drums) released a CD titled Moksha.

Trombonist Tom Plsek performed at Mobius in a show titled "Peregrinations" that consisted of pieces created for him by five composers.

Vocalists Jan Shapiro, Lisa Thorson, and Adriana Balic were featured on NPR's "Morning Edition" singing songs from their Boswell Sisters tribute CD.

Saxophonist Daniel Ian Smith and his Big and Phat Orchestra headlined at the Winthrop Oceanside and Big Band Jazz Festival in August. The band included Tony Lada, Matthew Nicholl, Bob Pilkington, and Bob Tamagni, and played music by faculty members Ted Pease, Phil Wilson, Brian Lewis, and Dick Lowell.

August Watters wrote an arrangement of a Bach chorale and performed it with the choral group the Boston Secession, at Faneuil Hall in May.

Phil Wilson conducted the NDR Big Band on his CD Pal Joey Suite released by Capri Records.

Marimba player Nancy Zeltsman played works by Sejourne, Beethoven, Ellington, and Schuller on her new CD See Ya Thursday.