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Jazz composer Graham Collier of Málaga, Spain, is presenting his thoughts about jazz composition and posting various articles at his site called This Is Not a Book. Visit the site at

Bob Shalue of Fairfield, CT, has worked as a pianist for MMM Productions for two years. He previously worked as an arranger for Warner Bros. Music in New York and as a correspondent for Variety.


Saxophonist Albert MacDonald Jr. of Dover, NH, band director and music instructor for the Amesbury, MA, public schools for 31 years, received the Educator of the Year Award and the Paul Harris Fellow award from the Rotary Club. His funk/jazz group released a new CD entitled Professors of Funk.

Guy Vella of St. Cloud, FL, wrote and recorded music to accompany the book Gifts in the Storm by F. Peterson and V. King. Hear his music at or at


  Greg Abate '71
  Mark Small '73
  Jay Azzolina '76
  Marlene Tachoir '77

Saxophonist Greg Abate of Coventry, RI, has released a new CD titled Evolution featuring Billy Hart (drums), Harvie S. '70 (bass), and James Williams (piano). Visit to hear samples from the CD.

Drummer Patrick Kurdy of Boise, ID, has been a private music instructor for 33 years. He played on the new CD In Motion by jazz singer Sally Tibbs.

Guitarist Mark Small has released a new guitar duo CD titled Winterlight II: Gabriel's Message for the Shadow Mountain label. The disc features European carols arranged for two guitars, string orchestra, and woodwinds. Visit for more about the album.

Singer/songwriter B.J. Snowden of Billerica, MA, has released a new self-titled CD and a CD single titled "Conspiracy." Snowden's son Andres Wilson, a Berklee student, plays guitar and bass on several tracks. A 20-minute documentary on Snowden's life was shown at New York's Pioneer Theater this fall.

Trombonist Stephen Bulla of Crofton, MD, leads the 10-trombone ensemble Spiritual to the 'Bone in concerts around the country. They recently appeared at the International Trombone Festival in Denton, TX, and have released five CDs.

Guitarist Jay Azzolina of Hastings-On-Hudson, NY, has released an organ trio CD titled Live at One Station Plaza. The disc features Gary Versace on organ and Adam Nussbaum on drums. Visit the website at for more information.

Carl Fritsche of Eatontown, NJ, is publishing classic Glenn Miller, Gene Krupa, Count Basie, and Benny Goodman big-band charts with Lush Life Music. To see and hear samples, go to the website at

Pianist/composer Marlene Tachoir of Hendersonville, TN, released her first solo recording Tales of Emotions on Avita Records. She is writing material for a new Group Tachoir recording. Visit her website at

Trevor Davison of Riverhead, NY, released No Moon at All with his 10-piece swing band. Davison penned all of the arrangements. For more info, visit

Guitarist/composer Rich Richbourg of Orlando, FL, released the CD Life Is For the Living featuring nine of his instrumental works. Cuts from the CD can be downloaded at and at

Allan Slutsky of Wynnewood, PA, has produced a film titled Standing in the Shadows of Motown that has been aired at film festivals across the United States and Canada to rave reviews. The film is based on Slutsky's book about famed bassist James Jamerson and Motwon's Funk Brothers rhythm section. Visit for more information.

Latin percussionist Bobby Sanabria of Bronx, NY, coproduced and appeared in the documentary film The Palladium: Where Mambo Was King. The film, which aired on Bravo in June, traces the history of Latin music from its Afro-Caribbean roots to New York's Palladium.

The novel The Fourth House by Kerry Zukus of Red Bank, NJ, was a finalist for the James Jones First Novel Fellowship. The book was one of 13 works chosen from a field of 665.


Guitarist Dave Askren of Los Angeles, CA, has released a new CD entitled Dave Askren Trio Re: Bill Evans, featuring Askren's guitar arrangements of Evans's repertoire. The disc is available from the String Jazz label.

Composer/guitarist Paul Bettencourt of Warwick, RI, completed a suite for brass quintet titled Three American Miniatures. The work, dedicated to the victims of the 9-11 terrorist attacks, is available through Bettencourt's Hesperus Music publishing company.

Jon Gorr of Pittsburgh, PA, won two Telly Awards for his ads for West Pennsylvania Hospital of Pittsburgh. His company, Jon Gorr Custom Music, produces music for jingles, film, and songs for various artists. Visit for more information.

Guitarist Paul Nelson of Stamford, CT, played on a new CD with drummer Michael Van Knorring and vocalist Chris Heaven titled Edge of Time. Visit the website at for details.

Among the many recent recording projects he has worked on, Anthony J. Resta of Westford, MA, produced Lucia Moniz's sophomore recording for EMI Portugal at his Studio Bopnique in North Chelmsford, MA.

Singer/guitarist Gregan Wortman of Billings, MT, is performing throughout the West with the Rebel Pirates and operating his audio/video/film production company.

Micah Solomon, president of Oasis CD Manufacturing of Sperryville, VA, received the Executive of the Year Award from the Washington Area Music Association.

Producer, arranger, saxophonist Luis Disla is producing Latin singles for Univision Music Group. He has worked with artists such as Jennifer Pena, Jaime Camil, and Odalys Garcia. Disla also codirects the Ray Santos Orchestra.

Bob Ross of Brooklyn, NY, coproduced and engineered a new CD by the band Skyflower (featuring Jeff Hudgins '92 and Blake Lindberg '92) and the disc Small Fry by EMJ (featuring Timothy Anderson '86).

  Lenora Zenzalai Helm '82

Numerous jazz radio stations nationwide have added to their playlists the new release Precipice by vocalist Lenora Zenzalai Helm of New York. For information, visit her website at

Zoro the Drummer of Chatsworth, CA, and Warner Bros. Publications have released an educational DVD based on Zoro's book The Ten Commandments of R&B Drumming. Visit to learn more.

Flutist Buddy Andrews of Jacksonville, FL, produced the CD Close Acquaintances featuring eight of his original tunes. He is working on big-band charts of Ellington, Basie, Goodman, and Dorsey for performance by the Buddy Andrews Big Band. Visit his website at

Composer Joel Goodman of New York City was profiled in the June issue of EQ magazine. The article described Goodman's work on various film and television projects and the gear in his studio.

Michael Nickolas of Marlborough, MA, had an article published in the September 2002 issue of Recording. A second article of his will be featured in an upcoming issue.

Drummer/composer Guillermo Nojechowicz of Jamaica Plain, MA, released the CD Two Worlds with his group El Eco. The disc was released in the United States by Dreambox Media ( and in Japan by Victor Musical Trading/JVC.

Trumpeter Todd Schwartz of Forest Hills, NY, toured with Buddy Rich and Frank Sinatra after leaving Berklee. Now he subs for Broadway shows and does sessions and club dates in the New York area.

Drummer Alun Harries of Twickenham, England, has been recording with a variety of pop and big band acts. In August, he worked at a London clinic with jazz drum great Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez.

Jeff Scott Rust of Memphis, TN, scored and produced the soundtrack for the pilot film Into Thy Narrow Bed. It premiered in April and was shown at the Indie Memphis Film Festival this summer. Visit to learn more.

Saxophonist Tommy Smith of Tillietudlem, Scotland, won a British jazz award as tenor saxophonist for 2002. His latest CD, Into Silence, has gotten rave reviews. Visit for more details.

Barry Starlin Britt and Michael "Zen" Hardy '86 of Atlanta, GA, are members of the pop rock band Powerplay. Chris Griffin '86 produced their inaugural CD A Hard Day's Play. They are working on a second release. Visit for details.

Heidi Johanna Vierthaler of Waltham, MA, has been helping her mother through treatment for tongue cancer. Visit to read Vierthaler's warning about tobacco advertising. Heidi also performed at the recent Waltham Day for Housing Justice and Boston's celebration of the Dalai Lama's birthday.

Ingrid (Pashulak) Haviland '87  
Marianne Perback '88  

Producer/web developer Ingrid (Pashulak) Haviland of New York City launched iHAV New Media after two years at the Walt Disney Internet Group. Her company creates evocative websites for clients by producing targeted multimedia trailers. To learn more, visit and

Bassist Owen Yost of Hoboken, NJ, and guitarist Robin Macatangay '87 have been playing casinos in the New York City-area backing artists such as Martin Nievera, Rocky Brown, and Jos&233; Mari Chan. Yost substitutes as bassist on David Letterman's show and for Moving Out, a Billy Joel Broadway review, and for Love, Janis, a Janis Joplin off-Broadway show.

Composer/saxophonist Paul Minotto leads the Prime-time Sublime Community Orchestra and has released an album of contemporary classical music titled "( )". Visit their website at for more information.

Drummer Izzy Kieffer of Brooklyn, NY, and his band Reality Shock have issued their debut CD There's a Voice. For more information, visit


Marianne Perback of New York City released the CD Box of Bliss with bassist/songwriter Jeff Virgo. Other Berklee alumni working on the project include Rich Lamb '87, Hugh Elliott '87, and Dawn Labenow '86. Also helping out were percussionist Mauro Refosco and drummer Nowell Haskins. Visit the band's site at

Conductor Christophe Chagnard of Seattle, WA, is music director for the Northwest Sinfonietta. The orchestra's 2002/2003 season will feature renowned soloists and a children's concert series. Visit for more details.

Guitarist Frank Möbus of Berlin, Germany, released a CD titled Risky Business that features Möbus on guitar, Rudi Mahall on bass clarinet, and Oliver Berndt Steidle on drums.

Yuko Osada of Tokyo, Japan, is studying music therapy at Seitoku University and developing innovative software applications. One of her programs interprets eye movements to enable the disabled to compose music, another translates visual art into music.

Composer Gernot Wolfgang of Los Angeles, CA, has been receiving glowing reviews for his bassoon trio, bassoon concerto, and his recently premiered piano quartet Metamorphosis.


Singer Andrea Bensmiller and Eve Buigues '94, both of Los Angeles, CA, and their band Jariya released their debut CD titled Ya ya on Barking Cow Records. They also wrote music for the concert film by Margaret Cho titled The Notorious C.H.O. and a feature film The Antwone Fisher Story. Visit their website at

Monet Ledbetter-Glaude of Boston, MA, directed four performances of her musical Jack's World at Roxbury Community College in Boston last May. The show, which teaches children about love, family, and self-esteem, has been performed 20 times.

Chris Matheos of Rocky Point, NY, has written three new bass books for Mel Bay Publications. Artists Matheos has toured with include Nappy Brown, Clarence Clemmons, Clinton Gregory, and others.

Bassist Christopher Sharkey of New Orleans, LA, recently performed at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival with the No Cover Jazz Band.

Thomas Eckel of Riverdale, NY, has released a CD titled Reflections featuring 14 of his original songs. A companion CD titled Reflections Underground includes eight underground dance remixes. Visit for more information.

Bassist Ivan Bodley of Brooklyn, NY, played this past summer with Ben E. King and was music director for the Crystals. He plans to release a new solo CD by year's end.

Saxophonist Rob Hall of Glasgow, Scotland, has released his third CD, Free-World Music with his band Freewheelers. He runs Jazz Course UK, offering courses in Edinburgh and Glasgow. He also teaches jazz at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.

Pianist Jonathan Sherman of Littleton, CO, has worked as a sing-along entertainer in Boston, Auckland, New Zealand, San Antonio, TX, and currently in Denver. He and his wife recently had twin boys.

Alisa Valdes Rodriguez of Albuquerque, NM, sold her first novel, Dirty Girls Social Club, to St. Martins Press for $500,000. The book will be available in the spring of 2003. Rodriguez is the features editor for the Albuquerque Tribune.

Lynette Vantreese '92  

Singer/songwriter Lynette Vantreese of Nashville, TN, released her self-titled debut CD on ATC Records. Her husband, Brett, produced and played guitar, Laura Alexander '92 sang background vocals, and Steve Alexander '92 engineered the disc. Visit


Jared Faber of Hollywood, CA, continues to score the Emmy-nominated series As Told by Ginger that airs on Nickelodeon.

Trumpeter Frank Vardaros received a Boston Artist Fellow Award from Boston Mayor Tom Menino and the Boston Cultural Council. The award recognizes Vardaros for his performances and contributions to the community. Visit his website at

Barry D. Wiggins (aka Barry Whipple) of Jamaica, NY, and his gospel band Rain have been signed by the Taqa record label and their Get It Right CD is being aired on stations nationwide.

Saxophonist Matt Zebley of Calimesa, CA, completed his third tour of Japan with the Brian Setzer Orchestra. This fall they will release a Christmas album and play at the Universal Amphitheater on December 21. Visit Zebley's website at

Guitarist Todd Evans of Oakland, CA, released a solo CD titled Lines on the Wall. Evans also works as a recording engineer and has played with the group Tempest. Visit his website at

Guitarist "Metal" Mike Chlasciak of North Arlington, NJ, contributed songs and guitar tracks to the new Halford CD Crucible. Chlasciak and Halford were profiled in the August 2002 issue of Guitar World.

Sten Hostfalt of Stockholm, Sweden, released Eternity Check on his own G-wow Sound label. Bassist Matthew Garrison '92, drummer Blake Lindberg '92, trumpeter Takuya Nakamura, and the Scandinavian TuRa*LeRi ensemble play on the CD.

Composer Kevin Kaska of Boston, MA, released a new CD titled New England Landscapes which features works by himself and current and former Berklee faculty members Louis Stewart, David Callahan, and Jack Jarrett. Kaska's orchestral works have been played by the Boston Pops, the London Symphony, the Saint Louis Symphony, and the Boston Symphony orchestras. Visit to see his discography.

Vibist Matthias Lupri of Boston, MA, played at jazz festivals throughout the United States and Canada last summer with Mark Turner '90 and Rick Margitza '81. Lupri's new CD Same Time Twice was released by Summit Records in October.

Vocalist Akiko Pavolka released her second CD, Bridge, in May. Her band Akiko Pavolka's House of Illusion features alumni Pete Rende '95 (keyboards), Matt Pavolka '94 (bass), and Blake Lindberg '92 (drums). Visit for more information.


  Peter Bufano '95
  John Dowling '95

Since December 2001, Peter Bufano of Los Angeles, CA, served as the music director and a performer in the clown band of the Kinoshita Circus, Japan's largest circus. He is currently working with film/TV composer Lawrence Schragge '77 on music for a TV miniseries.

Daniel Curry of Boston, MA, made his theatrical debut in Back, a play by Ed Bullins. Curry also cowrote a children's play on the history of popular music for the annual Junteenth Celebration in El Paso, TX.

Drummer Jon Dowling has been working hard as a singer/songwriter and pianist. His second solo CD, The Second Time Around, features Robin Dimaggio, Monet, and Mike Porcaro, among others. To learn more, contact Anne Leighton at Leighton Media via e-mail at or by calling (718) 881-8183.

Drummer Ethan Eubanks has been working in the studio with RCA recording artist David Mead and with the Crash Test Dummies.

Composer Brian Lydell of East Brunswick, NJ, received an Emmy nomination in the category of Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction and Composition for a Drama Series for his work on the show One Life to Live.

Keyboardist/composer Andr&233; Spang of Cologne, Germany, released a new jazz CD titled In Between, featuring saxophonist Charlie Mariano '51, bassist Jimmy Haslip, and drummer Mike Shapiro. The disc is available at

Pianist and composer Greg Földvári of Budapest, Hungary, released a live trio recording containing 14 of his original compositions titled Gergely Földvári Trio: Sun, Rise! Music and Földvári's interview with Pat Metheny are availble on his site at

Bassist Ian Martin has been touring and appearing on television with MCA recording artist Res and her group.

Composer Will Richter of Hollywood, CA, created the music and sound design tracks for the trailer to the film Solaris, directed by Steven Soderbergh and produced by James Cameron. It can be viewed at

Drummer Chris Romanowski of Chino, CA, teaches percussion in Southern California high schools and arranges music for marching bands. He recently joined forces with Bill Bachman '97 to form, a manufacturer of drum practice pads. Visit

Bassist Chuck Bianchi of Rocheseter, NY, released his debut CD Dreaming Out Loud in August with acoustic guitarist Jerry Preston. The disc features four solo bass pieces, three solo guitar pieces, and two duets. Visit for more information.

Drummer Damon Hope of Oakland, CA, has been touring and recording with the band Mood Food.

Marian Heller of Hoboken, NJ, is developing a cabaret show titled Let the Sun Shine In. She performed in the show A Bunch of Gals in July at New York's Don't Tell Mama cabaret club. Visit her website at

Jeffrey Parks of Philadelphia, PA, is attending the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and is working in production for WXPN-FM in Philadelphia.

Jorge Perez-Albela of Watertown, MA, and his jazz group were in Peru to give concerts and master classes at the 2002 Jazz in Lima Festival. They also played in the Inca City of Cusco.

Singer/songwriter Sarah Sharp of Austin, TX, released her debut EP Out of Nowhere. She is receiving radio play in Austin and on NPR stations in both Austin and Houston. For MP3s and more info, visit

Maria Clemente Wullia of Denpasar, Indonesia, won the Best Documentary Award for a short experimental film that she wrote and directed called Slambangricketychuck. The award was from Music and Film Independent Artists of Sydney, Australia. For more information, visit

After working for two years as an assistant in the William Morris Agency's music department, Sean Goulding of Venice, CA, has been accepted into Morris's agent trainee program in Beverly Hills. Currently, Goulding works for the club and college-booking department.

Saxophonist Jason Goldman of Glendale, CA, released his first CD, The Definitive Standard, with the Jason Goldman Nonet on his own JMGJazz label. Members of his group include Justin Ray '98, Nick Vagenas '99, and Walter Smith '02. Visit for details.

Mattan Klein '98  
Damian Draghichi '99  

Flutist Mattan Klein of Flushing, NY, released the CD Love Alive. His band includes Manu Kock '96, guitarist Avi Rothbard '99, bassist Gustavo Amarante '98, and drummer Yuval Lion '98. The group will perform at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles on October 26.

Wendy Roy of Boston sang the National Anthem before a Red Sox game at Fenway Park for an audience of 32,000. She is currently writing and recording material for a new CD.

Germán Villacorta of Newhall, CA, is a staff engineer at Henson Recording Studios in Hollywood. He recently worked on reissues and the new live recording by Ozzie Osbourne with assistance from Mike MacGillivary '00.

Panflute player Damian Draghichi of Romania has released a live concert video and CD from a show performed in Bucharest, Romania. The concert, featuring an orchestra and chorus, was filmed before an audience of 72,000. Alumni Tim Landers '80 (bass), Joel Taylor '83 (drums), Sarah Dawson '96 (saxophone), and Associate Professor Eugene Friesen (cello) backed Draghichi in the show. Visit for more information.

Bassist Christoph Kaiser of Hempenheim, Germany and his trio the Jazz Pistols toured Europe extensively in recent months. In October and November, they will perform in Africa and Yugoslavia. Visit the band's website at for more information.

Pianist Yuko Takahashi of Arlington, MA, released Another Planet, a recording of her new-age instrumental piano pieces. Hear her music at

Jason Thomas of Cleveland, TN, interned at Media Ventures in Los Angeles, studied privately with Sir Harrison Birtwistle, and took computer music courses at New York University. He is enrolled at California Institute of the Arts to pursue a master's degree in composition.

Producer/songwriter/remixer Kay "Kayro" Witte, of Woodside, NY, released the CD Impressions Collector, featuring 11 original electronic compositions on his Turningheadz label. Witte wrote, produced, arranged, performed, recorded, and mixed the music. The disc is available from


Composer Pierre André of Santa Monica, CA, contributed music to the independent films Lou Loves People and Gabriela. He has also orchestrated a concert suite of music from the film Incognito for composer John Ottman. Vist André's website at

Vincent Briguglio of Gloucester, MA, will tour from September through July 2003 as bassist for Phoenix Production's national tour of Grease with special guest Frankie Avalon. Briguglio has also recorded with Inge Berge, Dan King, and Miranda Henry-Russell.

Thöne Raphael Dominique of Moers, Germany, is working as arranger and conductor for the Jung-Born Brass. The ensemble's repertoire includes original compositions and arrangements of famous movie scores.

Peter Hasler of Zurich, Switzerland, is working for Suisa, a company administering artists rights and music royalties. He has also launched his web site at

Jeff Howard of Nashville, TN, is an agent for Monterey Penninsula Artists. The firm's clients include Toby Keith, Travis Tritt, Dave Matthews, Aerosmith, and others.

Benjamin Nichols of Petaluma, CA, is studio manager for Pacific Vista Productions, operates 315 Productions, and does freelance engineering at a number of San Francisco-area clubs and theaters.

Thanh Tran of Boston, MA, has launched his own music engraving company, Global Music Copying. They prepared music and parts for the film Return to Sender and a documentary on a Honduras clinic. He is also a film and television composer for Video Works and Edge Media.


  Matt Chase '01
  Kevin Wood '01
  Singer, songwriter, and Broadway star Deborah Gibson (center) received an Exceptional Women Award from the Boston radio station Magic 106.7. At the event, Gibson played pano and sang with members of Octavox (clockwise from left) T.J. Hatfield '02, Toni Ballard, Gibson, Steven George, Cate Smith '04, Sarah Mandas '05, Adam Hodges '04, and Gavin McGraw '02.

Guitarist/vocalist Matt Chase of Avon, MA, released his debut CD The Matt Chase Group. Chase performs 12 of his original songs with backing from Pancho Burgos '03 (piano), Fernando Mainer '02 (bass), Mauricio Zottarelli '02 (drums), and Ryan Ackerman (guitar). For more information, visit

Bassist Mark Harding of Peru, VT, is freelancing with Celtic, jazz, and swing bands in Vermont. He also released a solo CD titled Ecotones and teaches at the Long Trail School.

Keyboardist Juri Shigeta of Boston, MA, began a local outreach program teaching at-risk youth to compose and sequence music. Berklee supplied a G3 laptop computer, sequencing software, and a CD burner. Shigeta has recruited other Berklee alumni and students for her project which is based at the Col. Daniel Marr Boys and Girls Club in Dorchester, MA.

Vocalist Darcie Nicole Wicknick was recently featured on the Boston cable access show It's All about the Arts.

Vocalist Kevin Wood of Cody, WY, was cast in the national tour of the musical Rent. Wood recently completed his debut album Haven't Had Enough, engineered by Alicia Champion '03. Visit Kevin's website at for more information.

Guitarist Josh Brill of Skokie, IL, went out on tour with Missing Persons three days after graduating from Berklee in May. In August he returned to the college to direct the contemporary rock ensemble during the week-long Summer Guitar Sessions program.

T.J. Hatfield and Gavin McGraw '02 and their a cappella group Octavox performed in June at the Sheraton Boston Hotel with singer/songwriter Deborah Gibson for the Fifth Annual Exceptional Women Awards sponsored by Boston's Magic 106.7-FM radio station.