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Professor Mark White produced the CD Born Yesterday

Retired professor and drummer Joe Hunt released a new CD titled The Joe Hunt Trio, with Steve Meashey (bass) and Steve Rudolph (piano).Visit

Percussion Assistant Chair Yoron Israel has been performing with his own group Organic and with James Williams's Intensive Care Unit.

Associate Professor Andy Edelstein produced, engineered, and mixed the latest Rounder Records release This Train by the Wayfaring Strangers featuring String Chair Matt Glaser (violin, piano, musical director), Professor Laszlo Gardony (piano), and Associate Professor Jamey Haddad (drums, percussion). Edelstein also produced the CD Katonah by the band Apollo Sunshine.

Assistant Professor Mark Shilansky performed on WGBH-FM's "Eric in the Evening" show in October with Assistant Professors Fernando Huergo (bass), Bertram Lehmann (drums and percussion), and Eric Byers (guitar), Associate Professor Rick DiMuzio (sax), and the jazz vocal ensemble Syncopation featuring Instructor Christine Fawson and students Christy Bluhm, Jeremy Ragsdale, and Tsunenori "Lee" Abe.

Bassist and Assistant Professor John Funkhouser and the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra are touring America's jazz cities. The orchestra's latest CD is Duke Ellington/Sacred Music.

Music Therapy Chair Suzanne Hanser received the 2003 Arthur Flagler Fultz Research Award at the American Music Therapy Association's annual conference in Minneapolis in November. Hanser will use the award money for research and clinical studies.

Associate Professor and trumpeter Tiger Okoshi performed at the Silk Road Gala in Boston for the Asian Task Force against Domestic Violence.

Associate Professor Rick Considine penned Rudiment Grooves for Drum Set for Berklee Press.

Assistant Professor and guitarist Craig Hlady received a grant from the Dedham Visionary Access Corporation to fund a recording by the Dedham Jazz Musicians and Composers Project.

Assistant Professor Jerry Cecco was guest arranger/trumpeter/flutist/vocalist for the Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra's fall and winter concerts.

In November, Associate Professor Michael Bierylo's ensemble, Birdsongs of the Mesozoic, premiered "Extreme Spirituals" in collaboration with baritone Oral Moses.

Associate Professor Daniel Fisher's Pink Floyd tribute band, Pink Voyd, has performed at numerous New England events including a benefit for the victims of Rhode Island's Station Club fire. Visit:

Voice Department Assistant Chair Bob Stoloff will conduct the Pennsylvania All-State Jazz Choir in April and will present a weeklong seminar in June for the Portsmouth Dance Festival.

Instructor and drummer Sergio Bellotti played at the Montreal Drum Fest in November and on a new CD by his brother Marco.

Associate Professor Dave Samuels was nominated for a Grammy in the best Latin jazz album category for his Carribbean Jazz Project's latest CD Birds of a Feather.

Professor and guitarist Stephen Webber toured the southeastern US in December with singer John Edmonds. Webber will present a seminar on turntable technique at the Seattle Art Museum in March.

Associate Professor Marti Epstein was the composer in residence in October for Boston Conservatory's New Music Festival. ALEA III, the New Music Ensemble, and pianist Kathleen Supove recently performed Epstein's music.

Associate Professor and vocalist Kris Adams performed at Birdland with Mark Murphy, Kurt Elling, and Cathy Segal-Garcia during the IAJE Convention in Manhattan in January.

Guitarist and Professor Jeff Friedman's SLO & LO Band, with special guest Eric Mingus, celebrated their self-titled Accurate Records release in December. The band includes Associate Professor Joe Mulholland (keyboards), Professor Michael Farquharson (bass), and Andy Plaisted (drums).

Professor and flutist Wendy Rolfe played Beethoven's Fifth and Sixth Symphonies with the Canadian Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra in Toronto and presented a clinic at the Greater Boston Flute Association Flute Fair.

Guitarist and professor Bob Doezema and Blues After Dark, featuring fellow faculty members Dennis Montgomery III (vocals and organ), Daryl Lowery (sax), Danny Morris (bass), and Kenwood Dennard (drums), performed at WGBH to kick off the station's airing of the PBS television series The Blues.

Associate Professor Daryl Lowery's group Instant!Groove, featuring Assistant Chair of Guitar Rick Peckham, Assistant Professors Dennis Montgomery (organ), and Ron Mahdi (bass), and Bob Moses (drums), will release its first CD in March. Visit

Associate Professor and pianist/organist Bruce Katz toured Europe with a band that includes Associate Professor Michael Williams (guitar), Media Center Manager Ralph Rosen (drums), and Rod Carey (bass). Katz recorded a live CD/DVD and a CD of original jazz/blues.

Assistant Professor Darrell Katz released the CDs The Death of Simone Weil and In, Thru, & Out with the Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra.

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In November, Associate Professor Nancy Zeltsman was a featured soloist in Michael Tilson Thomas's Island Music in Louisville, KY, and will perform the piece in April in Miami Beach and at Carnegie Hall. Zeltsman also authored Four-Mallet Marimba Playing: A Musical Approach for All Levels, for Hal Leonard Publishing.

Voice Department Professor Mili Bermejo's new trio recording, A Time for Love, will be released in early Spring. Visit

Associate Professor Rod Morgenstein is one of the drummers featured on Modern Drummer Presents: Drum Nation Volume 1. He also plays on CDs by Dream Theater keyboardist Jordan Rudess, who released The Rudess Morgenstein Project, and The Jelly Jam, featuring Dream Theater bassist John Myung and King's X guitarist Ty Tabor.

Assistant Professor and guitarist Issi Rozen released the CD Dark Beauty together with Gilad Barkan (piano), Thomson Kneeland (bass), and Harvey Wirht (drums). Visit

Associate Professor George Zonce played trumpet and arranged two tracks on the holiday CD Christmas Is for Us Kids by Lou Silvestri and Jim Karolides.

Professors Julius Williams and Joe Smith and Dean Larry McClellan participated in a panel discussion at Boston Symphony Hall following an open rehearsal of Wynton Marsalis's 12-movement jazz symphony All Rise.

Professor and vibraphonist Ed Saindon presented concerts and clinics and recorded a CD at a festival in Italy in December. He completed a book for the Berklee Practice Method series on vibraphone technique.

Assistant Professor Beth Denisch was one of 21 composers whose work was performed at the Women Composer's Showcase at New Jersey City University in November.

Associate Professor Joanne Whitaker completed a vocal technique DVD for Japan's Rittor Music. Rittor published a series of instructional DVDs by Berklee faculty members.

The band Last Trip, which includes faculty members Professor Mark White (guitar), Assistant Vice President for International Programs Greg Badolato (tenor sax), Assistant Professor Winston Maccow (bass), Associate Professor Scott deOgburn (keyboards), and Jordan Perlson (drums), released the new CD, Born Yesterday. Visit