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Bassist Rick Petrone of Greenwich, CT, appears with Richie Hart '75 and drummer Joe Corsello '64 on the CD Greasy Street for the Zoho Music label. The disc reached 20 on the JazzWeek charts.

Al MacDonald of Port Lucie, FL, retired after teaching public school music for 33 years in Newburyport and Amesbury, MA. He received awards during his career for his bands' performances and for teaching excellence.

Jazz composer and saxophonist Greg Abate of Coventry, RI, released the CD Monsters in the Night with his quintet for the KoKo Jazz Records label. Visit

Composer and pianist Randy Klein of New York City took first place in the jazz category of the USA Songwriting Competition and second prize overall for his song "Data."

Maurice Richard Libby, a.k.a. "Whiteboy Slim," was nominated for a Toronto Independent Music Award as best blues act. He's played at blues festivals in Canada and the U.S. Visit

Keyboardist Jon Hammond of New York City recorded a new CD in Hamburg, Germany, titled Jon Hammond: The NDR Sessions with the NDR Big Band. The Jon Hammond Show began its 23rd year on Time Warner Cable TV. Visit

  Roberta Fabiano '75

Roberta Fabiano of Stony Brook, NY, wrote the song "Dogen, Connor, and Tupelo" that was inspired by the book The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill. This year a video of the song will be part of the DVD/video release of the book. Fabiano is also working with Sony recording artist Nellie McKay.

Singer/songwriter Wayne Potash of North Easton, MA, released an album of 19 original and traditional folk songs titled Don't Forget the Donut! Potash has been a children's entertainer for years, and this is his fifth family music recording.

Composer Misha Segal of Woodland Hills, CA, wrote the score, title songs, and an additional song for the film Meet Me in Miami.

Guitarist Les Fish of Stoneham, MA, has released two CDs, Other Spaces and Les Fish & the Latin Jazz Cats. Featured on Fish's original compositions are faculty members Oscar Stagnaro, Eguie Castrillo, and George Garzone '72; keyboardists Lori Starr '76 and Vadim Neselovskyi '04, and drummer Lee Fish '05 (son of Fish and Starr).

Flutist Nika Rejto of Berkeley, CA, has released the CD Teazing Socrates, which features a blend of classical, jazz, Latin, and Middle Eastern styles. Visit

Gutarist Jeff Richman produced a series of tribute records to Coltrane, Miles, and John McLaughlin for Tone Center Records. Guest guitarists for the sessions included Pat Martino, Steve Morse, Eric Johnson, Mike Stern, Steve Lukather, Robben Ford, and others.

Guitarist Gerry Beaudoin of Waltham, MA, has rereleased tracks from his albums with mandolinist David Grisman, clarinetist Billy Novick, and guitarists Duke Robillard and Bucky Pizzarelli on the disc Swing Café. Visit

Bill D'Andrea of West Haven, CT, has been the pianist and musical director for the Cabaret Revue (10 singers/ dancers and an instrumental quintet) at the Kennedy Center in Trumbull, CT.

Ed Dzubak of Redding, CT, was honored by the Norwalk High School Alumni Association for his work as a film and television composer. Dzubak has won three Emmy Awards for his musical contritutions to soap operas.

Pianist Louis Lima of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, was featured on CDs issued last year by Alfredo Dias Gomes, Claudio Infante, and Maharaj Purushatraya Swami.

Singer/songwriter Stan Swiniarski of Dracut, MA, has released the CD Ain't That Love for Plymouth Rock Records.

Composer and saxophonist Frank Macchia of Burbank, CA, released the CD Mo' Animals. He was joined on the disc's 10 original jazz pieces by drummer Vinnie Colaiuta '75, pianist Billy Childs, guitarist Grant Geissman, and others. Visit

Tony Oppenheim of Buckingham, PA, published the book Slap It! Funk Studies for the Electric Bass 25 years ago. To mark the anniversary, the Theodore Presser Company has released a new edition. Visit

Benn Correale of Cooper City, FL, released his second CD of praise and worship music, entitled In You for Flamingo Road Church in Cooper City. Correale played guitar, produced, and mixed the CD.

Singer/songwriter John Russo of New York City has released a new CD titled Come on with Me. Visit

Marc Wienert of Pleasantville, NY, was coproducer and a featured subject in the short film Mott Music, the story of a piano rebuilding factory in the Bronx. Wienert is the director of piano technical services at the Manhattan School of Music.

Drummer Michael Faulkner of Brooklyn, NY, has been touring with Public Enemy.

Guitarist Emiel van Egdom of Amherst, NY, is recording his sixth solo album and did tours in January with Chico Huff and Berklee faculty member Consuelo Candelaria. Visit

Mark Roth of Norwich, CT, operates RBM Music and Creative Arts Studio in Jewett City, CT, teaching music and theater arts to children.

Vocalist Camille Schmidt of Omaha, NE, released her first CD Easy to Love for the Clarion label in January. Visit

Marissa Dery of Boston, MA, became a member of the American College of Forensic Examiners in 2005. Dery also works as an engineer for Tamar Mastering.

Guitarist Scott Schroen of Hazel Park, MI, works with the Frank Zappa tribute band Ugly Radio, Project/Object, and the Ike Willis Project, Visit

Composer Susan Botti of Ann Arbor, MI, won a Guggenheim Fellowship and another fellowship that enabled her to spend a year in Rome. New music ensembles in New York, Texas, and Michigan gave live and recorded performances of her works Cosmosis and Telaio: Desdemona. Visit

Patrick Taieb (a.k.a. Almo) of Paris, France, has released his debut album Unlocked, which has received heavy airplay and critical acclaim. Almo was voted the year's top soul artist in France. Visit

Paige Hominick-Stroman of San Antonio, TX, had her CD Lullabies to Celebrate Mother and Child included in the Santa photo packages offered at 50 Mills Malls locations. Stroman also released a bedtime book, Journey to Dreamland, last fall. Visit

Mario Perrett '88 (center) with blues artists Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater (left) and Luther "Guitar Jr." Johnson  

Saxophonist Mario Perrett of Tewksbury, MA, toured Turkey with Luther "Guitar Jr." Johnson covering 20 cities in five weeks. Visit

Guitarist Gene Ess of New York City has released the CD Sandbox and Sanctum. It features saxophonist Donny McCaslin '88, bassist Harvie S '70, and drummer Gene Jackson. Visit

Yumiko Matsuoka-Young, Paul Stiller '89, Paul Pampinella '90, Jodi (Jenkins) Ainsworth '93, and Tom Baskett '91 reformed their a cappella group Vox One to release the CD Pure Imagination.

Elise (Bain) MacDonald of Wilton, NH, was appointed director of music at High Mowing School in southern New Hampshire. Visit

Guitarist and singer John Baldwin of Virginia Beach, VA, has released the CD Wide Alive and Dreaming featuring his original rock and blues tunes. Visit

Mark Nemcoff of Reseda, CA, has published the novel The Art of Surfacing and wrote the 3-D animated series Spacey Movie, currently in production. His comedy podcast Pacific Coast Hellway airs on Sirius Satellite Radio five times weekly and is available at the iTunes Music Store. Visit

Guitarist Juan Camacho of Madrid, Spain, released his fourth CD, Ternario, with the Juan Camacho Quintet, which features eight jazz originals. Camacho's group has played at jazz festivals in Europe, the Middle East, and South America. Visit

Andy O'Reilly of Sherman Oaks, CA, Theodore Tsevas '93, and Ted Wells were part of the team that won an Emmy for outstanding lighting direction for electronic multi-camera work on The Games of the XXVIII Olympiad Opening Ceremony.

Bassist Jesse Williams of Arlington, MA, is playing with Al Kooper and has toured with guitarist Duke Robillard over the past four years. He played on The Duke Meets the Earl (Duke Robillard with Ronnie Earl), a Billboard Blues Charts topper.

Songwriter and guitarist Michael Bell of Los Angeles has a new website that posts the best deals on tech and consumer products. Visit Bell also plays gigs around Los Angeles.

Cellist Danielle DeGruttola of Oakland, CA, is featured on Richard Thompson's soundtrack to the Werner Herzog film Grizzly Man. The soundtrack, produced by Henry Kaiser, was issued on Cooking Vinyl Records.

Bryan McAdams of Brooklyn, NY, serves as the music director, keyboardist, and arranger for rocker Ashley Acree. McAdams has also composed a jazz musical titled The Water Chalice and an electronica piece for the play Mexico. Visit

Pianist Mika Pohjola of New York City released two CDs, a Christmas disc titled Yuletide Voices and a recording of Finnish tango music by Toivo Kärki titled A Lark in a Snowstorm. Visit

Tommy Torres of Miami, FL, produced and arranged tracks for a new CD by Ricardo Arjona. He has worked as a producer and/or arranger for Latin recordings by such artists as Ednita Nazario, Ricky Martin, and Elvis Crespo and produced the Encuentro CD by Juan Luis Guerra, Rubén Blades, and Robi Draco Rosa.

Bassist Tom Witt of Van Nuys, CA, performed on the 2005 Latin Grammy Awards show with reggaeton artist Don Omar. He has also been in the studio with English r&b star Lema and former Motown songwriter Lamont Dozier.

"Metal" Mike Chlasciak of North Arlington, NJ, is recording a third studio album with Halford, led by former Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford. Chlasciak endorses Levy's guitar straps and Sabine tuners.

Composer/guitarist Alfred Eisler of Vienna, Austria, has released a CD titled Camena to the Fallen on Cracked Anegg Records. The disc features vocalists Dean Bowman and Drew Sarich.

Jason Heinrichs of Minneapolis, MN, has licensed his music for documentaries, MTV programs, and TV commercials. His group Roomsa with vocalist Lady Sarah was listed in URB magazine's Next 100 Artists for 2005 feature.

Guitarist Michael Horowitz of Seattle, WA, runs the Gypsy jazz website and publishing company He specializes in the music of Django Reinhardt and has published an instruction book titled Gypsy Fire.

Multi-instrumentalist and engineer David Lefkowitz of Norwood, MA, released the CD Unyti on his own Lefko label. The disc features 11 original melodic rock songs with Lefkowitz playing guitars, keyboards, percussion, and vocals. Visit

Drummer Ric Roccapriore of Los Angeles, CA, has played with Sophie B. Hawkins and Edgar Winter. Visit

Eric Welsh of Jamaica Plain, MA, has cofounded the company The Show to provide high-quality live recordings of concerts. His work has taken him throughout Japan, Europe, and America with such bands as the Pixies and Dead Can Dance. Visit

Songwriter and vocalist Mike Currier of Methuen, MA, and guitarist Stuart Berk are featured on the CD Drawn to Revolving Doors with their band Averi. The band received four Boston Music Awards and has sold 20,000 CDs to date. Visit

Brian Kane of Cambridge, MA, published his fourth book, Singing Tongue Twisters A-Z, a vocal warm-up book and sing-along CD released by Jazz Path Publishing.

  Bassist Matthew Rybicki '95 onstage with Wynton Marsalis

Matthew Rybicki of New York City a freelance bassist, recently completed a two-week Jazz in the Schools tour for Jazz at Lincoln Center, a performance with trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, and an appearance at the Vittoria Jazz Festival in Spain. Visit

Drummer Andrew Crosby of Los Angeles, CA, is touring with EMI recording artists the Southland. He married actress Maggie Myatt on October 1, 2005.

Guitarist Julián Graciano of Buenos Aires, Argentina, received special mention from the October Foundation for his CD Avant Garde 05. Visit www.duogracianosapir.

Donny Gruendler of Encino, CA, released a drum set and programming instructional book entitled Playing with Drum Loops: How to Work with Drum Loops, Samples and Backing Tracks. Visit www.donnygruendler. com.

Multi-instrumenmtalist and singer Beto Hale of Broomfield, CO, has released American Mythology, a CD of original songs on which he plays drums, piano, and guitar. Keyboardist Cheche Alara, guitarist Marcelo Berestovoy played on the disc. Pablo Munguia '97 recorded and mixed the CD. Visit

Christos Kyriakides of Cyprus has operated Blue Monk Recording Studio and the School of Music Kyriakides since 1996. He has produced, arranged and engineered CDs for artists in Cyprus and written music for plays, films, and TV.

Composer Ryan Shore scored the film Prime, starring Meryl Streep and Uma Thurman. The soundtrack was released by Varese Sarabande. Visit

Trumpeter Frank Vardaros of Enterprise, FL, is heard on the soundtrack to the movie Fun with Dick and Jane, starring Jim Carrey and Tea Leoni. Visit

Kevin Hughes of Honolulu, HI, is in his third year as the director of middle school bands at Hongwanji Mission School in Honolulu. He also directs two jazz-rock ensembles at Honolulu's Pacific Buddhist Academy.

Alon Farber of Moshav Ganot, Israel, released Exposure, a CD of original music played by the Alon Farber Hagiga Quintet. The disc features Avishai Cohen '99 (trumpet), Dani Benedikt '98 (drums) and others. Visit

Bassist Guido Farusi-Stewart of Madrid, Spain, joined the jazz group the Black Note. (visit note. com/clamores) and has played with the EMC Big Band directed by Bob Sands.

Ignacio Peña won an honorable mention award at the 2005 USA Songwriting Competition.

Demirhan Baylan of Istanbul, Turkey, released his seventh solo album, Crazy Fatma's Riddles, on his own label. Production expenses will be paid by his fans, whose names will appear on the CD jacket. Visit

Richard Furch '99  

Engineer Richard Furch of Toluca Lake, CA, and his company have done mixing for Macy Gray, Tyrese, and Arrested Development. Visit

Vocalist Theresa Jones of Altadena, CA, married drummer Chris Bailey of England. She sings backup for Chaka Khan and toured recently with Queen Latifa, along with fellow alumni Mike Feingold, Rare Valverde, and Fausto Cuevas.

George Kallis of London, England, composed and conducted the score for the upcoming feature film Joy Division. His 2006 schedule includes scoring two more feature films.

Pianist No-Kyung Lee of Seoul, Korea, has released the CD Flower You, a collection of piano solo pieces paying tribute to the history of jazz and classical music.

Guitarist Peter Rom of Vienna, Austria, has released the CD Says Who?! with drummer Jörg Mikula '99 and bassist Raphael Preuschi. Visit

Luis Rosa of Somerville, MA, served on the faculty at the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico and is currently earning a master's degree in jazz performance at New England Conservatory of Music.

Vocalist and guitarist Tim Stevenson of Silvis, IL, released the CD No One Will Hear Us with his band Tandjent. Stevenson recorded, mixed, and mastered the disc. Visit

Music by vocalist Ajda Snyder of Cambridge, MA, was used in the film Pony Trouble. Snyder has received the ASCAP Plus Award twice. Visit

Guitarist/songwriter Jeremiah Birnbaum of New York City won several awards last year for his songwriting and played on recordings by Shanna Zell, Tessa Perry, and Seann Smith. He is recording a new CD. Visit

Vincent Briguglio of Gloucester, MA, has been the bassist for the North American tour of the musical Miss Saigon since September 2005. Visit

Marco Cavina of Milano, Italy, hosted a seminar for Nashville guitarist Pete Huttlinger '84 about finger style acoustic-guitar techniques. Cavina translated the seminar into Italian and jammed with Huttlinger to close the show.

  Deena Marie Coppola

Songwriter Deena Marie Coppola of Fairfield, NJ, sang 11 original songs on her CD And Then I See You for Plum Cerchio Records. Visit

Mike Leone of Austin, TX, and his Los Angeles-based production company MLP (Mike Leone Productions) produced, engineered, and mixed the CD Welcome to Vacationland for singer Justin Catalino. Visit

Jazz vocalist Julie Mahendran of Toronto, Canada, was a semifinalist in the 2005 Brussels Young Jazz Singers International Competition.

Joe Parker of Cleveland, OH, played guitar for the touring companies of the musicals Rent, Grease, and Tommy in Europe. He is currently recording with his rock band The deVols.

Vocalist Glen Preece and drummer Blake Paulson, both of Los Angeles, CA, are working with guitarist Michael Olsen in the band Angel Down, and released the EPs Should Be Good and Never Ending.

Composer Jason Solowsky of Sherman Oaks, CA, scored eight films in 2005, including Split Second and Willoughby. Additionally, he scored three short films and the TV show Exposed. Visit

Thanh Tran of Laguna Nigel, CA, has done additional orchestrations and music preparation for the feature films Cult and Homie Spumoni and various TV movies. Visit

Guitarist Gustavo Assis-Brasil of Brighton, MA, released the book and audio CD Hybrid Picking for Guitar. Visit

Jamie Rattner of New York City won first prize in the lyrics category of the USA Songwriting Competition.

The ballet El Bosque de la Memoria by Julio Santillán of Brooklyn, NY, was premiered in Argentina in November by the Orquesta Sinfónica de Tucumán and Ballet Contemporáneo. The piece is dedicated to his uncle Gustavo Santillán and others who disappeared during Argentina's unrest during the 1970s.

Singer Justin Tranter of New York City works with Neal Persiani '02, Dan Crean, and Aaron Tashjian in the group Semi-Precious Weapons. The garage-glam band has released an EP of five songs. Visit

Soshi Uchida of Fukuoka, Japan, and his jazz/funk group Grooveline released their third CD, The Missing Key, and performed recently at the Blue Note Jazz Club in Osaka. Visit

Darcie-Nicole Wicknick served as moderator for the Women in the Music Industry panel at NEMO 2005.

André Cortada of São Paulo, Brazil, opened the recording studio Ultra-Sonica Productions, where he produced the latest CD of veteran Brazilian heavy metal band Viper and an EP by singer Raissa Machado.

Bassist Marco Panascia of Brooklyn, NY, has been touring and recording with jazz pianist Eldar. Eldar's live CD, featuring Roy Hargrove and Chris Botti, has been released on the Sony Classical label. Visit

Guitarist Amir Rubinshtein of Boston, MA, has released a new CD, titled Isosceles. Visit

Jamie Bright of Colchester, VT, and his band Silent Mind completed an American tour supporting their debut album, Acoustic Thoughts. Visit

Nial Djuliarso of Jakarta, Indonesia, won first prize in the instrumental category of the USA Songwriting Competition and overall third prize for his song "My Smooth One."

Drummer Yaron Engler '03 Tapeplas  

Drummer Yaron Engler of Barcelona, Spain, is the musical director and composer for the tap dance company Tapeplas. The group premiered their new show BoomBach in November. Visit

Ricardo Hernandez of Glenwood, CA, received an ASCAPLUS Award for his contribution of three songs and engineering work on the soundtrack of the film Green Street Hooligans. He also recently did voice-overs and engineering for the video game Gun. Visit

Pianist Chie Imaizumi of Brighton, MA, has completed her debut CD, A Change for the Better. The disc features her original jazz compositions for six horns and a five-piece rhythm section. Visit http://cdbaby. com/cd/chieimaizumi.

Justis Kao of Newport Beach, CA, has released his third all-acoustic EP, Acoustically Me, and performed to a full house at the Japan America Theatre in Los Angeles.

Violinist Morwenna Lasko of Charlottesville, VA, released a duo CD entitled Etopia with Jay Pun '03. Lasko also played on Daily Bread with Rounder Records artist Corey Harris and operates a teaching studio with Pun.

  DongHwa Park

Bassist DongHwa Park of Boston, MA, released the CD White Day featuring his original jazz compositions. The disc features saxophonist George Garzone '72, pianist Hey Rim Jeon '01, drummer Rick Klane '74, percussionist Takaaki Masuko, and synthesizer player DaeHyun Kim '04. Visit

Engineer Scott Tusa of San Francisco, CA, recorded and mixed Scissors for Lefty's upcoming debut on Rough Trade records. Tusa also works with singer/songwriter Ryan Harper and San Francisco-based band Apside.

Vasco Hexel of London, England, received his master of music degree in composition for screen from the Royal College of Music. He is currently working as an assistant to film composer Trevor Jones in London.

Violinist Lydia Veilleux of Boston, MA, and bassist Lauren Hendrix '04 performed for the national tour of 3 Redneck Tenors, a new musical written and directed by Matthew Lord.

Max Braverman of Hollywood, CA, licensed two of his songs for the TV shows CSI:NY and MTV's The Real World.

Singer/songwriter Rachel Loy of Austin, TX, has released an EP with six songs performed with just voice and acoustic guitar.

Stacey Plunkett of Cummings, GA, appeared in and sang in a commercial for Net10 cell phone company that aired on MTV and VH1. She is currently working on her album titled In Boston. Visit

Guitarist Georgi Sareski of Skopje, Macedonia, released his first album of original music, titled Elflandia. Berklee students Kota Nakamura (drums); Cristiano Da Ros (bass); Michel Reis and Roy Assaf (piano); Byron Colborn (baritone sax); Nir Naaman (alto sax); and Uri Gurvich (soprano sax) played on the disc. Visit