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Trumpeter Tony Scodwell of Las Vegas, NV, will perform as a soloist during three December concerts by the Minnesota Orchestra in Minneapolis. The performances will feature Christmas music arranged by former Berklee faculty member Dick Wright. Scodwell also operates Scodwell USA, a manufacturer of trumpets and flugelhorns.


Bassist Tim Swarbrick of Wilmington, DE, performs with local and national jazz artists around Delaware and New Jersey. He was instrumental in the creation of the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.


  Richie Cole '68 (left) and Mike Price '67

Trumpeter Mike Price '67 of Tokyo, Japan, invited saxophonist Richie Cole '68 to tour with him in August as a guest soloist with the Mike Price Jazz Quintet.


Marc Elbaum of Meredith, NH, cowrote the song "Make Me Crazy" recorded by Cindy Kaza and the Bombers for a production of the Ernest Thompson play Ax of Love that premiered at the West End Studio Theatre in Portsmouth, NH.


Composer Bobby Vince Paunetto of Bronx, NY, has reissued his album Paunetto's Point on CD. The music features trumpeter Tom Harrell and saxophonist Ronnie Cuber, as well as Tom Sala '72, Billy Drewes '74, Todd Anderson '72, and Ed Byrne '75. Visit


Guitarist Vin D'Onofrio of Los Angeles, CA, has released two solo CDs, Time and Place and A Slice of Life (visit He also played on Rod Stewart's Great American Songbook, Vol. III and on Carly Simon's Moonlight Serenade.

Keyboardist and composer Brad Hatfield of Westwood, MA, received a BMI award for his Emmy-winning work on the TV show The Young and the Restless. Visit

Composer Jean-Michel Hervé of Villiers-sur-Marne, France, wrote orchestral music for a new CD, Le Passeur de Lumi?re. He has written for television and commercials and has composed for the Kronos and Smith string quartets. He also collaborated with film composer Dick de Benedictus on the orchestral sample library Symphonic Adventures.

Richard Niles '75 of London, England, produces documentary programming for BBC Radio 2 and produced two recordings for Russian pop superstar Alexander Shulgin. In December, Niles will receive his Ph.D. from Brunel University. Visit


André Ménard (left) cofounder and artistic director of Le Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, after presenting Mike Stern '77 with the Miles Davis Award in June  

Guitarist Mike Stern of New York City received the 14th Miles Davis Award at Le Festival International de Jazz de Montréal. The honor is awarded to jazz artists whose work has contributed significantly to the renewal of the jazz genre.

Drummer Charles Xavier of San Bruno, CA, has rereleased the recording The King Has Come with his band the Messengers. The four-song EP earned a Down Beat magazine's editors' choice review in 1982. Visit



Composer Hal Goldstein of Shohola, PA, was honored at the SESAC Television and Film Composers Awards for music he wrote for Dateline NBC and the Maury and Montel daytime talk shows. He performs in the Shohola area on keyboards and blues harp.


Composer David Dachinger of Scarsdale, NY, was honored at the SESAC Television and Film Composers Awards for his music featured in Dateline NBC and Access Hollywood. His music has also appeared during broadcasts of NFL, NCAA, and PGA sports events. Visit

Bernie Kenerson of Myrtle Beach, SC, released a CD titled Just You & Me, featuring his EWI playing on 10 smooth-jazz originals. Visit

Joanne LaRiccia of Somerville, MA, is the star of the children's show JoJo's DreamCart, which airs on Rhode Island PBS stations on Sunday mornings. Visit

  Eliot Slaughter '79

Keyboardist Eliot Slaughter of Cincinnati, OH, has released a CD of his original music titled The Reinventment. Slaughter also produces music for artists and ad clients. Visit


Guitarist Bruce Arnold of New York City completed a three-CD-ROM set titled Total Modal: 19 Scales and Modes for Improvisation and Composition. It includes interactive software and 40 video segments. Visit

Producer/multi-instrumentalist Anthony J. Resta of Westford, MA, and engineer Karyadi Sutedja '98 worked on the songs "Hollywood" by Collective Soul, "Wish Upon a Dog Star" by Satellite Party, as well as CD projects by the Fools, Need to Breathe, and Serial Thrillers. Visit

Guitarist Rick Stone of Brooklyn, NY, was featured in the cover story of Cadence magazine's August 2007 issue. He teaches at Hofstra University and Jazzmobile and also performs regularly. His latest recording, Samba de Novembro, features pianist Tardo Hammer, bassist Yosuke Inoue, and drummer Matt Wilson. Visit


Kevin Barbour contributed music to the jazz soundtrack of the documentary film Revolution '67, which explores the 1967 Newark, NJ, riots. It aired in the PBS series Point of View. Visit

Drummer Karl Latham of Sparta, NJ, released the CD Resonance, featuring bassist Kermit Driscoll '78, guitarist John Hart, and trumpeter Vinnie Cutro playing originals and arrangements of material by Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Wonder, and Björk. Visit

Kevin Pituch of Toledo, OH, is an assistant prosecutor in Lucas County, OH, working on the organized crime task force prosecuting white-collar crime.


David Wood of Sandwich, MA, produced the CD Cape Cod Covers, Vol. 2: The Beatles. The CD was created as a project to benefit Angel Flight New England. Performers include Carly Simon, Kate Taylor, Entrain, and others.

Thea Hopkins '84  


Philippe Crettien of Hopkinton, MA, is the jazz band director at the Rivers School in Weston, MA, and chairs the jazz department for the Rivers School Conservatory. Crettien's latest CD recorded with the MCFC Jazz Quartet, Relatively Out There, is available through CD Baby.

Vocalist Camille Devore of Omaha, NE, was a headliner at a jazz festival in Baton Rouge, LA, in July. Visit

Singer/songwriter Thea Hopkins of Somerville, MA, released the album Chickasaw with guitarist David Goodrich '89, pianist Tim Ray '79, faculty cellist Natalie Haas, and others. Visit


Drummer Billy Kilson of Edison, NJ, plays with trumpeter Chris Botti and has backed Dave Holland, Dianne Reeves, George Duke, and Kevin Eubanks. He leads the group BK Groove. Visit

Pianist/vocalist Barry Rocklin of Revere, MA, is touring with the Sopranos Piano Bar chain in the Netherlands, and Netherlands Antilles, Cura?ao, and St. Martin. Visit


Vocalist Michéal Castaldo of New York City has released the CD La Dolce Vita 'N America, which features classic Italian songs and arias as well as the national anthems of America and Canada. Visit

  Kelly Eisenhour '86

Jazz vocalist Kelly Eisenhour of Salt Lake City, UT, has released the CD Kelly Eisenhour: Seek and Find, featuring saxophonist Bob Mintzer. A faculty member at Brigham Young University, Eisenhour brought BYU's Jazz Voices ensemble to New York to perform at the 2007 IAJE conference. Visit

Trumpeter Chris Kase of Madrid, Spain, has made his albums Te espero aqu?, A Song We Once Knew, and Nine Easy Pieces available Stateside through the CD Baby and iTunes websites.

John T. Mickevich of Santa Monica, CA, writes, directs, produces, and composes music for the Monkey Box, a Web-based sketch comedy company in Los Angeles with more than 750,000 viewers on the Internet. Visit

Michael Veal of St. Albans, NY, penned the book Dub: Soundscapes and Shattered Songs in Jamaican Reggae for Wesleyan University Press. It is the first book-length study of the studio-based genre Jamaican dub. Veal is an associate professor at Yale University.


Clifford Brodsky of Hollywood, CA, has established Brodsky Entertainment and Rock Man Enough Publishing. Brodsky also produced an album by Rose Rossi that will be released in February 2008.

Songwriter Joe Doyle of Nashville, TN, had four of his songs cut on major-label releases by Kenny Rogers and Blaine Larsen (both cut "Someone Is Me"), Jason Aldean ("Back in This Cigarette"), and Luke Bryan ("Tackle Box"). His own CD features drummer Brian Pruitt '97. Visit

Terje Gewelt '87  

Bassist Terje Gewelt of Oslo, Norway, has released a new recording titled If Time Stood Still. Guitarist Bjørn Klakegg, drummer Kenneth Ekornes, and Gewelt perform 12 jazz originals.

Singer/songwriter Todd Giudice of Newburgh, NY, released his second CD, Little-Known Secret, featuring 12 of his original songs. Visit

Chris Jentsch of Brooklyn, NY, released the CD Brooklyn Suite, a large-ensemble piece commissioned by the American Composers Forum. Jentsch recently attended the Ucross Foundation's artist retreat in Wyoming to work on a new commission. Visit

Vince Leffler of Memphis, TN, opened Apogee Studios in August. The Memphis-based facility offers full recording, mixing, and mastering services using Pro Tools 7.3.

Woodwind player Tamas Marius of Marina, CA, and his band Red Beans & Rice released the CD Hot and Spicy featuring New Orleans-style blues and r&b. Visit

Saxophonist William Sims of Chicago, IL, has released the smooth-jazz CD Here2MakeUHappy under his stage name Skinny Williams. Visit


Mitch Clyman of Jerusalem, Israel, composed music for the musical Ruth, which had 40 sold-out performances. His music airs on Israel's Channel 1 News and on children's television. He also produces audio books for McGraw-Hill International. Visit


Bassist Erik Applegate of Greeley, CO, has been appointed an assistant professor of jazz studies at the University of Northern Colorado. An active performer, Applegate has worked with jazz artists Tim Ries, George Garzone, Eddie Daniels, Ingrid Jensen, and others. Visit

Trumpeter Ingrid Jensen of Astoria, NY, teamed up with her husband, Jon Wikan (drums), sister Christine Jensen (saxophone), Mattias Welin, and pianist/composer Maggi Olin, for the CD Flurry. Visit

Pianist Jacky Terrasson of New York City released Mirror, his first solo piano record of standards and originals for Blue Note Records.


Drummer Scott Amendola of Berkeley, CA, played on the CDs Draw Breath by the Nels Cline Singers and Spinning the Circle by David Witham.

Guitarist Rob Bonfiglio of Los Angeles, CA, has been touring with his band Shine supporting their CD Skies of America. He has served as musical director for Wilson Phillips and placed his songs in several films.

Singer/songwriter Heather Edwards of New York City released the CD Eclectic Energy with help from bassist/producer Richie Goods '91 and others. Visit

Karen Guthery of Stevenson Ranch, CA, has served as a music librarian and copyist for several films and the Dirty Harry video game. She also wrote orchestrations for Hostel and Hostel Part II, and The Transformers video game.

Pianist/composer Julian Joseph of London, England, wrote the jazz opera Bridgetower: A Fable of 1807 for the City of London Festival 2007. The libretto is based on the life of violin prodigy George Bridgetower.

Joe Zobkiw of Raleigh, NC, has released a four-song EP titled Blip Fool. Zobkiw wrote the music, played synthesizers and electronics, and produced and mixed the project. Visit


Composer Michael Caniato of Watertown, MA, was awarded a 2007 artist grant in music composition by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Pianist Pamela (Butchart) York of Kingwood, TX, won first place in the Great American Jazz Piano Competition in April as part of the Jacksonville Jazz Festival in Florida.


Guitarist John Baldwin of Virginia Beach, VA, recorded his Six String Slinger CD with Will Lee, Ivan Bodley '92, Saundra Williams, Dan CiPriano, and B.J. Liederman. The disc includes a big-band arrangement of his song "Gina Marie" penned by the late Tommy Newsom. Visit

Bassist Bryan Beller of Nashville, TN, played bass on Steve Vai's tour dates in Europe and America between June and October. Visit

  Sandrine Ligabue '93

Pianist Dan Scheer of Vernon, CT, performed with jazz quartets at the Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz, the Manchester Band Shell series, and the Hartford Public Library Baby Grand Jazz Piano series.


Alex Case of Portsmouth, NH, published his book Sound FX: Unlocking the Creative Potential of Recording Studio Effects on Focal Press. Visit

Sandrine Ligabue of Brooklyn, NY, had her music featured in the season premiere of the TV series Dirt, starring Courtney Cox. Music from Ligabue's debut album was also featured in the series Law & Order: Criminal Intent. Visit


Steve Kercher of Manchester, MA, worked with bassist Abraham Laboriel '72 and drummer John Robinson '75 on a song he cowrote titled "Friend of Africa" for Amazing Grace, a documentary about abolitionist William Wilberforce.

Steve Kercher '94 and John Robinson '75  

Bassist Sandro Scoccia of Jamaica Plain, MA, will play with the Brazilian percussion group BatukAxé at the Percussive Arts Society convention in November. The group includes Marcus Santo '94, Matt Johnson '07, Charlie McLaren '05, Matt Jenson, an assistant professor at Berklee, and Berklee students Julien Machet and Eduardo Nali.

Geoff Unger of Levittown, NY, and his metal band Symptom 7 released their debut CD, VOL.1.

Dan Woodard of Sykesville, MD, is working on his first feature-length motion picture, Brood, which he cowrote, produced, and directed with Ken Alston. He also composed the film's score. Visit


Teddy Goldstein of New York City founded Broadtexter, a mobile technology company that enables artists to send text messages via cell phone with information on upcoming gigs. Visit

Paco Morales of Naucalpan, Mexico, does session work and is the musical director and bassist for Mexican singer/songwriter Reyli Barba.

Composer and pianist Johannes Wallmann of New York City has been named the director of jazz studies at California State University, East Bay. He is also an adjunct instructor at New York University and the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. Visit

Singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Gabe Toth of Nazareth, PA, works in the New York City, eastern Pennsylvania, and New Jersey areas as a private music coach and performer. He has played with Gary Van Scyoc, Frank DiBussolo, Sean Kennedy, Erin Stroup, and others.

Drew Walen formerly of Nashville, TN, relocated to Baltimore, MD, to take a position as a clinical therapist at the University of Maryland Medical Center Department of Psychiatry.

Guitarist Chay Wright of Sherman Oaks, CA, along with his brother and bassist Chad Wright '94, performed at Boston's Fleet Bank Pavilion in August with the all-Berklee band the L.A. Rock Stars.


Boris Berlin of New York City produced and cowrote music for Cabaret 77, the debut album by Tonica. Tracks from the disc have been licensed for TV shows. Visit

Vibraphonist and composer Oli Bott of Berlin, Germany, has been commissioned by the city of Berlin to compose a suite for vibraphone and string quartet. His recent CD, Vibratanghissimo: Astor, features music written by Astor Piazzolla and Bott's original works. Visit

Singer/composer José Conde of Brooklyn, NY, and his band y Ola Fresca played the Chicago World Music Festival as well as dates in Canada and the United States. The group's tour ends with an appearance at the Voodoo Festival in New Orleans on October 26.

Rob Giles of Los Angeles, CA, stars in two new Intel commercials by famed director Christopher Guest. Giles is producing and placing songs in film and television. He has released the recording This Is All in Your Mind.

Julian Graciano of Buenos Aires, Argentina, recently gave a presentation on tango music for the College Musical Society at the National Academy of Tango.

Singer/songwriter Chip Greene of Nashville, TN, released the CD Exactly and Approximately. Visit

Bassist Stefan Held of Brooklyn, NY, is the music director for emerging artists Kelly King and Ari Gold. Held owns and operates a recording studio in Brooklyn. Visit

Samuel Hicks of Orlando, FL, is a live-sound engineer and has worked for Stephanie Mills, Loose Ends, Dionne Warwick, T-Pain, and Rick Ross's Def Jam birthday party during the 2007 Super Bowl. He teaches at Full Sail Real World Education.

Luis Pastor of Mexico City, Mexico, composed the underscore for the popular Mexican soap opera La Fea m?s Bella. Since 2004 the National Youth Orchestra of Mexico has performed his symphonic work Cubanerias annually.

Saxophonist Melvin Smith of Fresh Meadows, NY, released the CD Portrait, featuring jazz, Latin, folk, and original compositions. Visit


Bassist Paco Charlin of Pontevedra, Spain, appears on the CD Theatres of Memory with drummer Ramon Angel '99 and guitarist Santi Quintans. It is his fourth recording for the Free Code label. Visit

Marc Gratama of Chicago, IL, played drums and electronic percussion, and Anthony Cox played bass on saxophonist Paul Scea's CD Contemporary Residents. The music blends Afro-Cuban, Peruvian, and American jazz styles. Visit

After earning his master's degree from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, Sean-David J. McGoran of Fort Smith, AR, was appointed minister of students at Fianna Hills Baptist Church in Fort Smith. Visit

Nichelle Mungo of Brighton, MA, was named best female R&B vocalist at the New England Urban Music Awards. Mungo's songs have received local airplay, and Mungo has also starred in four plays.

Drummer Antonio Sanchez of Astoria, NY, is the leader on the CD Migration, which features saxophonists Miguel Zenon and Chris Potter, bassist Scott Colley, Pat Metheny, and Chick Corea. Visit


Songwriter Brooke Fox of Brooklyn, NY, and her husband, Kurt Gellersted, collaborated with Will Brumley and actress Nicola Barber on Williamsburg! The Musical. In August the show was featured as part of the 2007 New York International Fringe Festival. Visit

Vocalist Wendy Roy of Swansea, MA, sang the National Anthem before the Red Sox game at Fenway Park on June 13.

Gerard Salonga of Muntinlupa City, Philippines, served as the musical director for the ASEAN Summit and conducted Peace Philharmonic Philippines. He has also written music for film and serves as the chief operating officer at Carmel House Studios in Manila.


Guitarist David Laborier of Luxembourg released the CD Ye Ole Truckstop on the WPR Jazz label. The disc features Laborier's quintet playing 10 original pieces. Visit

Vocalist Carey Yaruss of New York City performed at the famed Rainbow Room with the NY Big Band on August 17. Visit


Drummer Patrick Charles of Woodland Hills, CA, released his debut CD, Cité Soleil, which features Los Angeles studio players on his original songs and smooth-jazz renditions of hits by Sting and Seal.

  Bob Reynolds '00 (left) and John Mayer '98

Saxophonist and composer Bob Reynolds of Astoria, NY, received his fourth ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award and recently completed a world tour with John Mayer '98. Visit


Percussionist and producer Alyosha Barreiro of Mexico City, Mexico, will be the general producer of Mexico City's Ecotemp Festival in 2008. His track "Septiembre 11" reached the top 10 on Mexican radio this past summer. Visit

Hans Hafner of Berlin, Germany, scored the independent film Seahorses by director Rahman Milani. He also wrote 45 minutes of music for the performance piece Verpasst by Lotte-Gruup. Visit

Guitarist Matt Konfirst of Chicago, IL, played on the CD Andrew Bordoni & Friends, along with Michael Angelo Batio, Kee Marcello, Dave Weiner, and Lars Eric Mattsson. Visit www.

Percy Rosales of Philadelphia, PA, is the first recipient of Drexel University's LeBow College of Business and National Society of Hispanic MBAs Scholarship. He will graduate in 2008.

The composing team of Freddy Sheinfeld and Elik Alvarez '00, both of Los Angeles, CA, wrote music for the documentary In Our Time, which is part of permanent exhibitions at both the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles and the New York Tolerance Center. They are working on a George of the Jungle video game for the Nintendo DS. Visit

Rob Szyba of Garfield, NJ, is currently in his second year at Hofstra University School of Law in Hempstead, NY. Szyba is a staff member of Hofstra's Labor & Employment Law Journal.

Raphael Thoene of Moers, Germany, received his doctorate from the Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts. His thesis Malcolm Arnold: A Composer of Real Music, Symphonic Writing, Style and Aesthetics is available in Europe and the United States.

Drummer Michael Van Dyne has toured extensively with the metal band Arsis and performed on the band's United in Regret CD and live DVD.

Melinda Colaizzi '04  


Bassist Annie Clements of Nashville, TN, is touring with country act Sugarland. The band played on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and has opened for Kenny Chesney. This fall, Sugarland will headline its own tour. Visit

Pianist/composer Chie Imaizumi of Brooklyn, NY, was named on the Rising Star Composer list published in Down Beat magazine's recent critics poll. For information, visit


Christy Bluhm of Lowell, MA, is the music director at the Odyssey Day School in Wakefield, MA. Bluhm and her students are raising money from sales of their CD for the National Military Family Association. Visit

Vocalist Melinda Colaizzi of Los Angeles, CA, recorded an EP featuring two songs by producer/songwriter Kevin Bowe. Visit

Bassist Luques Curtis of New York City has been playing with Eddie Palmieri and David Sanchez.

  From the left: David Sanchez, Eddie Palmieri, Luques Curtis '04

Singer and multi-instrumentalist Theresa Perez of Oakland, CA, has completed her album Delicious in December that features Esperanza Spalding '05 (acoustic bass), Omar Ledezma '03 (percussion) and Daria Johnson (drums). Visit


Eve Fleishman and Mare Wakefield '04 of Nashville, TN, released the children's music CD Daddy's Moonlight Alligator Boat Ride. Nomad Uygar Ovunc '04 served as the arranger, engineer, and instrumentalist for the disc. Visit

Singer/songwriter Rachel Loy of Austin, TX, released the CD Tongue and Teeth in July. Visit

Vocalist Jeremy Ragsdale of Arnold, MD, is teaching jazz vocal studies at Towson University in Maryland and is completing a new CD featuring big-band arrangements by his father, Scott Ragsdale.

Guitarist/composer Georgi Sareski of Skopje, Macedonia, toured with Dave Mooney '84 and his quartet in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Visit

Shindana Crawford '05  

Shindana Crawford of Las Vegas, NV, cohosts the Smooth Jazz Sunrise radio show on KOAS-FM in Las Vegas. For info, visit


Singer/songwriter Lucas Carpenter of Philadelphia, PA, recently completed a tour of colleges and clubs along the East Coast. Visit

Guitarist Federico Casagrande of Treviso, Italy, won the top prize in the Montreux Jazz Guitar Competition in July. Berklee student Nadav Remez was a semifinalist.

Nick Coleman of Allendale, NJ, released the CD Nose Bleed Island and the Blood Island Society. Visit

Erin Dubois of Chicopee, MA, won the Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching Award as the best new teacher in Westfield, MA. She teaches music to grades K-5 at South Hampton Road Elementary School.

Composer Devin Glass of Wollaston, MA, scored the independent film Departure, which won the Turner Classic Movies Award at the Boston Campus Movie Fest (CMF) finale and was nominated for best picture at the Atlanta CMF national grand finale. Visit departure.html.

Drummer and composer Carrie Jahde of Boston, MA, released a debut CD by her global groove duo Planet Loop and in August began a cross-country tour. Visit

Guitarist Hubie Wang of Arcadia, CA, has released a five-song EP titled By the Numbers. Wang wrote all selections, sang, and played guitar and bass on the disc. Visit