Compiled by Emily Dufresne


  Tony Scodwell '62

Trumpeter Tony Scodwell of Las Vegas, NV, published the method book Big Band Classics with Hal Leonard. He also manufactures a line of handmade trumpets and flugelhorns with his company Scodwell USA Trumpets.


Bassist Gene Perla of Easton, PA, completed a 10-week, 13-country tour of Europe in support of his new album Bill's Waltz. The CD, released September 9, 2008, is a tribute to Bill Evans and features the late Elvin Jones and Don Alias, and the famed NDR Bigband. Visit


Harvie S of Hastings-on-Hudson, NY, released his new CD Now Was the Time on HighNote Records. The album features Harvie S in an intimate duo setting with pianist Kenny Barron. Visit


Guitarist Gabriel Hizer of Hickory, TN, retired after 25 years in law practice to devote himself to music full time. Hizer has relocated to the Nashville area to pursue his performing and songwriting career under the stage name Ken Price. Visit


Saxophonist/composer Joe Lovano of New Windsor, NY, released Symphonica, his 20th album for the Blue Note Records label. The orchestral project was taken largely from concert performances with the WDR Radio Big Band and Orchestra in Cologne, Germany, and was arranged and conducted by Michael Abene. Visit


Keyboardist John Novello of North Hollywood, CA, launched the website, a new online keyboard instruction site where visitors can access instructional material and register for private lessons.



Composer, producer, and engineer Maurice Gainen of San Pedro, CA, released 7 Continents: Global Jams. It features a cast of 38 musicians who delivered performances from all seven continents via the Internet. He also has a successful studio and, over the past four years, has mastered 90 CDs for Starbucks. Visit


Wayne Naus '76  

John Hammond of New York City continues to record HammondCast, his radio show. He does interviews and postproduction for the show while touring the world and uploads them to the radio station. Visit


Guitarist Ken Hatfield of Astoria, NY, released a new book and CD project Etudes for Solo Guitar in 24 Keys. It is designed to take guitarists on an exploration of all of the major and minor keys of the harmonic system. Visit


Steve Levy of Arlington, MA, plays traditional Irish music at various pub sessions in the Greater Boston area on tenor banjo, bouzouki, and mandolin. He continues to teach privately and plays guitar for singer/songwriter Abbie Barrett.



Hal Goldstein of Shohola, PA, won three SESAC TV performance awards for his work in the syndicated TV category for The Montel Williams Show, Maury, and Teen Kids News. This is the second year in which he has won. Visit


Wayne Naus of Boston, MA, released a CD titled Born on the Road featuring perfomances by his group Big Band Express from the 1970s and 1980s. Alumni on the disc include Roy Okutani, Ken Cervenka, Matt Simone, Rick Stepton, Peter Cirelli, Mark Pinto, John O'Gallagher, Rob Scheps, Donny McCaslin, Andy Bear, Mike Dooner, and Mike Zavarella.


Mallet percussionist Jerry Tachoir of Henderson, TN, released The Jerry Tachoir Group: Travels on Avita Jazz. Tachoir and his wife, Marlène, a composer and pianist, penned the original compositions that feature various guest musicians. Visit



  Kimo Williams '76

Composer/bassist Kimo Williams of Chicago, IL, and Kimotion, his symphonic big band rock ensemble, performed at the Hue Festival in Hue, Vietnam, in June. Williams is the executive director of the United States Vietnam Arts Program, International Collaborations through Art. Visit


Guitarist Bill Frisell of Seattle, WA, received the Jazz Journalists Association's 2008 Guitarist of the Year award. Visit

Guitarist Hal Lester of Indian Wells, CA, created the graphics for Dave Tucciarone's new CD Time. Lester was also interviewed by Patty Caruso on the Valley Views program and for a cover story in Palm Springs Life magazine.


Pianist and composer Keith Williams of San Francisco, CA, and Berklee faculty member Phil Morrison composed a song featured at the Beijing Olympic Games. "Beijing Olympics Hao Yuing (Good Luck)" was one of the songs selected during the four-year competition for pieces that reflect "the unique cultural background and humanism of Beijing and China." Visit


Drummer, composer, and arranger Bobby Sanabria of New York City won the Jazz Journalists Association's 2008 Latin Jazz Album of the Year award for his CD Big Band Urban Folktales. He was also honored as the first Latino to receive the Martin Luther King Jr. Living the Dream Mentor Award from the Manhattan Country School.


Harry Miller of New York City is a member of the Smillerstein Trio featuring bassist Harvie S '70. Miller also teaches in the New York City area. Visit www.



Steven Johannessen  

Scott Robinson of Teaneck, NJ, received the 2008 Jazz Journalists Association's Player of Instruments Rare in Jazz award for his work with reeds, brass, and antiques.



Vocalist and arranger Camille Schmidt DeVore of New York City released her second CD, Dream in Color, a collection of traditional hymns and gospel tunes arranged in the jazz style. She is pursuing a master's degree in jazz voice at the Manhattan School of Music. Visit


Classical guitarist Marcia Feldman of Dedham, MA, released the CD Between the Worlds. The disc was created for Carleton-Willard Village hospice to provide comfort for those nearing the end of their lives and for their families. Visit


Steven Johannessen of Cashiers, NC, mounted an exhibition titled "Middle of Nowhere" at the Bascom, a center for the visual arts in Highlands, NC. His exhibit features a collection of digitally created landscape images underscored with music. Visit


Musician and producer Paul G. Kohler of Ridgeland, SC, is the founder and president of Art of Life Records LLC, an independent jazz record label. Created in 2000, it specializes in releasing new modern jazz recordings and in reissuing out-of print recordings. Visit



Jazz saxophonist Curtis Haywood of Wheatley Heights, NY, released his new self-titled CD on Smooth Sound Records. Visit


Carlos Merriweather of Goshen, IN, signed a national book publishing agreement in April. His book Consumine Desire will be released in November. As a follow-up to the book, Merriweather will create an album and is seeking positive songs to include on the CD. Visit


Guitarist Scott Schroen of Alpharetta, GA, recently began teaching at the Georgia Academy of Music. Ugly Radio Rebellion, his Frank Zappa tribute band, completed an 18-show, 4,000-mile tour with former Zappa front man Ike Willis. Visit





  Robert Bean '86

Sergeant First Class Robert G. Bean of Medford, MA, has been named as the senior noncommissioned officer of the year from among the 72 reserve component Army Bands in the United States, Puerto Rico, and Guam. He currently serves in the 215th Army National Guard Band in Fall River.


Saxophonist Tommy Smith of Larkhall, Scotland, won the prestigious BBC Heart of Jazz award. He will join legendary bassist Arild Anderson and Italian drummer Paolo Vinaccia at the Purcell Room in London to mark the release of their new ECM recording, Belleville. Visit



Drummer Chris DiGirolamo of Forest Hills, NY, owns and operates the public relations company Two for the Show Media in New York City. He has created campaigns for Ellis Marsalis, John Abercrombie, Bobby Sanabria, and others. Visit


Producer Michael Dinallo of Salem, MA, produced Eddie Loves You So by soul legend Eddie Floyd for Stax Records. The album contains new recordings of songs from his Stax and Falcons recording years, including pieces he wrote for other artists. Visit


Pianist/vocalist Randy Heddon of Santa Fe, NM, released the CD Classic Kutz for Contemporary Katz featuring fresh takes on 10 standards from the Great American Songbook. Visit



Acker Bros. band guitarist Victor Acker of Weymouth, MA, and Dana Acker '88 of West Roxbury released the CD Wigged Out! on the Modern Artists label. The funky collection contains 10 compositions and is available at


Guitarist Torben Waldorff of Malmö, Sweden, released his new CD Afterburn, featuring fellow alumnus and saxophonist Donny McCaslin '88. Visit



Composer and educator Philip DiTullio of Medford, MA, reformed the Schillinger Society to promote the teachings of Joseph Schillinger. He also teaches the Schillinger System of Musical Composition for the Practical Schillinger online school.

Saxophonist Tony Kofi of Gayton Crescent, England, won in the Best Instrumentalist category at the 2008 BBC Jazz Awards.




Juliana Hatfield '90  

Singer/songwriter Juliana Hatfield of Cambridge, MA, published her memoir When I Grow Up in September with the Wiley company. The book chronicles her career and her experiences onstage and off. She also recently released her new album How to Walk Away. Visit


Matthew Puckett of Brooklyn, NY, released his new recording The Goodbye EP with Seth Ginsberg. Currently he is currently composing for the new ABC series Hopkins. Visit



Mark R. Eldred of Reykjavik, Iceland, launched a new online music company. It combines the concepts of open source with the speed, promotion, feedback, and distribution possibilities of the Internet. Artists get half the proceeds from every purchase, and they own and keep all rights to their music. Visit


Bassist and composer Betsey Stephens of Hollywood, CA (a.k.a. Countess B of Hollywood), hosts an Internet radio station, website, and blog Odd Time Obsessed, which feature odd-metered compositions and songs from all genres. Visit



Karl Aranjo of Irving, CA, published Guitar Buddy: Blueprint for Hot Guitar and Cool Chords, two instructional books for Los Angeles's Professional Music Institute. Hal Leonard publishes Aranjo's books, including the widely acclaimed Guitar Guru series. Aranjo is also the founder and director of content for, an online educational site for guitarists and instructors.


Bassist and composer Bryan Beller of Nashville, TN, released his second solo album, Thanks in Advance, and the DVD To Nothing on his Onion Boy Records label. The CD features performances by guitarist Mike Keneally and drummer Marco Minnemann, as well as Berklee alumni drummer Joe Travers '92, guitarists Griff Peters '93 and Chris Cottros '92, and singer/songwriter Kira Small '93. Visit


Andrew Germain of Woodland Hills, CA, is the founder, director, and creator of musical content for the Life-Skills Music Institute (LSMI). Founded in 2008, LSMI's nonprofit mission is to improve the health of young children by using musical creations to develop life skills and strengthen families.



Pianist Mika Pohjola of New York City released Two for the Road in collaboration with vocalist Jill Walsh. The duo performs classics by Cole Porter, Dmitri Tiomkin, and Elvis Costello. Visit



Producer and composer Fuat Abdullah of Ankara, Turkey, has taught music business and management at Istanbul Technical University and, in 2003, produced his first Turkish number-one hit single "Sen Iste" by Turkish singer Ajda Pekkan. In the spring, he will return to the United States to release an album titled Death of the Entertainer. Visit


Guitarist "Metal" Mike Chlasciak of North Arlington, NJ, played with Skid Row's Sebastian Bach on the "Live, Raw and Uncut" summer 2008 Poison tour. Metal Mike also appears on two new Halford DVD releases: Live at Rock in Rio, 2001 and Crucible World Tour. Visit


Singer/songwriter Jose Condo of Brooklyn, NY, is featured on Putumayo Presents: Café Cubano. The collection features a roster of noteworthy musicians who record and perform Cuban music in Havana and elsewhere.


  Jonathan Dowling '95

Anthony Gemignani of Belleville, NJ, has opened his third franchise of Allstar Music Academy. He continues to perform and tour, recently with alumna Lisa Palleschi '01 and Ola Onabule. Visit


Drummer Ric Roccapriore of Los Angeles, CA, opened the Back Beat Room, a live drum tracking room in Van Nuys. For the past two years, he has toured with Sophie B. Hawkins and is scheduled to go on the road with seventies Latin rock band Malo. Visit



Singer, songwriter, and pianist Jonathan Dowling of Los Angeles, CA, released his CD Trials & Tribulations in September. Produced by John Degrazio, the disc is available nationally at Best Buy, the single is titled "Out of the Dark." Visit

Composer and arranger Alex Lacamoire won the 2008 Tony Award in the Best Orchestrations category for In the Heights.



Pianist Joshua DiStefano of Elizabethtown, KY, released Baghdad Blues, written and recorded during his yearlong deployment in Iraq. The CD is a musical diary of the war as seen through the eyes of a soldier. A portion of the profits will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project. Visit


Songwriter Beto Hale of Los Angeles, CA, signed a song publishing deal with Pacific Latin Copyright Inc., the leading Latin music publisher in the United States. Visit


Composer and guitarist Chester Harlan of Paris, France, released the recording 8VB in collaboration with bassist, composer, and arranger Bruno Migliari.


Singer/songwriter Rachel Panay of New York City achieved her fifth charting single on Billboard magazine's Hot Dance Club Play charts with the song "Repeat Performance." Her first full-length album, Back to Love, includes jazz and ballad versions of her most popular club tracks. Visit



Emily Weber '97  


Singer/songwriter Ernie Halter of Newark, NJ, hit number 22 on the iTunes Rock Album charts and number 98 on the iTunes Overall Album charts with his new recording Starting Over, which was released digitally in July via Rock Ridge Music. Visit


Bassist Jeff Novak of North Hollywood, CA, completed his master of music degree in jazz studies at the University of North Texas. He has toured as bassist for a production of Harlem starring Engelbert Humperdinck by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. He also opened West Coast Music Academy in Santa Clarita, CA. Visit

Saxophonist and bassist Emily Weber of Los Angeles, CA, was recently appointed director of operations at Immediate Music, Hollywood's preeminent source for original cinematic orchestral scores for major studio film trailers, TV programs, and the advertising industry.


Singer/songwriter Doug Wynne of Salisbury, MA, released Another Life, a full-length CD of alternative pop-rock on his label Brief Eternity. The disc is available on iTunes and



  Doug Wynne '97


Clarinetist Anat Cohen of New York City received the Jazz Journalists Association's 2008 Clarinetist of the Year award. Visit


Bassist Billy Jones of Los Angeles, CA, released his EP Occulta Veritas with his newly formed alt-rock band Killed by Design, featuring drummer David Spreng, '98 and singer Kyle Spicer. The EP was mixed by Ken Andrews and produced by David Spreng. Visit



Drummer Max MacVeety of Sheffield, MA, plays with Crown City Rockers, featuring Kat Ouano '97, Raashan Ahmad, and Ad Etha. The band has received backing from the Jim Beam Stuff Inside campaign. Visit


Guitarist Peter Rom of Vienna, Austria, and his trio have released Starstruck, a collection of 12 original compositions that blend jazz, rock, and groove influences. Visit




Eduardo Elia '00  

Jazz pianist Eduardo Elia of Córdoba, Argentina, released his debut CD, Callado. The disc spotlights modern jazz originals and standards for quartet, trio, and solo piano. Visit


Singer, songwriter, and violinist Carrie Rodriguez of Brooklyn,

NY, released her sophomore CD, She Ain't Me, and is currently on a national tour. Visit



Producer and engineer James Elson of Portland, ME, is the co-owner of Acadia Recording Company, where he masters and remasters records in a range of musical genres. Visit


Opal Leung of Jamaica Plain, MA, is in her second year as a Ph.D. candidate in organization studies at the Carroll School of Management at Boston College. Her research interests are organizational humor, technology, adult development, identity, and positive organizational behavior.


Percy Rosales of Philadelphia, PA, graduated from Drexel University's LeBow College of Business with a master's degree in business administration.


Composer, arranger, and guitarist Julio Santillán of Sunnyside, NY, released El Bosque de la Memoria (which translates as The Forest of Memory). The CD features 15 original compositions performed by a septet. Visit


Neil Santos of Lowell, MA, released his debut CD titled RSG-1 as part of his Random Song Generator project. Santos wrote and performed all of the songs. The CD is available at CD Baby.


Composer, performer, and educator, German Schauss of Los Angeles, CA, developed an advanced rock guitar course on shredding techniques for the National Guitar Workshop's online school. He has written articles for Mel Bay Publications and teaches at Berklee. Visit www.germanschauss. com.


Pianist Michael Schmid of Hollywood, CA, released The House We Built. Described as a "heartfelt trek through divorceland," it features the song "Forget You" that was heard on NBC's Black Donnellys. Visit


Vocalist Julie Mahendran of Toronto, Canada, spent the past year producing her second CD titled Lovelight, a follow up to her debut CD Never Without You. The disc features her original songs and classics by Cindy Lauper, Annie Lennox, and Bob Marley. The music traverses jazz, pop, and soul territory. It is available at iTunes and other online locations. Visit


Composer Raphael Thoene of Moers, Germany, will premiere his new musical show Gloria in Rheinberg in November. Additional shows will take place at various theaters of the lower-Rhine region. Visit



Singer/songwriter Melissa Axel of Denver, CO, released her debut EP, Time. She also contributed her track "Disappointment" to Rewind Reset, a compilation that Nophi Recordings created to benefit animal welfare. Visit


Jesse Gallagher of Andover, MA, Sam Cohen '02, and Jeremy Black '02 of the band Apollo Sunshine released Shall Noise Upon on the Headless Heroes label. This is the band's third studio album, which was coproduced by Quentin Stolzfus. Visit


Jessica Levy of Zurich, Switzerland, joined Radio Swiss Classic in Bern, Switzerland, as a PR and promotion appointee. Radio Swiss Classic is a classical music program of SRG SSR. Visit


Guitarist/composer Hiroya Tsukamoto of Astoria, NY, and his group Interoceanico released their third CD Where the River Shines. The group includes Marta Gomez '01 (vocals), Moto Fukushima '01 (bass), Dan Brantigan '01 (flugelhorn), and Franco Pinna '00 (drums). Visit


Trombonist Oscar Utterström of Nashville, TN, released Home, his new CD recorded at Big World Studios in Nashville. It was coproduced by Dani Amendola '92. Visit




  Kizzy Getrouw '03

Kizzy Getrouw of Rotterdam, Holland, has appeared on VH1 and as an entertainment reporter on XY TV and CN8. She has performed with the Bo Winiker Orchestra and with actress Glenn Close and was a celebrity judge and MC at the Miss Boston 2008 beauty competition. Visit


Film composer JJ Lee of Los Angeles, CA, was named a composer fellow by the Sundance Institute and BMI and spent three weeks at Sundance, UT. She and Chris Lord wrote the theme for the ABC show At the Movies.


Composer Jin Soo Kim of Palisades Park, NJ, received his master's degree in film scoring and multimedia composition from New York University. His composing credits include work on Napoleon's First Battle on the National Geographic Channel, Decoding the Past: Dangerous Devotions on the History Channel, and the independent film The Recollection: Sweet Dreams.


Electric bassist and producer Eruch Kimball of Myrtle Beach, SC, released the reggae-dub double EP Dubmunk on his Iraj Music Group label. It is available on iTunes and CD Baby.


Chris Pandolfi of Nashville, TN, and his band the Infamous Stringdusters released their self-titled second album on the Sugar Hill label. The band was nominated in the 2008 International Bluegrass Music Awards' Instrumental Group of the Year category. Visit


Chris Roberts of Stockton Springs, ME, founded Barkwheats, an organic dog biscuit company. His products use local ingredients as well as environmentally friendly packaging and business practices. Visit


Composer Nobuko Toda of Tokyo, Japan, contributed to the Metal Gear Solid 4 Guns of the Patriots video game soundtrack for Konami Digital Entertainment. Visit



Composer Paul Csige of Kamuela, HI, contributed an original score to the short film Voyages, which received the MauiFEST Hawaii Aloha Visionary Filmmakers Award. Voyages will be shown at various Hawaiian film festivals. Visit

Pianist Nial Djuliarso of Forest Hills, NY, and his group the Nial Djuliarso Quartet won the first annual International Competition for Emerging Jazz Combos held at Yoshi's jazz club in San Francisco in May. Visit


Vasco Hexel of London, England, teaches a variety of film composition courses at the Royal College of Music in London.


Guitarist Daddó Oreskovich of Chicago, IL, released The Other Side, a CD of instrumental guitar compositions in the metal - progressive rock style. Visit


Singer/songwriter Mare Wakefield of Nashville, TN, released Ironwood, a country-tinged pop album produced by husband and Berklee alumnus, Nomad Ovunc '04. Visit



Johnny Tredent '07  


Guitarist Angela Johnson-Swan of Los Angeles, CA, is currently the guitarist for of the Black Eyed Peas and the rhythm guitarist in the house band for MTV's Rock the Cradle. Visit


Singer/songwriter Mary Lobb of Rochester, NY, released her debut album, Finding Home, in September. Her international band includes Berklee students Kazuyo Kariya, Manami, Claire Finley, Marcelo Arevalo. Visit maryelizabethlobb.


Vocalist Kamaria Ousley of Brooklyn, NY, is starring in The Wiz, which is staged by the Belasco Theatre Company in San Francisco, CA. She also serves as the show's musical director.

Composer, arranger, and guitarist Ken Suzuki of Boston, MA, released his new CD Electro Symphony II. He also served as the producer, mixer, and mastering engineer for the album. Visit



Singer/songwriter Cameron Lister of West Hollywood, CA, released his second CD, Open Liar. Visit



  Zeltia Montes '07 received received the Jerry Goldsmith Award from composer Bruce Broughton in July.

Drummer Tom Roslak of New York City is the touring drummer and percussionist in the upcoming off-Broadway tour of Revolution: Sweat, Dance, Rock & Roll. He is joined by Berklee alumni Ryan Alfred '04, who is the show's musical director and bassist, and guitarist Andrew Brady. Visit


Meghan Stabile of New York City is the founder and manager of Revive Da Live, a management and booking company. She launched a six-month series that presents live performances with a collaboration of jazz musicians, bands, and hip-hop artists. Visit



Composer Zeltia Montes of Madrid, Spain, received the Jerry Goldsmith Award in the Best Young Composer category at the IV International Film Music Conference "City of Ubeda" in Spain. She also received the Jerry Goldsmith Award in the Score in Picture category for her soundtrack to the feature film Pradolongo by Spanish director Ignacio Vilar. Visit


Justin Moshkevich Ames of Los Angeles, CA, worked as a mixing assistant on Julieta Venegas's new CD MTV Unplugged, issued on the Sony BMG label. He also worked as a recording assistant on RBD's 2007 EMI release Empezar Desde Cero.


Ana Lisa Portillo of Allston, MA, and her band Latuza gave their debut performance at Berklee's recent Latin Culture Week reception for Rosa Passos. Visit



Jeff Miles '08  

Singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Johnny Tredent of Calabasas, CA, released his debut CD, Black & White, under the moniker Walk Forever. Tredent wrote, produced, and played all instruments on the CD's 13 songs. Visit


Jeff Miles of San Diego, CA, was named the winner of the 2008 Gibson Montreux Jazz Guitar Competition in July.


Bassist Walid Zairi of Somerville, MA, and his award-winning band Atlas Soul released Mabrouka, their third CD. Atlas Soul celebrates Afro-Mediterranean culture and rhythm heavily spiced with jazz and funk. Visit