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Grammy-winning pianist Hal Galper of Cochecton, NY, and the Hal Galper Trio released the live CD E Pluribus Unum in March. It features Jeff Johnson on bass and John Bishop on drums. Visit


Bassist Gene Perla of Easton, PA, and his Go Trio will perform at the upcoming Jazz Education Network 2010 Conference in St. Louis in May. This winter his Fine Wine Trio performed in Mexico, and in July, Perla and Bobby Kapp will perform at the AA 2010 International Convention in San Antonio. Visit


Trumpeter Mike Price of Kawasaki-Shi, Japan, celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Mike Price Jazz Orchestra in November 2009. He also organized Hope for Haiti, a charity concert and event at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan. Visit


Organist and accordionist Jon Hammond of San Francisco, CA, played in Frankfurt, Germany, for his 24th consecutive year at Musikmesse, an international trade fair. He also appeared at the 2010 NAMM Show and played in Melbourne, Australia. Visit


Hal Lester of Indian Wells, CA, has been named the CEO of Media Transfer & Archiving Inc., which preserves original works of art that have been stored on volatile media. Visit


Drummer David Cutler of Bournemouth, Dorset, in the United Kingdom, recently played on Spontaneous Impact, the new release by the fusion band Critical Issues, featuring saxophonist Sean Freeman. Cutler teaches and performs in the U.K. jazz scene. Visit

  Stephen Hobbs '78

Vibraphonist Stephen Hobbs of Raleigh, NC, released Vibes, Straight Up with the Stephen Hobbs Quartet. The disc took the number-one spot for three weeks on the JazzWeek chart. Throughout his career, Hobbs has had five top-ten albums. Visit


Bert Gieseman of Riverside, IL, joined the Entertainment & Intellectual Property Group LLC, law firm in Chicago, as senior counsel. He also performs in the band Knucklehead Sandwich, which recently released its eponymous album.

Drummer Pascoal Meirelles of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, released Ostinato, his new CD featuring some of Rio's top jazz players. Visit


Composer Corey Allen of Agoura Hills, CA, scored the PBS documentary The Powder & the Glory, which premiered in March 2009. It is the story of pioneering cosmetics entrepreneurs Elizabeth Arden and Helena Rubinstein.

Dave Hughes '80  

Bassist Dave Hughes of Glyndon, MD, plays with the all-original progressive rock act Oblivion Sun. The band features founding members of the group Happy the Man. Hughes also plays with the group Jazz Caravan and in the Baltimore-based Lyle Montanye duo. Visit and

Drummer Dean Lopes of Port St. Lucie, FL, released his latest CD, Demon's Dreams, featuring the song "Dead Pumpkins" which is featured in the Showtime series Huff. He also completed his first instructional drum textbook You Can Play Drum Set: Instruction Is Drummadness. Visit

Saxophonist and arranger Frank Macchia of Burbank, CA, has released the CD Folk Songs for Jazzers, a collection of 14 folk songs arranged for 14 horns and rhythm section. The disc features vocalists Tierney Sutton '87 and Ellis Hall and L.A.-based studio musicians Peter Erskine (drums) and Grant Geissman (guitar), among others.


  Nasr Abdul Al-Khabyyr '82

Percussionist Nasyr Abdul Al-Khabyyr of Montreal, Canada, is spotlighted in the documentary Drummer's Dream. It chronicles a weeklong gathering of renowned drummers Kenwood Dennard '76 and Mike Mangini (Berklee faculty members), Dennis Chambers, Horacio "el Negro" Hernandez, Giovanni Hidalgo, and Raul Rekow for a summer drum camp organized by Al- Khabyyr. Visit


Lisa El-Lakis of Waltham, MA, completed the board certification exam for music therapists in December and earned MT-BC certification. She works at the Fernald Development Center in Waltham, MA, and sings with JourneySongs, an organization that brings music to terminally ill patients and their families.

Drummer Scott Hoffman of Wesley Chapel, FL, served as the drum tech for Keith Carlock and was the stage manager for Steely Dan's 2009 tour.

Saxophonist Peter Rawlings of Amherst, OH, plays with the Swing City Big Band in Cleveland.


Guitarist Pete Huttlinger of Nashville, TN, recently played a solo set and a set with singer Mollie Weaver at Carnegie Hall. He also performed at the NAMM Show for Muriel Anderson's All Star Guitar Night and with LeAnn Rimes at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah. Visit

Rob Mathes of Greenwich, CT, was the musical director and musician for the Kennedy Center Honors that featured Dave Brubeck and Bruce Springsteen. He is writing arrangements for Sting's next project.


Bassist Breck Diebel of San Francisco, CA, and his band the Red Hot Chachkas released their third album Beats without Borders. The CD features three of Diebel's compositions. Visit

Saxophonist Russ Gershon of Somerville, MA, celebrated the 25th anniversary of his Either/Orchestra, a 10-piece jazz ensemble that he founded in 1985. Visit

Guitarist Ron Jackson of Brooklyn, NY, released Flubby Dubby on Roni Music. Produced by guitar great and mentor Melvin Sparks, the CD features Kyle Koeler, Otis Brown III, Don Braden, and Bruce Williams. Visit

Manfred Junker '86  


D.C. Hannay of Charleston, NY, is working as a producer and instructor for professional voice-over training at Voice Coaches. For nearly two decades, he has worked in radio, commercial production, and copywriting and has won several ad-industry awards. Visit

Guitarist Manfred Junker of Konstanz, Germany, released his ninth CD, Departure, with his trio Manfred Junker's Journey Within. The album features Arne Huber and Matthias Daneck. Visit

Singer/songwriter Julie Kinscheck of Billerica, MA, headlined the Night of Hope, a fundraiser for HOPE Worldwide, in February at the Billerica Bennett Public Library. The organization works with orphans and children all around the world. Visit


  Sheryl Bailey '88

Guitarist Sheryl Bailey of New York City released A New Promise with the Three Rivers Jazz Orchestra on MCG Jazz. The project is produced by Marty Ashby and is a tribute to the late jazz guitarist Emily Remler '76. Visit

Shirlé Hale of Durham, NC, and her quartet Free Electric State recorded and mixed their debut album, Caress, with Jerry Kee at Duck Kee Studio No. 8. Visit


Composer Alex Alvear of Cambridge, MA, scored Blak Mama, which was shown at the Boston Latino International Film Festival. Alvear is also the director of the Latin-jazz band Mango Blue.


Philipp Moehrke of Baden, Württemberg, Germany, organized the 25th anniversary gala for the Berklee affiliate institution the Jazz & Rock Schulen in Freiburg. The showcase featured 120 musicians, including Lindsey Blount '09 on vocals and Larry Monroe on saxophone. Visit

Composer Marco A. Munoz of San Juan, Puerto Rico, was commissioned by the band of the United States Air Force to compose a concerto for Latin American percussion. The three-part piece was featured on the band's winter tour.


Phil Small of Los Angeles, CA, is a faculty member and the jazz ensemble director at West Los Angeles College.


Angelamia Bachemin '92 and Spike Lee  

Angelamia Bachemin of New Orleans, LA, was interviewed by Spike Lee for his upcoming documentary about Hurricane Katrina.

Bassist Ivan Bodley of Brooklyn, NY, played for the 2010 Grammys after-party as the music director for Sam Moore and played in Bermuda with r&b legend Chuck Jackson. Visit

Guitarist and songwriter Dave Clark (a.k.a. Guitarmy of One) of Salem Township, ME, is performing and recording his original music and seeking collaborators. Hear his fourth CD, Guitartarus, at

Drummer and composer Tobias Gebb of New York City released his new CD Free at Last with his group Unit 7 on his Yummyhouse Records label. It features Mark Gross '88 and other guest artists. Visit


Producer, engineer, and guitarist Mike Levy of Tucson, AZ, released Beyond Bossa Nova: A Tribute to Elis Regina, a CD that features his wife, Theresa. Levy operates 11:11 Studios, where he works as a producer and recording engineer. Visit

Guitarist Ricardo Pinheiro of Sintra, Portugal, released Open Letter on Fresh Sound Records featuring Chris Cheek '91, Demian Cabaud '03, and Mário Laginha. Pinheiro earned his Ph.D. in musicology and is the director of the jazz program he founded at the Universidade Lusíada de Lisboa.

Composer Mark Sensinger of Andover, MA, penned "A Wentworth Celebration" for U.S. Trust, Bank of America and performed the song with the New England Society Orchestra."The Merrimack Holiday Pops March" was composed for Merrimack County Savings Bank and was performed by the New England Wind Symphony.


Songwriter and guitarist Steve Kercher of Ipswich, MA, wrote and recorded "The Friend of Africa," a single featuring the African Children's Choir, which has been nominated in the Rock/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year category at the Gospel Music Association's Dove Awards.


Brian Robbins of Los Angeles, CA, opened Red Pelican Music to offer guitar, bass, piano, drum, and voice lessons in the Los Angeles area. Instructors include Ulf Anneken '06, Leah Driscol, and Brian McLaughlin. Bobby Staph '96 is the operation's graphic and Web producer. Visit

Pianist Paulo Tozzi of São Paulo, Brazil, wrote the book Introduction to Improvisation of Jazz and teaches private lessons based on the material.

Pianist Caroline Wegener of Berlin, Germany, released the CD Jazzsketches and opened two art shows with solo concerts. She also played with the Potsdam Gospel Choir in churches concerts in the Berlin-Brandenburg area. Visit


Herbie van Tetering of Berlin, Germany, received his postgraduate degree in communications and information technology from the Technical University of the Hague. He is a freelance software engineer combining music with technology. He also records acoustic and electric jazz.


  Boris Berlin '96

In February, composer, producer, and vocalist Boris Berlin of New York City released the single "Valentine's Day" from his upcoming album Songs of Love & Devotion. Last fall he released the single "Berlin Ich Liebe Dich." A video for the world peace remix of "Berlin Ich Liebe Dich" was played at the 20th anniversary celebration of the fall of the Berlin Wall. His production company Boris Berlin Productions has offices in New York and Berlin. Visit

Guitarist Pablo Fernandez Arrieta of Madrid, Spain, released his new CD D'Qui Pra La. He has toured São Paolo and Spain in support of the album. Visit


Drummer Jorge Perez-Albela of Brighton, MA, released Lima Beans with the Bert Seager Trio featuring pianist Bert Seager and bassist Jorge Roeder. Visit

Accordionist and composer Victor Prieto of New York City collaborated with Yo-Yo Ma on his CD Songs of Joy & Peace, which won a 2010 Grammy Award. Visit


Drummer Joe DeRose of San Jose, CA, released Sounds for the Soul, his new CD with the group Joe DeRose and Amici. They are joined by guitarist Hristo Vitchev, saxophonist Dann Zinn, pianist Weber Iago, and bassist Dan Robbins. Visit

Joe DeRose '98  

Clarinetist Anat Cohen of New York City has released the CD Clarinetwork: Live at the Village Vanguard. The disc is a tribute to Benny Goodman and features Benny Green (piano), Peter Washington (bass), and Lewis Nash (drums). Visit

Composer, singer, and songwriter Brooke Fox of Brooklyn, NY, will present her work Moth, which was cowritten with Francesca Grilli, at the Tupp music festival in Uppsala, Sweden, in April. She is also working on a new musical-theater project, The Ballad of Rom and Julz, and collaborating with playwright Andrea Lepcio and lyricist Cheryl L. Davis. Visit

Guitarist Christopher Galvan of Woodbridge, VA, released All Night, We Speak, a solo album of original modern jazz compositions. He recently performed the National Anthem at AT&T Park in San Francisco. Visit

Guitarist, composer, and arranger Nicolas Meier of London, United Kingdom, released Journey with the Nicolas Meier Group, which received a four-star review in Jazzwise Magazine. He also released a trio album Breeze. He teaches at the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford and created his own label MGP Records. Visit and

Saxophonist Tomas Trulsson of Höganäs, Sweden, released his debut album Glue with his band Organic Vibes, a Hammond organ-based quartet playing all original music. Visit


Guitarist Adam "Shmeans" Smirnoff of Brooklyn, NY, and Charles Haynes '99 are touring with Lady Gaga. Smirnoff has played with Lettuce and Robert Randolph & the Family Band, and Haynes has played with Kanye West, Stanley Clarke, and Patti LaBelle.


Drummer Mario Calandrelli of Venosa, Italy, is featured on the release by up-and-coming artist Jacob Martin which is produced by Marco Kielholz '00. Visit

Composer Gunnard Doboze of San Francisco, CA, scored the Academy Award-nominated movie The Last Campaign for HBO. Visit

Engineer Ari Raskin of King of Prussia, PA, is recording and mixing Kat Deluna's new album as well as tracking and mixing Wyclef Jean's upcoming album. He has also worked with the Black Eyed Peas, Whitney Houston, Kid Cudi, Jeff Bhasker, and Adam Smirnoff on the new Robin Thicke album. Raskin also did a mix for Sony artist Guy Sebastian that features John Mayer '96 and Bob Reynolds '00.

Saxophonist Jaleel Shaw of Paterson, NJ, toured Athens, Greece, and Italy with Mingus Dynasty. The Jaleel Shaw Trio is performing in New York City. Visit


  Chie Imaizumi '03 and the musicians who played on her A Time of New Beginnings CD

Singer/songwriter Ryan Moya of Columbus, OH, composed music for the award-winning film The Narrows. He has licensed songs to MTV, Nokia, Sony PlayStation, and Microsoft. Visit

Robert T. Szyba of Weehawken, NJ, is an attorney at Hyderally & Associates in Montclair, NJ. He earned his J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law in 2009.

Vocalist Vlada Tomova of Brooklyn, NY, released Balkan Tales on Kuker Music, which was coproduced with Paul Ruest '89 and features Mathias Kunzli '98, Rich Stein '00, Matt Kilmer '02, and Avishai Cohen '99. It blends Bulgarian folk songs and other world-music elements with contemporary acoustic-music styles. Visit

Saxophonist Elan Trotman of Mattapan, MA, released This Time Around in June 2009. The CD includes the single "Lovely Day," which made the charts on JazzWeek, Smooth Indie Star, and The album's second single, "100 Degrees," is in rotation on stations across the country. Visit

Dave Reffett '06  

Vocalist Darcie-Nicole Wicknick of Allston, MA, and her band Velvet Stylus have been nominated for the New England Urban Music Awards in two categories for their song "Inside Your Mind." The band includes James Auburn Tootle '97, Tony Parker '99, Josh Witmer '99, and Jay Prokorym '98. Visit


Guitarist and keyboardist Daniel Damico of Los Angeles, CA, is the music director for Orianthi. He has also been the music director for Alex Band, the Pussycat Dolls, Emmy Rossum, and Joanna Pacitti and has played with The Calling.

Guitarist Branko Hodzic of Arlington, VA, and his group Sandbox Kings won the DC101 Create a Caps Goal Songwriting Contest. Their song "Rock the Red" will be played after every Washington Capitals goal scored at the Verizon Center. The band is currently in the studio finishing its second album. Visit

Drummer Rick Landwehr of Brookline, MA, wrote the book Drummer's Guide to Odd Time Signatures for Alfred Publishing/National Guitar Workshop. Landwehr endorses Evans drum heads and PureSound snare wires. Visit

Producer and remixer Matthew Pendergast of Brooklyn, NY, has done remixes for Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige, Chris Brown, and Jordin Sparks.

Vibist and composer Mari Yamashita of Suzuki, Japan, released Sunflower, her second CD of original compositions on her Erato Music label. The CD features Daisuke Abe '02, Yasushi Nakamura '01, Yujiro Nakamura '01, Toru Dodo '97, Keita Ogawa '07, and Gretchen Parlato. Visit


Composer and conductor Chie Imaizumi of Denver, CO, recorded her second CD, A Time of New Beginnings, on Capri Records with Randy Brecker, John Clayton, Steve Davis, Jeff Hamilton, Gary Smulyan, Terell Stafford, Steve Wilson, Scott Robinson '81, Tamir Hendelman, and more. Visit

  Megan Burtt '07

Bassist Demian Cabaud of Lisbon, Portugal, released his second CD, Ruinas, on Toap Music. He plays in a big band with drummer Jorge Rossy '90 and saxophonist Chris Cheek '91 and performed at Carnegie Hall for a Lee Konitz tribute. Visit

Guitarist Adam Ross of Los Angeles, CA, has been touring with Def Jam Records artist Rihanna. Visit

Drummer Mauro Satalino of Buenos Aires, Argentina, plays in the New York area and has been touring the Americas with various ensembles. He also works as an orchestra director for the Multicultural Music Group, which provides music classes at public schools in the New York City area. Visit


Kristin Bidwell of Concord, CA, joined Charles M. Salter Associates Inc. as an audio-visual consultant. Visit

Aaron Greene of Los Angeles, CA, released his new EP Welcome to the Kingdom with Groove Manifest.Download it for free on the band's website

Guitarist Alex Knutsen of Boston, MA, drummer Takuma Anzai '05, and the band Mission Hill played for a month at the Hard Rock Cafe in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and the group will release a full-length CD through Toucan Cove Group/Universal Republic Records. The group recently won a Los Angeles Music Award and was named Alternative Addiction's top unsigned band. Visit missionhillband.

Justin Trout '07  


Singer, songwriter, and guitarist Gerald Edward Bohrer of Monroe, NJ, released his debut album, You Write the Words, featuring 10 original songs. He is joined by Jordan Scannella '02, Romain Collin '05, and Jordan Perlson '04.

Bassist Blake Marquez of Mentor, OH, is the bassist for the inaugural U.S. tour of That's Amore, featuring a British cast and starring Mark Adams. He will also join the Glenn Miller Orchestra to tour throughout the United States, Canada, and Japan. Visit


Guitarist Georgi Sareski of Macedonia and the Georgi Sareski Quartet performed at the 12 Points jazz festival in Stavanger, Norway. Visit

Guitarist Chris Schreiner of Norwalk, CT, wrote two lessons that were featured in Guitar Player magazine. His song "Icarus" won best instrumental at the Malibu Music Awards and honorable mention in the Mid Atlantic Songwriting Competition. Schreiner has been nominated twice by the Los Angeles Music Awards in the Best Instrumental Artist category. Visit


Guitarist Bryan Baker of Los Angeles, CA, released Fences with his band Neutral Like the Son. He has performed David Chesky's Concerto for Electric Guitar and is the guitarist in the group Steps Ahead. Visit

Guitarist Aurelien Budynek of Astoria, NY, is featured in the new release Out of the Sun by DareDevil Squadron. The band features Budynek on guitar with members of Trans-Siberian Orchestra. The album is available on iTunes. Visit

Guitarist Aki Ishiguro of Brooklyn, NY, won second prize and the Audience Award at the Montreux Jazz Festival. Visit

Mike Mitchell of Chicago, IL, teaches sound design in the digital cinema program at DePaul University. He has worked on a variety of independent films shot in the area.

Thrash metal guitarist Dave Reffett of Boston, MA, released The Call of the Flames with Shredding the Envelope, featuring performances by George Lynch, Chris Poland, Glen Drover, Joe Stump, Michael Angelo Batio, and Mike Mangini. Visit

  Violette de Bartilatt '07

Vocalist and percussionist Seth Romano of Hollywood, CA, and his rock band The Shrill released their first album, How Good We Had It. Visit

Songwriter and vocalist Marshall de Graffenried Ruffin III of Charlottesville, VA, had his CD Morning Glory nominated by the Independent Music Awards for best blues album.


Singer/songwriter Megan Burtt of Denver, CO, released It Ain't Love, her first full-length album with her band the Cure for Love. It was engineered and coproduced by Eddie Jackson '79, Visit

Singer/songwriter Violette de Bartillat of New York City released the CD Joie de Vivre. The disc is available on CD Baby and iTunes. Visit

Bassist Alfredo Guerrieri of Cleveland, OH, played the One Movement Music Festival with the Speedbumps in Perth, Australia. He is the assistant director at the School of Rock. Visit

Singer, songwriter, and music therapist Beth Longwell of San Francisco, CA, released Through & Through on her own label, Flicker Records. The album features Corey Schreppel, '06, Dave Stephens '09, King Yan Kwok '09, Dylan Foley '07, and recording assistant Mike Kemp '07. Visit

Joe Matzzie of West Hollywood, CA, designed a website for game composer Garry Schyman. Visit

Multi-instrumentalist Justin Trout of Los Angeles, CA, played all the instruments for, produced, and mixed an alternative version of "Suffer" by Max Morgan, which appeared on ABC Family's Make It or Break It. He also worked with Trevor Alan Gililand '08 and wrote two songs that will be featured in the new 20th Century Fox film Flicka 2.


Guitarist Daniel Wayne Sermon of American Fork, UT, and bassist Ben McKee and their band Imagine Dragons released their first studio CD, Hell and Silence. They won the Utah's Got Talent contest and played at House of Blues Las Vegas and South by Southwest 2010. Visit

Leah Gough-Cooper '09  

Composer Keiko Ueda of Kumamoto, Japan, premiered her works "Fragrance," "Yuwa" and "Beyond for Five Shakuhachi and Small Ensemble" in Kumamoto in 2009.


Stephen Chaplin of Hopedale, MA, accepted a merit scholarship to attend the Brooklyn Law School for 2009-2010. He earned his Berklee degree in music business/management.

Singer and composer Shin Hyuk of Korea cowrote "One Less Lonely Girl" for up-and-coming Canadian teenage singer Justin Bieber, which ranked 16th on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart. The opportunity helped Hyuk become a producer with EMI Music Publishing, where he has been working with diverse artists, including Devin Johnson.

Bassist and recording engineer Daniel Clayton of Carol Stream, IL, and his band Loveblast released their self-titled debut CD in February. The band was featured in the February 2010 issue of the Illinois Entertainer magazine. Visit

Vocalist Erin Daneele of Dorchester, MA, is a contestant in Black Entertainment Television's upcoming gospel competition Sunday Best.

Saxophonist Leah Gough-Cooper of Dumfries, Scotland, and her band Human Equivalent played at the London International Jazz Festival and the Chiayi International Band Festival in Taiwan. Her band's album Future Pop received a positive review in the February issue of Jazzwise magazine. Visit

  Jes Perry '10

Bassist Evan Marien of Boston, MA, released Between Worlds on Art of Life Records. The CD features Berklee professor David Fiuczynski on guitar. Marien is also featured in a January 2010 interview in Bass Guitar magazine. Visit


Singer/songwriter Liz Longley of Boston, MA, won the top prize at the sixth annual International Acoustic Music Awards and also took first prize in the folk category. Visit

Singer/songwriter Jes Perry of Salem, MA, released her sophomore album, The Way That I Feel, a collection of 11 original songs. The album features guitarist Steve Fekete '96, trumpeter and bassist Jeff Perry '90, drummers Adam Nazro '05 and Mike Stavitz '05, vocalist Jenn Oberle '01, saxophonist Bob Brenner '76, and was engineered and coproduced by Mike Caglianone. Visit