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  Hal Galper '57





Pianist Hal Galper of Cochecton, NY, released his latest recording, Trip the Light Fantastic, on Origin Records. The CD features bassist Jeff Johnson and drummer John Bishop. Visit


Rik Tinory of Cohasset, MA, will release a big-band version of the song "A Foggy Day" as a single later this year. He is also writing a book.



Composer and arranger Michael Gibbs of Málaga, Spain, wrote the arrangements for the album Here's a Song for You by vocalist Norma Winstone and the NDR Big Band of Hamburg, Germany. Visit




Roger Aldridge of Olney, MD, is composing a series of pieces for several midsize jazz ensembles.




Jay Patten '69  


Saxophonist and vocalist Jay Patten of Nashville, TN, released the new CD Crystal Nights. For years, Patten has been the music director for Crystal Gayle, and he dedicated the album to her. Visit



Dennis Browning of Selden, NY, is working with the Black Petals, an original band from Southold, NY. The group just released the album Velvet Lampshade. Visit




In September 2011, the University of Kansas awarded Randy Klein of New York City the Simons Public Humanities Fellowship. It will include performances of his compositions and a documentary on Klein, and his residency will be recorded during his stay.




Vikki Wachtel of Flushing, NY, has launched a children's music website, The music was produced with assistance from Robert Deitch '75 and Denise Deitch '74.


  Randy Klein '71



Vocalist Cathy Segal-Garcia of Granada Hills, CA, collaborated on a new CD with pianist Yoon Seung Cho '00. Segal-Garcia is a vocal instructor at California State University of Los Angeles and Occidental College and also leads the group Octet in Jazz Language. Visit




Richard Niles of London, England, has a new website that offers information on artist development, performance, composition, and record production as well as interviews with producers, composers, and artists. Visit




Keyboardist Larry Klug of Burbank, CA, and his band ChromoSphere recently released their first self-titled CD.


Guitarist Wayne Krantz of New York City has completed the album How the West Was Left on the Abstract Logix label. The recording features Vinnie Colaiuta '75, Tal Wilkenfeld, Keith Carlock, and others. Next summer and fall, he and his quartet will be on tour throughout Europe.

In October 2011, Frank Warren of West Roxbury, MA, had his piano composition Sonatine performed at Harvard University and at the Firehouse Space in Brooklyn, NY, by pianist Michael L. Brofman.

Cathy Segal-Garcia '74  



Guitarist Gerry Beaudoin of Waltham, MA, and his group gave a clinic and concert at the North Shore Jazz Project in September 2011 to benefit jazz education in schools. Their new CD is titled The Return.


Trumpeter Mike Price released a new album of original material featuring a December performance by his jazz quintet at a CD release party in Japan. Visit



Pianist and composer Emil Viklicky of Prague, Czech Republic, received his country's Medal of Merit from President Vaclav Klaus. Viklicky also helped establish a jazz concert series at Prague Castle.




Vocalist Dominique Eade released her sixth CD, Whirlpool, a duo album featuring pianist Ran Blake. For more information, visit


  Left: Czech President Vaclav Klaus and Emil Viklicky '78

Gail Jhonson of Van Nuys, CA, released her fourth CD, Her Story. Visit



Win Bent of Austin, TX, recorded a new album of ambient instrumental music, which is titled Wet Weather Creek. It is available at iTunes and Amazon.


Saxophonist and composer Frank Macchia of Burbank, CA, arranged and produced his band Swamp Thang's new self-titled album. Other alumni in the band include Eric Jensen '79 and Tom Lockett '80. Visit

Anthony J. Resta of Westford, MA, and his band Electrons wrote music for a seven-minute film for David Lynch and for the TV show Burn Notice. He is also coproducing the new Michael Chiklis Band album, released a remix of the Duran Duran single "Girl Panic!," and co-wrote the Minky Starshine single "Cinematic Mojo." Visit

Guitarist Rick Stone of Brooklyn, NY, released his fifth album, Fractals, a trio album featuring a mix of original compositions and jazz standards. It also features Marco Panascia '02 on bass. Visit

David Young of Decatur, GA, conducts drum circles in the Georgia public-school system as part of a school counseling program. He authored the books Skits, Raps & Poems for the School Counselor and Sing Along Guidance.



Laura Dreyer '81  


Saxophonist, flutist and composer Laura Dreyer of New York City released the CD Free Flying Bird on Piloo Records, which is distributed by Sony Premium Latin. It's available at CD Baby, iTunes, and Amazon.

Dennis Keating of Rancho Cordova, CA, is working on a Louis Armstrong tribute and will embark on a 10-month Korean cruise ship gig to Japan and China. He is also a freelance musician in Las Vegas and northern California. Visit

Aaron Loo of Beverly Hills, CA, is working on the original musical I Ching, which is based on the life of Madame Mao and the Gang of Four. He is also producing a documentary about retired L.A. studio musician Ollie Mitchell, and another titled Between the Yin and the Yang. Visit

  Zoro '81

Drummer Zoro of Brentwood, TN, penned a book for Alfred Publications titled The Big Gig, a motivational career guide for independent musicians. For more information, visit



Lenora Zenzalai Helm of Durham, NC, released the album I Love Myself When I'm Laughing in October 2011.


Keith Tyrone Jefferson of Charlotte, NC, the former musical director for James Brown, heads the nonprofit organization A Sign of the Times of the Carolinas. The organization's educational performance project will include an annual music festival, performances by the JBs, and workshops in the style of James Brown. Visit



In March, Don Breithaupt of Bolton, Ontario, Canada, and his band Monkey House will release the album Headquarters. Guests musicians include Steely Dan veterans Michael Leonhart and Drew Zingg and guitarists Rik Emmett and Kim Mitchell. Visit


Steven Corn of Valley Village, CA, and his company BFM Digital, started a new record label called BFM Jazz and released the CD American Road by Tierney Sutton '87. Visit

Saxophonist David Ganc of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and woodwind player Mário Sève released the second volume of the book Choro Duets-Pixinguinha e Benedito Lacerda, with a play-a-long CD containing counterpoints played by Brazilian choro master Pixinguinha. Visit

Drummer Peter Gregory of Denver, CO, founded Gregory Tech Drum Center, a teaching studio, in 2006. Formerly he taught at Juilliard School of music in New York, and Gregory has played with such artists as Richie Cole, Nelson Rangell, and Bo Diddley.

Jody Espina of Scarsdale, NY, and his company JodyJazz are releasing a new series of play-along CDs titled Tradin' with the Greats with artists George Garzone '72 and Kenny Werner '73. The company is also releasing a DVD featuring Garzone, Mike Stern '75, John Pattituci, and Kenwood Dennard '76. Visit

Guitarist and composer Michael Nickolas of Marlborough, MA, has released the 2012 edition of the book The Independent Artists Guide to Pricing Music, which covers music in various types of media. Visit

Derek Sherinian of Burbank, CA, appeared on the covers of Keyboard, Muzikus, Músico Pro, and Keyboard Player magazines last year. He also recently toured with Billy Idol. Visit



Gary D. Sproul of Oakland, CA, published his first novel, The Length of the Leash, in October 2011.


Brad Madix of Camp Connell, CA, received the 2011 Parnelli Award for front-of-house mixer for his work on the Rush Time Machine tour.



Michéal Castaldo '86  


In January, vocalist Michéal Castaldo of New York City released a classical-crossover album of Italian love songs titled Olive You. For more information, visit

Abraham Chachamovits of São Paulo, Brazil, completed his first symphony, a 30-minute work for full orchestra. Visit

Guitarist Kevin Kastning of Groton, MA, released the instrumental CD Triptych with fellow guitarist Sándor Szab? and percussionist Balázs Major on the Greydisc label. Visit

Kelly Riley of Lynn, MA, released the new album County Line at a CD release party at Johnny D's in Somerville. Visit



Keyboardist Lulu Camargo (a.k.a. Paulo Camargo) '87 of São Paulo, Brazil, plays with the pop band Pato Fu. The group won a Latin Grammy in the Best Latin Children's Album category for the recording Música de Brinquedo.


Keyboardist Anders Wihk of Alta, Sweden, has recorded a tribute to the band ABBA, featuring instrumental jazz takes on their music. Musicians on the recording include Robben Ford, Steve Gadd, David Sanborn, and Svante Henryson. Visit

  Doug Hammer '89



Pianist and composer Doug Hammer of Lynn, MA, just released Travels, a double album featuring 39 original works. Visit




Singer/songwriter Heather Edwards of New York City created a music video for her single "Bright Star." Visit


Vocalist Veronica Petrucci of Franklin, TN, received airplay of her single "No Fear" on more than 25 gospel radio stations. For more information, visit



Bassist Ivan Bodley of Brooklyn, NY, Joe Goretti '00, and Jim Dower '93 performed music on the play-along CD for the book Bootsy Collins, Legendary Licks. Bodley was recently inducted into New York's Blues Hall of Fame and has recorded and worked with numerous major artists. Visit


Guitarist Alastair Greene of Oxnard, CA, released the album Through the Rain in November 2011. In 2012 he will tour with Alan Parsons. Visit



Vocalist, composer, and arranger Sophie Dunér of Hovås, Sweden, released a string quartet CD titled The City of My Soul. She was featured on the November 7 edition of Monday Afternoon Classics with Gandalf on WJFF-FM radio in New York.


Guitarist Tony Savarino of Boston, MA, released an album called Guitaring, available online. He was recently featured in Vintage Guitar magazine and is working on his next album. Savarino plays locally with Tony Savarino & the Satanic Lounge Syndicate and other area artists. Visit

Ivan Bodley '92 (left) and actor Will Ferrell  

Greg Steiner of Fort Lauderdale, FL, and Peter Maerz '72 of Hollywood, FL, play in the Beatles tribute band Across the Universe. Visit



Singer/songwriter Eric Barao of Seekonk, MA, released the anti-bullying video To All You Guys. Bleu '96 produced Barao's soon-to-be-released solo album. Visit


Elisabeth Withers-Mendes of New York City was the featured vocalist at the Christmas Jazz Barbados event at the Plantation Theatre in Barbados. Arturo Tappin '88 was also featured. For more information, visit



Kevin Brock of Portsmouth, VA, released the album . . . and for the Record on iTunes.


Jon Dowling of Redondo Beach, CA, is releasing his fourth CD, Long Days, Long Nights, this spring. It features production by Warren Huart, John Degrazio, and Shele Sondheim '80 and guest musicians Will Lee and Lee Sklar. Visit

  Tony Savarino '93

Ro Gebhardt of Neunkirchen, Germany, recently performed with bassist Pedro Giraudo in the program From East to West, and blends tango, jazz, and other musical styles. Visit



Julian Graciano of Buenos Aires, Argentina, performed with his tango-jazz trio Tango en Tres at the La Paz Festijazz in La Paz, Bolivia. The event was sponsored by the Argentinean embassy.


Stefan Held of Brooklyn, NY, is the owner and head producer for StevenHeroProductions LLC in New York. The company offers composition, recording, mixing, and mastering services. Visit

Felice Messam of Douglasville, GA, released her CD Break Out, which she coproduced with her husband, Vernon Messam '99.

Mark Jackson of Los Angeles, CA, has been writing and producing for Universal/Motown artists Forever the Sickest Kids, and Brazilian pop star Wanessa. He also worked with Metro Station frontman Trace Cyrus on the theme song for Adidas's NEO clothing ad campaign. Visit



Composer Ayala Asherov of Charleston, SC, completed her second score for a televised documentary as part of the Carolina Stories series on SCE-TV. She also released a new CD on Navona Records. Visit


Elisabeth Withers-Mendes '94  



Brandon Bernstein of Pasadena, CA, produced Innocent When You Dream, an evening of Tom Waits music, at the Upstairs Jazz Bar & Grill in Toronto. Visit


Guitarist Brant Grieshaber of Boston, MA, completed two albums in 2011: Impressions of Brouwer, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2. On the discs, Grieshaber interprets the music of Cuban composer Leo Brouwer. Visit

Brian Moran of El Cerrito, CA, released the recording Simplicidade: Live at Yoshi's with his choro band Grupo Falso Baiano. Visit

Composer Michael Moutsopoulos of Ioannina, Greece, is writing music in the classical, rock, pop, and film genres. Visit



Since May 2011, Matt Cusson of Adams, MA, has been touring nationwide and recently released a Christmas EP on iTunes. Cusson has also toured with Javier Colon, winner of NBC's The Voice.


Sean McGowan of Denver, CO, released the CD Sphere, featuring solo guitar arrangements of compositions by Thelonious Monk. Visit

Bart Migal of Astoria, NY, recorded, edited, and mixed the cast recording for A Minister's Wife. He also produced, recorded, and mixed Boom! Live at Birdland by Liz Callaway and Ann Hampton Callaway.

Ajda Snyder of Cambridge, MA, and her band Black Fortress of Opium will release their second album Stratospherical in March. Snyder also provides vocal and band instruction for the nonprofit initiatives Girls Rock Campaign Boston and Ladies Rock Campaign Boston. Visit

  Mike Casano '00



Mike Casano of East Bridgewater, MA, produced and released the neo-soul/hip-hop single "Play That Game" under the name My Key C. The track features Ben Albert '09, rapper Grover, and Patresha Gayle on vocals. It's available on iTunes, Amazon, and CD Baby. Visit


Fiddle player Hanneke Cassel of Boston, MA, is touring throughout New England and teaching fiddle classes at the Passim School of Music in Cambridge, MA. Visit

Drummer JL Claybourne of West Hartford, CT, performed at Boston SoulFest 2011 with his band the Enemy Concept. He recently began serving as a judge for Guitar Center's national Drum Off competition and completed his second book, The Groove.

Dale Johnson of South Windsor, CT, builds acoustic instruments for Fairbanks Guitars. His instruments are sold at the Music Emporium in Lexington, MA. Visit



In December 2011, guitarist Gustavo Assis-Brasil of Boston, MA, released his third book, Hybrid Picking Lines and Licks for Guitar, with a foreword by Guthrie Govan. Visit


Percussionist Gustavo Beaujardin of Delray Beach, FL, is a member of Orquestra de la Playa, of West Palm Beach, FL. The group specializes in salsa clásica, merengue, bolero, and more.

Gustavo Assis-Brasil '01  

Colleen Glenney of Brighton, MA, is an assistant director for admissions at Berklee.

Singer/songwriter Brian Marquis of Pasadena, CA, released his debut EP, Snow Damage, in November 2011. Visit



Guitarist Ryan Fleming of Framingham, MA, completed a one-week tour of Sweden with his band Field Trip. The group also released its debut album There's Shag on Jupiter, featuring Tim Paul Weiner '03 (bass), Graham English (keyboards), and Nadjim Kebir (drums). Visit


In November 2011, pianist Ruslan Sirota of Los Angeles, CA, released his first solo album, which features Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, George Duke, and others. The disc is distributed by Universal.

Producer Paul Womack of Brooklyn, NY, went on a 12-city European tour with hip-hop recording artist PremRock.



Annie Clark of Dallas, TX, and her group St. Vincent released the album Strange Mercy. Visit


Keyboardist Tim Pascoal of St. Peters, MO, produced and recorded the jazz CD The Sun Stood Still. It features Gustavo Assis-Brasil '01, Mauricio Zottarelli '02, and Evan Marien '09. Also participating are Tito Pascoal, Richard Bona, Bob Mintzer, Russell Ferrante, and Tom Kennedy. Visit

Kyle Ewalt and Steven Shewbrooks released their fourth album, Hands Down, as dance/electronica duo Kyven. Their music has appeared on MTV's Jersey Shore, NBC's The Voice, and the Britney Spears documentary I Am the Femme Fatale.

  Tim Pascoal '04

Pianist Juan Galiardo of San Roque, Spain, released his first CD, which features Jerry Bergonzi, Joe Magnarelli, Andrea Michelutti, and Berklee Professor Dave Santoro.

Tracey Rosen received her master's degree in music therapy from Molloy College in Rockville Centre, NY.

Drummer Jay Starling of Fredericksburg, VA, has been touring with Keller Williams and will be on Williams's next CD, Bass. He will also appear on the next album of flatpicker Larry Keel.



Pianist and composer Roy Assaf of New York City will release his debut album for Jazz Legacy Productions in March. It features Reuben Rogers '94 (bass), Roy Hargrove '89 (trumpet), and Greg Hutchinson (drums).


Drummer Les Cleveland of Brooklyn, NY, toured with Lil Kim and performed at the 2011 Winterbeatz Festival in Brisbane, Australia.



Kevin M. Casini Esq. of New Haven, CT, joined the law firm of Palumbo & DeLaura LLC and specializes in commercial litigation and commercial lending.


Ryan O'Connor of Brooklyn, NY, manages the business development department at Ticketfly, a U.S.-based social ticket company. He oversees all areas of platform partnerships, channel distribution, and acquisitions.

Jenny Langer of Hyattsville, MD, and her band Moonshine Society completed a successful Kickstarter campaign for their album Live in Shanghai, recorded at the House of Blues in Shanghai. The band also features Christopher Brown '10, Brett Byars '07, and Joe Poppen '09. Visit

Eduardo Morales of Brownsville, TX, has opened the restaurant Nolita NY Pizza, specializing in traditional New York-style pizza. He also operates a recording studio out of his home. Visit

Kyle Ewalt '04 and Steven Shewbrooks '04  

Lauren Zettler of New York City released an EP under the stage name Lightyear titled All of the Miles. Visit



Songwriter Liam McCormack of Maynard, MA, released his first full-band album, Missing. The project also features Brian Packer '06, Amber Newton '09, and Steve Sinatra '06. For more information, visit


Drummer Noah Plotkin of Brooklyn, NY, plays with various groups including Acrylics, Bizi Gara, and Citay. He also operates the booking agency Plotkin Presents.

Jazz violinist Aaron Weinstein of New York City is performing throughout the country with his trio and as a guest violinist for other artists. Visit



In July 2011, Gina Cimmelli of Brooklyn, NY, and her band Gina's Picture Show won the Independent Music Awards' Vox Populi award. The band also features Jeni Magana '08, Matt Weber '11, Stoddy Blackall '10, and Matt Coser '09. Visit


Singer/songwriter Justin Nault of Madison, TN, recorded his debut album at Matchbox Studios in Austin, TX, in 2011. Nault is slated to star in the premiere of the reality show Bud United Presents: The Big Time on ABC. Visit

  Ryan O'Connor '06

In October 2011, Rajdulari of New York City released her solo debut album HoneyWine online. The album features Enrico de Trizio '10 and Aaron Brooks-Roberts '03 on keyboards, Giancarlo de Trizio '10 on drums, and Freddy DeBoe '08 on saxophone. Visit

Fiddle player and vocalist Andy Reiner of Brighton, MA, and his band the Earth Stringband completed a tour of Asia in October 2011. The band includes Eric Robertson '10 (mandolin), Stash Wyslouch '10 (guitar), and Sam Grisman '08 (bass). Visit

In 2011, guitarist Shohei Toyoda of Columbus, OH, won fifth place in the Winfield, Kansas, National Fingerstyle Championships. He later won the grand prize in the National Thumbpickers annual competition in Kentucky. Visit

Brady Watt of Brooklyn, NY, has been doing session work for artists including Mos Def, Snoop Dogg, and Talib Kweli. He has also been touring with Ski Beatz, the Senseis, and Murs. Visit

Eduardo Morales '06  

Bassist Will Weissman of Los Angeles, CA, and drummer Jesse Magnuson '06 of Hudson, NH, are performing with the band Queen Caveat. The act won in the Best Rock category at the 2011 Hollywood Music in Media Awards.



In March 2011, singer/songwriter Jennah Bell of Oakland, CA, released The Early Bird EP. The recording was highlighted on Jay-Z's website.


Bassist Ben McKee of Sebastopol, CA, and his band Imagine Dragons have been signed to KIDinaKORNER/Interscope Records. The group's three EPs are available on iTunes. Imagine Dragons also features Dan Sermon '08 (guitar), Daniel Platzman '09 (drums), and Theresa Flamino '08 (keyboards). Visit

Sandro Morales of Sherman Oaks, CA, scored the feature film A Christmas Wedding Tail. He has also written music for The First Ride of Wyatt Earp, Vamps, and the HBO documentary The Strange History of Don't Ask, Don't Tell. Visit

Luisa Sobral of Brooklyn, NY, released the album The Cherry on My Cake. Juan Andrés Ospina '07 produced, arranged, and played piano on the album which was recorded in Portugal. Visit

  Brady Watt '08

Drummer Paul Wandtke of Chicago, IL, played with Kill Hannah on the 2010 Smashing Pumpkins tour. He endorses Vic Firth sticks, Evans drumheads, and Meinl cymbals. Visit

Singer/songwriter Kate Vargas of New York City performs her original acoustic music regularly throughout the Big Apple. Visit



Avi Yosef Gunther of Brooklyn, NY, did the mixing for Lucy Woodward's recent tour of Spain, Italy, and Turkey. Gunther will also engineer Snarky Puppy's upcoming full-length album in Dallas, TX.

Kazuyo Kuriya of Elmhurst, NY, released her first album, Impressions, featuring Jordan Seigel '10, Keita Ogawa '07, and Fernando Huergo '92. Visit

In February 2012, guitarist Susanna Risberg of Gothenburg, Sweden, will tour with the Swedish pop group Full of Keys and goth-pop artist Henric de la Cour. She will also record an album with her jazz trio in the spring and a duo album with guitarist Erik Weissglas.

Aishu Venkataraman of Long Beach, CA, produced "Divine Strings: A Benefit Concert for Bhopal" at Tufts University. The event raised money for the International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal.



Ryan Harris Brown of Dalton, PA, released The Trail, his first record of original music and lyrics. In early 2012, he plans to relocate to Nashville. Visit

Ryan Harris Brown '11  

Zoe Hillengas of Philadelphia, PA, is the executive assistant and teaching artist for Play On, Philly. The organization provides music instruction to students in challenging socioeconomic conditions. Visit

Drummer Lorena Batista Perez of Boston, MA, plays with the band Modabeat (formerly El Frente). Visit

Helder Tsinine of Dorchester, MA, became the sixth winner of the Peacedriven award for his song "Va Gumulelana." Visit