Saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa of Montclair, NJ, won the Downbeat Critics Poll in the Album of the Year (Bird Calls), Alto Saxophonist of the Year, and Rising Star Composer of the Year categories. Visit rudreshm.com.
Jason Jennings of Burbank, CA, was the lead sound designer for Terminator: Genisys, Goosebumps, Spectral, Now You See Me: The Second Act, and Kung Fu Panda 3. Upcoming movie projects include The Huntsman and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2.
Composer Jason Eckardt of Kerhonkson, NY, released a new CD titled Subject, featuring flautist Eric Lamb and pianist Marilyn Nonken. He also received performances of his works by bassoonist Rebekah Heller and flautist Claire Chase. Visit ensemble21.com.
In November, Susan Tedeschi of Jacksonville, FL, will tour Europe with the Tedeschi-Trucks Band. The group recently performed in a tribute to Joe Cocker’s 1970 Mad Dogs & Englishmen tour, featuring many of the original musicians. Visit tedeschitrucksband.com.
Joe Zobkiw of Raleigh, NC, had his electronic music piece “So This Is How It Ends” used in the video Islands of the Wild Atlantic Way: Shaped by the Sea, which promotes a coastal touring route in Ireland. Visit zobkiw.com.
Peter Vantine of Middleton, MA, released the solo piano CDs Prayerful Improvisations 2 and Peaceful Classics. Proceeds from Peaceful Classics will benefit the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund. Visit petervantine.com.