Errol Rackipov

Vibraphonist Errol Rackipov of Hollywood, FL, released the CD Pictures from a Train Window on First Orbit Sounds. Visit

Rudresh Mahanthappa

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

Kevin Kliesch

Kevin Kliesch of Valencia, CA, won a Daytime Emmy in the Outstanding Music Direction and Composition category for his work on the Disney Junior show Sofia the First.

Jason Jennings

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.

Amina Figarova

Jazz pianist Amina Figarova of Forest Hills, NY, released the album Blue Whisper. She also recently completed a European tour. Visit

Jason Eckardt

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

Joe Bush

Joe Bush of Southington, CT, won Emmy Awards for his contribution as the audio technician for the Derek Jeter special “Salute 2 the Captain” and the Yankees post-game show “Farewell 2 the Captain.”

Susan Tedeschi

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

Joe Zobkiw

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

Peter Vantine

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