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

Kurt Rosenwinkel

Kurt Rosenwinkel recently toured Asia playing solo guitar concerts. Stops included Shanghai, China; Seoul, Korea; and Hong Kong. He will also play at the Barcelona Jazz Festival in November and at SFJazz in San Francisco in January 2016. Visit

Mark Ptak

Mark Ptak of Hawthorne, NJ, and his progressive rock band Advent released the album Silent Sentinel. He did engineering and mixing work on the album. Visit

Joanna Katzen

Joanna Katzen of Athol, MA, had her song “And We Shall Want No More” published in the folksong anthology Rise Again, the sequel to the Rise Up Singing collection.

Sam Hooper

Sam Hooper of Los Angeles, CA, and Mike Null released the EP Hoodoo Blues, featuring blues classics by Albert King, John Lee Hooker, Junior Wells, and more. Visit

Dmitri Matheny

Trumpeter Dmitri Matheny of Oakland, CA, completed a successful Indiegogo funding campaign for his group’s new album Jazz Noir. Visit

Luciana Souza

Luciana Souza ’88
Luciana Souza ’88
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Kim Fox

Vocalist Luciana Souza of Los Angeles, CA, released the album Speaking in Tongues, featuring Lionel Loueke ’00, Massimo Biolcati ’99, and Kendrick Scott ’03. Visit

Tony Schultz

Tony Schultz of North Quincy, MA, was elected as the vice president of the Eastern Region of U.S. and Canada for the Audio Engineering Society. He has owned and operated Big T Productions for 26 years. Visit

Mario Perrett

Saxophonist Mario Perrett of Stoneham, MA, is featured on blues guitarist Ronnie Earl’s latest album Father’s Day on Stony Plain Records. It debuted at number three on Billboard magazine’s blues chart. Perrett is also an artist in residence at Wally’s Café jazz club in Boston.

Joe Doyle

Joe Doyle of Nashville, TN, had his song “Back to Bethlehem” recorded by Kenny Rogers for Rogers’s new album Once Again It’s Christmas. Visit