Matt Nakoa

Pianist and guitarist Matt Nakoa of Smyrna, NY, is touring with Boston folk icon Tom Rush. One memorable date was their performance at Boston’s Symphony Hall.

Esperanza Spalding

Esperanza Spalding of NYC, completed her Emily’s D+Evolution tour with bandmates Matthew Stevens ’04 and Emily Elbert ’11. Spalding was recently nominated for a position at the National Council on the Arts. Visit

Roger Panella

Roger Panella of Chicago, IL, works in search engine optimization for Ice Nine Online and his own company, GroundSwell Search.

Shantell Ogden

Shantell Ogden of Nashville, TN, received Songwriter of the Year and Americana Song of the Year awards from the International Music and Entertainment Association for “Ghosts in the Field.” Visit

Khari Allen Lee

Khari Allen Lee of New Orleans, LA, released Our Great Awakening, his second album as leader, with the New Creation Collective, featuring Michael Pellera ’76. He also appeared on Dr. John’s recent release Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit of Satch, and on DeeDee Bridgewater’s release with the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, Dee Dee’s Feathers. He toured with her in Europe, Africa and Australia. Visit

Nikki Glaspie

Nikki Glaspie ’05

Nikki Glaspie of Scotch Plains, NJ, released Abundance, the debut album from her band the Nth Power. Visit


Melinda Colaizzi

Melinda Colaizzi of Pittsburgh, PA, and Kristian Habenicht ’05 released a video for their song “Keeper of the Flame.” The song won the 2015 WYEP-FM/Dos Equis songwriting contest. Visit

Matthew Stevens

Guitarist and composer Matthew Stevens of Toronto, Ontario, released the album Woodwork. Visit

Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah

Trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah of New York, NY, had his album Stretch Music named one among the 50 Favorite Albums of 2015 by National Public Radio.

Chris Llewellyn

Chris Llewellyn ’04 (left) and Brian Cohen

Chris Llewellyn of Atlanta, GA, and Brian Cohen head up the group Hudson, which released the EP Cast Out in October 2015. They have written and produced songs for Flo-Rida, Ciara, and others.