Claude Diallo

In June, Claude Diallo of Long Island City, NY, and his band Claude Diallo Situation, won the Swiss “Kind of Jazz” Award. The group was booked to play at the Kaufleuten club in Zurich, Switzerland. Visit 

Jon Aanestad

Last fall, Jon Aanestad of Cambridge, MA, played violin at the Country Music Awards in Nashville, TN. He also performed with Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, and Vince Gill for a Glen Campbell tribute show.


Krysta Youngs

Krysta Youngs of Allston, MA, released her new CD, Stories, in May. Proceeds from her CD release show went to Project Smile, a nonprofit dedicated to helping children.

Linda Little

Linda Little of Colchester, VT, was named managing director of the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival in Burlington, VT.

Brandea Turner

In May, Brandea Turner of Chicago, IL, received a master’s degree in arts management from Columbia College in Chicago. 

Christian Scott

In July, trumpeter Christian Scott of New York City released a new two-disc album titled Christian aTunde Adjuah. It features alumni Matt Stevens ’04 on guitar and Lawrence Fields ’08 on piano.

Shota Nakama

Shota Nakama of Allston, MA, was recently profiled in a distinguished alumni article in Pierce View, a publication of Pierce College.

Marco Pacassoni

Marco Pacassoni of Fano, Italy, is touring with his quartet in Europe promoting his new CD Finally . . . Visit 

Ryan Alfred

Ryan Alfred of Tucson, AZ, is the bassist and tour manager for the Southwest indie-rock band Calexico, which is touring for its new album, Algiers, out on Anti-Records. He has managed tours and run sound for the Jayhawks and Nada Surf. 

Tim Paul Weiner

Bassist Tim Paul Weiner of Boston, MA, received his master’s degree in modern American music performance from the Longy School of Music of Bard College. He also released the Evoke Ensemble album Groove for Peace. Visit