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 www.claudediallo.com.
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.
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 www.timpaulbass.com.