James T. Callahan

Drummer James T. Callahan of Hillsborough, NJ, performed with Prophet at the Z Rock Fest 2012 on May 5 near Birmingham, England, and played on the band’s Recycled album.


Nikolaj Bentzon

Pianist-composer Nikolaj Bentzon of Copenhagen, Denmark, received a write-up in the Huffington Post for his Arabic and big-band music in his composition El-Mahalla El-Kubra Straight Ahead.


Mike McManus

Mike McManus of Agoura Hills, CA, released the album Shaggy Road. Visit www.unclemoondog.com.


Chris Kase

Trumpeter and composer Chris Kase of Madrid, Spain, recently released the jazz album Six. Kase also teaches at Musikene, the Superior Music Conservatory of the Basque Country in San Sebastian, Spain. Visit www.chriskase.com.


Darryl Brenzel

Saxophonist, composer, and arranger Darryl Brenzel of Frederick, MD, and the Mobtown Modern Big Band is releasing The Re-(W)rite of Spring, Brenzel’s big-band adaptation of Stravinsky’s iconic work. Members of the band include Jeff Lopez ’85, Jeff Adams ’86, and Andrew Layton ’93. Visit www.darrylbrenzel.com.


Eric Schweitzer

Eric Schweitzer of Raleigh, NC, cowrote the song “Nothing but Everything” for the Finger Puppets album Hearing Things. It was licensed for use in the Russian edition of the television program Doctor’s Diary. Visit www.thefingerpuppets.com.


Peter Gregory

Drummer Peter Gregory of Denver, CO, has played with Richie Cole, Nelson Rangell, and Bo Diddley. In addition, he has been teaching drum lessons for more than 25 years. In 2006 he opened the teaching studio Gregory Tech Drum Center. Visit www.gregorytechdrumcenter.com.


Joel Goodman

Composer Joel Goodman of Calabasas, CA, wrote music for the documentary film Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey. The film won awards at the Sundance Film Festival and aired on the PBS Independent Lens series. Visit www.joelgoodman.com.


Franck Amsallem

In June 2011, Franck Amsallem of Arcueil, France, conducted the Koln - based WDR Big Band in a program of original music. A pianist, Amsallem recently toured South and Central America, Vietnam, and Indonesia. Visit www.amsallem.com.


Marc Muller

Guitarist Marc Muller of Neptune, NJ, played on Bruce Springsteen’s album Wrecking Ball and on Laura Bell Bundy’s song “Giddy on Up.” Muller is also playing with Dead on Live, a Grateful Dead tribute act. Visit www.marcmuller.com.