Warren Paradise


Keyboardist Warren Paradise of Santa Cruz, CA, is in a six-piece funk band Funkranomicon. The group won a contest to appear as the opening band on the main stage at the San Jose Jazz Festival in August opening for the Ohio Players.


Bobby Sanabria

Percussionist Bobby Sanabria of Bronx, NY, and his multi-Grammy-nominated big band headlined at New York City's Apollo Theater on June 18 in celebration of the 100th birthday of "the father of Afro-Cuban jazz," Mario Bauzá. Visit www.bobbysanabria.com.

Jonathan Lax


Trumpet player Jonathan Lax of Summit, NJ, recently performed with the Lower Cape Concert Band at Preservation Hall in Wellfleet, MA, on Cape Cod. Lax is a music educator in the Bayonne public school system in Bayonne, NJ, and a freelance performer.


Bernie Kenerson


Electric wind instrumentalist Bernie Kenerson of Myrtle Beach, SC, was in Boston in October to perform at the Wonder Bar with his trio Science Factory. Visit www.berniekenerson.com.


Emil Viklicky

Composer Emil Viklicky of Prague, Czech Republic, recently published his Piano Concerto in E Major with Czech Radio Publishing. Visit www.viklicky.com.

Michael Jefry Stevens


Pianist Michael Jefry Stevens of Asheville, NC, toured Europe during the month of September. Visit www.michaeljefrystevens.com.


Opening Day Information and Watch the Live Stream

Opening Day 2014 is taking place tomorrow, Friday, September 5 at the Back Bay Sheraton Hotel. It is always a joyous occasion with so many Berklee faculty and staff members in attendance. If you are unable to attend the event, we encourage you to watch the live stream here: ustream.tv/channel/berkleevs

For those staff members who must remain on campus during Opening Day, there will also be a light, to-go style breakfast available in David Friend Recital Hall. 

Opening Day 2014

Richard Ruotolo

Composer Richard Ruotolo of Meriden, CT, has recently been listed as an ASCAP composer. His suite One World One Life was performed at the University of New Haven. Visit www.ruotolomusic.com.

Rick Britto

Saxophonist Rick Britto of New Bedford, MA, received a review on the All About Jazz website for his new album Conversations with Erik & I. The album headline read: "Dueling saxophones help make Rick Britto's new album among the year's most unique releases." Visit www.rickbritto.com.

Alan Hewitt


Keyboardist Alan Hewitt of Palm Springs, CA, currently plays for the Moody Blues. Hewitt has a long list of composer credits, including National Lampoon's Van Wilder, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason,Survivor, MTV, Gods and Generals, Swimming Upstream, Oprah, The Dr. Oz Show, and more. Hewitt has also coproduced many projects for Earth, Wind & Fire and cowrote the megahit "Cherry Pie." Hewitt has also won the Espy and Golden Planet awards. Visit www.alanhewitt.com.