Guitarist Gerry Beaudoin of Waltham, MA, and his group gave a clinic and concert at the North Shore Jazz Project in September 2011 to benefit jazz education in schools. Their new CD is titled The Return.
Guitarist Wayne Krantz of New York City has completed the album How the West Was Left on the Abstract Logix label. The recording features Vinnie Colaiuta '75, Tal Wilkenfeld, Keith Carlock, and others. Next summer and fall, he and his quartet will be on tour throughout Europe.
Richard Niles of London, England, has a new website that offers information on artist development, performance, composition, and record production as well as interviews with producers, composers, and artists. Visit www.nilescreativeworkshops.com.
Vocalist Cathy Segal-Garcia of Granada Hills, CA, collaborated on a new CD with pianist Yoon Seung Cho '00. Segal-Garcia is a vocal instructor at California State University of Los Angeles and Occidental College and also leads the group Octet in Jazz Language. Visit www.cathysegalgarcia.com.
In September 2011, the University of Kansas awarded Randy Klein of New York City the Simons Public Humanities Fellowship. It will include performances of his compositions and a documentary on Klein, and his residency will be recorded during his stay.
Saxophonist and vocalist Jay Patten of Nashville, TN, released the new CD Crystal Nights. For years, Patten has been the music director for Crystal Gayle, and he dedicated the album to her. Visit www.jaypatten.com.