Tamas Marius

Saxophonist Tamas Marius of Monterey, CA, released the CD Leavin' You with his band Blues at Eleven. The band recently won a Battle of the Bands contest that offered a spot at the 2011 Monterey Bay Blues Festival main stage as the grand prize, where the group performed on June 25. Visit www.bluesateleven.com.

Carl Clements

Saxophonist Carl Clements of Amherst, MA, received his Ph.D. in ethnomusicology in September 2010 from the Graduate Center, CUNY. His dissertation is entitled Pannalal Ghosh and the Bansuri in the Twentieth Century. Clements recently returned from a tour in Europe and is a current faculty member at Columbia University. Visit www.carlclements.com.

Kelly Riley

Singer and songwriter Kelly Riley of Lynn, MA, was invited to perform her song "Babe in Arms" as part of the Massachusetts Country Music Association Awards ceremony in Randolph, MA. Visit www.kellyriley.net.

Jose Gonzalez

Songwriter, engineer, and producer Jose Gonzalez of Weston, FL, received a Latin Grammy for his participation as an engineer on the latest Ilan Chester album Treasures of Venezuelan Music. Gonzalez is also the owner of Bright Notes Publishing & Productions

Michael Arlt

Guitarist Michael Arlt of Würzburg, Germany, is completing an album consisting primarily of original music with musicians from all over the world. The disc is due out later this year. Arlt's 2009 album Moment to Moment! was named CD of the year by the German guitar websitewww.archtop-germany.de. Visit www.michaelarlt.de.

Frack Amsallem


Pianist Franck Amsallem of Brooklyn, NY, conducted the WDR Big Band for a farewell concert dedicated to trombonist Bernt Laukamp. Amsallem arranged several pieces for the all-original program. Visit www.amsallem.com.


Wendy Swedberg, Scott Robinson, Greg Gisbert


Producer Wendy Swedberg MacDonald of Duxbury, MA, produced the CD Ron Carter's Great Big Band. The album was released in Japan on Toshiba-EMI in March 2011, and Sunnyside Records released the album in the United States in September. Former Berklee faculty member Bob Freedman wrote all the arrangements, and the album features Scott Robinson '84 on tenor saxophone and Greg Gisbert '85 on trumpet.


Luis Disla, Abraham Laboriel, Leo Quintero, & Paul Hoyle


Saxophonist Luis Disla of Hollywood, FL, released his solo debut project, The Prophecy on October 4. The album features Alex Acuña on percussion, Abraham Laboriel '72 on bass, Steve Gadd on drums, Leo Quintero '83 on guitar, Jorge Luis Sosa on keyboards and Paul Hoyle'83 on vocals. The album also includes special guests Nestor Torres and Tito Puente Jr. Visit www.luisdisla.com.


Peter Stauffer

Guitarist Peter Stauffer of Quarryville, PA, currently teaches 50 students per week at LifeSong Christian Books & Music in Quarryville and Rising Sun School of Music in Rising Sun, MD.

Scott Robinson & Joe LaBarbera


Saxophonist and composer Scott Robinson of Teaneck, NJ, had his first composition for symphony orchestra performed in Italy by the Orchestra Filarmonica de Marchigiana featuring Martin Wind, Joe LaBarbera '69, and Bill Cunliffe. Robinson also performed at the Louis Armstrong Jazz Festival in Hungary in June.