Dr. Johannes Wallman

Dr. Johannes Wallman of Madison, WI, is the director of jazz studies of the School of Music at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He will hold the John and Carolyn Peterson Chair in Jazz Studies. Visit www.johanneswallman.com. 

Frank Herzberg

Bassist Frank Herzberg of São Paulo, Brazil, won a jazz radio promotion contest sponsored by AirPlay Direct for his trio’s CD Handmade

Igor Gerzina

Igor Gerzina of Zagreb, Croatia, released the album Metropolis, featuring Sergio Bellotti ’99 on drums. It has received positive reviews and was an album of the week on the jazz website the Smooth Jazz Ride. Visit www.igorgerzina.com. 

Shane Adams

Shane Adams of Nashville, TN, is the president of Artist Accelerator, an artist development and music production company. 

Paul Salves

Guitarist Paul Salves of New York City has been curating Songwriters from Hell, a series featuring Lady Gaga, Alan Merrill, and others. He’s currently touring with the 1960s group the Left Banke, which is opening for the Zombies. 

Mike Levy

Mike Levy of Tucson, AZ, composed Sonata for Four Native Flutes to be premiered by Native American flautist Vince Redhouse. On October 21, it will be performed for Pope Benedict XVI. 

Joe Kowalski

Joe Kowalski of Allston, MA, co-wrote and produced the soundtrack to the film Phillip the Fossil, and composed and produced the theme for the podcast Ideascicle. He teaches; has released six solo albums; and has performed with BrownBoot, the Sunday Saints, the Bay City Rollers, and others. Visit www.onlyone-music.com. 

Walter Gross

Walter Gross of Brooklyn, NY, is the senior director of digital marketing technology for EMI Music North America. He leads technology solutions for consumer-facing products (including websites, mobile apps, Facebook apps etc.) for EMI’s artist roster. 

Terry Syrek

Terry Syrek of White Plains, NY, released the album Machine Elves through CD Baby, iTunes, and Amazon. 

Toni-Annette Silveira

Toni-Annette Silveira of North Kingstown, RI, managed the Rhode Island Senior All-State Band, opening at the Natixis Newport Jazz Festival in August. Metro Narcisi ’88 directed the group. Silveira is the band director at North Kingstown High School, and Narcisi is the director at West Warwick High School.