JooWan Kim

JooWan Kim and the Ensemble Mik Nawooj received a Google AdWords Grant, giving the band a monthly stipend to share its music. In October, the band will be in residency at Zoo Labs, where they will record their second album. Visit

Jonathan Geer

Jonathan Geer of Austin, TX, is the pianist and composer for the nuevo tango ensemble Austin Piazzolla Quintet. The group released its third self-titled album featuring four compositions by Geer. Visit

Jaleel Shaw

Saxophonist Jaleel Shaw of Paterson, NJ, was featured in the Blindfold Test in the August issue of Downbeat magazine.

Bob Reynolds

Bob Reynolds of Los Angeles, CA, cofounded the Inside: Outside Retreat for Saxophonists. He was also featured in an August 19 New York Times article called “The Creative Apocalypse That Wasn’t.” Visit

Patrick Charles

Drummer Patrick Charles of Woodland Hills, CA, released the single “Sons of the Sun,” and will release a full-length CD in the summer of 2016. Visit

Avi Rothbard

Avi Rothbard of Bronx, NY, won the 2014 John Lennon Award in the jazz category for “One and Nine.” His latest trio CD is called City Colors. Visit

Bart Migal

Bart Migal of Long Island City, NY, engineered Björk’s new album Vulnicura. He also engineered cast albums of the Tony-nominated On the Town, On the Twentieth Century, and Fun Home.

Sean McGowan

Sean McGowan of Denver, CO, released an album of music from My Fair Lady. He also performed at festivals including the Swannanoa Guitar Week in Asheville, NC, and Alex de Grassi’s Guitar Workshop in Caspar, CA. Visit

Richard Furch

Richard Furch of Sherman Oaks, CA, recorded and mixed Tyrese’s Black Rose album. It opened at number one on Billboard magazine’s 200, hip-hop and r&b charts, Apple Music and iTunes. He also mixed BJ the Chicago Kid’s album on Motown Records. Visit

April Verch

Fiddler, singer, and step-dancer April Verch of Pembroke, Ontario, Canada, performed with her band at the recent Champaign-Urbana Folk and Music Festival. They are touring in support of her 10th album The Newpart, produced and engineered by Casey Driessen ’00.