Singer/songwriter Holt Vaughn of Orchard Park, NY, released the album These Songs, Vol. 1, featuring Phil Keaggy, Will McFarlane, Ashley Cleveland, Rick Cua, Jerry Livingston, Tony Morra, and Ted Reinhardt. Visit holtvaughn.com.
Bob Sinicrope of Milton, MA, is the president of the Jazz Education Network (JEN), which will hold its seventh annual conference in Louisville, KY, in January 2016. It will feature keynote speaker Victor Wooten, 75 performances and clinics, a jazz business symposium, and more than 100 exhibitors. Visit jazzednet.org.
Richard Niles of Mission Viejo, CA, is the U.S. representative of the German company Instant Music Licensing, whose software allows easy and fast licensing of music. He also just published a book titled From Dreaming to Gigging: Jazz Guitar in 6 Months. Visit richardniles.com.
Guitarist Joshua Breakstone of West New York, NJ, released the album 2nd Avenue: The Return of the Cello Quartet, featuring Mike Richmond, Lisle Atkinson, and Andy Watson. It is his 21st album as a bandleader. Visit joshuabreakstone.com.
Pianist Steve Sternberg of Tallahassee, FL, has worked full time on the retirement home circuit for five years in Florida and Alabama. He has also taught private lessons on piano, saxophone, flute and harmonica since 1982. Visit stevesternberg.com.
Keyboardist John Novello of North Hollywood, CA, plans a January 2016 release of his solo album Ivory Soul, featuring the single “Crush” with Gerald Albright. The latest CD by his band Niacin reached number 19 on Billboard magazine’s jazz charts. Visit keysnovello.com.