Darryl Brenzel

Saxophonist, composer, and arranger Darryl Brenzel of Frederick, MD, and the Mobtown Modern Big Band is releasing The Re-(W)rite of Spring, Brenzel’s big-band adaptation of Stravinsky’s iconic work. Members of the band include Jeff Lopez ’85, Jeff Adams ’86, and Andrew Layton ’93. Visit www.darrylbrenzel.com.

 

Eric Schweitzer

Eric Schweitzer of Raleigh, NC, cowrote the song “Nothing but Everything” for the Finger Puppets album Hearing Things. It was licensed for use in the Russian edition of the television program Doctor’s Diary. Visit www.thefingerpuppets.com.

 

Peter Gregory

Drummer Peter Gregory of Denver, CO, has played with Richie Cole, Nelson Rangell, and Bo Diddley. In addition, he has been teaching drum lessons for more than 25 years. In 2006 he opened the teaching studio Gregory Tech Drum Center. Visit www.gregorytechdrumcenter.com.

 

Joel Goodman

Composer Joel Goodman of Calabasas, CA, wrote music for the documentary film Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey. The film won awards at the Sundance Film Festival and aired on the PBS Independent Lens series. Visit www.joelgoodman.com.

 

Franck Amsallem

In June 2011, Franck Amsallem of Arcueil, France, conducted the Koln - based WDR Big Band in a program of original music. A pianist, Amsallem recently toured South and Central America, Vietnam, and Indonesia. Visit www.amsallem.com.

 

Marc Muller

Guitarist Marc Muller of Neptune, NJ, played on Bruce Springsteen’s album Wrecking Ball and on Laura Bell Bundy’s song “Giddy on Up.” Muller is also playing with Dead on Live, a Grateful Dead tribute act. Visit www.marcmuller.com.

Tom Hambridge

In February, drummer Tom Hambridge of Nashville, TN, played at the star-studded event “In Performance at the White House: Red, White and Blues” concert. Hambridge also produced and co- wrote songs and played drums for Buddy Guy’s Grammy-winning album Living Proof. He also produced George Thorogood’s CD 2120 South Michigan Avenue. Visit www.tomhambridge.com.

 

Luis Disla

Saxophonist Luis Disla of Hollywood, FL, released the album The Prophecy, featuring Abraham Laboriel ’72, Alex Acuna, Steve Gadd, Nestor Torres, and Tito Puente Jr. Visit www.luisdisla.com.

 

Fabien Degryse

Fabien Degryse of Braine-l’Alleud, Belgium, released the acoustic solo guitar CD Fingerswingin’. He teaches jazz guitar at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels. Visit www.fabiendegryse.com.

Ryan Shore ’96

By 
Mark Small

It’s the day after the 2012 Grammy Awards broadcast, and composer Ryan Shore is wide awake—even though he has had only two hours’ sleep.

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