Berklee today

JUN 2015

Berklee today is the official alumni publication of Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. It is a forum for contemporary music and musicians.

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30 Berklee today 30 Berklee today Alumnotes Alum Notes 1968 Mark Galeo of Clifton Park, NY, signed a distribution deal with Music Video Distributors. He released the album Another Christmas with You, and the Roro and Duff album This Is What We Do. 1969 Jim Milliard of Dayville, CT, is in his 15th year arranging and produc- ing the rock show fundraiser titled The Great Garage Band Reunion. The shows have raised more than $500,000 for local charities. Visit greatgaragebandreunion.com. 1971 Greg Abate of Coventry, RI, released the album Motif, featuring faculty members Tim Ray, John Lockwood, and Mark Walker. Abate has also made two recordings with guest artist Phil Woods. Visit gregabate.com. Jay Leslie (Lipman) of New York City plays saxophone and leads the horn section for Darlene Love. They have appeared on The Colbert Report and are currently touring internationally. Leslie performs with the cabaret show Echoes of Etta and is the musical direc- tor for the vocal group the Tokens. Visit jaylesliemusic.com. 1974 Trumpeter Mike Kuvinka of Allison Park, PA, launched a new website fea- turing original jazz and free down- loads. Visit mikekuvinka.com. Steve Sternberg of Tallahassee, FL, performs full time at retirement homes throughout Florida and gives private music instruction. He is also a rental property owner and manager. Visit stevesternberg.com. 1975 Rob Mounsey of Brooklyn, NY, arranged and produced Billy Porter's CD Billy's Back on Broadway, and wrote and conducted orchestral arrangements for We Love Disney, jazz interpretations of songs from Disney flms. He penned orchestra- tions for James Taylor's upcoming album in addition to working with Renée Fleming, Gregory Porter, Take 6, Idina Menzel, Ben. E. King, and others. Visit robmounsey.com. 1977 Robert Raines of Bluemont, VA, penned the book Composition in the Digital World: Conversations with 21st Century American Composers for Oxford University Press. It features interviews with prominent art music composers. Visit rainesmusic.com. Marlene Tachoir of Hendersonville, TN, premiered "The Jazz Mass for World Peace," last February in Nashville. The musicians included Jerry Tachoir '76, Rich Adams '82, Connye Florance, Erica Tachoir, Sam Levine, and Roy Vogt. 1978 Mick Gaffney of Parsippany, NJ, is the music director, arranger and guitar- ist for American Idol fnalist Qaasim Middleton. Composer, keyboardist, and producer Miller McMillan of Santa Monica, CA, released the contemporary jazz album Bitter Sweet Summer, featuring Lee Curreri, Adam Hawley, and Ricky Rouse. 1979 Kevin Eubanks of Bell Canyon, CA, released the album Duets with fel- low guitarist Stanley Jordan. Pianist Lulu Martin of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, has played on numerous recordings this year, including those by Rodrigo Lima (Saga), Julio Maya (Portal), and Alfredo Dias Gomes (Looking Back). 1981 Bassist and guitarist Kevin Barbour of Nashua, NH, released the EP Modern Day Stories with drummer Grant Calvin Weston. It's available at CD Baby. Dave Hammond of Denver, CO, is the director of bands at Denver School of the Arts, an arts magnet school he helped establish in 1993. He is also working on Four Canals, his frst release of original music. Saxophonist Scott Robinson of Teaneck, NJ, placed just behind Sonny Rollins in the December 2014 Down Beat Readers Poll. He also placed third on baritone, and ffth in the miscella- neous instrument category. Philippe Souriant of Belle Allée Saint Francois, Guadelope, released the album Un nouveau jour, featuring his brother, bassist Loïc Souriant '82. Two of his songs are published with French publisher Absilone. Visit his You Tube channel at souriant philippe. 1982 David Alan Bunn of Baltimore, MD, served as the composer, orchestrator, and bandleader for Black Stars of the Great White Way concert hosted by Cecily Tyson, Norm Lewis, and Phylicia Rashad at Carnegie Hall. Karen DeBiasse of Somerville, MA, is the vocalist for the band Girl on Top. They released a cover of the Ozzy Osbourne song "I Don't Want to Stop." Billy James of Asheville, NC, has pro- vided background vocals and per- cussion for music by Yes vocalist Jon Anderson. His PR company Glass Onyon does publicity for top jazz, rock, and pop artists. Compiled by Ryan Fleming Robert Raines '77 Jim Milliard '69 Joe Doyle '87 Dave Hammond '81 Tanner Roman

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