Berklee today

OCT 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 1965 Bassist and producer Gene Perla of Easton, PA, who has worked with numerous jazz greats, released the album Bill's Waltz on his own PM Records label. Visit 1973 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 Pianist Steve Sternberg of Tallahassee, FL, has worked full time on the retire- ment home circuit for fve years in Florida and Alabama. He has also taught private lessons on piano, saxo- phone, fute and harmonica since 1982. Visit 1974 Guitarist Al Di Meola of New Milford, NJ, released the album Elysium. In June he was named the 22nd recipi- ent of the Montreal International Jazz Festival's Miles Davis Award. 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 1975 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 1977 Steven Saltzman of Los Angeles, CA, released the book Music Editing for Film and Television: The Art and the Process. Visit 1978 Bob Sinicrope of Milton, MA, is the president of the Jazz Education Network (JEN), which will hold its sev- enth annual conference in Louisville, KY, in January 2016. It will feature key- note speaker Victor Wooten, 75 per- formances and clinics, a jazz business symposium, and more than 100 exhib- itors. Visit 1980 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 1981 Saxophonist Scott Robinson of Teaneck, NJ, released Mission in Space, featuring Marshall Allen and Henry Grimes on his ScienSonic Laboratories label. Visit Guitarist Rolf Sturm of North Bergen, NJ, released an album with singer Jenna Mammina titled Spark on Water Street Music. He has appeared on 60 albums with artists including Tony Trischka, Anthony Braxton, and John Medeski. Visit 1982 Michael Antonelli of Walden, NY, com- pleted his doctor of music arts degree at Boston University and wrote his dis- sertation on Joe Lovano and Us Five. Visit Luis Disla of Hollywood, FL, produced and arranged the tropica/salsa proj- ect La 313 for his DLM label, featur- ing vocalist Armando Vega and com- poser Hector Montijo. Bassist Loïc Souriant of Pointe-à- Pitre, Guadeloupe, released the album Bass Traveler. 1983 Jody Espina of Savannah, GA, pro- duced the George Garzone album Crescent, featuring pianist Leo Genovese '04 and bassist Esperanza Spalding '05. 1984 Bassist Hans-Peter Brack of Herrliberg, Switzerland released a new album with Diggin' the Blues on Sony Music Entertainment Switzerland. Visit Joel Goodman of Topanga, CA, scored the HBO flm Southern Rites and the Neil LaBute flm Dirty Weekend, and the PBS program American Experience: Walt Disney. Visit Pianist and singer Barry Rocklin of Revere, MA, performs his "Barry from Boston" cabaret series aboard the MS Veendam, MS Oosterdam, and the MS Vollendam. 1985 Drummer Alun Harries of Twickenham, Great Britain worked on Lisa Kwei's albums The Girl You Left Behind and Leave Only Footprints. The latter is scheduled for release in late 2015. He also runs a private teaching studio in Twickenham. Saxophonist Sam Newsome of Brooklyn, NY, published the book Life Lessons from the Horn: Essays on Jazz, Originality and Being a Working Musician. He teaches jazz studies at Long Island University Brooklyn. Compiled by Ryan Fleming Al DiMeola '74 Gene Perla '65 Steven Saltzman '77 Bob Sinicrope '78

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