Jazz alum Brian Landrus ’07 M.M. is on a roll. In addition to touring in Esperanza Spalding's Radio Music Society band for much of the past year, penning articles for Jazziz, JazzEd, and DownBeat, and being voted DownBeat Baritone Sax Rising Star for four years running, he has recently released Mirage, his 5th CD as a leader. 

Mirage features Landrus with two NEC colleagues including Grammy-Award nominated Ryan Truesdell ’06 M.M., who serves as the project's conductor, and NEC faculty member pianist/keyboardist Frank Carlberg.  Other players featured on the project are guitarist Nir Felder, bassist Lonnie Plaxico, drummer Rudy Royston, and violinist Mark Feldman leading a string quartet. 2013-09-25


Paulo PerfeitoPaulo Perfeito '07 M.M. has received DownBeat honors in the magazine’s 36th annual Student Awards competition. Perfeito received the top award for Jazz Group/Graduate College for a performance by his group Paulo Perfeito’s Eastman stet.

Perfeito, a trombonist and a native of Portugal, is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in the Jazz & Contemporary Media department at the Eastman School of Music. DownBeat recognized him for his group’s performance of Portuguese composer Carlos Azevedo’s “2-4” and of his own composition “Wander Lust” at his degree recital in November 2012.
Paulo Perfeito’s Eastman 6tet, which is composed of fellow award-winner saxophonist Marc Schwartz; Dave Chisholm, trumpet, Reuben Allen, piano; Emiliano Lasansky, bass; and Eric Metzger, drums, will be performing on the Jazz (Gibbs) Street Stage at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 29, during the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival.

After receiving his Bachelor of Music degree from Berklee College of Music in 2001, Perfeito taught jazz at ESMAE, a college-level performing arts institution in his hometown of Porto, Portugal, before returning to the United States and earning his Master of Music degree from the New England Conservatory in 2007. 2013-05-13


Jazz pianist/composer, Gregory Burk '98 M.M. has released an App for iPad and iPhone designed to teach young music students rhythmic hearing, coordination and memory skills. The App is called MyRhythm (one word) and has already been purchased in more than 20 countries worldwide.

He also has been invited to join the faculty of the G.Verdi Conservatory in Milan Italy as a Professor of Jazz Piano. Burk has been living in Italy since 2004. 2013-03-28



In a new album release, entitled COCKPIT, BOOTYJUICE, established at NEC in 2000, adds to their music catalog with their third album in ten plus years. "It's supposed to sound like fun," explains band leader, composer, saxophonist and keyboardist Zach Lucas, '03. "Jazz is naturally an influence in the writing style." With fellow alumni, Mike Gamble, '02 and Joseph DeMatteo, '03, BOOTYJUICE is stationed in New York City and looks to continue performing in the Northeast this coming summer.
Zach has recently collaborated on a project dedicated to the music of his father, Doug Lucas, entitled Lucas High. Doug Lucas was a musical progressive of the jazz-funk era of the 60's and 70's. Zach carries on that legacy with BOOTYJUICE as well as with The Youngblood Brass Band world wide.  2013-03-28

Check out this review of Adam (Bernstein) Berenson's '97 new album.  2013-02-07