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11 Mar
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29 Apr
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22 Jul
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15 Jul
Ellen Johnson
17 Jun
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08 Jul
Allison Miller
15 Apr
Melissa Morgan
29 Jul
Dafnis Prieto
24 Jun
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05 Feb
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03 Jun
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10 Jun
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15 Jan
Bria Skonberg
04 Mar
Mark Soskin
20 May
John Stowell
08 Apr
Roseanna Vitro
26 Feb
Danielle Wertz
27 May

Most Recent Castaway - 29th July, 2016
Melissa Morgan (2016)

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Vocalist Melissa Morgan was born in New York City, and grew up in Teaneck, New Jersey. She began piano at age four, and a decade later was a member of choirs in high school.

Melissa got her first taste of travel and music as a teen, while on a seven-country tour of Europe with the US Youth Chorale. A few years later, she entered the SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Yolande Bavan, Jon Faddis, Mark Murphy and Roseanna Vitro, among others.

After graduation, Melissa started gigging regularly around New York City, at locations such as Small's, G-Bar, Smoke, St Nick's Pub, and sitting in with the likes of Harold Mabern, David Hazeltine and Sam Yahel. In 2004, she was a semi-finalist in the Thelonious Monk International Vocal Competition.

Melissa's successful debut recording, "Until I Met You", will soon be joined by "Days Like This."
Pick Artist Album Song Label
# 1 Joe Williams Presenting Joe Williams and Thad Jones/Mel Lewis: The Jazz Orchestra Get Out My Life, Woman Solid State
# 2 Nancy Wilson How Glad I Am You Don't Know How Glad I Am Capitol
# 3 Bill Henderson Bill Henderson with the Oscar Peterson Trio Baby Mine Verve
# 4 Hank Mobley Soul Station Soul Station Blue Note
# 5 Etta Jones Hollar! Reverse the Charges OJC
# 6 Kurt Elling The Messenger Tanya Jean Blue Note
# 7 Brad Mehldau Art of the Trio, Vol. 1 Blackbird Warner Bros
# 8 Melissa Walker Days Like This You Let My Love Grow Cold CD Baby
# 9 Aretha Franklin Aretha Sings the Blues Trouble in Mind Columbia
Book Julia Cameron, "The Artist's Way"
Luxury Item A journal and a pencil