Desert Island Jazz
Ben Fong-Torres (2004)

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Ben Fong-Torres was born in Alameda, California, in 1945, and raised in Oakland's Chinatown, where his parents owned a restaurant. He attended San Francisco State College from 1962 through 1966, majored in Radio-TV-Film and served as a reporter and editor of the campus daily.

He began writing for Rolling Stone magazine in 1968, in its eighth issue. He had a full-time job at another publication: Pacific Telephone’s employee magazine. By night, he was a volunteer editor at East West, a bilingual Chinatown newspaper. In May, 1969, Ben joined Rolling Stone as news editor.
Pick Artist Album Song Label
# 1 Ray Charles, featuring Norah Jones Genius Loves Company Here We Go Again (Concord)
# 2 Jimmy Smith Bashin': The Unpredictable Jimmy Smith Walk on the Wild Side (Verve)
# 3 Madeline Eastman Mad About Madeline Cheek to Cheek (Mad Kat)
# 4 Frank Sinatra with the Count Basie Orchestra Sinatra at the Sands I've Got You under My Skin (Reprise)
# 5 Jenna Mamina Under the Influence Watching the Detectives (Mamma Grace)
# 6 Gene Ammons Fine and Mellow Play Me (Prestige)
# 7 Pamela Rose You Can Have It All You Can Have It All (Three-Handed Records)
# 8 Larry Ching Till the End of Time I Only Have Eyes for You (Forbidden City Records)
Book On CD-ROM, either a music encyclopedia or The Encyclopaedia Britannica
Luxury Item A portable karaoke machine
Alternate Picks/Not Broadcast
Alt 1 Vince Guaraldi Jazz Impressions of "Black Orpheus" Cast Your Fate to the Wind (OJC)
Castaways by date
Paul Anastasio
25 Sep
Macy Blackman
19 Jun
George Cole
21 Aug
Alex Condé
06 Mar
Kit Eakle
04 Sep
Phillip Greenlief
13 Feb
Tammy Hall
27 Feb
Alan Hall
22 May
Christian Howes
27 Mar
Kymberly Jackson
03 Apr
Julie Kelly
20 Feb
Maya Kronfeld and Valerie Troutt
29 May
Jennifer Lee
17 Apr
Steven Lugerner
24 Jul
Steve McQuarry
05 Jun
Dave Newhouse
14 Aug
Zack Rogow
24 Apr
Holli Ross
17 Jul
Ellen Seeling
02 Oct
Edward Simon
31 Jul
Steve Turré
07 Aug
Patrick Wolff
16 Jan