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)
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11 Mar
Ron E. Beck
29 Apr
Pascal Bokar
07 Oct
Shanna Carlson
18 Mar
Sara Caswell
25 Mar
Carlos D'l Puerto
22 Jul
Kellye Gray
15 Jul
David Hart
04 Nov
Ellen Johnson
17 Jun
Steffen Kuehn
02 Dec
Paul McCandless
08 Jul
Allison Miller
15 Apr
Melissa Morgan
29 Jul
Linda Oh
05 Aug
Dafnis Prieto
24 Jun
Jim Pugh
30 Sep
Fred Randolph
05 Feb
Harvie S
03 Jun
Jake Shapiro
10 Jun
Marcus Shelby
15 Jan
Bria Skonberg
04 Mar
Mark Soskin
20 May
Leslie Stoval
19 Aug
John Stowell
08 Apr
Toots Thielemans
02 Sep
Roseanna Vitro
26 Feb
Paul VornHagen
14 Oct
Don Was
12 Aug
Danielle Wertz
27 May
Howard Wiley
28 Oct