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
Steve Adams
30 May
Will Bernard
11 Apr
Barbara Borden
21 Mar
Jim Butler
13 Jun
Ian Carey
21 Feb
Judy Chaikin
17 Jan
Beth Custer
01 Aug
Kai Eckhardt
03 Jan
Kimberly Gordon
28 Mar
Alex Hahn
08 Aug
Bill Holman
28 Feb
Tommy Igoe
07 Mar
  Meklit
27 Jun
  Najee
25 Jul
Glenn Richman
15 Aug
Alfredo Rodriguez
25 Apr
Dan Sabanovich
02 May
Judy Wexler
04 Apr