Desert Island Jazz
Alex de Grassi (2007)

Visit Website

Although he comes from a musical family (growing up right here on the San Francisco peninsula), Alex de Grassi is primarily self-taught on his chosen instrument, the guitar: at age 13, he appropriated his elder brother's instrument in preference to his own assigned trumpet.

He's honed his finger style for over 30 years, beginning with his first release on Windham Hill, (the quintessential California "New Age" label), entitled "Turning: Turning Back". His 1998 recording "The Water Garden" was nominated for a Grammy.

Alex's current project is DeManIa, a trio with electric bassist Michael Manring and percussionist Christopher Garcia.
Pick Artist Album Song Label
# 1 Egberto Gismonti and Academia de Danças Sanfona Maracatu (ECM)
# 2 Herbie Hancock Gershwin's World It Ain't Necessarily So (Verve)
# 3 Thelonious Monk Standards Memories of You (Columbia)
# 4 Sérgio and Odair Assad Alma Brasileira Baião Malandro (Nonesuch)
# 5 Gustav Holst The Planets Suite, Op. 32 Mars (Deutsche Grammophon)
# 6 Joni Mitchell Both Sides Now Sometimes I'm Happy (Reprise)
Book A world atlas
Luxury Item A lifetime's supply of Naughty Boy pinot noir
Castaways by date
Melissa Aldana
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