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  • Sylvia Cuenca (2008)

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    Sylivia Cuenca was raised right here in San Jose, and has been based in New York City for an astonishing two decades. In 1988 and again in 1991 she received jazz performance grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, and in 1992 she was a semi-finalist in Thelonious Monk International Jazz Drums Competition (one of the judges was the ever-youthful Roy Haynes, one of Sylvia's favorites).

    She's toured nationally and internationally with Clark Terry for over 15 years, and has performed with Joe Henderson, Charlie Haden, Al Grey, Red Holloway, Jimmy Heath, The Mingus Big Band, Frank Wess and many others. All this time, she's led her own groups, and is leading multiple different aggregations on this visit back home to the San Francisco Bay Area, including teaching, as she has done for over 20 years, at the Stanford Jazz Workshop.
    Pick Artist Album Song Label
    # 1 The Clifford Brown-Max Roach Quintet At Basin Street What Is This Thing Called Love? (EmArcy)
    # 2 Clark Terry Serenade to a Bus Seat Serenade to a Bus Seat Riverside
    # 3 Miles Davis Milestone Two Bass Hit (Columbia)
    # 4 Roy Haynes Out of the Afternoon Snap Crackle (Impulse)
    # 5 Herbie Hancock Empyrean Isles One Finger Snap (Blue Note)
    # 6 John Coltrane Transition Transition (Impulse)
    # 7 McCoy Tyner The Real McCoy Search for Peace (Blue Note)
    # 8 Herbie Hancock The Prisoner I Have a Dream (Blue Note)
    Book James Redfield, "The Celestine Prophecy"
    Luxury Item A satellite 'phone
    Alternate Picks/Not Broadcast
    Alt 1 John Coltrane Dear Old Stockholm   (Impulse)
    Alt 2 Joe Henderson In Pursuit of Blackness   (Contemporary)
    Alt 3 Freddie Hubbard Red Clay   (CTI)
    Alt 4 Sergio Mendes Brasilero   (Elektra)
    Alt 5 Wayne Shorter Native Dancer   (Columbia)
    Castaways by date
    George Cotsirilos
    09 Feb
    Steve Dalachinsky
    13 Apr
    Ed Klitsch
    05 Jan
    Andy Stein
    30 Mar