Desert Island Jazz
Show All
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
  • Ken Berman (2008)

    Visit Website

    Pianist Ken Berman has played stages from Carnegie Hall in New York City, where he was born, to Yoshi’s in San Francisco, where he now lives. He has been compared with both Bill Evans and Keith Jarrett, and Le Monde of Paris (another city where he’s played) has called his style “fluid and erudite”.

    Like Evans and Jarrett, he favors the piano trio, for which format he’s adept at composing as well as playing: almost half of his first recording and the entirety of his second consisted of originals, and expectations are that his third will, likewise.

    Educationally, he continues to be bi-coastal: he’s studied at Berklee School of Music in Boston, and in California has taught at Stanford and at UC Berkeley, where he’s on the music faculty.
    Pick Artist Album Song Label
    # 1 Duke Ellington Piano Reflections Reflections in D (Capitol)
    # 2 Miles Davis Kind of Blue Flamenco Sketches (Columbia)
    # 3 John Coltrane Giant Steps Naima (Atlantic)
    # 4 Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong Ella and Louis Again Let's Call the Whole Thing Off (Verve)
    # 5 Miles Davis The Complete Concert: 1964 (My Funny Valentine and "Four" & More) Stella by Starlight (Columbia)
    # 6 Miles Davis Nefertiti Pinocchio (Columbia)
    # 7 Pat Metheny Rejoicing Lonely Woman (ECM)
    # 8 Keith Jarrrett Still Live My Funny Valentine (ECM)
    # 9 Bill Evans Waltz for Debby My Foolish Heart (Riverside)
    Book Thich Nhat Hanh, "Present Moment, Wonderful Moment"
    Luxury Item A Hamburg Steinway concert grand piano
    Alternate Picks/Not Broadcast
    Alt 1 The Beatles Abbey Road   (EMI)
    Alt 2 John Coltrane A Love Supreme   (Impulse)
    Alt 3 John Coltrane Crescent   (Impulse)
    Alt 4 Chick Corea Now He Sings, Now He Sobs   (Blue Note)
    Alt 5 Miles Davis Sketches of Spain   (Columbia)
    Alt 6 Miles Davis Miles Ahead My Ship (Columbia)
    Alt 7 Bob Dylan Blood on the Tracks   (Columbia)
    Alt 8 Herbie Hancock, Michael Brecker and Roy Hargrove Directions in Music   (Verve)
    Alt 9 Herbie Hancock Maiden Voyage   (Blue Note)
    Alt 10 Keith Jarrett At the Blue Note: The Complete Recordings   (ECM)
    Alt 11 Brad Mehldau Art of the Trio, Vol. 3: Songs   (Warner Bros)
    Alt 12 Brad Mehldau Day Is Done   (Nonesuch)
    Castaways by date
    Chris Amberger
    23 Jun
    Gerald Beckett
    01 Sep
    Buzz Brooks
    28 Apr
    Jarrett Cherner
    16 Jun
    Kev Choice
    30 Jun
    Anat Cohen
    28 Jul
    Natalie Cressman
    10 Feb
    Hershey Felder
    07 Apr
    Mitchell Feldman
    18 Aug
    Mike Galisatus
    03 Nov
    Aaron Germain
    06 Jan
    Robin Gregory
    17 Feb
    Tamir Hendelman
    13 Oct
    Kasey Knudsen
    17 Mar
    Matthew Montfort
    26 May
    Dan Montgomery
    06 Oct
    Andrea Motis
    21 Jul
    Ray Obiedo
    10 Mar
    Jayn Pettingill
    17 Nov
    John Pizzarelli
    25 Aug
    Sandi Poindexter
    24 Mar
    Don Randi
    20 Oct
    David Rogers
    24 Feb
    Eric Whittington
    29 Sep
    George Winston
    04 Aug
    Lizz Wright
    09 Jun
    Jason Yeager
    02 Jun