Desert Island Jazz
Lincoln Adler (2008)

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Lincoln Adler was born in Los Angeles but grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, ultimately attending UC Berkeley. He graduated to tenor saxophone while in high school after a decade or so study with clarinet and, before that, piano. In addition to formal music instruction, he studied privately with a number of teachers, including one of his influences, Joe Henderson. (Other influences include Eddie Harris--to whom he pays tribute on the opening track of his recording "Are You in There?"--Stanley Turrentine, Dexter Gordon and Johnny Griffin.)

Returning to Los Angeles for a while, Lincoln spent half a decade with the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, featuring on piano that jazz musician manqué, Jeff Goldblum. They played regularly around Los Angeles, including an appearance as the opening act at the Playboy Jazz Festival.

Perhaps because he was so often in the company of movie people during this period, Lincoln's interest in photography developed (pun unintentional) to such a degree that it's been said, only a little tongue-in-cheek, that he could make a living at it if the jazz doesn't work out. (Check out some his work at his web site.)

Back home in the Bay Area, Lincoln is on stage most frequently with Times 4, and runs his own recording label, Groove Tonic Media. A firm believer in technology, he seeks out like-minded musicians to co-operate with him, positively encouraging them "Do try this at home."
Pick Artist Album Song Label
# 1 Dapp Theory (Andy Milne and Gregoire Maret) Y'All Just Don't Know Con Alma (Concord)
# 2 Sonny Rollins Saxophone Colossus Strode Rode (Prestige)
# 3 Stanley Turrentine Joyride River's Invitation (Blue Note)
# 4 Steve Turré, featuring Cassandra Wilson Steve Turré In a Sentimental Mood (Verve)
# 5 Rosa Passos The Best of Rosa Passos É Luxo Só (Velas)
# 6 Dexter Gordon Homecoming (Live at the Village Vanguard) 'Round Midnight (Columbia)
# 7 Lizz Wright Dreaming Wide Awake Dreaming Wide Awake (Verve)
Book Yamamoto Tsunetomo: "Hagakure: The Way of the Samurai"
Luxury Item "A foot locker full of the best chocolate I could get"
Alternate Picks/Not Broadcast
Alt 1 Branford Marsalis Quartet Eternal The Ruby and the Pearl (Universal Music)
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25 Sep
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19 Jun
George Cole
21 Aug
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06 Mar
Kit Eakle
04 Sep
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13 Feb
Noah Griffin
06 Nov
Tammy Hall
27 Feb
Alan Hall
22 May
Christian Howes
27 Mar
Kymberly Jackson
03 Apr
Julie Kelly
20 Feb
Maya Kronfeld and Valerie Troutt
29 May
Jennifer Lee
17 Apr
Steven Lugerner
24 Jul
Steve McQuarry
05 Jun
Jacqui Naylor
13 Nov
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14 Aug
Zack Rogow
24 Apr
Holli Ross
17 Jul
Ellen Seeling
02 Oct
Richard Seidel
09 Oct
Edward Simon
31 Jul
Tessa Souter
23 Oct
Steve Turré
07 Aug
Donna Viscuso
20 Nov
Patrick Wolff
16 Jan