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  • Peter Williams (2012)
    Native Californian Peter Williams can't remember a time when music--not just jazz, but many types--wasn't a big part of his life. It began with his family: he describes his father as "big in country music--he was a deejay, songwriter, record producer and promoted events." Peter got into jazz while in high school after hearing George Benson on his car radio.

    Peter began in radio while at UC Santa Cruz, volunteering at the campus station. He later worked at KCSM, and also at the legendary KJAZ. Then he landed the job of program director at KAZU in Pacific Grove ("a small public station, very eclectic"). He acquired extra responsibilities, such as becoming music director, too, until he was general manager. After some time, he realized that he had worked himself up to a position where he no longer had anything to do with actual music. And so followed a period at the Tucson Jazz Society.

    Peter returned to the Bay Area as artistic director of Yoshi's, which had just moved from Claremont Avenue in Oakland to new premises in Jack London Square. He booked acts there, and, for a while after the San Francisco location opened in 2007, was the booker for both clubs!

    Peter now has his "dream job" as the new executive director of the Napa Valley Opera House.
    Pick Artist Album Song Label
    # 1 Stanley Turrentine Let It Go On a Clear Day Impulse
    # 2 Olu Dara Neighborhoods Bell & Ponce (At the Movie Show) Atlantic
    # 3 Bill Frisell All We Are Saying ... Nowhere Man Sony
    # 4 George Benson Beyond the Blue Horizon Somewhere in the East CTI
    # 5 Ramoro Musotto M'Bala Civilizacao & Barbarye Circular Moves
    # 6 Kurt Elling Nightmoves Tight Concord
    # 7 Don Pullen Random Thoughts Andre's Ups and Downs Blue Note
    # 8 Wes Montgomer Verve Jazz Sides Unit Seven Verve
    # 9 Chico Trujillo Chico de Oro Calentones Barb├Ęs Records
             
    Book National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Birds
             
    Luxury Item A djembe
    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