Desert Island Jazz
Ben Goldberg (2013)

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Clarinetist-composer Ben Goldberg was born in Denver, Colorado, and got his undergraduate music degree from UC Santa Cruz, followed by a master's in music composition from Mills College.

Ben studied with the dean of 20th Century clarinet teachers, Rosario Mazzeo, and later with Steve Lacy and Joe Lovano. He became interested in klezmer music while in college, and started thinking about the intersection of the klezmer tradition, improvised music, and the clarinet in jazz. After playing and touring with The Klezmorim, he put together his own New Klezmer Trio, with Dan Seamans and Kenny Wolleson .

For many years, Ben has been an integral part of the Bay Area tribe of creative music, always searching for like-minded spirits with whom to collaborate: Bill Frisell, Carla Kilhstedt and Tin Hat, John Zorn, Charlie Hunter, Vijay Iyer, Myra Melford, Nels Cline. They all seem to speak his poetic musical language.

Ben's two latest recordings were favorably reviewed in the "New York Times", and just the day before his being cast away on KCSM's desert island he was reviewed equally favorably by jazz critic Kevin Whitehead on NPR's "Fresh Air".
Pick Artist Album Song Label
# 1 Art Pepper Meets the Rhythm Section You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To Contemporary
# 2 Sonny Stitt So Doggone Good (LP) Your Love Is So Doggone Good Prestige
# 3 Steve Lacy Evidence Something to Live For OJC
# 4 Sonny Rollins The Sound of Sonny The Last Time I Saw Paris Riverside
# 5 Louis Armstrong Satch Plays Fats: The Music of Fats Waller Black and Blue Columbia
# 6 Thelonious Monk Solo Monk I Should Care Columbia
# 7 Muddy Waters Folk Singer Long-Distance Call Chess
# 8 Bob Dylan The Bootleg Series, Vol. 8: Tell Tale Signs - Rare and Unreleased 1989-2006 Everything Is Broken Columbia
Book Alan Grossman, "Summa Lyrica: A Primer of the Common Places in Speculative Poetics"
Luxury Item A bottle of Laphroaig
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11 Mar
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29 Apr
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07 Oct
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18 Mar
Sara Caswell
25 Mar
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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