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    09 Aug
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    01 Nov
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    26 Apr
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    14 Jun
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    26 Jul
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    01 Mar
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    08 Mar
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    16 Aug
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    19 Apr
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    08 Nov
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    25 Oct
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    15 Mar
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    22 Nov
    Michael Manring
    31 May
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    30 Aug
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    18 Oct
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    28 Jun
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    18 Jan
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    21 Jun
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    29 Mar
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    12 Apr
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    19 Jul
    Frank Tusa
    23 Aug
    Diane Witherspoon
    27 Sep
    Most Recent Castaway - 30th June, 2017
    Kev Choice (2017)

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    Oakland native, emcee, producer and bandleader Kev Choice first emerged as part of Lauryn Hill's band.

    Kev has said that he was heavily into vinyl as a kid, and that developed an ear for all kinds of music. As a teenager, he played in classical and jazz programs as part of UC Berkeley young musicians' program. He continued his studies, first at Xavier University in New Orleans, and then at Southern Illinois University, where he got his master's in music.

    After grad school, Kev started touring and recording with Michael Franti and Spearhead, Lyrics Born, Too $hort, Ledisi. and Goapele. It was in 2007 that Lauryn Hill asked him to be her musical director, and that took him around the world, exposing him to Ethiopian and world music, rock and reggae.

    Since then Kev has opened for the likes of Robert Glasper, Mos Def, Digable Planets—the list is too long. He has composed hip-hop sonatas, and while he has yet to compose a hip-hop symphony, that's in effect what it is every time he gets on stage.
    Pick Artist Album Song Label
    # 1 Bud Powell The Definitive Bud Powell Celia Verve/Blue Note
    # 2 Sonny Clark Sonny Clark Trio I Didn't Know What Time It Was Blue Note
    # 3 John Coltrane Blue Train Moment's Notice Blue Note
    # 4 George Duke Feel Feel MPS
    # 5 Roy Hargrove Family Trilogy: Roy Allan Verve
    # 6 Joe Henderson Power to the People Black Narcissus Milestone
    # 7 McCoy Tyner Inception Speak Low Impulse!
    # 8 Doug Carn Infant Eyes Little B's Poem Black Jazz
    # 9 Robert Glasper Canvas Rise and Shine Blue Note
             
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