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    Steve Adams
    30 May
    Cheryl Bentyne
    17 Oct
    Will Bernard
    11 Apr
    Barbara Borden
    21 Mar
    Jim Butler
    13 Jun
    Ian Carey
    21 Feb
    Judy Chaikin
    17 Jan
    Mike Clark
    10 Oct
    Freddy Cole
    21 Nov
    Beth Custer
    01 Aug
    Harry Duncan
    03 Oct
    Kai Eckhardt
    03 Jan
    Lisa Engelken
    26 Sep
    Don Friedman
    07 Nov
    Roger Glenn
    05 Dec
    Kimberly Gordon
    28 Mar
    Marty Grosz
    29 Aug
    Alex Hahn
    08 Aug
    Bill Holman
    28 Feb
    Tommy Igoe
    07 Mar
    Namita Kapoor
    22 Aug
      Meklit
    27 Jun
    Lisa Mezzacappa
    24 Oct
      Najee
    25 Jul
    Glenn Richman
    15 Aug
    Alfredo Rodriguez
    25 Apr
    Dan Sabanovich
    02 May
    Grant Stewart
    12 Dec
    Judy Wexler
    04 Apr


    Most Recent Castaway - 1st September, 2017
    Gerald Beckett (2017)

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    Flautist Gerald Beckett was born in Beaumont, Texas. He began on alto sax as a pre-teen, but while studying at the University of North Texas in Denton, switched to flute. (We all know of Texas Tenors, but Texas Flautists? Yes: Gerald joined the likes of NEA Jazz Master Hubert Laws from Houston, one of Gerald's musical heroes.)

    Gerald went on to graduate with a BBA in Administrative Management.

    It wasn't until Gerald moved to the Bay Area in the mid-80s that he started immersing himself in the jazz scene. He started listening to the great jazz flute players, such as Herbie Mann, Eric Dolphy, Dave Valentin, Paul Horn, and the aforementioned Hubert Laws. He spent eight years studying flute at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, giving recitals in the classica repertoire.

    Gerald has played with just about everybody in every kind of setting, and has half a dozen releases under his own name, the latest of which, "Oblivion", might well be his best.
    Pick Artist Album Song Label
    # 1 Herbie Mann Push Push What's Going On Embryo
    # 2 Hubert Laws Morning Star Morning Star Masterworks
    # 3 Kent Jordan Essence Moment's Notice Columbia
    # 4 Roy Haynes Fountain of Youth Green Chimneys Dreyfus
    # 5 Eric Alexander The Second Milestone John Neely Beautiful People Milestone
    # 6 Paul Horn The Jazz Years: 1961-1963 A Lazy Afternoon Black Sun
    # 7 Russell Gunn Young Gunn You Don't Know What Love Is Muse
    # 8 Wynton Marsalis Marsalis Standard Time, Vol. 1 Caravan Columbia
             
    Book Dante Alighieri, "The Divine Comedy"
             
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