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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 - 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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