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    Sonny Buxton

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    Jon Jang

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    Charlie Byrd

    Clifford Brown

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    Conte Candoli

    Dick Conte

    Stan Dunn

    Bob Parlocha

    Richard Hadlock

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    Orrin Keepnews

    Kitty Margolis

    Marian McPartland

    Jayne Sanchez

    Bud Spangler

    Michael Brecker

    Dave Brubeck

    Regina Carter

    Chick Corea

    John Dankworth

    Mimi Fox

    Keith Hines

    Tim Jackson

    Cleo Laine

    Wynton Marsalis

    Bob Parlocha

    Arturo Sandoval

    Toots Thielemans

    Wesla Whitfield

    George Hughes

    Jim Cullum

    Antoine Hervé

    Jim Hall

    Kenny Werner

    Kenny Barron

    Greg Bridges





    Most Recent Castaway - 24th March, 2017
    Sandi Poindexter (2017)

    (Photo by Rene Renard)

    Violinist and educator Sandi Poindexter grew up in Oakland, California, at a time when music was everywhere—especially in elementary and middle school. When aged just seven, she started violin at her public school, Brookfield School in East Oakland. Every day, she had music classes in some form or other, be it ensembles, sectionals, or private lessons—not to mention, later, the Oakland Youth Symphony.

    While sharing a job in the string section for a band, Sandi met Ed Kelly and John Handy (John was to become her mentor): this was her first exposure to jazz with a seasoned master. With John, she played at the 1989 Monterey Jazz Festival, and in New York City at the Village Vanguard, and they opened one year in Sacramento for Joe Williams. They later put out the recording "John Handy with Class".

    It was while vacationing in Martinique that Sandi heard the Danzón style of music for the first time. She immediately fell in love with it, and began to study Cuban music. By chance, she met Roberto Borell, originator of Orquestra la Moderna Tradición—she is still a member.

    She's also a member of Avotcja and Modúpue, of Tito y su Son de Cuba, and of Idris Ackamoor and the Pyramids. As if that's not enough, in her "spare time" she assists kids with early Mariachi instruction.
    Pick Artist Album Song Label
    # 1 Shirley Horn Here's to Life Here's to Life Verve
    # 2 Sarah Vaughan Brazillian Romance So Many Stars Columbia
    # 3 João Gilberto Amoroso/Brazil Estaté Warner Bros
    # 4 John Coltrane Coltrane Out of This World Impulse
    # 5 Miles Davis Kind of Blue Flamenco Sketches Columbia
    # 6 John Handy with Class Centerpiece Mood Indigo Landmark
    # 7 Idris Ackamoor and the Pyramids We Be All Africans We Be All Africans Strut Records
             
    Book Paramahansa Yogananda, "Metaphysical Meditations"
             
    Luxury Item "My violin"