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    Darol Anger

    Jules Broussard

    Carla Cook

    Bruce Forman

    Dick Hyman

    Jim Nadel

    Rob Schneiderman

    Dick Sudhalter

    Joe Vella

    Paul Winter

    Sheryl Bailey

    Michael Burman

    Dena DeRose

    Benny Green

    Noel Jewkes

    Larry Ochs

    Anton Schwartz

    Quincy Troupe

    Harvey Wainapel

    Phil Woods

    Fred Berry

    George Cables

    Mad and Eddie Duran

    Chuck Huggins

    Mel Martin

    Julian Priester

    Dee Spencer

    Tuck and Patti

    Wayne Wallace

    Denny Zeitlin

    Arthur Blythe

    Jimmy Cobb

    Robin Eubanks

    Charlie Hunter

    Paul Mehling

    Joshua Redman

    Mary Stallings

    Phil Upchurch

    Paula West

    Most Recent Castaway - 28th April, 2017
    Buzz Brooks (2017)

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    Musician, comedian and cabby Buzz Brooks embodies what makes San Francisco the city it is: quirky, imaginative and inventive. He got his nickname as a teenager about 50 years ago because of his Type-A approach to living.

    Buzz got just enough piano training to develop a good ear and thence to become part of an R&B show called 300 Years. He was accepted to the Berklee College of Music, Boston University and Washington University, and actually went to Hofstra for a couple of semesters, but the band was just doing too much playing. Who wouldn't want to open for Sly Stone, King Curtis, The Chambers Brothers, The Spinners, or Isaac Hayes?

    The group broke up in 1977, and Buzz made his way to San Francisco, becoming a cab driver a few years later. But he kept playing, writing and singing, and in 2005 put out a CD.

    With the rise of Uber and Lyft, Buzz realized that he'd have to hone his entertainment chops in order to beat them out—and he has. Any Thursday, Friday or Saturday night, you can hail the Kabaret Kab, and take an unforgettable San Francisco journey.
    Pick Artist Album Song Label
    # 1 Weather Report Best of Weather Report Birdland Columbia
    # 2 New York Voices Hearts of Fire Giant Steps GRP
    # 3 Eddie Palmieri Palmas Palmas Concord
    # 4 Lambert Hendricks and Ross The Hottest New Group in Jazz Cloudburst Columbia
    # 5 Kurt Elling Flirting with Twilight Lil Darlin' Blue Note
    # 6 Sonny Rollins The Definitive Sonny Rollins Oleo Fantasy
    # 7 Tom Lellis Southern Exposure Keeper of the Flame Adventure Music
    # 8 Al Jarreau and the Metropole Orkest Live Spain Concord
             
    Book Samuel L. Clemens, "The Autobiography of Mark Twain"
             
    Luxury Item "A Solarwave 62', 100% solar-powered catamaran with zero emissions and consumptions"