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    Bruce Ackley

    Guy Barker

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    René Marie

    Evan Price

    Marcos Silva

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    Geri Allen

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    Art Hirahara

    Calvin Keys

    Dmitri Matheny

    Jackie Ryan

    Ray Skjelbred

    John L. Worley jr.

    Donald Bailey

    Brian Bromberg

    Madeline Eastman

    Richard Howell

    Mark Little

    Bobbe Norris

    John Santos

    Andrew Speight

    Earl Zindars

    Clint Baker

    James Carter

    Lorraine Feather

    Pete Jolly

    Harold Mabern

    Si Perkoff

    John Shifflett

    Jacky Terrasson

    Michael Zisman

    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"