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  • Castaways Alphabetically
    Sam Bevan
    14 Dec
    Alex de Grassi
    02 Dec
    Tierney Sutton
    26 Oct
    Toby Gleason
    28 Sep
    Terrence Brewer
    21 Sep
    Brad Stone
    24 Aug
    Ron Carter
    17 Aug
    Yosvany Terry
    10 Aug
    Julian Waterfall Pollack
    29 Jul
    Carl Sonny Leyland
    27 Jul
    Dana Leong
    20 Jul
    Greg Sankovich
    13 Jul
    Mark Applebaum
    07 Jul
    Ingrid Jensen
    15 Jun
    Jeff Chambers
    08 Jun
    Jim Rothermel
    01 Jun
    John Thiessen
    25 May
    Hal Stein
    21 May
    Cindy Browne
    27 Apr
    Tony Marcus
    13 Apr
    Ed Earley
    06 Apr
    John Coppola
    30 Mar
    Tod Dickow
    24 Mar
    Sandy Cressman
    09 Mar
    Marcus Belgrave
    02 Mar
    Peck Allmond
    23 Feb
    Lisa Pollard
    09 Feb
    Dave Slusser
    02 Feb
    Dick Hindman
    05 Jan


    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"