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|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.
|# 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"|