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    Maxwell Chandler
    05 Dec
    Kathleen Grace
    21 Nov
    Antonio Sanchez
    14 Nov
    Scott Sorkin
    08 Nov
    Seward McCain
    24 Oct
    John Lee
    17 Oct
    Jaz Sawyer
    10 Oct
    Al Young
    26 Sep
    Debbie Poryes
    19 Sep
    Lincoln Adler
    29 Aug
    Ken Berman
    15 Aug
    Jeff Ballard
    08 Aug
    Sylvia Cuenca
    01 Aug
    Tootie Heath
    25 Jul
    Dayna Stephens
    18 Jul
    Brian Melvin
    27 Jun
    David Belove
    20 Jun
    Terry Disley
    02 May
    Craig Handy
    18 Apr
    Wally Schnalle
    11 Apr
    Myra Melford
    04 Apr
    Dred Scott
    21 Mar
    Lee Bloom
    14 Mar
    Laurie Antonioli
    29 Feb
    Ali Ryerson
    08 Feb
    Taylor Eigsti
    18 Jan
    Jeff Cressman
    04 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"