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    Robben Ford
    17 Dec
    Alfredo Rodriguez
    12 Nov
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    22 Oct
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    15 Oct
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    08 Oct
    Mark Winkler
    03 Sep
    Doug Beavers
    27 Aug
    Fred Frith
    13 Aug
    Larry Grenadier
    06 Aug
    Victor Lin
    30 Jul
    Charles McPherson
    23 Jul
    Erik Jekabson
    16 Jul
    Houston Person
    02 Jul
    Chuck Bennett
    25 Jun
    Rebecca Coupe Franks
    28 May
    Loren Schoenberg
    30 Apr
    Mike Vax
    23 Apr
    Eddie Henderson
    09 Apr
    Babatunde Lea
    19 Mar
    Dave Tidball
    12 Mar
    Adam Shulman
    05 Mar
    Laura Klein
    26 Feb
    Frank Sumares
    19 Feb
    Barbara Dane
    15 Jan
    Lee Charlton
    08 Jan




    Most Recent Castaway - 1st September, 2017
    Gerald Beckett (2017)

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    Flautist Gerald Beckett was born in Beaumont, Texas. He began on alto sax as a pre-teen, but while studying at the University of North Texas in Denton, switched to flute. (We all know of Texas Tenors, but Texas Flautists? Yes: Gerald joined the likes of NEA Jazz Master Hubert Laws from Houston, one of Gerald's musical heroes.)

    Gerald went on to graduate with a BBA in Administrative Management.

    It wasn't until Gerald moved to the Bay Area in the mid-80s that he started immersing himself in the jazz scene. He started listening to the great jazz flute players, such as Herbie Mann, Eric Dolphy, Dave Valentin, Paul Horn, and the aforementioned Hubert Laws. He spent eight years studying flute at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, giving recitals in the classica repertoire.

    Gerald has played with just about everybody in every kind of setting, and has half a dozen releases under his own name, the latest of which, "Oblivion", might well be his best.
    Pick Artist Album Song Label
    # 1 Herbie Mann Push Push What's Going On Embryo
    # 2 Hubert Laws Morning Star Morning Star Masterworks
    # 3 Kent Jordan Essence Moment's Notice Columbia
    # 4 Roy Haynes Fountain of Youth Green Chimneys Dreyfus
    # 5 Eric Alexander The Second Milestone John Neely Beautiful People Milestone
    # 6 Paul Horn The Jazz Years: 1961-1963 A Lazy Afternoon Black Sun
    # 7 Russell Gunn Young Gunn You Don't Know What Love Is Muse
    # 8 Wynton Marsalis Marsalis Standard Time, Vol. 1 Caravan Columbia
             
    Book Dante Alighieri, "The Divine Comedy"
             
    Luxury Item A Cartier Tank watch