Desert Island Jazz
Castaways Alphabetically
Robben Ford
17 Dec
Alfredo Rodriguez
12 Nov
Cleo Laine and Jacqui Dankworth
22 Oct
George Wein
15 Oct
Lee Brenkman
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 - 5th February, 2016
Fred Randolph (2016)

Visit Website

Fred Randolph is a bassist, composer, arranger and educator who has devoted his entire life to the pursuit of music.

Born in Hawaii, it's only natural that Fred started on ukulele. He later picked up the guitar after hearing Jimi Hendrix; and after hearing Howard Roberts, he was intrigued as to how far jazz guitar harmonies might be able to take him.

Trumpet and saxophone followed during Fred's undergraduate years at UC Berkeley, but his real musical epiphany came while studying for his master's at CSU Hayward: the bass, with its endless sonic vibrations and possibilities.

Fred has since appeared on countless recordings and at countless festivals. He has several groups of his own, and also directs number of student groups.

Of Fred's latest recording "Song without Singing", Andrew Gilbert wrote "it's a project that showcases his rhythmic range and melodically charged compositional vision" and "his band features top-shelf improvisers".
Pick Artist Album Song Label
# 1 Louis Armstrong and Earl Hines The Complete Louis Armstrong Hot Five and Hot Seven Recordings Weatherbird Columbia Legacy
# 2 Lester Young The Count Basie Story Shoe Shine Boy Blue Note
# 3 Charlie Christian Solo Flight: The Genius of the Electric Guitar Solo Flight Columbia
# 4 Charlie Parker Charlie Parker with Strings Summertime Mercury
# 5 Miles Davis Porgy and Bess Summertime Columbia
# 6 John Coltrane Coltrane Plays the Blues Mr Knight Atlantic
# 7 Wes Montgomery Bumpin' Here's That Rainy Day Verve
# 8 Jimmy Smith The Boss The Boss Verve
# 9 Herbie Hancock Thrust Actual Proof Columbia
# 10 Dory Caymmi Kicking Cans Migration Qwest
         
Book Rick Bragg, "Jerry Lee Lewis: His Story"
         
Luxury Item "A yacht"