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  • 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 - 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"