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    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 January, 2018
    Ed Klitsch (2018)

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    Jazz impresario Ed Klitsch grew up in Philadelphia, where, as an aspiring drummer, he discovered rock 'n' roll in the 1950s. His drum teacher gave him some sage advice, to stop working on the technique and, instead, to listen; and also not to quit his day job.

    From rock 'n' roll, Ed progressed to jazz, starting with Earl Bostic and progressing to Philadelphia jazz royalty such as Clifford Brown (Ed attended Clifford's final concert) and to the New York groups such as Miles Davis's that routinely visited the City of Brotherly Love.

    Ed was part of a wacky Spike Jones-inspired band called the Tootsie Pops. One day his minister asked whether he'd heard of the jazz programs at St Peter's Lutheran in New York City: perhaps they could do that there, bring jazz into the sacred spaces. That was all he needed.

    Since May 1985, Ed has been at it continuously for over three decades, now in the 13th year at Jazz Church West in Danville. He's meeting, promoting, on the phone, hearing all of his favorites, the list of which is very long.

    Ed's association with KCSM goes back some 20 years, when membership drives were, let's say, less sophisticated than today, consisting of perhaps three telephones on a card table. (Perhaps it reminded him of the Tootsie Pops.)
    Pick Artist Album Song Label
    # 1 Gerry Mulligan Salle Pleyel Concert, Vol. 1 Bernie's Tune Vogue
    # 2 Cannonball Adderley Cannonball Adderley Quintet in San Francisco This Here Riverside
    # 3 Dizzy Gillespie On the French Riviera Long, Long Summer Philips
    # 4 Clifford Brown and Max Roach Clifford Brown and Max Roach at Basin Street Step Lightly EmArcy
    # 5 Bennie Green Trio Testifying McThing Blue Note
    # 6 Anton Schwartz Flashmob Swamp Thang Anton Jazz
    # 7 Erik Jekabson Quartet Live at the Hillside Club Pent-Up House Jekab's Music
    # 8 Mose Allison The Earth Wants You Certified Senior Citizen Blue Note
    Book Frank R. Hayde, "Stan Levey: Jazz Heavyweight"
    Luxury Item Peet's coffee