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    Kenny Washington
    09 Dec
    Eddie Palmieri
    02 Dec
    Keith Terry
    18 Nov
    Marque Gilmore
    04 Nov
    John Calloway
    28 Oct
    Bruno Louchouarn
    21 Oct
    Rana Farhan
    30 Sep
    Ivan Lins
    02 Sep
    Kat Parra
    26 Aug
    Zan Stewart
    19 Aug
    Bruce Barth
    12 Aug
    Joe Lovano
    05 Aug
    Ndugu Chancler
    29 Jul
    Jimmy Heath
    22 Jul
    Claudia Acuña
    08 Jul
    Deanna Witkowski
    01 Jul
    Charles Hamilton
    24 Jun
    Putter Smith
    10 Jun
    Gene Perla
    03 Jun
    Dave Bass
    06 May
    Rudy Ramirez
    29 Apr
    Dave LeFebvre
    08 Apr
    Bodil Niska
    01 Apr
    Rory Snyder
    25 Mar
    Bruce Williamson
    18 Mar
    George Mesterhazy
    11 Mar
    Jason Moran
    04 Mar
    Ray Brown
    25 Feb
    Scott Hamilton
    18 Feb
    Jeff Oster
    21 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"