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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 - 15th December, 2017
    Matt Eakle (2017)

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    Native Californian Matt Eakle and his flute have been blowing crowds out of their seats and onto their feet ever since 1989, when he became the first wind player in the David Grisman Quintet. That meant his hanging out in the studio with Grisman and the likes of Jerry Garcia.

    Matt's professional career began in the mid-1970s with jazz and rock and symphonic bands. In 1978 he formed the group Trio Con Brio with guitarist/educator Davis Ramey and cellist Mark Summer of the Turtle Island String Quartet.

    You can hear Matt on Alison Brown's "Simple Pleasures", Chris Isaak’s "Notice the Ring", and Bonnie Raitt’s "Home". He was also part of the mariachi group Los Camperos in Linda Ronstadt’s theatrical production, "Mas Canciones de Mi Padre."

    Over the years, Matt has been able to coax out of his silver flute the sounds of the indigenous flutes from Japanese, Arabia, Native America, and East India, bending notes, singing and using percussion. He's also performed, toured and recorded pianist Suzanne Ciani her group The Wave.

    Matt has worked tirelessly to preserve the Headwaters Forest in Humboldt County with a compilation of music inspired by the forest, with performers such as Paul McCandless, Paul Winter, and David Grisman. He is also heard in the critically acclaimed documentary "The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill."
    Pick Artist Album Song Label
    # 1 Herbie Hancock Maiden Voyage Maiden Voyage Blue Note
    # 2 Hubert Laws Storm Then the Calm Dat over Dere Music Masters
    # 3 Bessie Smith The Anthology A Little Sugar in My Bowl Not Now
    # 4 Lee Morgan The Sidewinder The Sidewinder Blue Note
    # 5 Sarah Vaughan Crazy and Mixed-Up I Didn't Know What Time It Was Pablo
    # 6 Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington Together for the First Time/The Great Reunion I'm Beginning to See the Light Roulette
    # 7 Ray Charles Ray Sings, Basie Swings Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin' Concord
    # 8 Antonio Carlos Jobim and Elis Regina Elis and Tom Aguas de Março Trama/Verve
             
    Book Andrea Wulf, "The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World", or Charles C. Mann, "1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus", and "1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created"
             
    Luxury Item A flute, or a cappucino machine.