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  • Castaways Alphabetically
    Pete Escovedo
    21 Dec
    William Dement
    14 Dec
    Victoria Theodore
    07 Dec
    Nika Rejto
    16 Nov
    Poncho Sanchez
    09 Nov
    Lonnie Liston Smith
    02 Nov
    Renee Rosnes
    26 Oct
    Nicolas Bearde
    19 Oct
    Delfeayo Marsalis
    12 Oct
    Ravi Abcarian
    24 Aug
    Veronica Klaus
    17 Aug
    Terence Blanchard
    10 Aug
    Terell Stafford
    03 Aug
    Julian Lage
    27 Jul
    Victor Wooten
    20 Jul
    Judi Silvano
    13 Jul
    Dave Bendigkeit
    06 Jul
    Sunna Gunnlaugs
    29 Jun
    Larry Coryell
    22 Jun
    Emil Viklický
    15 Jun
    Peter Zak
    08 Jun
    Peter Williams
    01 Jun
    Wil Blades
    25 May
    Cedar Walton
    27 Apr
    Kenny G
    20 Apr
    Roy McCurdy
    13 Apr
      Hiromi
    06 Apr
    Steven Bernstein
    30 Mar
    Dee Bell
    23 Mar
    Lorca Hart
    16 Mar
    Tyshawn Sorey
    02 Mar
    Hubert Laws
    24 Feb


    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"