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    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 Viklick√Ĺ
    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 - 23rd June, 2017
    Chris Amberger (2017)

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    Bassist, composer and educator Chris Amberger has been a rock-solid part of the Bay Area's jazz community since probably before the Summer of Love, fifty years ago.

    Chris grew up in Waterbury, Connecticut, until he was a teenager, when his widowed mother moved the family out to Oakland, California. He graduated from high school in 1967, and started appearing on records the very next year.

    Chris moved on to Merritt College in 1967-68. Then, thanks to Down Beat magazine, he got a full four-year scholarship to Berklee College of Music in Boston. That was from 1969-73: on the faculty were the likes of Gary Burton, Major Holly, and Ron McClure; and among Chris's graduating class were Bill Pierce and John Scofield.

    Thereafter, Chris took off around the world. His musical quest has taken him to the four corners, playing with Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, and touring with the likes of Cal Tjader and Rosemary Clooney. In between tours he was back the Bay Area, serving as the house bassist at the Keystone Korner.

    Chris still makes his home here, in Petaluma, and continues to work hard, working sometimes as many as three gigs on the same day.
    Pick Artist Album Song Label
    # 1 Dexter Gordon A Day in Copenhagen My Blues MPS
    # 2 Edgar Meyer Meyer and Bottesini Concertos Double Concerto for Cello and Double Bass Sony
    # 3 Gene Stone and Vince Wallace Jazz for Connoisseurs Kingfish N/A
    # 4 Steve Wolfe Cruisin' Some Grooves Melancholy Baby Wolfetones Records
    # 5 Caroluna Sacred Love Songs My Lips Got Lost N/A
    # 6 Chris Amberger not commercially available Careless Love not commercially available
    # 7 John Coltrane The Impulse Years Nature Boy Impulse
    # 8 Roy Haynes and Frank Strozier 60 Great Jazz Classics at the Movies Wives and Lovers Capitol
    # 9 Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers Live in Moers, 1976 Uranus Jazzline
             
    Book Philip Toshio Sudo, "Zen Guitar"
             
    Luxury Item "Water"