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    Gildo Mahones
    22 Nov
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    08 Nov
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    01 Nov
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    25 Oct
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    18 Oct
    Diane Witherspoon
    27 Sep
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    30 Aug
    Frank Tusa
    23 Aug
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    16 Aug
    Scotty Barnhart
    09 Aug
    Joe Gilman
    26 Jul
    Dr Lonnie Smith
    19 Jul
    Tony Monaco
    28 Jun
    Michael O'Neill
    21 Jun
    Nolan Gasser
    14 Jun
    Michael Manring
    31 May
    Tim Garland
    26 Apr
    Molly Holm
    19 Apr
    Ben Sidran
    12 Apr
    Marlena Shaw
    29 Mar
    Remy Le Boeuf
    15 Mar
    Lua Hadar
    08 Mar
    Ben Goldberg
    01 Mar
    Stephanie Nakasian
    18 Jan
    Most Recent Castaway - 9th February, 2018
    George Cotsirilos (2018)

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    Guitarist/composer/arranger George Cotsirilos was born in Chicago. His early choice of musical instrument seems somewhat Jekyll-and-Hyde: influenced on the one hand by a classical-music devotee aunt, his first instrument was the violin; on the other hand, an uncle who in his own youth had played drums with Woody Herman got him interested, first, in that instrument and then, beginning with a Louis Armstrong concert, in jazz itself. If two instruments are good, then three must surely be better, so he took up the piano after seeing Oscar Peterson at Chicago's London House.

    Not long after the Summer of Love, George enrolled at UC Berkeley as a sociology major. But—perhaps seduced by his then-recent success in learning blues riffs for the guitar—he dropped out for a while to play with a blues band in Ann Arbor, Michigan ("Not a bad group", he says, "we ended up backing Albert King when he came to town"). After the group broke up, he made his way back to the Bay Area, re-enrolling at Berkeley, and completing a degree.

    In the intervening decades, George continued to play guitar with groups large and small, vocal and instrumental, all the while holding down one of the more unusual day jobs for a jazz musician: in the law—from public defender, through to 15 years of teaching criminal trial practice at UC Berkeley.

    George has a particular relationship with bassist Robb Fisher, with whom he co-founded the co-operative San Francisco Night¬hawks in the '90s, featuring drummer Eddie Marshall. Together with drummer Ron Marabuto, Robb appears on all three of George's trio recordings. In fact, both are also on his newest—quartet—recording, "Mostly in Blue".
    Pick Artist Album Song Label
    # 1 Andrés Segovia Five Centuries of the Spanish Guitar Nana MCA Classical
    # 2 George Cotsirilos Variations But Beautiful OA2
    # 3 John Coltrane Lush Life I Love You Prestige
    # 4 Lee Morgan The Procrastinator Rio Blue Note
    # 5 Miles Davis '58, Featuring "Stella by Starlight" On Green Dolphin Street Columbia
    # 6 Jim Hall Essentials I See Nothing to Laugh About Concord
    # 7 George Cotsirilos Mostly in Blue Mostly in Blue OA2
             
    Book Jorge Luis Borges, "Ficciones"
             
    Luxury Item A case of "Pliny the Elder" beer