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    Grant Stewart
    12 Dec
    Roger Glenn
    05 Dec
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    21 Nov
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    07 Nov
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    24 Oct
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    17 Oct
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    10 Oct
    Harry Duncan
    03 Oct
    Lisa Engelken
    26 Sep
    Marty Grosz
    29 Aug
    Namita Kapoor
    22 Aug
    Glenn Richman
    15 Aug
    Alex Hahn
    08 Aug
    Beth Custer
    01 Aug
      Najee
    25 Jul
      Meklit
    27 Jun
    Jim Butler
    13 Jun
    Steve Adams
    30 May
    Dan Sabanovich
    02 May
    Alfredo Rodriguez
    25 Apr
    Will Bernard
    11 Apr
    Judy Wexler
    04 Apr
    Kimberly Gordon
    28 Mar
    Barbara Borden
    21 Mar
    Tommy Igoe
    07 Mar
    Bill Holman
    28 Feb
    Ian Carey
    21 Feb
    Judy Chaikin
    17 Jan
    Kai Eckhardt
    03 Jan


    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"