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    Grant Stewart
    12 Dec
    Roger Glenn
    05 Dec
    Freddy Cole
    21 Nov
    Don Friedman
    07 Nov
    Lisa Mezzacappa
    24 Oct
    Cheryl Bentyne
    17 Oct
    Mike Clark
    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 - 4th August, 2017
    George Winston (2017)

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    It's a fair bet that anyone during the 1980s either listening to the radio or buying records to chill out by has some of George Winston's music in their library.

    Though born in Michigan, George grew up mainly in Montana, Mississippi and Florida. During the 1960s, he studied sociology at Stetson University in DeLand, Florida.

    George loved the instrumental R&B, rock and pop music of his generation, and was particularly drawn to the organ. But in I971, after hearing Fats Waller, Teddy Wilson, and later Earl Hines, he went in a different direction, solo piano.

    George's earliest recordings were for John Fahey's Takoma Records, but in 1979 Will Ackerman convinced him to record for his then newly founded Windham Hill. George played some guitar music and some "night-time" music on piano, which were the basis for "Autumn", which became a best-selling recording for Windham Hill, and solidified the label's sound.

    George went on to record more seasonal pieces, a Vince Guaraldi recording, "Night Divides the Day: The Music of The Doors", and many others. He's also a producer of recordings—by not only Hawaiian slack key wizards, but also American traditional musicians.
    Pick Artist Album Song Label
    # 1 James Booker Junco Partner Pixie Rykodisk
    # 2 Professor Longhair New Orleans Piano Hey, Now, Baby Atlantic
    # 3 James Booker The Piano Prince of New Orleans Life Black Sun
    # 4 Thomas "Fats" Waller The Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 1 A Handful of Keys RCA
    # 5 Benny Goodman The Complete RCA Victor Small Group Recordings A Handful of Keys RCA
    # 6 Teddy Wilson 1934-1935 Liza Classics
    # 7 Henry Butler Henry Butler PiaNOLA Orleans Inspiration Basin Street
    # 8 Vince Guaraldi A Charlie Brown Christmas Linus and Lucy Fantasy
             
    Book Josef Woodard and Charlie Haden, "Conversations with Charlie Haden", or
    Ry Cooder, "Los Angeles Stories"
             
    Luxury Item A harmonica