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    Harry Allen

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    Lynne Arriale

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    Amina Figarova

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    Hank Jones

    Vince Lateano

    Mike Lipskin

    Bob Mielke

    Hafez Mordirzadeh

    Shirley Muramoto

    Susan Muscarella

    Leon Oakley

    Anthony Ortega

    Nicholas Payton

    Christopher Bonnier Pitts

    Chris Potter

    Maria Schneider

    Akira Tana

    Jessica Williams

    Peter Williams

    Michael Wolff

    Francis Wong

    Most Recent Castaway - 17th February, 2017
    Robin Gregory (2017)

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    (Photo by Tanya Constantine)

    Vocalist Robin Gregory divided her formative years between Washington, DC, and Atlantic City, New Jersey, during a fertile period of musical innovation, and cross-pollination of Jazz, R&B and Blues. Attending Howard University, she was Homecoming Queen in 1966, at the very time when the Civil Rights movement was giving way to the Black Power movement.

    Robin loves the Great American Songbook, and she interprets it with her warm honey sound, influenced by, among others, Gloria Lynne, Dakota Staton, Billie Holiday, and Little Jimmy Scott.

    Long resident in the San Francisco Bay Area, Robin is a local treasure who has performed at festivals and in clubs all around Northern California.
    Pick Artist Album Song Label
    # 1 John Coltrane Africa Brass Africa Impulse
    # 2 Alice Coltrane A Monastic Trio Lovely Sky Boat Impulse
    # 3 Billie Holiday The Billie Holiday Songbook Billie's Blues Verve
    # 4 Jackie McLean Destination Out Love and Hate Blue Note
    # 5 Nancy Wilson Yesterday's Love Songs, Today's Blues All My Tomorrows Capitol
    # 6 Gene Ammons Gentle Jug, Vol. 3 Didn't We? Prestige
    # 7 Dakota Staton The Late, Late Show Trust in Me Collectables
    # 8 Betty Carter Inside Betty Carter This Is Always Capitol
    # 9 Lee Morgan The Sidewinder The Sidewinder Blue Note
    Book Swami Venkatesananda, "Yoga Vasistha"
    Luxury Item A Tempurpedic mattress