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    Most Recent Castaway - 13th October, 2017
    Tamir Hendelman (2017)

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    Pianist, composer and arranger Tamir Hendelman was born in Tel-Aviv, where he started keyboard studies at age six, on the organ.

    In 1984, Tamir's family moved to the United States. By this time, so proficient had he become that he won Yamaha's national keyboard competition two years later, at age 14. He studied at Tanglewood in 1988, and in 1993 got his bachelor's degree in Music Composition from Eastman. After graduation, he became the youngest musical director for Lovewell Institute, a national arts education non-profit group.

    Since returning to Los Angeles, Tamir has been permanently busy. He's part of the Jeff Hamilton Trio and the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, in addition to running his own trio. He's done countless arrangements for singers such as Jackie Ryan, Natalie Cole, Greta Matassa, Angela Hagenbach, and Roberta Gambarini. What's more, he was part of Barbra Streisand's "Love Is the Answer" album, appearing on Oprah with Barbra.

    Tamir toured Europe with Tierney Sutton's band and the Bill Holman Big Band, and accompanied Streisand on her return engagement to the Village Vanguard.

    Tamir has two trio recordings as a leader, "Playground" from 2008 with his old pals John Clayton and Jeff Hamilton, and "Destinations" from a couple of years later with Marco Panascia and Lewis Nash.

    So busy is Tamir that KCSM was lucky indeed to catch him for the desert island between a master class in the morning and an appearance at the Monterey Jazz Festival in the evening.
    Pick Artist Album Song Label
    # 1 Ray Brown Don't Get Sassy Don't Get Sassy Telarc
    # 2 Duke Ellington and Count Basie Battle Royal Battle Royal Columbia
    # 3 Herbie Hancock Maiden Voyage Dolphin Dance Blue Note
    # 4 Stan Getz Stan Getz and the Oscar Peterson Trio Pennies from Heaven Verve
    # 5 Rosa Passos Amarosa Chega de Saudade Sony Classical
    # 6 Chick Corea and Gary Burton Crystal Silence SeƱor Mouse ECM
    # 7 Carmen McRae Carmen Sings Monk Man, That Was a Dream Novus
    # 8 Clifford Brown and Max Roach Study in Brown Take the "A" Train EmArcy
             
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