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    Most Recent Castaway - 28th April, 2017
    Buzz Brooks (2017)

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    Musician, comedian and cabby Buzz Brooks embodies what makes San Francisco the city it is: quirky, imaginative and inventive. He got his nickname as a teenager about 50 years ago because of his Type-A approach to living.

    Buzz got just enough piano training to develop a good ear and thence to become part of an R&B show called 300 Years. He was accepted to the Berklee College of Music, Boston University and Washington University, and actually went to Hofstra for a couple of semesters, but the band was just doing too much playing. Who wouldn't want to open for Sly Stone, King Curtis, The Chambers Brothers, The Spinners, or Isaac Hayes?

    The group broke up in 1977, and Buzz made his way to San Francisco, becoming a cab driver a few years later. But he kept playing, writing and singing, and in 2005 put out a CD.

    With the rise of Uber and Lyft, Buzz realized that he'd have to hone his entertainment chops in order to beat them out—and he has. Any Thursday, Friday or Saturday night, you can hail the Kabaret Kab, and take an unforgettable San Francisco journey.
    Pick Artist Album Song Label
    # 1 Weather Report Best of Weather Report Birdland Columbia
    # 2 New York Voices Hearts of Fire Giant Steps GRP
    # 3 Eddie Palmieri Palmas Palmas Concord
    # 4 Lambert Hendricks and Ross The Hottest New Group in Jazz Cloudburst Columbia
    # 5 Kurt Elling Flirting with Twilight Lil Darlin' Blue Note
    # 6 Sonny Rollins The Definitive Sonny Rollins Oleo Fantasy
    # 7 Tom Lellis Southern Exposure Keeper of the Flame Adventure Music
    # 8 Al Jarreau and the Metropole Orkest Live Spain Concord
             
    Book Samuel L. Clemens, "The Autobiography of Mark Twain"
             
    Luxury Item "A Solarwave 62', 100% solar-powered catamaran with zero emissions and consumptions"