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    Lincoln Adler
    29 Aug
    Laurie Antonioli
    29 Feb
    Jeff Ballard
    08 Aug
    David Belove
    20 Jun
    Ken Berman
    15 Aug
    Lee Bloom
    14 Mar
    Maxwell Chandler
    05 Dec
    Jeff Cressman
    04 Jan
    Sylvia Cuenca
    01 Aug
    Terry Disley
    02 May
    Taylor Eigsti
    18 Jan
    Kathleen Grace
    21 Nov
    Craig Handy
    18 Apr
    Tootie Heath
    25 Jul
    John Lee
    17 Oct
    Seward McCain
    24 Oct
    Myra Melford
    04 Apr
    Brian Melvin
    27 Jun
    Debbie Poryes
    19 Sep
    Ali Ryerson
    08 Feb
    Antonio Sanchez
    14 Nov
    Jaz Sawyer
    10 Oct
    Wally Schnalle
    11 Apr
    Dred Scott
    21 Mar
    Scott Sorkin
    08 Nov
    Dayna Stephens
    18 Jul
    Al Young
    26 Sep
    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