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  • Castaways by date
    Claudia Acuña
    08 Jul
    Bruce Barth
    12 Aug
    Dave Bass
    06 May
    Ray Brown
    25 Feb
    John Calloway
    28 Oct
    Ndugu Chancler
    29 Jul
    Rana Farhan
    30 Sep
    Marque Gilmore
    04 Nov
    Scott Hamilton
    18 Feb
    Charles Hamilton
    24 Jun
    Jimmy Heath
    22 Jul
    Dave LeFebvre
    08 Apr
    Ivan Lins
    02 Sep
    Bruno Louchouarn
    21 Oct
    Joe Lovano
    05 Aug
    George Mesterhazy
    11 Mar
    Jason Moran
    04 Mar
    Bodil Niska
    01 Apr
    Jeff Oster
    21 Jan
    Eddie Palmieri
    02 Dec
    Kat Parra
    26 Aug
    Gene Perla
    03 Jun
    Rudy Ramirez
    29 Apr
    Putter Smith
    10 Jun
    Rory Snyder
    25 Mar
    Zan Stewart
    19 Aug
    Keith Terry
    18 Nov
    Kenny Washington
    09 Dec
    Bruce Williamson
    18 Mar
    Deanna Witkowski
    01 Jul
    Most Recent Castaway - 16th June, 2017
    Jarrett Cherner (2017)

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    (Photo by Melissa Morano)

    A decade or so ago, Bay Area native Jarrett Cherner was described by jazz journalist Andy Gilbert as "one of the most exciting young pianist-composers on the Bay Area scene". His contemporary trio release "Burgeoning" garnered him an ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award.

    Since those days, Jarrett has earned concurrent degrees at Tufts (B.S., Mathematics) and the New England Conservatory (Jazz Piano Performance), where he studied with Danilo Pérez, Jerry Bergonzi, and Michael Cain, among others.

    After a brief period home in the Bay Area, Jarrett moved back east to New York City in 2008 to pursue graduate studies at Manhattan School of Music.

    Jarrett was a semifinalist at the 2011 Montreux Jazz Piano Competition, and performed solo at the Whitney Museum as part of the 2012 BLEED residency of Jason Moran, one of his teachers at the Manhattan School of Music.

    Now growing into a master teacher in his own right, Jarrett's most recent recording is "Expanding Heart".
    Pick Artist Album Song Label
    # 1 Oscar Peterson Night Train C Jam Blues Verve
    # 2 Charlie Haden Nocturne En la Orilla del Mundo Verve
    # 3 Maurice Ravel Great pianists of the 20th Century, Vol. 68, Arturo Benedetti Michelange Piano Concerto in G, Adagio Assai Polygram Classics
    # 4 Mercedes Sosa Exitos Eternos Alfonsina y el Mar Universal Latino
    # 5 Ornette Coleman Tomorrow Is the Question Tears Inside Contemporary
    # 6 Andy Bey Ballads, Blues and Bey I'm Just a Lucky So-And-So Evidence
    # 7 Marquis Hill The Way We Play My Foolish Heart Concord
    # 8 Paul Bley Alone, Again Olhos de Gato Improvising Artists, Inc.
    # 9 Keith Jarrett and Charlie Haden Last Dance My Old Flame ECM
    # 10 Thelonious Monk Alone in San Francisco Reflections OJC
             
    Book David Foster Wallace, "Infinite Jest", or
    poetry by either Rumi or Hafez
             
    Luxury Item "A piano"