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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 - 26th September, 2014
Lisa Engelken (2014)

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"JazzTimes" calls vocalist and bandleader Lisa Engelken "an utter original" who "defines the ‘extra’ in extraordinary”.

Born the youngest of thirteen children in Big Skies, Kansas, Lisa attributes her assertiveness to her place in that extensive line-up. Living on a farm--its "street address" was literally a Rural Route-—her earliest audiences were milk cows and tomato plants, which heard her singing Joni Mitchell songs. Her subsequent operatic and theatrical training couldn't polish off her rough edges as she continues to infuse her vocal stylings with sheer joy, crankiness and irony.

After living in Italy, Lisa moved to Washington, DC, where she co-founded the alt-jazz sextet The Zimmermans, and the jazz lounge quintet, Black Olive. During her time in DC, she was also flying down south to front the theatrical pop-rock The Sugar La-Las in Birmingham, AL.

Lisa relocated to the Bay Area, and immediately set to work as a composer, vocal coach and chanteuse. She was awarded the Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award for her work role as Yitzhak in "Hedwig and the Angry Inch." She has written, arranged and produced her jazz vocal releases "Caravan" (2010) and "Little Warrior" (2013), and is currently enrolled in an audio and video production program to further hone her production and engineering skills.
Pick Artist Album Song Label
# 1 Joyce Gafieira Moderna Samba da Silvia Far Out Recordings
# 2 Charles Mingus Mingus Ah-Um Boogie Stop Shuffle Columbia
# 3 Various Artists Jesus Christ Superstar Damned for All Time MCA
# 4 Tom Waits Blue Valentine $29 Warner Bros
# 5 Wayne Shorter Night Dreamer Oriental Folk Song Blue Note
# 6 Airto Moreira and Flora Purim Fourth World Capoeira da Mente Melt 2000
# 7 Prince Around the World in a Day Tamborine Warner Bros
# 8 Jaco Pastorius The Best of Jaco Pastorius Portrait of Tracy Epic
# 9 Miles Davis Nefertiti Fall Columbia
         
Book Dante Alighieri, "The Divine Comedy", unabridged and annotated
         
Luxury Item "A grand piano, or else a limitless supply of paper and ink"