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Ravi Abcarian
24 Aug
Nicolas Bearde
19 Oct
Dee Bell
23 Mar
Dave Bendigkeit
06 Jul
Steven Bernstein
30 Mar
Wil Blades
25 May
Terence Blanchard
10 Aug
Larry Coryell
22 Jun
William Dement
14 Dec
Pete Escovedo
21 Dec
Kenny G
20 Apr
Sunna Gunnlaugs
29 Jun
Lorca Hart
16 Mar
06 Apr
Veronica Klaus
17 Aug
Julian Lage
27 Jul
Hubert Laws
24 Feb
Delfeayo Marsalis
12 Oct
Roy McCurdy
13 Apr
Nika Rejto
16 Nov
Renee Rosnes
26 Oct
Poncho Sanchez
09 Nov
Judi Silvano
13 Jul
Lonnie Liston Smith
02 Nov
Tyshawn Sorey
02 Mar
Terell Stafford
03 Aug
Victoria Theodore
07 Dec
Emil Viklický
15 Jun
Cedar Walton
27 Apr
Peter Williams
01 Jun
Victor Wooten
20 Jul
Peter Zak
08 Jun

Most Recent Castaway - 9th December, 2016
Bruce Jenkins (2016)

(Photo by Rene Renard)

Bruce Jenkins was born with unimpeachable musical genes on both sides. His mother was vocalist Beverly Mahr, and his father was composer- and arranger-to-the-stars Gordon Jenkins.

Bruce was born in Malibu in the years not long after the end of WW II, and his early neighbors and their guests included the likes of Merle Oberon, Katherine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy and Ronald Reagan. (Another guest was Charles Manson.)

Bruce attended Santa Monica High School, where he developed his knack for writing. In 1971, he graduated from UC Berkeley, where he was sports editor for the Daily Cal. Two years later he was hired by the San Francisco, and over four decades after that he's still there. ("Once a week", he adds, since he now works mostly from home.)

In 1986, Bruce had a life-changing experience on the north shore of Hawaii. The beach house he was staying in was overwhelmed by a rogue wave which destroyed it: he awoke with sand in his hair and the ocean at the door. After taking stock, he began to do exactly what he wanted to, covering big sporting events such as Wimbledon, the US Open, the Barcelona Olympics, and NBA finals.

Bruce has written several books, including "North Shore Chronicles", "A Good Man" on basketball coaching legend Pete Newell, and a biography of his father, "Goodbye: In Search of Gordon Jenkins"; his next book will be on the women surfers of San Francisco. He's recently had published the second in his series of easily digestible and funny books, "Shop Around: Growing up with Motown in a Sinatra Household—The Music that Changed My Life #2."
Pick Artist Album Song Label
# 1 Benny Goodman More Camel Caravans Goodbye Phontastic
# 2 Beverly Mahr The Complete Manhattan Tower Married I Can Always Get Capitol
# 3 Louis Armstrong The Essential Louis Armstrong Potato Head Blues Columbia Legacy
# 4 Ray Charles Genius & Soul: The 50th Anniversary Collection Them That Got Rhino
# 5 Charlie Parker Bird Ornithology Columbia Legacy
# 6 Nelson Riddle 45 RPM single Route 66 Capitol
# 7 Lambert, Hendricks and Ross The Hottest New Group in Jazz Hi Fly Columbia
# 8 Billy May Oh, By Jingo Sorta Dixie Creative World Records
# 9 Wes Montgomery Tequila How Insensative Verve
# 10 Stan Getz The Definitive Stan Getz Desafinado Verve
# 11 Dexter Gordon Ballads You've Changed Blue Note
Book Gerald Nachman, "Seriously Funny"
Luxury Item A Yamaha DX-7 synthesizer