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Steve Adams
30 May
Cheryl Bentyne
17 Oct
Will Bernard
11 Apr
Barbara Borden
21 Mar
Jim Butler
13 Jun
Ian Carey
21 Feb
Judy Chaikin
17 Jan
Mike Clark
10 Oct
Freddy Cole
21 Nov
Beth Custer
01 Aug
Harry Duncan
03 Oct
Kai Eckhardt
03 Jan
Lisa Engelken
26 Sep
Don Friedman
07 Nov
Roger Glenn
05 Dec
Kimberly Gordon
28 Mar
Marty Grosz
29 Aug
Alex Hahn
08 Aug
Bill Holman
28 Feb
Tommy Igoe
07 Mar
Namita Kapoor
22 Aug
  Meklit
27 Jun
Lisa Mezzacappa
24 Oct
  Najee
25 Jul
Glenn Richman
15 Aug
Alfredo Rodriguez
25 Apr
Dan Sabanovich
02 May
Grant Stewart
12 Dec
Judy Wexler
04 Apr


Most Recent Castaway - 6th March, 2015
Alex Condé (2015)

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Pianist, composer and teacher Alex Condé is a rising star in jazz. A Spaniard by birth, he was weaned on flamenco: his father, Alejandro, is a famous singer, and just about everyone in the family plays or sings or both in that tradition.

In 2007, Alex followed his dream by enrolling at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. He was awarded a scholarship, graduating Cum Laude in Jazz Performance in 2009, and was awarded the Jazz Revelation award that same year. Then, having had enough of snow, even after only two years, he was drawn to the Bay Area, which, according to Alex, has the climate most like that of Spain.

He's completely immersed in the musical fusion of classical, flamenco and jazz. His debut recording, on Zoho Records, arrived just a month ago: it's a very special program of Thelonious Monk music.
Pick Artist Album Song Label
# 1 El Camarón de la Isla con la Colaboración Especial de Paco de Lucía Rosa María Rosa María Phillips
# 2 Paco de Lucía Sólo Quiero Caminar Sólo Quiero Caminar Polydor/Verve
# 3 Alex Condé Descarga for Monk Thelonious Zoho
# 4 Chucho Valdés Fantasia Cubana: Variations on Classical Themes Three Faces of Lécuona: La Comparsa—No. 1 Blue Note
# 5 Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane Trinkle Tinkle Jazzland
# 6 Danilo Pérez The Journey The Taking Novus
# 7 Alex Condé Descarga for Monk Think of One Zoho
# 8 Chick Corea Akoustic Band Spain GRP
         
Book Robin D.G. Kelley, "Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original"
         
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