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  • Nick Rossi (2018)

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    (Photo by Matt Osborne )

    Guitarist, bandleader, writer, artist, and onetime-organist Nick Rossi has the perfect skill-set for success in today's gig economy. Frank Lloyd Wright and Duke Ellington are among his heroes.

    With an educational background in both History and Literature, Nick moved from his native Southern California to San Francisco to attend USF. As he puts it, at that time he wanted to escape suburbia and to go to either San Francisco or New York City, and the City by the Bay was an easier sell to his parents.

    Nick is also an architect of event planning—for which he could put together just about any band to accompany it. He's just back from his first trip to Japan, where he made his Japanese debut at Tokyo's Café Streamline (run by, he says, "a Django Reinhardt fanatic.”)
    Pick Artist Album Song Label
    # 1 Jimmy Smith Standards Mood Indigo Blue Note
    # 2 Bix Beiderbecke and Frankie Trumbauer Bix & Tram Singin' the Blues JSP
    # 3 Louis Armstrong The Big Band Sides 1930/32 Stardust JSP
    # 4 Dick McDonough Carl Kress, Eddie Lang and Dick McDonough: Guitar Players--Four Hands Are Better Than Two Honeysuckle Rose Jazz Classics
    # 5 George Van Eps Benny Goodman and Jack Teagarden: B.G. & Big Tea in NYC Sugar GRP
    # 6 Fletcher Henderson Ken Burns Jazz Big John's Special Columbia Legacy
    # 7 Lester Young and Count Basie Classic 1936-1947 Count Basie & Lester Young Studio Sessions Every Tub Mosaic
    # 8 Duke Ellington The Complete 1936-1940 Variety, Vocalion and OKeh Small Group Sessions Prelude to a Kiss Mosaic
    # 9 Charlie Christian The Genius of the Electric Guitar Shivers Columbia
    # 10 Lester Young The Essential Keynote Collection 1 I Never Knew Mercury
    # 11 Charlie Parker Complete Savoy and Dial Recordings 1944-1948 Relaxin' at Camarillo Mosaic
    # 12 King Cole Trio Transcriptions Body and Soul Blue Note
    Book James Joyce, "Ulysses"
    Luxury Item A 1930s D'Angelico archtop guitar
    Castaways by date
    David Benoit
    25 Jan
    Lori Carsillo
    18 Jan
    Alex Monfort
    04 Jan