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    Gildo Mahones
    22 Nov
    Earl R. Johnson jr
    08 Nov
    Sugar Pie DeSanto
    01 Nov
    Kathy Kosins
    25 Oct
    Doug Miller
    18 Oct
    Diane Witherspoon
    27 Sep
    Karen Marguth
    30 Aug
    Frank Tusa
    23 Aug
    Paul Hanson
    16 Aug
    Scotty Barnhart
    09 Aug
    Joe Gilman
    26 Jul
    Dr Lonnie Smith
    19 Jul
    Tony Monaco
    28 Jun
    Michael O'Neill
    21 Jun
    Nolan Gasser
    14 Jun
    Michael Manring
    31 May
    Tim Garland
    26 Apr
    Molly Holm
    19 Apr
    Ben Sidran
    12 Apr
    Marlena Shaw
    29 Mar
    Remy Le Boeuf
    15 Mar
    Lua Hadar
    08 Mar
    Ben Goldberg
    01 Mar
    Stephanie Nakasian
    18 Jan
    Most Recent Castaway - 25th May, 2018
    Kait Dunton (2018)

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    (Photo by Peter Figen)

    Jazz critic Don Heckman described composer, pianist and educator Kait Dunton as "an extraordinary talent on the rise". Don uses the term "extraordinary" sparingly, so you know that she is the real deal.

    Following language studies at the University of Virginia with the intention of becoming a Spanish translator, Kait changed direction, getting a Master of Music degree in Jazz Piano Performance from the University of North Texas—in fact she was a member of the group Snarky Puppy during their formative years.

    Kait is also an honored alumna from the USC's Thornton School of Music, where she received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree, and she is now an active professor, heading the piano performance program at the Los Angeles College of Music in her native Pasadena.

    Kait just issued her fifth recording, TrioKAIT 2. She is excellent at cultivating the art of the trio, with great compositions, crisp and solid piano chops, and some nice telepathy with bassist Cooper Appelt and drummer Jake Reed, with whom she's been playing for quite some time.
    Pick Artist Album Song Label
    # 1 Brad Mehldau Largo When It Rains Warner Bros
    # 2 McCoy Tyner Supertrios Wave Milestone
    # 3 Shirley Horn I Thought About You Nice 'n' Easy Verve
    # 4 Wayne Shorter Speak No Evil Speak No Evil Blue Note
    # 5 E.S.T. Seven Days of Falling Elevation of Love ACT
    # 6 Herbie Hancock Thrust Actual Proof Columbia
    Book Marilynne Robinson, "Housekeeping"
    Luxury Item An exit strategy: either a private jet or a chartered helicopter