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    Kenny Barron

    David Benoit

    Melanie Berzon

    Michael Brecker

    Greg Bridges

    Clifford Brown

    Willie L. Brown

    Dave Brubeck

    Sonny Buxton

    Charlie Byrd

    Conte Candoli

    Regina Carter

    Alisa Clancy

    Avishai Cohen

    Dick Conte

    Chick Corea

    Chris Cortez

    Bill Cosby

    Jim Cullum

    John Dankworth

    Pete Douglas

    Jim Dunbar

    Stan Dunn

    Mimi Fox

    Mike Greenshill

    John Griffin

    Richard Hadlock

    Jim Hall

    Roy Hargrove

    Pat Henry

    Antoine Hervé

    Keith Hines

    Dave Holland

    George Hughes

    Bobby Hutcherson

    Tim Jackson

    Ahmad Jamal

    Jon Jang

    Orrin Keepnews

    Cleo Laine

    Kathleen Lawton

    Kitty Margolis

    Wynton Marsalis

    Eddie Marshall

    Christian McBride

    Marian McPartland

    Bob Parlocha

    Bob Parlocha

    Rufus Reid

    Annie Ross

    Jayne Sanchez

    Arturo Sandoval

    Diane Schuur

    George Shearing

    Bud Spangler

    Toots Thielemans

    Jesse "Chuy" Varela

    Larry Vuckovich

    Kenny Werner

    Wesla Whitfield and Mike Greensill

    Herb Wong





    Most Recent Castaway - 12th April, 2019
    Claudia Villela (2019)

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    (Photo by Aloizio Jordao)

    Pianist, singer, composer and arranger Claudia Villela comes to the Bay Area from her native Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

    Claudia's voice is an incredibly flexible instrument, and she sings with an achingly pure tone. She has a great imagination to accompany it, too, choosing from her sonic palate of brass instruments, various bird calls, rushing water and rustling wind.

    Claudia has worked with Toots Thielmans, Michael Brecker, Toninho Horta, Kenny Werner, Romero Lubambo, and many others.

    Shortly before Christmas 2017, just as Claudia was about to return from a vacation back home, an electrical fire swept through her family's Rio apartment, destroying her passport, computer, piano, and family mementos. She was lucky to survive, escaping with burns to her hands and feet, and suffering smoke inhalation. But, thankfully, she still had her voice, and she was back performing, and healing—both inside and out—by the end of the following month.

    Claudia's most release is a retrospective of live dates, "Encantada Live".
    Pick Artist Album Song Label
    # 1 Chick Corea Mad Hatter The Woods Polydor
    # 2 Milton Nascimento and Lô Borges Clube da Esquina Cais World Pacific
    # 3 Milton Nascimento Anima Evocação das Montanhas Polygram
    # 4 Bill Evans and Toots Thielemans Affinity I Do It for Your Love Warner Bros
    # 5 Elis Regina and Antonio Carlos Jobim Elis & Tom Só Tinha de Ser Com Você Verve
    # 6 Milton Nascimento A Barca dos Amantes Amor de Indio Verve
    # 7 Antonio Carlos Jobim Symphonic Jobim Matita Palê Adventure Music
    # 8 Egberto Gismonti Trio ZigZag Forrobodó ECM
             
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    Luxury Item "A house with a studio and a Bösendorfer."