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    Most Recent Castaway - 11th October, 2019
    Carl Saunders (2019)

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    Trumpeter-composer-drummer-educator Carl Saunders was born in Indianapolis into a showbiz family. He was on the road as a baby because his mother, Gail, was the singer in the very popular Sherwood Orchestra run by her brother, trumpeter Bobby Sherwood. They had some hits, such as "Elks' Parade" and "In Sherwood Forest." Then he and his mother settled in Los Angeles, living with an aunt who was married to saxophonist Dave Pell.

    Carl started playing trumpet in 7th grade, and admired the sound of Pell's trumpeter Don Fagerqvist. Following high school, Carl auditioned for the Stan Kenton band: in this period (1961), Kenton was in his mellophonic years, so he hired Carl on mellophone rather than trumpet.

    Carl lived in Las Vegas for a couple of decades, playing golf during the day and, in the evening, playing music behind just about everybody who came through: Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, and so on. He traveled as a lead player with Paul Anka, and Robert Goulet

    In 1984, Carl moved back to Los Angeles, and was soon playing in Bill Holman's new big band—in fact, 35 years later he's still in the band, and even rehearsed with them the day before being cast away on KCSM's desert island. Over the years, he's appeared on hundreds of recordings and, also has half a dozen excellent albums out on his own.
    Pick Artist Album Song Label
    # 1 Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers At the Café Bohemia, Vol. 2 Like Someone in Love Blue Note
    # 2 Terry Gibbs The Dream Band, Vol. 5: The Big Cat Soft Eyes Contemporary
    # 3 Erroll Garner Concert by the Sea I'll Remember April Columbia
    # 4 John Coltrane The Last Trane Lover OJC
    # 5 Bill Holman In a Jazz Orbit Theme & Variations #2 V.S.O.P.
    # 6 Miles Davis The Complete Concert: 1964 There Is No Greater Love Columbia
             
    Book Carl Saunders, "New Jazz Standards"
             
    Luxury Item "My putter"