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  • Castaways by date
    Bruce Ackley

    Geri Allen

    Donald Bailey

    Clint Baker

    Guy Barker

    Michael Bluestein

    Brian Bromberg

    James Carter

    Clairdee

    Ruth Davies

    Madeline Eastman

    Lorraine Feather

    Darrell Grant

    Art Hirahara

    Richard Howell

    Pete Jolly

    Julian Joseph

    Calvin Keys

    Mark Little

    Harold Mabern

    Ren Marie

    Dmitri Matheny

    Bobbe Norris

    Si Perkoff

    Evan Price

    Jackie Ryan

    John Santos

    John Shifflett

    Marcos Silva

    Ray Skjelbred

    Andrew Speight

    Jacky Terrasson

    Jeff Watts

    John L. Worley jr.

    Earl Zindars

    Michael Zisman

    Most Recent Castaway - 2nd July, 2021
    Claire Greene (2021)
    Music has been a part of NYC-born Claire Greene’s life for as long as she can remember, starting with the discovery of the baby grand in the living room. The acoustic guitar followed, and then the flute, the latter while she was in the high school marching band, which she describes as “off-the-hook fun, even though the band leader was Buddy Rich-level crazy.”

    Claire has no discography, no list of clubs she’s packed or arenas filled; no Grammy’s grace her shelf. Instead she does have many friends in radio. At KQED, 25 years ago she was producer/director of KQED's Fog City Radio with Ben Fong Torres, and today you can hear her on air from time to time, valiantly trying—and usually succeeding—to make membership drives tolerable, yet successful.

    At KCSM, our own friendship with Claire began in 1995 when she helped on our live broadcast from the Monterey Jazz Festival. Thereafter, for a decade or so, she produced and directed just about everything we did—MJF as mentioned, San Jose Fest broadcasts, KCSM’s own “Jazz on the Hill” festivals—and also directed Alisa Clancy’s 2005 one-woman on Dorothy Fields, “On the Sunny Side of the Street.”

    KCSM’s loss is KQED’s gain.
    Pick Artist Album Song Label
    # 1 D'Jamin-Bartlett A Little Night Music The Miller's Son Sony BMG
    # 2 Miles Davis Kind of Blue Blue in Green Columbia
    # 3 Muddy Waters Folk Singer My Home Is in the Delta Chess
    # 4 Junk Junk Late Night Radio Faffco
    # 5 Monty Alexander Live at the Montreux Festival Satin Doll MPS
    # 6 Bill Evans I Will Say Goodbye I Will Say Goodbye Fantasy
    # 7 Brad Mehldau The Art of the Trio, Vol. 1 Blackbird Warner Bros
    # 8 Ed Reed The Song Is You Here's to Life Black Shorts
             
    Book Evelyn Waugh, "Brideshead Revisited"
             
    Luxury Item A little grass shack, with a hammock.