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    Eric Alexander

    Tim Armacost

    Peter Barshay
    28 Aug
    Hadley Caliman

    Tony Corman

    Meredith d'Ambrosio

    Dave Ellis

    Steve Erquiaga

    Michael Feinstein

    Ben Fong-Torres

    Giacomo Gates

    John and Paula Hackett

    Richard Hadlock

    Frank Jackson

    Geoffrey Keezer

    Sebastien Lanson

    Jason Lewis

    Joe Locke
    24 Sep
    Pete Magadini

    Jane Monheit

    Bill Moody

    Miles Perkins

    Denise Perrier

    Billy Philadelphia

    Larry Schneider

    Danny Spencer

    Bill Stewart

    Lee Tanner

    Martin Taylor

    Vince Wallace

    John Wiitala

    Gini Wilson

    Mark Wright

    Libby York





    Most Recent Castaway - 25th January, 2019
    David Benoit (2019)

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    Born in Bakersfield and raised in Los Angeles, David Benoit is a multiple Grammy-nominated pianist, composer and arranger. He has long rained supreme as one of the founding fathers of contemporary jazz.

    David got sucked into jazz in the same way as did many of his contemporaries, watching "Peanuts" specials in the 1960s, hearing Vince Guaraldi, and wondering—Charlie Brown-like—whether he could play like that.

    By age 13 he was studying privately. Later, he started working on his music theory and composition, then studied film scoring at UCLA, and continued to conducting. During the 1970s, he was music director for Lainie Kazan, and it was with her that he had his first professional experience as a conductor: his having begun as her pianist, eventually she asked him whether he'd ever conducted, and he didn't exactly lie.

    David has charted over two dozen albums since 1980. He's also the music director for the Asia-American Symphony Orchestra and the Asia-American Youth Orchestra. He's a radio guy, too, with a morning jazz show at KKJZ in Long Beach.
    Pick Artist Album Song Label
    # 1 Stan Getz and João Gilberto Getz/Gilberto So Danço Samba Verve
    # 2 Dave Brubeck Time Out Kathy's Waltz Columbia
    # 3 Bill Charlap Somewhere: The Songs of Leonard Bernstein Glitter and Be Gay Blue Note
    # 4 Sergio Mendes Pure Bossa Nova: A View on the Music of Sergio Mendes Desafinado Universal
    # 5 Bill Evans Trio '64 Little Lulu Verve
    # 6 Diana Krall Love Scenes Peel Me a Grape Impulse
    # 7 Kenny Burrell Midnight Blue Chitlins Con Carne Blue Note
    # 8 Miles Davis Relaxin' If I Were a Bell Prestige
             
    Book Dean Koontz, "Forbidden Door"
             
    Luxury Item "A little Martini kit, with Tito's vodka"