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    Peck Allmond
    23 Feb
    Mark Applebaum
    07 Jul
    Marcus Belgrave
    02 Mar
    Sam Bevan
    14 Dec
    Terrence Brewer
    21 Sep
    Cindy Browne
    27 Apr
    Ron Carter
    17 Aug
    Jeff Chambers
    08 Jun
    John Coppola
    30 Mar
    Sandy Cressman
    09 Mar
    Alex de Grassi
    02 Dec
    Tod Dickow
    24 Mar
    Ed Earley
    06 Apr
    Toby Gleason
    28 Sep
    Dick Hindman
    05 Jan
    Ingrid Jensen
    15 Jun
    Dana Leong
    20 Jul
    Carl Sonny Leyland
    27 Jul
    Tony Marcus
    13 Apr
    Julian Waterfall Pollack
    29 Jul
    Lisa Pollard
    09 Feb
    Jim Rothermel
    01 Jun
    Greg Sankovich
    13 Jul
    Dave Slusser
    02 Feb
    Hal Stein
    21 May
    Brad Stone
    24 Aug
    Tierney Sutton
    26 Oct
    Yosvany Terry
    10 Aug
    John Thiessen
    25 May


    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
             
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    Luxury Item An exit strategy: either a private jet or a chartered helicopter