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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 - 6th March, 2020
    Roberto Fonseca (2020)

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    Pianist-composer Roberto Fonseca was born in Havana, Cuba, where he still lives.

    From birth, he was surrounded by music: his father, also Roberto, is a drummer; his mother, Mercedes, is a professional singer; and his two older half-brothers from his mother's marriage to Chucho Valdéz are drummer Emilio pianist Chiquito Valdéz.

    Roberto earned his master's degree in composition at Cuba’s Instituto Superior de Arte. In 1999 his first album “En el Comienzo” was awarded Cuba's “Best Jazz Album of the Year”.

    Roberto toured the world with the Buena Vista Social Club in 2001, cementing friendship and mentorships with the likes of Ibrahim Ferrer and Omara Portuondo. Roberto loves fusing Afro-Cuban music and rhythms, jazz and classical music. With him, it's really about collaboration—family on the bandstand: that seems to be the source of his truest inspiration.
    Pick Artist Album Song Label
    # 1 Salif Keita Soro Wamba Mango
    # 2 Elis Regina and Antonio Carlos Jobim Elis and Tom Waters of March Verve
    # 3 Stevie Wonder Talking Book Superstition Motown
    # 4 Arsenio Rodriguez El Sentimiento de Arsenio Rodriguez No Me Llores RCA
    # 5 Cannoball Adderley Presenting Cannonball Autumn Leaves Blue Note
    # 6 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IV Stairway to Heaven Atlantic
    # 7 Roberto Fonseca Yesun Mambo pa la Niña Wagram
             
    Book Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, "El Principito"
             
    Luxury Item "Rice and beans, Cuban-style, with fried bananas."