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    Lincoln Adler
    29 Aug
    Laurie Antonioli
    29 Feb
    Jeff Ballard
    08 Aug
    David Belove
    20 Jun
    Ken Berman
    15 Aug
    Lee Bloom
    14 Mar
    Maxwell Chandler
    05 Dec
    Jeff Cressman
    04 Jan
    Sylvia Cuenca
    01 Aug
    Terry Disley
    02 May
    Taylor Eigsti
    18 Jan
    Kathleen Grace
    21 Nov
    Craig Handy
    18 Apr
    Tootie Heath
    25 Jul
    John Lee
    17 Oct
    Seward McCain
    24 Oct
    Myra Melford
    04 Apr
    Brian Melvin
    27 Jun
    Debbie Poryes
    19 Sep
    Ali Ryerson
    08 Feb
    Antonio Sanchez
    14 Nov
    Jaz Sawyer
    10 Oct
    Wally Schnalle
    11 Apr
    Dred Scott
    21 Mar
    Scott Sorkin
    08 Nov
    Dayna Stephens
    18 Jul
    Al Young
    26 Sep
    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"