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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 - 22nd March, 2019
    Omar Sosa (2019)

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    Pianist, composer and bandleader Omar Sosa studied marimba and then piano at the Escuela National de Musica in his native Cuba. In 1993, he moved to Quito, Ecuador, in order to study the Afro-Ecuadoran marimba tradition of Esmeraldas.

    Two years later, Omar moved here to San Francisco, where he became totally immersed in our Latin Jazz scene, thereby developing a long-standing friendship with John Santos. While here, he made a series of excellent recordings with producer Greg Landau, and also worked on some film scores. But in 1999 he was off again, this time to Barcelona, Spain.

    Along the way, Omar has received four Grammy and three Latin Grammy nominations.

    Omar's limitless musical curiosity has led to a nearly world-wide reach of collaborators: North-African percussionists, spoken-word and Hip-Hop artists, classical projects, and collaborations with Peruvian singer Susana Baca, Italian trumpeter Paolo Fresu, and Brazilian conductor and cellist Jacques Morelenbaum.

    Omar is both political and spiritual, and describes his music as an expression of humanism and Santería.
    Pick Artist Album Song Label
    # 1 Herbie Hancock Inventions and Dimensions Jack Rabbit Blue Note
    # 2 Weather Report Heavy Weather Birdland Columbia
    # 3 Thelonious Monk and Milt Jackson Milt Jackson: Wizard of the Vibes Evidence Blue Note
    # 4 Omar Sosa Badzimo Nubia not commercially available
    # 5 Pat Metheny First Circle The First Circle ECM
    # 6 Andrew Hill Black Fire Black Fire Blue Note
    # 7 Joe Zawinul and the Zawinul Syndicate 75 Café Andalusia Heads Up
             
    Book "A [blank] book with no words. If you go to a desert island, your experience is a book by itself—you'd better write this book, because what you're going to live is already a book, so take advantage … and maybe other people will read your experience."
             
    Luxury Item Water!