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    Gilad Atzmon
    12 Jun
    Carolyn Brandy
    19 Jun
    Stuart Brinin
    16 Oct
    Ralph Carney
    04 Sep
    India Cooke
    20 Feb
    Ronald Davis
    23 Oct
    Mark Feldman
    27 Mar
    Herb Gibson
    06 Mar
    Nancy Gilliland
    29 May
    Jon Hendricks
    16 Jan
    Laurence Hobgood
    10 Jul
    Bill Horvitz
    13 Nov
    Nat Johnson
    01 May
    Tom Madden
    13 Mar
    Charlie McCarthy
    06 Nov
    Don Neely
    25 Sep
    Nathan Oliveira
    28 Aug
    Ed Reed
    24 Jul
    Walter Savage
    14 Aug
    Mike Stern
    12 Dec
    Adam Theis
    21 Aug
    Mads Tolling
    17 Apr
    Hristo Vitchev
    22 May
    Paul van Wageningen
    10 Apr
    Nancy Wright
    20 Nov
    Jim Zimmerman
    06 Feb


    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