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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 January, 2019
    David Benoit (2019)

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    Born in Bakersfield and raised in Los Angeles, David Benoit is a multiple Grammy-nominated pianist, composer and arranger. He has long rained supreme as one of the founding fathers of contemporary jazz.

    David got sucked into jazz in the same way as did many of his contemporaries, watching "Peanuts" specials in the 1960s, hearing Vince Guaraldi, and wondering—Charlie Brown-like—whether he could play like that.

    By age 13 he was studying privately. Later, he started working on his music theory and composition, then studied film scoring at UCLA, and continued to conducting. During the 1970s, he was music director for Lainie Kazan, and it was with her that he had his first professional experience as a conductor: his having begun as her pianist, eventually she asked him whether he'd ever conducted, and he didn't exactly lie.

    David has charted over two dozen albums since 1980. He's also the music director for the Asia-American Symphony Orchestra and the Asia-American Youth Orchestra. He's a radio guy, too, with a morning jazz show at KKJZ in Long Beach.
    Pick Artist Album Song Label
    # 1 Stan Getz and João Gilberto Getz/Gilberto So Danço Samba Verve
    # 2 Dave Brubeck Time Out Kathy's Waltz Columbia
    # 3 Bill Charlap Somewhere: The Songs of Leonard Bernstein Glitter and Be Gay Blue Note
    # 4 Sergio Mendes Pure Bossa Nova: A View on the Music of Sergio Mendes Desafinado Universal
    # 5 Bill Evans Trio '64 Little Lulu Verve
    # 6 Diana Krall Love Scenes Peel Me a Grape Impulse
    # 7 Kenny Burrell Midnight Blue Chitlins Con Carne Blue Note
    # 8 Miles Davis Relaxin' If I Were a Bell Prestige
             
    Book Dean Koontz, "Forbidden Door"
             
    Luxury Item "A little Martini kit, with Tito's vodka"