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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 - 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."