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    Doug Beavers
    27 Aug
    Chuck Bennett
    25 Jun
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    08 Oct
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    08 Jan
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    15 Jan
    Robben Ford
    17 Dec
    Rebecca Coupe Franks
    28 May
    Fred Frith
    13 Aug
    Larry Grenadier
    06 Aug
    Eddie Henderson
    09 Apr
    Erik Jekabson
    16 Jul
    Laura Klein
    26 Feb
    Cleo Laine and Jacqui Dankworth
    22 Oct
    Babatunde Lea
    19 Mar
    Victor Lin
    30 Jul
    Charles McPherson
    23 Jul
    Houston Person
    02 Jul
    Alfredo Rodriguez
    12 Nov
    Loren Schoenberg
    30 Apr
    Adam Shulman
    05 Mar
    Frank Sumares
    19 Feb
    Dave Tidball
    12 Mar
    Mike Vax
    23 Apr
    George Wein
    15 Oct
    Mark Winkler
    03 Sep




    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."