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    Claudia Acuña
    08 Jul
    Bruce Barth
    12 Aug
    Dave Bass
    06 May
    Ray Brown
    25 Feb
    John Calloway
    28 Oct
    Ndugu Chancler
    29 Jul
    Rana Farhan
    30 Sep
    Marque Gilmore
    04 Nov
    Scott Hamilton
    18 Feb
    Charles Hamilton
    24 Jun
    Jimmy Heath
    22 Jul
    Dave LeFebvre
    08 Apr
    Ivan Lins
    02 Sep
    Bruno Louchouarn
    21 Oct
    Joe Lovano
    05 Aug
    George Mesterhazy
    11 Mar
    Jason Moran
    04 Mar
    Bodil Niska
    01 Apr
    Jeff Oster
    21 Jan
    Eddie Palmieri
    02 Dec
    Kat Parra
    26 Aug
    Gene Perla
    03 Jun
    Rudy Ramirez
    29 Apr
    Putter Smith
    10 Jun
    Rory Snyder
    25 Mar
    Zan Stewart
    19 Aug
    Keith Terry
    18 Nov
    Kenny Washington
    09 Dec
    Bruce Williamson
    18 Mar
    Deanna Witkowski
    01 Jul
    Most Recent Castaway - 11th October, 2019
    Carl Saunders (2019)

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    Trumpeter-composer-drummer-educator Carl Saunders was born in Indianapolis into a showbiz family. He was on the road as a baby because his mother, Gail, was the singer in the very popular Sherwood Orchestra run by her brother, trumpeter Bobby Sherwood. They had some hits, such as "Elks' Parade" and "In Sherwood Forest." Then he and his mother settled in Los Angeles, living with an aunt who was married to saxophonist Dave Pell.

    Carl started playing trumpet in 7th grade, and admired the sound of Pell's trumpeter Don Fagerqvist. Following high school, Carl auditioned for the Stan Kenton band: in this period (1961), Kenton was in his mellophonic years, so he hired Carl on mellophone rather than trumpet.

    Carl lived in Las Vegas for a couple of decades, playing golf during the day and, in the evening, playing music behind just about everybody who came through: Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, and so on. He traveled as a lead player with Paul Anka, and Robert Goulet

    In 1984, Carl moved back to Los Angeles, and was soon playing in Bill Holman's new big band—in fact, 35 years later he's still in the band, and even rehearsed with them the day before being cast away on KCSM's desert island. Over the years, he's appeared on hundreds of recordings and, also has half a dozen excellent albums out on his own.
    Pick Artist Album Song Label
    # 1 Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers At the Café Bohemia, Vol. 2 Like Someone in Love Blue Note
    # 2 Terry Gibbs The Dream Band, Vol. 5: The Big Cat Soft Eyes Contemporary
    # 3 Erroll Garner Concert by the Sea I'll Remember April Columbia
    # 4 John Coltrane The Last Trane Lover OJC
    # 5 Bill Holman In a Jazz Orbit Theme & Variations #2 V.S.O.P.
    # 6 Miles Davis The Complete Concert: 1964 There Is No Greater Love Columbia
             
    Book Carl Saunders, "New Jazz Standards"
             
    Luxury Item "My putter"