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    Claudia Acuña
    08 Jul
    Bruce Barth
    12 Aug
    Dave Bass
    06 May
    Ray Brown
    25 Feb
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    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 - 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."