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    Claudia Acuña
    08 Jul
    Bruce Barth
    12 Aug
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    06 May
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    25 Feb
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    28 Oct
    Ndugu Chancler
    29 Jul
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    30 Sep
    Marque Gilmore
    04 Nov
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    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 - 22nd March, 2019
    Omar Sosa (2019)

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    Pianist, composer and bandleader Omar Sosa studied marimba and then piano at the Escuela National de Musica in his native Cuba. In 1993, he moved to Quito, Ecuador, in order to study the Afro-Ecuadoran marimba tradition of Esmeraldas.

    Two years later, Omar moved here to San Francisco, where he became totally immersed in our Latin Jazz scene, thereby developing a long-standing friendship with John Santos. While here, he made a series of excellent recordings with producer Greg Landau, and also worked on some film scores. But in 1999 he was off again, this time to Barcelona, Spain.

    Along the way, Omar has received four Grammy and three Latin Grammy nominations.

    Omar's limitless musical curiosity has led to a nearly world-wide reach of collaborators: North-African percussionists, spoken-word and Hip-Hop artists, classical projects, and collaborations with Peruvian singer Susana Baca, Italian trumpeter Paolo Fresu, and Brazilian conductor and cellist Jacques Morelenbaum.

    Omar is both political and spiritual, and describes his music as an expression of humanism and Santería.
    Pick Artist Album Song Label
    # 1 Herbie Hancock Inventions and Dimensions Jack Rabbit Blue Note
    # 2 Weather Report Heavy Weather Birdland Columbia
    # 3 Thelonious Monk and Milt Jackson Milt Jackson: Wizard of the Vibes Evidence Blue Note
    # 4 Omar Sosa Badzimo Nubia not commercially available
    # 5 Pat Metheny First Circle The First Circle ECM
    # 6 Andrew Hill Black Fire Black Fire Blue Note
    # 7 Joe Zawinul and the Zawinul Syndicate 75 Café Andalusia Heads Up
             
    Book "A [blank] book with no words. If you go to a desert island, your experience is a book by itself—you'd better write this book, because what you're going to live is already a book, so take advantage … and maybe other people will read your experience."
             
    Luxury Item Water!