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  • Castaways by date
    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 - 2nd July, 2021
    Claire Greene (2021)
    Music has been a part of NYC-born Claire Greene’s life for as long as she can remember, starting with the discovery of the baby grand in the living room. The acoustic guitar followed, and then the flute, the latter while she was in the high school marching band, which she describes as “off-the-hook fun, even though the band leader was Buddy Rich-level crazy.”

    Claire has no discography, no list of clubs she’s packed or arenas filled; no Grammy’s grace her shelf. Instead she does have many friends in radio. At KQED, 25 years ago she was producer/director of KQED's Fog City Radio with Ben Fong Torres, and today you can hear her on air from time to time, valiantly trying—and usually succeeding—to make membership drives tolerable, yet successful.

    At KCSM, our own friendship with Claire began in 1995 when she helped on our live broadcast from the Monterey Jazz Festival. Thereafter, for a decade or so, she produced and directed just about everything we did—MJF as mentioned, San Jose Fest broadcasts, KCSM’s own “Jazz on the Hill” festivals—and also directed Alisa Clancy’s 2005 one-woman on Dorothy Fields, “On the Sunny Side of the Street.”

    KCSM’s loss is KQED’s gain.
    Pick Artist Album Song Label
    # 1 D'Jamin-Bartlett A Little Night Music The Miller's Son Sony BMG
    # 2 Miles Davis Kind of Blue Blue in Green Columbia
    # 3 Muddy Waters Folk Singer My Home Is in the Delta Chess
    # 4 Junk Junk Late Night Radio Faffco
    # 5 Monty Alexander Live at the Montreux Festival Satin Doll MPS
    # 6 Bill Evans I Will Say Goodbye I Will Say Goodbye Fantasy
    # 7 Brad Mehldau The Art of the Trio, Vol. 1 Blackbird Warner Bros
    # 8 Ed Reed The Song Is You Here's to Life Black Shorts
             
    Book Evelyn Waugh, "Brideshead Revisited"
             
    Luxury Item A little grass shack, with a hammock.