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  • Castaways by date
    Ravi Abcarian
    24 Aug
    Nicolas Bearde
    19 Oct
    Dee Bell
    23 Mar
    Dave Bendigkeit
    06 Jul
    Steven Bernstein
    30 Mar
    Wil Blades
    25 May
    Terence Blanchard
    10 Aug
    Larry Coryell
    22 Jun
    William Dement
    14 Dec
    Pete Escovedo
    21 Dec
    Kenny G
    20 Apr
    Sunna Gunnlaugs
    29 Jun
    Lorca Hart
    16 Mar
      Hiromi
    06 Apr
    Veronica Klaus
    17 Aug
    Julian Lage
    27 Jul
    Hubert Laws
    24 Feb
    Delfeayo Marsalis
    12 Oct
    Roy McCurdy
    13 Apr
    Nika Rejto
    16 Nov
    Renee Rosnes
    26 Oct
    Poncho Sanchez
    09 Nov
    Judi Silvano
    13 Jul
    Lonnie Liston Smith
    02 Nov
    Tyshawn Sorey
    02 Mar
    Terell Stafford
    03 Aug
    Victoria Theodore
    07 Dec
    Emil Viklický
    15 Jun
    Cedar Walton
    27 Apr
    Peter Williams
    01 Jun
    Victor Wooten
    20 Jul
    Peter Zak
    08 Jun


    Most Recent Castaway - 3rd May, 2019
    Stacey Hoffman (2019)

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    (Photo by Rosaura Studios)

    Stacey Hoffman has nurtured the Bay Area music scene for decades. It's impossible to talk about her and not to concentrate on Living Jazz, of which she's executive director. And who would want to?

    Living Jazz got its start in 1984 in a—successful!—attempt to rescue a faltering summer music camp for teens and adults. Relocated to La Honda, Jazz Camp West is now a week-long program of music, dance and vocals for that same audience of teens and adults, and has developed into one of the world’s leading jazz immersion programs, with hundreds of participants coached by dozens of all-star jazz faculty.

    Under Stacey's direction, Living Jazz has spun off successful offspring. Over 30 years ago, they launched the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, which became independent five years later; and another few years later, the Oakland Jazz Choir followed the same path.
    Stacey's fount of projects seems inexhaustible. In 2002, Living Jazz launched "In the Name of Love", the annual musical tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. And every few years there's another new progeny: recent ones include Jam Camp West for 5th-10th graders from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds, and Jazz Search West, an annual talent search for pre-professional vocalists and instrumentalists.

    With all these balls to juggle, it's no surprise that Stacey no longer has time (or perhaps even the inclination) to pursue older interests such as guitar or piano or dance or painting or ceramics. Somehow, though, she does manage to squeeze in her "day job" as a psychotherapist with a small private practice.
    Pick Artist Album Song Label
    # 1 Marcus Shelby Soul of the Movement Take My Hand, Precious Lord Porto Franco
    # 2 Donny Hathaway A Donny Hathaway Collection A Song for You Atlantic
    # 3 Omar Sosa and Sekou Keita Transparent Water Fatiliku Otá
    # 4 Otis Redding Platinum Collection Try a Little Tenderness Warner
    # 5 Nina Simone Little Girl Blue Little Girl Blue Bethlehem
    # 6 Chet Baker This Is Jazz #2 Autumn Leaves Columbia
    # 7 Kurt Elling This Time It's Love My Foolish Heart Blue Note
    # 8 Joni Mitchell Both Sides Now A Case of You Reprise
    # 9 Aretha Franklin 20 Greatest Hits A Natural Woman Atlantic
             
    Book Michelle Obama, "Becoming"
             
    Luxury Item Peet's coffee and a coffee maker