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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 - 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!