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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 - 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."