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    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 - 11th October, 2019
    Carl Saunders (2019)

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    Trumpeter-composer-drummer-educator Carl Saunders was born in Indianapolis into a showbiz family. He was on the road as a baby because his mother, Gail, was the singer in the very popular Sherwood Orchestra run by her brother, trumpeter Bobby Sherwood. They had some hits, such as "Elks' Parade" and "In Sherwood Forest." Then he and his mother settled in Los Angeles, living with an aunt who was married to saxophonist Dave Pell.

    Carl started playing trumpet in 7th grade, and admired the sound of Pell's trumpeter Don Fagerqvist. Following high school, Carl auditioned for the Stan Kenton band: in this period (1961), Kenton was in his mellophonic years, so he hired Carl on mellophone rather than trumpet.

    Carl lived in Las Vegas for a couple of decades, playing golf during the day and, in the evening, playing music behind just about everybody who came through: Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, and so on. He traveled as a lead player with Paul Anka, and Robert Goulet

    In 1984, Carl moved back to Los Angeles, and was soon playing in Bill Holman's new big band—in fact, 35 years later he's still in the band, and even rehearsed with them the day before being cast away on KCSM's desert island. Over the years, he's appeared on hundreds of recordings and, also has half a dozen excellent albums out on his own.
    Pick Artist Album Song Label
    # 1 Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers At the Café Bohemia, Vol. 2 Like Someone in Love Blue Note
    # 2 Terry Gibbs The Dream Band, Vol. 5: The Big Cat Soft Eyes Contemporary
    # 3 Erroll Garner Concert by the Sea I'll Remember April Columbia
    # 4 John Coltrane The Last Trane Lover OJC
    # 5 Bill Holman In a Jazz Orbit Theme & Variations #2 V.S.O.P.
    # 6 Miles Davis The Complete Concert: 1964 There Is No Greater Love Columbia
             
    Book Carl Saunders, "New Jazz Standards"
             
    Luxury Item "My putter"