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    Steve Adams
    30 May
    Cheryl Bentyne
    17 Oct
    Will Bernard
    11 Apr
    Barbara Borden
    21 Mar
    Jim Butler
    13 Jun
    Ian Carey
    21 Feb
    Judy Chaikin
    17 Jan
    Mike Clark
    10 Oct
    Freddy Cole
    21 Nov
    Beth Custer
    01 Aug
    Harry Duncan
    03 Oct
    Kai Eckhardt
    03 Jan
    Lisa Engelken
    26 Sep
    Don Friedman
    07 Nov
    Roger Glenn
    05 Dec
    Kimberly Gordon
    28 Mar
    Marty Grosz
    29 Aug
    Alex Hahn
    08 Aug
    Bill Holman
    28 Feb
    Tommy Igoe
    07 Mar
    Namita Kapoor
    22 Aug
      Meklit
    27 Jun
    Lisa Mezzacappa
    24 Oct
      Najee
    25 Jul
    Glenn Richman
    15 Aug
    Alfredo Rodriguez
    25 Apr
    Dan Sabanovich
    02 May
    Grant Stewart
    12 Dec
    Judy Wexler
    04 Apr


    Most Recent Castaway - 25th May, 2018
    Kait Dunton (2018)

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    (Photo by Peter Figen)

    Jazz critic Don Heckman described composer, pianist and educator Kait Dunton as "an extraordinary talent on the rise". Don uses the term "extraordinary" sparingly, so you know that she is the real deal.

    Following language studies at the University of Virginia with the intention of becoming a Spanish translator, Kait changed direction, getting a Master of Music degree in Jazz Piano Performance from the University of North Texas—in fact she was a member of the group Snarky Puppy during their formative years.

    Kait is also an honored alumna from the USC's Thornton School of Music, where she received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree, and she is now an active professor, heading the piano performance program at the Los Angeles College of Music in her native Pasadena.

    Kait just issued her fifth recording, TrioKAIT 2. She is excellent at cultivating the art of the trio, with great compositions, crisp and solid piano chops, and some nice telepathy with bassist Cooper Appelt and drummer Jake Reed, with whom she's been playing for quite some time.
    Pick Artist Album Song Label
    # 1 Brad Mehldau Largo When It Rains Warner Bros
    # 2 McCoy Tyner Supertrios Wave Milestone
    # 3 Shirley Horn I Thought About You Nice 'n' Easy Verve
    # 4 Wayne Shorter Speak No Evil Speak No Evil Blue Note
    # 5 E.S.T. Seven Days of Falling Elevation of Love ACT
    # 6 Herbie Hancock Thrust Actual Proof Columbia
             
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    Luxury Item An exit strategy: either a private jet or a chartered helicopter