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    Paul Anastasio
    25 Sep
    Macy Blackman
    19 Jun
    George Cole
    21 Aug
    Alex Condé
    06 Mar
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    04 Sep
    Phillip Greenlief
    13 Feb
    Noah Griffin
    06 Nov
    Tammy Hall
    27 Feb
    Alan Hall
    22 May
    Christian Howes
    27 Mar
    Kymberly Jackson
    03 Apr
    Julie Kelly
    20 Feb
    Maya Kronfeld and Valerie Troutt
    29 May
    Jennifer Lee
    17 Apr
    Steven Lugerner
    24 Jul
    Steve McQuarry
    05 Jun
    Jacqui Naylor
    13 Nov
    Dave Newhouse
    14 Aug
    Zack Rogow
    24 Apr
    Holli Ross
    17 Jul
    Ellen Seeling
    02 Oct
    Richard Seidel
    09 Oct
    Edward Simon
    31 Jul
    Tessa Souter
    23 Oct
    Steve Turré
    07 Aug
    Donna Viscuso
    20 Nov
    Patrick Wolff
    16 Jan
    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!