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    Paul Anastasio
    25 Sep
    Macy Blackman
    19 Jun
    George Cole
    21 Aug
    Alex Condé
    06 Mar
    Kit Eakle
    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 - 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."