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    Melissa Aldana
    11 Mar
    Ron E. Beck
    29 Apr
    Pascal Bokar
    07 Oct
    Shanna Carlson
    18 Mar
    Sara Caswell
    25 Mar
    Carlos D'l Puerto
    22 Jul
    Kellye Gray
    15 Jul
    David Hart
    04 Nov
    Bruce Jenkins
    09 Dec
    Ellen Johnson
    17 Jun
    Steffen Kuehn
    02 Dec
    Paul McCandless
    08 Jul
    Allison Miller
    15 Apr
    Melissa Morgan
    29 Jul
    Linda Oh
    05 Aug
    Dafnis Prieto
    24 Jun
    Jim Pugh
    30 Sep
    Fred Randolph
    05 Feb
    Harvie S
    03 Jun
    Jake Shapiro
    10 Jun
    Marcus Shelby
    15 Jan
    Bria Skonberg
    04 Mar
    Paul Smith
    16 Dec
    Mark Soskin
    20 May
    Leslie Stoval
    19 Aug
    John Stowell
    08 Apr
    Toots Thielemans
    02 Sep
    Roseanna Vitro
    26 Feb
    Paul VornHagen
    14 Oct
    Don Was
    12 Aug
    Danielle Wertz
    27 May
    Howard Wiley
    28 Oct


    Most Recent Castaway - 25th January, 2019
    David Benoit (2019)

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    Born in Bakersfield and raised in Los Angeles, David Benoit is a multiple Grammy-nominated pianist, composer and arranger. He has long rained supreme as one of the founding fathers of contemporary jazz.

    David got sucked into jazz in the same way as did many of his contemporaries, watching "Peanuts" specials in the 1960s, hearing Vince Guaraldi, and wondering—Charlie Brown-like—whether he could play like that.

    By age 13 he was studying privately. Later, he started working on his music theory and composition, then studied film scoring at UCLA, and continued to conducting. During the 1970s, he was music director for Lainie Kazan, and it was with her that he had his first professional experience as a conductor: his having begun as her pianist, eventually she asked him whether he'd ever conducted, and he didn't exactly lie.

    David has charted over two dozen albums since 1980. He's also the music director for the Asia-American Symphony Orchestra and the Asia-American Youth Orchestra. He's a radio guy, too, with a morning jazz show at KKJZ in Long Beach.
    Pick Artist Album Song Label
    # 1 Stan Getz and João Gilberto Getz/Gilberto So Danço Samba Verve
    # 2 Dave Brubeck Time Out Kathy's Waltz Columbia
    # 3 Bill Charlap Somewhere: The Songs of Leonard Bernstein Glitter and Be Gay Blue Note
    # 4 Sergio Mendes Pure Bossa Nova: A View on the Music of Sergio Mendes Desafinado Universal
    # 5 Bill Evans Trio '64 Little Lulu Verve
    # 6 Diana Krall Love Scenes Peel Me a Grape Impulse
    # 7 Kenny Burrell Midnight Blue Chitlins Con Carne Blue Note
    # 8 Miles Davis Relaxin' If I Were a Bell Prestige
             
    Book Dean Koontz, "Forbidden Door"
             
    Luxury Item "A little Martini kit, with Tito's vodka"