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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 - 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."