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    David Benoit
    25 Jan
    Lori Carsillo
    18 Jan
    Stacey Hoffman
    03 May
    Clifford Lamb
    26 Apr
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    15 Mar
    Alex Monfort
    04 Jan
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    29 Mar
    Omar Sosa
    22 Mar
    Claudia Villela
    12 Apr
    Most Recent Castaway - 3rd May, 2019
    Stacey Hoffman (2019)

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    Stacey Hoffman has nurtured the Bay Area music scene for decades. It's impossible to talk about her and not to concentrate on Living Jazz, of which she's executive director. And who would want to?

    Living Jazz got its start in 1984 in a—successful!—attempt to rescue a faltering summer music camp for teens and adults. Relocated to La Honda, Jazz Camp West is now a week-long program of music, dance and vocals for that same audience of teens and adults, and has developed into one of the world’s leading jazz immersion programs, with hundreds of participants coached by dozens of all-star jazz faculty.

    Under Stacey's direction, Living Jazz has spun off successful offspring. Over 30 years ago, they launched the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, which became independent five years later; and another few years later, the Oakland Jazz Choir followed the same path.
    Stacey's fount of projects seems inexhaustible. In 2002, Living Jazz launched "In the Name of Love", the annual musical tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. And every few years there's another new progeny: recent ones include Jam Camp West for 5th-10th graders from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds, and Jazz Search West, an annual talent search for pre-professional vocalists and instrumentalists.

    With all these balls to juggle, it's no surprise that Stacey no longer has time (or perhaps even the inclination) to pursue older interests such as guitar or piano or dance or painting or ceramics. Somehow, though, she does manage to squeeze in her "day job" as a psychotherapist with a small private practice.
    Pick Artist Album Song Label
    # 1 Marcus Shelby Soul of the Movement Take My Hand, Precious Lord Porto Franco
    # 2 Donny Hathaway A Donny Hathaway Collection A Song for You Atlantic
    # 3 Omar Sosa and Sekou Keita Transparent Water Fatiliku Otá
    # 4 Otis Redding Platinum Collection Try a Little Tenderness Warner
    # 5 Nina Simone Little Girl Blue Little Girl Blue Bethlehem
    # 6 Chet Baker This Is Jazz #2 Autumn Leaves Columbia
    # 7 Kurt Elling This Time It's Love My Foolish Heart Blue Note
    # 8 Joni Mitchell Both Sides Now A Case of You Reprise
    # 9 Aretha Franklin 20 Greatest Hits A Natural Woman Atlantic
             
    Book Michelle Obama, "Becoming"
             
    Luxury Item Peet's coffee and a coffee maker