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  • Castaways by date
    Amanda Addleman
    17 Jan
    Howard Alden
    31 Jan
    Denny Berthiaume
    07 Feb
    Roberto Fonseca
    06 Mar
    John Hanrahan
    24 Jan
    Ron Jackson
    10 Jan
    Most Recent Castaway - 2nd July, 2021
    Claire Greene (2021)
    Music has been a part of NYC-born Claire Greene’s life for as long as she can remember, starting with the discovery of the baby grand in the living room. The acoustic guitar followed, and then the flute, the latter while she was in the high school marching band, which she describes as “off-the-hook fun, even though the band leader was Buddy Rich-level crazy.”

    Claire has no discography, no list of clubs she’s packed or arenas filled; no Grammy’s grace her shelf. Instead she does have many friends in radio. At KQED, 25 years ago she was producer/director of KQED's Fog City Radio with Ben Fong Torres, and today you can hear her on air from time to time, valiantly trying—and usually succeeding—to make membership drives tolerable, yet successful.

    At KCSM, our own friendship with Claire began in 1995 when she helped on our live broadcast from the Monterey Jazz Festival. Thereafter, for a decade or so, she produced and directed just about everything we did—MJF as mentioned, San Jose Fest broadcasts, KCSM’s own “Jazz on the Hill” festivals—and also directed Alisa Clancy’s 2005 one-woman on Dorothy Fields, “On the Sunny Side of the Street.”

    KCSM’s loss is KQED’s gain.
    Pick Artist Album Song Label
    # 1 D'Jamin-Bartlett A Little Night Music The Miller's Son Sony BMG
    # 2 Miles Davis Kind of Blue Blue in Green Columbia
    # 3 Muddy Waters Folk Singer My Home Is in the Delta Chess
    # 4 Junk Junk Late Night Radio Faffco
    # 5 Monty Alexander Live at the Montreux Festival Satin Doll MPS
    # 6 Bill Evans I Will Say Goodbye I Will Say Goodbye Fantasy
    # 7 Brad Mehldau The Art of the Trio, Vol. 1 Blackbird Warner Bros
    # 8 Ed Reed The Song Is You Here's to Life Black Shorts
             
    Book Evelyn Waugh, "Brideshead Revisited"
             
    Luxury Item A little grass shack, with a hammock.