Jeff Waggoner has been a writer and journalist for 20 years, covering everything from Bill Clinton's hijinks to Sonny Rollins' riffs, and along the way he discovered that his heroes are musicians and artists. He was the jazz writer for a weekly newspaper in Albany, New York, The Source, where he wrote under the nom de jazze, Sonny Collier.
Desert Island Picks
Brahms - Two Rhapsodies, Piano Pieces, (Radu Lupu) Brahms Quartet for Piano and Strings No 1 in G minor Mompou: Spanish Songs and Dances, (Alicia De Larrocha)
Sibelius - Concerto for Violin & Orchestra in d, op 47 Beethoven piano sonatas Walter Gieseking
Bill Evans: Waltz for Debby
Jimmy Smith: Got My Mojo Workin'
Ellis Larkins-Live at Maybeck Recital Hall
Cedar Walton - Live at Maybeck Recital Hall
Charlie Haden's Quartet West - Haunted Heart
Charles Mingus - Ah Um
Ella Fitzgerald - The Best of the Songbooks
Billy Holiday - The Quintessential Billy Holiday
Fats Waller: Ain't Misbehavin': 25 Greatest Hits
The Best of Louis Jordan
Sonny Boy Williamson II - King Biscuit Time
Essential Blues Piano
Marvin Gaye - Greatest Hits
Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys - Anthology
Merle Haggard - 16 Biggest Hits
Hank Williams Sr. - 20 Greatest Hits
Jubilation: Great Gospel Performances, Vol. I-III.
Woody Guthrie: Library of Congress Recordings