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Cal Tjader

Primary Instrument: Vibraphone

Born: July 16, 1925 | Died: May 5, 1982    

Cal Tjader

Cal Tjader crafted one the sleekest and most distinctive sounds in Latin jazz. His cool, shimmering, jazz vibes, gliding fluidly atop fiery, hot Afro-Cuban rhythms, made for a sonic signature that helped introduce the genre into a mainstream audience.

Cal Tjader’s mother was a concert pianist, his father a vaudeville performer. He grew up with them on the road, tap- dancing his way through early childhood. Later, the family settled down in San Mateo on the San Francisco Peninsula, and his father opened a dancing school. After high school and a stint in the Navy, Cal ended up at San Francisco State College, where he first met up with Dave Brubeck and Paul Desmond....
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  • Eight Classic Albums

    Caligola
    2012
  • Mamblues

    Caligola
    2011
  • Cal Tjader & Stan Getz: Sextet


    2011
  • Jazz Vibes With A Latin And Blue Tinge

    Caligola
    2011
  • Three Classic Albums

    Caligola
    2010
  • Live at the Monterey Jazz Festival 1958-1980

    Monterey Jazz Festival Records
    2008
  • Fried Bananas

    Caligola
    2005
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