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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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Albums

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Eight Classic Albums
Caligola
2012
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Jazz Vibes With A...
Caligola
2011
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Cal Tjader & Stan Getz: Sextet
Cal Tjader & Stan...
Fantasy Jazz
2011
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Mamblues
Caligola
2011
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Three Classic Albums
Caligola
2010
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Live at the Monterey Jazz Festival 1958-1980
Live at the Monterey...
Monterey Jazz Festival Records
2008
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