Knowledge Identifier: +Cal_Tjader
At age sixteen, he entered a Gene Krupa drum solo contest, making it to the finals and ultimately winning by playing "Drum Boogie.
Tjader entered the United States Army in 1943 and served as a medic until 1946.
Jazz - Perhaps the most respected Afro-cuban jazz combo of the late 1950s was vibraphonist Cal Tjader's band
He did team up with legendary jazz saxophonist Stan Getz in 1958, producing a well-received album.
Tjader and his band opened the second Monterey Jazz Festival in 1959 with an acclaimed "preview" concert.
Tjader teamed up with New Yorker Eddie Palmieri in 1966 to produce El Sonido Nuevo ("The New Sound").
Michael Wolff - Wolff left college in 1972 to begin his music career, joining Cal Tjader's band
Poncho Sanchez - In 1975, Sanchez's idol, vibraphonist Cal Tjader, invited him to perform one set with his band
In 1976 Tjader recorded several live shows performed at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco.
Vince Lateano - Vince joined Cal Tjader's band in 1978, until Tjader died in 1982
Tjader cut five albums for Concord Picante, the most successful being La Onda Va Bien (roughly "The Good Life") which earned a Grammy award in 1980 for Best Latin Recording.