Cal Tjader

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Cal Tjader

American Latin jazz musicianadd

Category: Music (655)

Born in 1925.

Countries: United States (74%), California (7%), New York (5%)

Main connections: Jazz, George Shearing, Miles Davis

Linked to: San Jose State University, United States Army, G. Schirmer Inc., University of California Press




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Cal Tjader was born in 1925 add something


At age sixteen, he entered a Gene Krupa drum solo contest, making it to the finals and ultimately winning by playing "Drum Boogie. add something


At the age of two, Tjader's parents settled in San Mateo, California and opened a dance studio. add something


Tjader entered the United States Army in 1943 and served as a medic until 1946. add something


Al McKibbon - In the 1950s he recorded with the Miles Davis nonet, Earl Hines, Count Basie, Johnny Hodges, Thelonious Monk, George Shearing, Cal Tjader, Herbie Nichols and Hawkins


Jazz - Mongo Santamaria and Cal Tjader further refined the genre in the late 1950s


Jazz - Perhaps the most respected Afro-cuban jazz combo of the late 1950s was vibraphonist Cal Tjader's band


Jazz pianist George Shearing recruited Tjader in 1953 when Joe Roland left his group. add something


In April 1954, he formed The Cal Tjader Modern Mambo Quintet. add something


He did team up with legendary jazz saxophonist Stan Getz in 1958, producing a well-received album. add something


Gogi Grant - The film, which featured musical performances by the Cal Tjader Quintet, George Shearing, and the Del Vikings, was produced and directed by William Cowan and released in February 1958


Tjader and his band opened the second Monterey Jazz Festival in 1959 with an acclaimed "preview" concert. add something


Buddy Catlett - In 1959 Catlett was hired by Cal Tjader


Scott LaFaro - In 1959, after many gigs with such luminaries as Chet Baker, Victor Feldman, Stan Kenton, Cal Tjader, and Benny Goodman, LaFaro joined Bill Evans, who had recently left the Miles Davis Sextet


Claus Ogerman - In 1959, he moved to the United States and joined the producer Creed Taylor at Verve Records, working on recordings with Antonio Carlos Jobim, Bill Evans, Wes Montgomery, Kai Winding and Cal Tjader - among countless others


Farland, helped to found the short-lived Skye record label. add something


Dick Berk - He moved to Los Angeles late in the 1960s, where he played with Milt Jackson, George Duke, Cal Tjader, Jean-Luc_Ponty, and Blue Mitchell


Clare Fischer - In 1960 albums for vibraphonist Cal Tjader and pianist George Shearing followed as did an eight year career of writing music for commercials after which Fischer signed his first record contract


Its title track, a Dizzy Gillespie cover Tjader had been toying with for over a decade, was a radio hit (hitting the top 20 on New York's influential pop music station WMCA in May 1965), and landed the album on Billboard's Top 50 Albums of 1965. add something


Tjader teamed up with New Yorker Eddie Palmieri in 1966 to produce El Sonido Nuevo ("The New Sound"). add something


Monk Montgomery - Later, from 1966 to 1970, he freelanced with Cal Tjader and continued to play where he settled in Las Vegas, Nevada, with The Red Norvo Trio


During the 1970s Tjader bounced from Verve to Skye and back to Fantasy, the label he'd started with in 1954. add something


Michael Wolff - Wolff left college in 1972 to begin his music career, joining Cal Tjader's band


Charlie Byrd - In 1973 Byrd moved to Annapolis, Maryland , Maryland, and in September of that year he recorded an interesting album with Cal Tjader titled "TambĂș", the only recording the two would make together


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. add something


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. add something


Cal Tjader died in 1982 add something


On the road with his band in Manila, he collapsed from a heart attack and died on 5 May 1982 add something