Happy Birthday Cal Tjader!

Say what you want about social media and its terrible effect on culture, but today it proved its worth.  Scrolling through Twitter this morning, I was informed through a tweet that it was Cal Tjader's birthday.  Born 93 years ago on this date, July 16, 1925 in St. Louis, Missouri, Tjader's family relocated to the [...]

Saturday Night/ Sunday Night At The Blackhawk, San Francisco // Cal Tjader (Verve V6-8459)

Whenever I travel, I like to find the local record store and see what's what.  You never know what you'll find.  On a recent trip to San Francisco, not only did I want to check out a local record store- I wanted to find records by San Francisco's native jazz sons.  I succeeded, in more [...]

Concert On The Campus // Cal Tjader (Fantasy OJC 279)

Taking a (momentary) break from Dave Brubeck and Paul Desmond, here's another college concert album, this time recorded on the Best Coast in California.  Following the example of his one-time leader Dave Brubeck (told you it was momentary), Cal Tjader took his good vibes directly to the students via college appearances.  Luckily, Fantasy had a [...]

A Night At The Blackhawk // Cal Tjader (Fantasy F-8026)

Continuing the exploration of jazz clubs via records in my collection, and after checking clubs out on the eastern side of the United States, this post marks our foray into the West Coast scene.  Naturally, we start in California, and if we're in California, naturally we begin in San Francisco.  And if we're in San [...]

The Cal Tjader Trio // Cal Tjader (Fantasy 3-9)

After writing a piece profiling a 10-inch record, my interest in the other 10-inchers in my collection grew.  Those clunky relics of the early 1950's are actually pretty neat.  Especially when they come in crazy colors, like this album! The Music Tune:  "Chopsticks Mambo" Recorded:  November 1951 in California Personnel: Cal Tjader-  Bongos Vince Guaraldi-  [...]

Jazz At The Blackhawk // Cal Tjader (Fantasy 3241)

In addition to being infatuated with Latin music, Cal Tjader was a tasty straight-ahead jazz musician and one of the more famous jazz musicians to come from the West Coast.  A native of San Francisco, Cal's group was a frequent denizen of the jazz clubs in the Bay Area, and called one club in particular [...]

Cal Tjader Quintet // Cal Tjader, Fantasy 3232

The Music Lullaby of Birdland // Cal Tjader Quintet.  Recorded 1956 Minor Goof // Cal Tjader Quintet. Recorded 1956 Cal Tjader - Vibraphone Manuel Duran - Piano Carlos Duran - Bass Luis Miranda - Conga Drums Bayardo Velarde - Timbales Ah, Cal Tjader.  My favorite vibraphone player and a fellow Californian.  A drummer-turned-vibraphone player, Callen [...]