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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. Tjader graduated in 1950 with a B.A

News: Birthday

Jazz Musician of the Day: Cal Tjader

Jazz Musician of the Day: Cal Tjader

All About Jazz is celebrating Cal Tjader's birthday today! 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 ...

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Article: Album Review

Joe Rizo's Mongorama: Mariposas Cantan

Read "Mariposas Cantan" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


Mongorama is a nine-piece Latin Jazz all-star band built and guided to honor Mongo Santamaria by the hand of José Rizo, a Latin musical legend in California who's been broadcasting from KJazz 88.1FM (Cal State University, Long Beach) for more than three decades. On their 2010 debut, Rizo enlisted such legends as Poncho Sanchez and Hubert ...

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Article: From the Inside Out

Tributes, Tapestries, Trombones and Tempests

Read "Tributes, Tapestries, Trombones and Tempests" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


Vasko Atanasovski Adrabesa Quartet Phoenix MoonJune Records 2020 Phoenix captures the voice of one of Eastern Europe's most acclaimed and creative musical ensembles, the Adrabesa Quartet founded and led by Slovenian maestro Vasko Atanasovski, and amplifies this unique voice throughout MoonJune Records' global distribution network. Phoenix ...

News: Video / DVD

Cal Tjader Quartet: Vibist

Cal Tjader Quartet: Vibist

Over the years, many jazz fans have assumed Cal Tjader was of Hispanic heritage, given his many Latin albums from the early 1950s onward. Actually, he was the child of Swedish-American vaudeville performers. His parents were a husband-and-wife team—his father tap danced while his mother played piano. They appeared at theaters in the region around their ...

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Article: Take Five With...

Take Five with Christos Delasito

Read "Take Five with Christos Delasito" reviewed by Christos Sitokonstantinou


Meet Christos Delasito: Christos Delasito is a classical percussionist. Christos has been an orchestral member for many years (Thessaloniki State Orchestra, Symphonic Orchestra of the Municipality of Thessaloniki, Volos Symphonic Orchestra) performing numerous concerts in Athens Megaron, Thessaloniki Megaron and many festivals all around Greece. He is a founding member of many percussion bands (Percaddiction, Kroustodia, ...

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Article: Interview

Danny Scher: Back To School With Thelonious Monk

Read "Danny Scher: Back To School With Thelonious Monk" reviewed by Lawrence Peryer


A high-stakes election season. Streets filled with rage and protest. Cries for racial justice and equity. The latest news from summer 2020? Of course, but that also describes the American Scene in the summer of 1968, when a high school student in Palo Alto, California, first got the idea to book Thelonious Monk to play his ...

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Article: Radio

Chick Corea in the Fusion Era - Acoustic and Electric (1966 - 1973)

Read "Chick Corea in the Fusion Era - Acoustic and Electric (1966 - 1973)" reviewed by Russell Perry


Chick Corea began recording as a sideman for artists like Mongo Santamaria, Blue Mitchell, Herbie Mann and Cal Tjader in 1962. In 1966, he started his career as a leader, while still touring with Stan Getz. Like many others, his studio work and touring with Miles Davis from 1968--1970 raised his profile, leading him to a ...

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Article: Album Review

The Saxophones: Eternity Bay

Read "Eternity Bay" reviewed by Gareth Thompson


Alexi Erenkov started out as a jazz student, but turned to guitar-based songwriting in a bid for deeper self-expression. Put simply, he found this new approach more liberating than working on Big Band arrangements. Interesting, then, to recall that guitars were merely tolerated and rather buried in the rhythm section during Big Band's heyday, until the ...

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Article: Radio

James Carter, Milt Jackson, Logan Richardson and More

Read "James Carter, Milt Jackson, Logan Richardson and More" reviewed by Joe Dimino


This week we open with a live cut from Newport Jazz recorded by James Carter and his Organ Trio. From there, we do what Neon Jazz is known for .. doing interviews and probing into the life of today's jazz musician, as we profile Kit Downes and hear new music from Kansas City-native Logan Richardson. Then, ...


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