Cal Tjader

The Life and Recordings of the Man Who Revolutionized Latin Jazz


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About the Book

The contributions of this late pioneering jazz vibraphonist—composer, arranger and band leader Cal Tjader have largely been undervalued. This book is a major corrective. The greater part covers the Grammy winner’s 40-year professional life, and his explorations of both Latin and jazz music. His personal life is remembered by those who knew Cal best. The extensive research going into this book features many interviews with family, friends and colleagues both in the Bay Area and elsewhere; all the liner notes throughout Tjader’s prolific recorded output; and interviews with the man himself as well as relevant articles and books. An exhaustive discography chronicles all his sessions.

About the Author(s)

S. Duncan Reid was a music critic for the Thirteenth Moon (1994–1996) and has written for Wax Poetics and Jazz Podium (Germany). He lives in California.

Bibliographic Details

S. Duncan Reid

Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 352
Bibliographic Info: 58 photos, appendices, glossary, discography, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2013
pISBN: 978-0-7864-3535-7
eISBN: 978-1-4766-0588-3
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi
Foreword by Doug Ramsey 1
Preface 3
One. Tap Dancing with Bojangles to Playing with Brubeck 5
Two. Tjader Plays Mambo and Tjazz 38
Three. Reaching for the Skye 104
Four. Last Bolero in Berkeley 160
Five. Flying with Concord 215
Epilogue 241
Appendix 1: An Interview with Elizabeth A. Tjader 247
Appendix 2: An Interview with Robert C. Tjader 255
Musical Glossary by Michael Weil 260
Discography by Michael Weil 263
Chapter Notes 316
Bibliography 328
Index 333

Book Reviews & Awards

  • “provided plenty of information, some quite provocative, and, in doing so, has filled a gap in documenting a musician who achieved one of history’s most compelling fusions of jazz and Latin music…strongly recommended”—ARSC Journal
  • “a meticulously researched and detailed account…fills a gap in the history of Latin jazz and leaves a soulful legacy of ‘good vibes’ about a jazz great”—New Books in Jazz