MMMM: Cal Tjader #atozchallenge

Cal Tjader (the T is silent, and his name is pronounced JAY-der) was, according to Wikipedia, the most successful non-Latino Latin jazz player. He was primarily a vibraphonist, but also played the bongos, congas, drums, timpani, and piano. He is credited with contributing to the development of acid jazz and Latin rock. He had a relatively brief career, from 1941 to his death in 1982, and only earled one Grammy, for his 1980 album La Onda Va Bien. He met Dave Brubeck while they were both at San Francisco State University, and they, along with Paul Desmond and others, formed the Dave Brubeck Octet. After Brubeck, e went on to play with many others, including pianist Vince Guaraldi.

His whole biography is on Wikipedia, so let’s get into his music. Here are ten songs that are the most popular on Spotify. The playlist is here, in case you want to stream it. Or, if you prefer Spotify, here you go.

Samba de Orfeu

Black Orchid

Thanks For The Memory (with Anita O’Day)

Soul Sauce

Que Tristeza


Sake and Greens


Mambo Sangria

Se É Tarde, Me Perdoa

That’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for April 24, 2023 (and my T entry for the A to Z Challenge!).

Monday’s Music Moves Me is sponsored by Marie, Cathy, Alana, and Stacy, so be sure and visit them, where you can also find the Linky for the other participants.

27 thoughts on “MMMM: Cal Tjader #atozchallenge

  1. John,

    Totally do not know this artist before now. I appreciated the introduction and wonderful instrumental selections that I could listen to non-stop while doing mundane chores in the kitchen. Your A2Z journey is quickly coming to an end. I’m so happy you were able to incorporate the challenge in with your 4M posts successfully. Have a boogietastic week, my friend!


  2. First…I did read you had to go tobthe hospital but that you are better. I hope you ate feeling better today. I have to play catch up. I did read the posts and enjoyed all you wrote.
    I’m not familiar with this man and am not a lover of the xylophone but it was nice to listen to while working


    1. Right. He, along with Vince Guaraldi, Eddie Duran, Monty Budwig, Shelley Manne, Barney Kessel, Ray Brown, Bud Shank, Laurindo Almeida, Dave Brubeck, Paul Desmond, Gerry Mulligan, Anita O’Day, Art Pepper, Chet Baker, Stan Kenton, and countless others made that scene…

      The red vinyl was something that was done sporadically and wasn’t specific to West Coast (or “cool”, which reminds me, June Christy) jazz.

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