Callen Radcliffe Tjader, Jr. a.k.a. Cal Tjader (July 16, 1925–May 5, 1982) was a Latin jazz musician, though he also explored various other jazz idioms. Unlike other American jazz musicians who experimented with the music from Cuba, the Caribbean, and Latin America, he never abandoned it, performing it until his death.

Tjader primarily played the vibraphone. He was also accomplished on the drums, bongos, congas, timpani, and the piano. He worked with numerous musicians from several cultures. He is often linked to the development of Latin Rock and Acid Jazz. Although fusing jazz with Latin music is often categorized as "Latin Jazz" (or, earlier, "Afro-Cuban Jazz"), Tjader's output swung freely between both styles.

He won a Grammy in 1980 for his album La Onda Va Bien, capping off a career that spanned over forty years.

Discography

Albums

* Vibrations (Savoy, 1951)
* Cal Tjader: Vibist (Savoy, 1953)
* Cal Tjader, Vol. 1 (Savoy, 1953)
* The Cal Tjader Trio (Fantasy, 1953)
* Tjader Plays Mambo (Fantasy/Original Jazz Classics, 1954)
* Mambo with Tjader (Fantasy/OJC, 1954)
* Tjader Plays Tjazz (Fantasy/OJC, 1954)
* Plays Afro-Cuban (Fantasy, 1954)
* Cal Tjader Quartet (Fantasy/OJC, 1956)
* The Cal Tjader Quartet (Fantasy, 1956)
* Latin Kick (Fantasy/OJC, 1956)
* The Cal Tjader Quintet (Fantasy, 1956)
* Jazz at the Blackhawk (Fantasy/OJC, 1957) (en directo)
* Más ritmo caliente (Fantasy, 1957)
* Cal Tjader (Fantasy, 1957)
* The Cal Tjader-Stan Getz Sextet (Fantasy, 1958) (con Stan Getz)
* Cal Tjader's Latin Concert (Fantasy/OJC, 1958) (falso directo: grabado sin público, simula que se trata de un concierto real)
* Latin for Lovers With Strings (Fantasy, 1958)
* San Francisco Moods (Fantasy, 1958)
* Concert by the Sea, Vol. 1 (Fantasy, 1959) (en directo)
* Concert by the Sea, Vol. 2 (Fantasy, 1959) (en directo)
* Monterey Concerts (Concert by the Sea, Vols. 1 & 2) (Prestige, 1959) (en directo)
* Cal Tjader Goes Latin (Fantasy, 1959)
* Live and Direct (Fantasy, 1959)
* Night at the Black Hawk (Fantasy/OJC, 1959) (en directo)
* West Side Story (Fantasy, 1960)
* Concert on the Campus (OJC, 1960)
* Demasado caliente (Fantasy, 1960)
* Latino (Fantasy, 1960)
* In a Latin Bag (Verve, 1961)
* Cal Tjader Plays Harold Arlen (OJC, 1961)
* Cal Tjader Plays, Mary Stallings Sings (OJC, 1961)
* The Cal Tjader Quartet (Fantasy, 1961)
* Saturday Night: Sunday Night at the Black Hawk, San Francisco (Verve, 1962) (en directo)
* Cal Tjader Plays the Contemporary Music of Mexico and Brasil (Verve, 1962)
* Cal Tjader Live and Direct (Fantasy, 1962)
* The Cal Tjader Quartet (Fantasy, 1962)
* Time For Two (Verve, 1962) (con Anita O'Day)
* Sona libre (Verve, 1963)
* Several Shades of Jade (Verve, 1963)
* Breeze from the East (Verve, 1963)
* Soul Sauce (Verve, 1964)
* Warm Wave (Verve, 1964)
* Soul Bird: Whiffenpoof (Verve, 1965)
* Soul Burst (Verve, 1966)
* El sonido nuevo: The New Soul Sound (Verve, 1966) (con Eddie Palmieri)
* Latin for Dancers (Fantasy, 1966)
* Along Comes Cal (Verve, 1967)
* Hip Vibrations (Verve, 1967)
* The Prophet (Verve, 1968)
* Solar Heat (Skye, 1969)
* Plugs In (Skye, 1969)
* Sounds Out Burt Bacharach (Skye, 1969)
* Bamboléate (Tico) (con Eddie Palmieri)
* Live at the Funky Quarters (Fantasy, 1970)
* Primo (Fantasy/OJC, 1970)
* Descarga (Fantasy, 1971)
* Tambu (Original Jazz Classics, 1973) (con Charlie Byrd)
* Puttin' It Together (Fantasy, 1975)
* Amazonas (OJC, 1975)
* Grace Cathedral Concert (Fantasy, 1976)
* Guarabe (Fantasy, 1976)
* Here (Fantasy, 1977)
* Breathe Easy (Fantasy, 1977)
* Tjader (Fantasy, 1978)
* La Onda Va Bien (Concord Picante, 1979)
* Gózame! Pero ya (Concord Picante, 1980)
* The Shining Sea (Concord Picante, 1981)
* A fuego vivo (Concord Picante, 1981)
* Heat Wave (Concord Jazz, 1982) (con Carmen McRae)
* Good Vibes (Concord Jazz 1984)
* Latin + Jazz = Cal Tjader (DCC, 1990)
* Huracán (Laserlight, 1990)
* Agua Dulce (Fantasy, 1991)
* Last Night When We Were Young (Fantasy, 1991)
* Talkin' Verve (Verve, 1996)
* Concerts in the Sun (Fantasy, 2002) (en directo)
* Cuban Fantasy (Fantasy, 2003)
* Cal Tjader Live At The Monterey Jazz Festival 1958-1980 (Concord, 2008) (en directo)
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