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The First Biography Of Cal Tjader Is Now Available!

SOURCE: Published: 2013-12-15
Cal Tjader The contributions of this late pioneering jazz vibraphonist—composer, arranger and bandleader Cal Tjader
Cal Tjader
Cal Tjader
1925 - 1982
vibraphone
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. Duncan Reid was born and raised in San Francisco. As a youth, he studied the tabla, a set of drums used in North Indian classical music, from Shankar Ghosh at the Ali Akbar College of Music in San Rafael, CA. He was exposed to jazz from an early age by his parents. In the bohemian subculture of St. Louis, his father knew many jazz legends of the 1940s and '50s, such as Lester Young
Lester Young
Lester Young
1909 - 1959
saxophone
, Charlie Ventura
Charlie Ventura
Charlie Ventura
1916 - 1992
sax, tenor
, Miles Davis
Miles Davis
Miles Davis
1926 - 1991
trumpet
, Stan Getz
Stan Getz
Stan Getz
1927 - 1991
sax, tenor
and Tiny Kahn. At the same time, his mother was ensconced in the Seattle jazz scene and soon discovered Cal Tjader. When he came of age, Mr. Reid began a lifelong passion for jazz and was honored to have backstage discussions with jazz immortals Gerry Mulligan
Gerry Mulligan
Gerry Mulligan
1927 - 1996
sax, baritone
, Zoot Sims
Zoot Sims
Zoot Sims
1925 - 1985
sax, tenor
, Shelly Manne
Shelly Manne
Shelly Manne
1920 - 1984
drums
, Jimmy Witherspoon
Jimmy Witherspoon
Jimmy Witherspoon
1923 - 1997
vocalist
and Stan Getz. After studying literature and immersing himself in the Bay Area jazz scene, Mr. Reid became a music critic for the Thirteenth Moon (1994-1996). He has also written for Wax Poetics (2011).


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