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Billmajoring in education. Later he transferred to San Francisco State Collegestill intending to teach. It was there he took timpani lessons, his only formal music training. Brubeck introduced Tjader to Paul Desmond. The three connected with more players and formed the Dave Brubeck Octet with Tjader on drums.
Although the Album) recorded only one album and had difficulty finding work, the recording is regarded as important due to its early glimpse at these soon-to-be-legendary jazz greats.
After the octet disbanded, Tjader and Brubeck formed a trio, performing jazz standards in the hope of finding more work. Tjader taught himself the vibraphone during this period, alternating between it and the drums depending on the song. Brubeck suffered major injuries in a diving accident in in Hawaii and the trio was forced to dissolve.
Al McKibbon was a member of Shearing's band at the time and he and Tjader encouraged Shearing to add Cuban percussionists. Tjader played bongos as well as the vibes: "Drum Trouble" was his bongo solo feature. Tjader soon quit Shearing after a gig at the San Francisco jazz club the Blackhawk. The members were brothers Manuel Duran and Carlos Duran on piano and bass respectively, Benny Velarde on timbales, bongos, and congas, and Edgard Rosales on congas Luis Miranda replaced Rosales after the first year.
Back in San Francisco and recording for Fantasy Recordsthe group produced several albums in rapid succession, including Mambo with Tjader. The Mambo Cal Tjader Quartet - Jazz At The Blackhawk (Vinyl reached its pitch in the late s, a boon to Tjader's career.
Unlike the exotica of Martin Denny and Les Baxtermusic billed as "impressions of" Oceania and other localesTjader's bands featured seasoned Cuban players and top-notch jazz talent conversant in both idioms.
He cut several notable straight-ahead jazz albums for Fantasy using various group names, most notably the Cal Tjader Quartet composed of bassist Gene Wrightdrummer Al Torreand pianist Vince Guaraldi.
Tjader is sometimes lumped in as part of the West Coast or " cool " jazz sound, although his rhythms and tempos both Latin and bebop had little in common with the work of Los Angeles jazzmen Gerry MulliganChet Bakeror Art Pepper.
Tjader and his band opened the second Album) Jazz Festival in with an acclaimed "preview" concert. The first festival had suffered financially. Tjader is credited with bringing in big ticket sales for the second and saving the landmark festival before it had even really started. The Modern Mambo Quintet disbanded within a couple of years. Tjader formed several more small-combo bands, playing regularly at such San Francisco jazz clubs as the Blackhawk.
With the luxury of larger budgets and seasoned recording producer Creed Taylor in the control booth, Tjader cut a varied string of albums. Tjader recorded with big band orchestras for the first time, and even made an album based on Asian scales and rhythms.
His biggest success was the album Soul Sauce Its title track, a Dizzy Gillespie cover Tjader had been toying with for over a decade, was a radio hit hitting the top 20 on New York's influential pop music station WMCA in Mayand landed the album on Billboard 's Top 50 Albums of The song's identifiable sound is a combination of the call-outs made by Bobo "Salsa ahi na ma The album sold overcopies and popularized the word salsa in describing Latin dance music.
The s were Tjader's most prolific period.
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