This is our website dedicated to the late Latin jazz vibraphonist Cal Tjader. Since there is currently no website completely devoted to Cal Tjader, we’ve launched this site to be the internet’s #1 resource for Tjader’s musical career. Currently, the only active areas of the site are this home page, our Cal Tjader shop, and our Discussion Forum.
Reminder: we’re looking for volunteers to help with the data entry, or provide scans of albums (especially some of those early Fantasy albums that may have had more than one jacket). If you can provide us with good scans of Tjader’s album covers, or are willing to help with data entry, contact “Rudy” via our forum.
Our focus here at the site will be as follows:
An online discography database, which will include track listings and sidemen.
An active forum in which all visitors can freely discuss Tjader, the man and his music.
A biography of Cal Tjader and his life in music.
A gallery of Tjader items, whether they be scanned articles, photographs, reminiscences by associates and visitors, or other items that would interest fans of his music.
A possible encyclopedia (or at least a comprehensive listing) of Tjader’s many sidemen over the years…which would read like a who’s who of Latin and jazz music.
Our collection of Cal Tjader recordings has grown substantially, thanks to a donation from the widow of Cal Tjader enthusiast Joe Cruz. If you have more information you’d like to contribute to this site, please be sure to leave a message in our Cal Tjader Forum. Note: we have little information on earlier pre-Fantasy recordings of Cal Tjader, including dates with Dave Brubeck and George Shearing. Help with this area would be much appreciated! We won’t have full discographies of these albums on which Cal Tjader was a sideman, but will attempt to have a comprehensive lists of the albums and the tracks he played on.
Trying to locate Cal Tjader recordings for purchase? Use our Amazon link above to search for and buy Cal Tjader recordings on CD. Out of print, and on LP? Try our GEMM search below. Remember, your purchases help support the Cal Tjader website!