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Willie Bobo - 100% match to Cal Tjader

Genres: Drama Latin R&B / Soul Television
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William Correa, 28 February 1934, New York City, New York, USA, of Puerto Rican parentage, d. 15 September 1983, Los Angeles, California, USA. Growing up in New York’s El Barrio, Bobo was exposed to substantial doses of Latin music, jazz and R&B. These genres later jostled together in his work as a band leader. He started playing Latin percussion at the age of 14 (t Read more

Mongo Santamaria - 84% match to Cal Tjader

Genres: Latin Jazz Pop / Rock World Music
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Ramón Santamaría, 7 April 1922, Jesús María district, Havana, Cuba, d. 1 February 2003, Miami, Florida, USA. Percussionist and band leader Santamaría (nicknamed Mongo by his father) arrived in New York at the end of the 40s. There he performed with the first charanga (flute, violins, rhythm section and voices band) to be organized in the ci Read more

Eddie Palmieri - 59% match to Cal Tjader

Genres: Latin World Music Jazz Latin Music Videos & Concerts
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Eduardo Palmieri, 15 December 1936, South Bronx, New York City, New York, USA, of Puerto Rican parentage. The self-avowed pioneering ‘oxygen cocktail’ of contemporary salsa, pianist, band leader, composer, arranger, producer Palmieri began playing the piano at the age of eight. He also played timbales, and wanted to specialize in the instrument, but changed his min Read more

Poncho Sanchez - 59% match to Cal Tjader

Genres: Latin World Music
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30 October 1951, Laredo, Texas, USA. The youngest of 11 children, Sanchez taught himself to play guitar, flute, drums and timbales before choosing the conga. He was raised in Norwalk, California, where he played with local bands although his first engagement was as a singer with an R&B band. Among the artists he listened to in these formative years were Machito, Tito Pue Read more

Ray Barretto - 59% match to Cal Tjader

Genres: Latin World Music Jazz
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29 April 1929, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA, d. 17 February 2006, Hackensack, New Jersey, USA. Born to Puerto Rican parents, Barretto was raised in East Harlem and the Bronx and was a prominent Latin band leader for many decades. However, he started his professional career as a jazz recording session conga player. To escape the ghetto he joined the army at 17. Infl Read more

Tito Puente - 59% match to Cal Tjader

Genres: Latin World Music Jazz Television Drama Dance Latin Music & Radio Music Videos & Concerts Soundtracks
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Ernesto Antonio Puente Jnr., 20 April 1923, Harlem Hospital, New York City, New York, USA, d. 31 May 2000, New York City, New York, USA. Born of Puerto Rican parentage, Puente began piano lessons when he was seven years old and around the age of 10 started tuition in drums and percussion, which became his forte. Around 1936, Puente commenced his professional career as a drum Read more

Walter Wanderley - 54% match to Cal Tjader

Genres: Jazz World Music
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Bobby Hutcherson - 45% match to Cal Tjader

Genres: Jazz
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27 January 1941, Los Angeles, California, USA. After formal tuition on piano, Hutcherson switched to playing jazz vibraphone when he heard records by Milt Jackson. He worked briefly on the west coast then, in 1961, moved to New York, where he established himself as an inventive, forward-thinking musician. He played with many of the outstanding artists of the 60s, among them Read more

Dave Pike - 45% match to Cal Tjader

Genres: Jazz
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David Samuel Pike, 23 March 1938, Detroit, Michigan, USA. Pike started playing drums when he was eight and is self-taught on vibes, inspired by the playing of Lionel Hampton and Milt Jackson. He moved to Los Angeles in 1953 and played with musicians including Elmo Hope and the saxophonists Harold Land and Dexter Gordon. He played for two years with Paul Bley. In 1960 he move Read more

Roy Ayers - 40% match to Cal Tjader

Genres: Jazz R&B / Soul Jazz Music Videos & Concerts Action & Adventure Soundtracks
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10 September 1940, Los Angeles, California, USA. A popular jazz vibraphonist and vocalist, Ayers reached the peak of his commercial popularity during the mid-70s and early 80s, crossing over into the mainstream charts. He is also justly celebrated as an important influence on the latter decade’s acid-jazz movement. Read more

Stan Getz - 40% match to Cal Tjader

Genres: Jazz Jazz Music & Radio Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock Television World Music Big Band & Swing
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2 February 1927, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, d. 6 June 1991, Malibu, California, USA. Getz played several reed instruments as a child, especially the alto saxophone, but he finally chose the tenor saxophone and by the age of 15 was playing professionally. Within a year he had made his first records, playing with Jack Teagarden, who became, technically at least, Getz Read more

Chucho Valdes - 39% match to Cal Tjader

Genres: Latin
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Jesús Valdés, 9 October 1941, Quivican, Cuba. A giant of Afro-Cuban jazz piano - it is said that the piano bench at the Teatro Nacional is permanently adjusted to fit him - Valdés is the son of legendary pianist and composer Bebo Valdés. Chucho was playing piano before he had even learned to walk properly, tutored by his piano-playing mother in ad Read more

Herbie Mann - 38% match to Cal Tjader

Genres: Jazz Latin Vocals
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Herbert Jay Sololmon, 16 April 1930, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA, d. 1 July 2003, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA. After learning to play the clarinet while still a small child, Mann took up the flute. He developed his musical experience during military service. After leaving the US army, he was active in film and television studios as both performer and composer. He pl Read more

Milt Jackson - 37% match to Cal Tjader

Genres: Jazz Musicals & The Arts
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1 January 1923, Detroit, Michigan, USA, d. 9 October 1999, New York City, New York, USA. Jackson’s first professional engagement, at the age of 16, was in his home town, playing the vibraphone alongside tenor saxophonist Lucky Thompson (one year his junior). Jackson benefited from the 40s loose attitude towards band personnel, spending six years accompanying visiting mu Read more

Astrud Gilberto - 34% match to Cal Tjader

Genres: Jazz Pop / Rock Latin
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Astrud Weinert, 30 March 1940, Bahia, Brazil. Gilberto’s career began by accident in March 1963 during a recording session featuring her husband, guitarist João Gilberto, and saxophonist Stan Getz. A projected track, ‘The Girl From Ipanema’, required a singer conversant with English and although strictly a non-professional, Astrud was coaxed into perfor Read more

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