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Cal Tjader (Percussion)

Born: 16th July 1925, St. Louis, Missouri, USA

Died: 5th May 1982, Manila, Philippines

Nationality: American

Callen Radcliffe Tjader Jr. was an American Latin Jazz musician, known as the most successful non-Latino Latin musician. He explored other jazz idioms, even as he continued to perform music of Afro-Jazz, the Caribbean, México and Latin America.

Cal Tjader played the vibraphone primarily, but was accomplished on the drums, bongos, congas, timpani, and the piano. He worked with many musicians from several cultures. He is often linked to the development of Latin rock and acid jazz.

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