Best of the Day: Viva Cal! Sextet

A tribute to jazz vibes legend Cal Tjader.

This afternoon, Tampa Jazz Club presents another fantastic bill of live jazz.

This particular grooving throwdown, Viva Cal!, pays loving tribute to the late Cal Tjader [pictured right], a Puerto Rican drummer, percussionist and vibraphonist of some renown who started out playing with Dave Brubeck and George Shearing, and went on to break new ground in Latin and Afro-Cuban jazz in upwards of 70 albums spanning 1951 through 1982. In fact, seven albums have been released posthumously, including a 2008 release, Live at the Monterey Jazz Festival 1958-1980, featuring select performances he gave at the seminal fes spanning a few decades.

Bay Area percussionist Frankie Pineiro (Guisando Caliente Latin Jazz Quintet) leads the “Viva Cal!” program, with back-up from Kenny Drew Jr. (piano), Joe Porter (bass), Hector Mayoral (percs), John Jenkins (drums) and vibraphone phenom Cole Hazlitt, a student at Tarpon Springs High and member of the Ruth Eckerd Youth Jazz Band.
Sun., Nov. 17, 3 p.m., HCC-Ybor Mainstage Theatre, Ybor City, $20 general/$10 Students with ID (free for HCC Students).

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