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).