Michael Wolff Plans West Coast Cal Tjader Tribute

Three concerts planned to celebrate the late vibist

Pianist Michael Wolff will serve as musical director of, and will perform in, a Cal Tjader tribute project that will take place on the West Coast. Wolff recorded four albums with vibraphonist Tjader: Live at Concerts by the Sea, Last Bolero in Berkeley, TAMBU: Cal Tjader and Charlie Byrd and Best of Cal Tjader: Live at the Monterey Jazz Festival 1958-1980.

The Cal Tjader project-directed by Michael Wolff with Warren Wolf, Pete Escovedo, John Santos, Robb Fisher, and Vince Lateano-has been described in a press release as follows:

“Cal Tjader crafted one of the sleekest and most distinctive sounds in Latin jazz. His cool, shimmering jazz vibes, gliding fluidly atop fiery, hot Afro-Cuban rhythms, made for a sonic signature that helped introduce the genre into a mainstream audience. This tribute to Tjader, which was put together to honor the jazz great includes some of the few remaining players who had played with him: pianist Michael Wolff (Musical Director), percussionist Pete Escovedo, bassist Robb Fisher and drummer Vince Lateano, and includes one of the brightest new talents on vibes, Warren Wolf, and legendary Bay area percussionist John Santos. The band will perform a combination of Cal’s Latin and jazz favorites, all arranged by Wolff.”

The first tribute concert is set for Sept. 22, at the Monterey Jazz Festival in the Dizzy Gillespie tent. Ticket info is here.

The second event will be Sept. 23 at Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society in Half Moon Bay, Calif. Ticket info is here.

The third show will take place Sept. 25 at Yoshi’s in San Francisco. Ticket info is

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