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A TRIBUTE TO CAL TJADER feat. Michael Wolff (musical director), Pete Escovedo, Warren Wolf, John Santos, Robb Fisher, and Vince Lateano

September 25, 2012

Check out this preview of the show by Mercury News!

  • Tuesday: 8pm - $20 adv, $24 door



Cal Tjader crafted one 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 to 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 John Santos on percussion. The band will perform a combination of Cal’s Latin and jazz favorites, all arranged by Wolff.


Michael Wolff - pianist / musical director: Michael Wolff is a genuine hipster--a Manhattan-based family man and internationally acclaimed pianist, composer, and bandleader. A baby boomer in his prime, Wolff is renowned for his old school jazz roots, melodically fresh and rhythmically compelling multi-keyboard style, and ever-expanding media presence. A New Orleans native whose father taught him blues on piano before he began classical lessons at age eight, Michael also grew up in Memphis and Berkeley, California, getting his first significant professional gig when he was 19 from Latin jazz vibist Cal Tjader. He made his recording debut with Cannonball Adderley’s band in 1975, and has worked extensively with the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra, Sonny Rollins, Wayne Shorter, Tony Williams, Christian McBride and others including his late friend Warren Zevon and singer Nancy Wilson, for whom he wrote orchestral arrangements and conducted more than 25 major symphony orchestras during world-wide tours. Wolff’s own band, Impure Thoughts, founded in 2000, is an infectious improvising ensemble, richly percussive thanks to Indian tabla player Badal Roy, drummer Mike Clark (Headhunters) and electric bassist John B. Williams. Wolff’s recent performances include an Impure Thoughts concert at the Royal Albert Hall, and a trip to the British Virgin Islands. As a leader, Michael Wolff had released 14 albums since 1993, including three on Wrong Records, 2006’s Love & Destruction, 2007’s jazz, JAZZ, jazz and 2009’s Joe’s Strut. Michael Wolff's website

Pete Escovedo - percussion: Legendary percussionist Pete Escovedo is an artist who broke down the barriers between Smooth jazz, Salsa, Latin jazz and contemporary music. His name has been synonymous in the music industry for more than 50 years. Pete Escovedo's website

Warren Wolf - vibraphone: It’s no exaggeration to state that the release of Warren Wolf, the eponymous debut album for Mack Avenue Records by Warren Wolf, will make it as apparent to jazz fans as it already is to jazz insiders that the 31-year-old vibraphonist is the next major voice on his instrument. Warren Wolf's website

John Santos - percussion: Four-time Grammy nominee, and U.S. Artists Fontanals Fellow, John Santos, is one of the foremost exponents of Afro-Latin music in the world today. He is known for his innovative use of traditional forms and instruments in combination with contemporary music, and has earned much respect and recognition as an educator, composer, and record and event producer. John Santos' website

Vince Lateano - drums: Renowned Bay Area drummer Vince Lateano began his professional career as a jazz drummer in the ninth grade. At the age of 18, Vince went on the road with pianist Carmen Cavallaro, and on his return to the Bay Area, Vince established himself in San Francisco playing with the likes of Eddie Duran and Vince Guaraldi. He has toured with the Woody Herman Band (a band that included Alan Broadbent and Sal Nistico) and eventually joined the Cal Tjader group with whom he played until Cal’s untimely death in 1982.

Robb Fisher - bass:

Bassist Robb Fisher has been a sideman for a diverse number of artists since moving to the Bay Area in l967. Robb Fisher's website