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Cal Tjader (July 16, 1925–May 5, 1982) was an American musician. Unlike other American musicians who experimented with the music from Cuba, the Caribbean, and Latin America, he never abandoned it, performing it until his death.

Tjader (pronounced "chay-der") primarily played the vibraphone. He was also accomplished on the drums, bongos, congas, timpani, and the piano. He worked with numerous musicians from several cultures. He is often linked to the development of and . Although fusing with music is often categorized as "" (or, earlier, ""), Tjader's output swung freely between both styles.

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  • 16 July 1925
  • St. Louis, Missouri, United States Died 5 May 1982 (Aged 56)

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