Other Places: Susan Pascal On The Air (And The Web)

On his Jazz Northwest broadcast this afternoon, April 6, Jim Wilke is airing an appearance by vibraharpist Susan Pascal. Recorded by Wilke recently at Tula’s in Seattle, Pascal QuintetPascal will lead her quintet in the music of Cal Tjader. The band (seen above) includes some ofthe Pacific Northwest’s leading lights—pianist Fred Hoadley, bassist Chuck Deardorf, drummer Mark Ivester and Latin percussionist Tom Bergerson. The program airs at 2pm PDT on KPLU-FM, 88.5 and will stream live on the internet at kplu.org. It’s available as a podcast following the broadcast.

In case you need reminding of the Tjader group that helped to inspire Pascal, here’s his “Lucero” with Tjader, vibes; Vince Guaraldi, piano; Mongo Santamaria, congas; Willie Bobo, timbales; and Al McKibbon, bass, live at the Blackhawk in San Francisco in 1958. Sorry about the lousy graphics. They are part of the YouTube package.

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  1. says

    Doug … Cal Tjader; been listening to “jazz” for 55 years – Cal my very favorite. Never tire of his Latin sound. Also enjoy checking in to your blog on a reular basis. And really enjoyed the book on Paul Desmond – wonderful b& W photos.

  2. Don Conner says

    I was in

    I was in San Francisco in 1958 and saw many groups. I didn’t catch the Tjader group at the Blackhawk. Perhaps I was spending too much time with Pony Poindexter at Bop City on Post road or listening to the great Brew Moore down on Market St. Anyway, the video was very nice; the group was very tight and I can see how they would be a great influence.

  3. Mike Harris says

    One of my fondest teenage jazz memories—a 10-inch Cal Tjader LP with his rendition of “Tangerine”, which I would play over and over— I can still hear it today. He had a wonderful ringing sound all his own on vibes—different from Milt Jackson, Terry Gibbs or Lionel Hampton. I went right out, purchased an old beat-up set of Deagan vibes, replaced the motor, and spent some 5 happy years whaling away on that poor defenseless instrument.