Dennis M. Reed "Califa" - Home Page

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This site includes "My Mainly Musical Autobiography", original 1970s photos of Celia Cruz performing with Pete Escovedo & me; some rare 1960s recordings by Carlos Federico with Guy Hoffman's Latins; rare 1960s recordings of Cesar's (Ascarrunz) Men; my Latin Music Collection catalog with some selected .mp3 recordings; some home dinner party photos of Larry Harlow and the Latin Legends Band with Adalberto Santiago, Yomo Toro, "Chembo" Corniel, Bobby Sanabria and others; some site development tips & techniques including Expression Web, XHTML, HTML5, MySQL, CSS & PHP; my Asian & non-Asian cookbook collections & recipes, cooking equipment collection, & other cooking information including coffee & tea equipment & book collections and information; my Spiritual Quest(s) & Other Weird Stuff; my experiences with raising Arabian horses; drum stuff including tuning suggestions and drumming techniques. I am a graduate of El Segundo High School (Class of 1958), and lacking only a few units for a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley (Class of 1962). I worked as a Programmer/Analyst for the University of California for almost 35 years.
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Dennis was born in
Fort Wayne, Indiana.
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Dennis & Mary Reed
Wedding Day

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Mary was born in
Manatí, Puerto Rico.

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In the late 1990s, I sent a few audio clips and photos as email attachments to share with a few members of the now basically defunct RMAL News Group ( When several other members or RMAL expressed an interest on hearing and seeing more, I began to fill in and expand my musical autobiography and eventually created the first version of this site near the end of 1999 using Microsoft FrontPage 2 web site development platform.

This mainly musical  autobiography spans my life from my birth to the present day with recollections, recordings, anecdotes, photos, etc., and includes original 1962 recordings of Guy Hoffman's Latins featuring the late great San Francisco pianist Carlos Federico, original 1964 recordings of Cesar's Men (Cesar Ascarrunz), and the many of the various groups with which I have played. Photos include several original 1970s photos of Celia Cruz and Pete Escovedo (Sheila E's father) by Rudi Petschek, photos of Larry Harlow and his bands dinner visits to our home, and photographs and recordings of some of bands with which I have played.

I later added additional pages including:

I am now using the newer web site development platform Microsoft Expression Web 4, I continue to enhance and improve this site to use newer techniques including HTML5, CSS3, PHP with OOP, MySQL, JavaScript/jQuery, etc.

My wife, Mary, as always, continues to be a major influence in my appreciation of Latin music and culture, in general, and, of Puerto Rican music and culture, in particular.