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 web 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.
Dennis & Mary Reed
Mary was born in
Manatí, Puerto Rico.
Animated flags courtesy of http://classroomclipart.com/
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 (rec.music.afro-latin).
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:
- my experiences with web site development and my solutions (including PHP functions)
to many development problems
- my Latin Music Collection
- my Asian cookbook collection and recipes
- non-Asian cookbook collection and recipes
- my tea/coffee library and equipment collection
- drumming information and tips including tuning and playing tips and techniques
- some of my experiences with raising Arabian horses
- my model train hobby
- some experiences with my Spiritual Quest(s) & Other Weird Stuff
- and much more.
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
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.