none of the adjectives mentioned above apply for the albums of don mccaslin s warmth. born in tacoma washington in 1926. don moved to the san jose area during the first year of life. he took a few piano lessons as a child. but it was boogie woogie music that really inspired him. while attending san jose state he formed a band which had piano. guitar. vibes. bass and drums. following his graduation from college. don played music on the weekends and worked as a high school english teacher for fifteen years. then in 1970 he quit his teaching job and moved to santa cruz. making music his main pursuit. in 1971 he was invited to bring a jazz combo to play at a political rally. the event took place in the patio of the 19th century courthouse building. now called the cooper house. the owner told don that he was putting a sidewalk cafe there and invited him to play on opening day. don ended up playing there until the 1989 earthquake ruined the beautiful old building.