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JOHN SANTOS

www.johnsantos.com

percussionist • historian • producer • composer

writer • vocalist • lecturer • instructor

 

Partial Discography  (*John Santos as producer or co-producer)

Filosofía Caribeña Vol. 3* • The John Santos Sexet (Machete) 2021 (unreleased)

Art of the Descarga* • The John Santos Sexet (Smithsonian Folkways) 2020

Erik Jekabson Sextet • (Widehive) 2018

Erik Jekabson Quintet • (Widehive) 2018

Left 2 Write • George Andino featuring Tony Lindsey 2018

Raise the Mark • Bay Area All-Stars  2017

The Falling Dream • Electric Squeezebox Orchestra (OA2) 2017

This Could be That • Brian Andrés & the Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel (Amazon Music Unlimited) 2016

Opaluna • Opaluna (Ridgeway Records) 2016

Pomponio • Jemal Ramirez (First Orbit Sounds) 2016

Leilani’s Leap • Mark Levine & The Latin Tinge 2015

Siempre Clásico* • The JS Sextet with Ernesto Oviedo and Orestes Vilató (Machete) 2014

Live at the Hillside Club • Erik Jekabson (Jekab’s Music) 2014

Salsa de la Bahia • Compilation (Patois) 2014

Eggun • Omar Sosa (Otá) 2013 GRAMMY Nominee

Latin Jazz Jazz Latin • Wayne Wallace (Patois) 2013 GRAMMY Nominee

Filosofía Caribeña Vol.2* • The John Santos Sextet (Machete) 2013

Filosofía Caribeña Vol.1* • The John Santos Sextet (Machete) 2011

La Esperanza* • John Santos y El Coro Folklórico Kindembo (Machete) 2011

Afrodiaspora* • Susana Baca (Luaka Bop) 2011

Where The Warm Winds Blow • Mel Martin (Jazzed Media) 2009

Perspectiva Fragmentada* • The John Santos Quintet (Machete) 2008

La Guerra No * 2010 GRAMMY Nominee •  JS y El Coro Folklórico Kindembo (Machete) 2008

The Nature of the Beat •  Wayne Wallace (Patois) 2008

Azucar de Amor •  Kat Parra (Patois) 2008

Papa Mambo* • The John Santos Quintet (Machete) 2007

Vagabundeo/Wanderings Alexa Weber Morales (Patois) 2007

The Reckless Search For Beauty • Wayne Wallace (Patois) 2006

Dedication • Wayne Wallace (Patois) 2006

Latigo 2007 GRAMMY Nominee • Quartet San Francisco with  John Santos (ViolinJazz) 2006

Para Todos Ustedes* • 2005 GRAMMY Nominee • Los Pleneros de la 21 (Smithsonian) 2005

20th Anniversary* • J.S. and Machete (Machete) 2005

Para Ellos* • 2005 GRAMMY Nominee • J.S. and the Coro Folklorico Kindembo (Machete) 2004

Brazos Abiertos* • J.S. and Machete (Machete) 2003

S.F. Bay* • 2003 GRAMMY Nominee • J.S. and Machete (Machete) 2002

Princesa de la Naturaleza • Maria Marquez 2003

Sentir • Omar Sosa (Ota) 2002

Echoes in Blue • Wayne Wallace (Spirit Nectar) 2001

Mambo Jazz* • Bobby Matos/John Santos (Cubop) 2001

Prietos • Omar Sosa (Ota) 2001

Tribute to The Masters* • John Santos and Machete (Cubop) 2000

La Mar* • John Santos and Omar Sosa 2000

Bembon • Omar Sosa (Ota) 2000

Three in One • Wayne Wallace (Spirit Nectar) 2000

Once Cuentos de Amor • Maria Fernanda Marquez (Ryko Latino) 2000

Cuba Without Borders • Comp. Machete, Pancho Quinto, Omar Sosa, Los Terry, Calloway 2000

El Campanazo • Jackeline Rago and the Venezuelan Music Project 2000

Cuban Roots Revisited • Mark Weinstein, F. Aguabella, L. Galarraga and O. Sosa (Cubop) 1999

Machetazo* • John Santos and Machete  (Bembé) 1998

Nfumbe* • John Santos and Omar Sosa (Price Club) 1998

Pound for Pound • Charlie Hunter Quartet (Blue Note) 1998

Playing it Cool • Joyce Cooling (Heads Up) 1997

Front Porch Music • Linda Tillery (Earthbeat) 1997

Flores* • Conjunto Cespedes (Xenophile) 1997

Bird Goes Latin • Jamey Aebersold 1996

From Africa to Camaguey • Los Terry/Cuba (Round World) 1996

Tierra Adentro* • Claudia Gomez (Xenophile) 1996

Flying South • Pete Escovedo Orchestra (Concord) 1996

Ritmo Y Candela II • Patato, Orestes Vilato and Walfredo Reyes Sr. (Tonga) 1996

Hacia el Amor* • JS and the Coro Folklórico Kindembo (Xenophile) with Francisco Aguabella ’96

Machete* • John Santos and Machete (Xenophile) with Cachao and Chocolate 1995

Skin Talk* • Carolyn Brandy 1995

Vivito y Coleando* INDIE AWARD WINNER • Conjunto Céspedes (Xenophile) 1995

Latin Jazz • Jamey Aebersold 1994

Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir • (Tuizer) 1994

Una Sola Casa* INDIE AWARD WINNER • Conjunto Céspedes (Green Linnet) 1993

Collage/Afro-Cuban Jazz* • Bobby Matos Heritage Ensemble (Night Life) 1993

Forman on the Job • Bruce Forman, Joe Henderson (Kamei) 1992

Bebop & Beyond • Dizzy Gillespie, Mel Martin, George Cables (Blue Moon) 1991

Cantos • With legendary vocalist Lázaro Ros & Mezcla, Havana, Cuba (Intuition) 1990

Goza mi Timbal • Tito Puente Orchestra (Concord) 1989

Mr. E. • Pete Escovedo Orchestra (Concord) 1988

Africa Vol.1* • John Santos and Machete (Earthbeat) 1988

September Ballads • Mark Murphy w/ Art Farmer, Larry Coryell, Oscar C. Neves (Milestone) ’87

Un Poco Loco • Tito Puente Orchestra (Concord) 1987

Sensación • Tito Puente Orchestra (Concord) 1986

Si Me Ves Diferente* • Johnny Nelson Orchestra (Mila’s) 1986

Mañana Para Los Niños* • Orquesta Batachanga (Earthbeat) 1985

Yesterday’s Memories, Tomorrow’s Dreams • Pete Escovedo (Esgo) 1985

La Nueva Tradicion* • Orquesta Batachanga (Sugarloaf) 1982

Performance Highlights

Freight Fest • JS Sextet w/O.Vilató, Christ. Durandy, Jose R.Hndz, A.Blea, Juan L. Pérez,  9/28/19

Yoshi’s • JS Sextet w/ Kenny Washington & Tammy Brown Sep 27, 2019

Filoli Concert Series • JS Sextet August 25, 2019

Concord Jazz Fest • JS Sextet August 4, 2019

EastSide Cultural Ctr • Malcolm X Jazz Fest, Oakland  JS Sextet w/David Murray & Bobi Céspedes 5/18/19

SFJAZZ • “Sounds of Resistance” JS Sextet with Jerry Medina, Tito Matos, Juango Gutierrez, Orestes Vilató. April 22, 2018

First Presbyterian Church of Oakland, CA •  Sacred Roots of Latin Jazz. Jan 27, 2018

San Diego, Symphony Hall, Jazz at the Jacobs, CA •  Roots of Rhythm Concert. Jan 27, 2018

Freight & Salvage, Berkeley, CA •  Benefit Concert for Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief. Oct 8, 2017

One World Festival, El Cerrito, CA •  JS Sextet.  July 4, 2017

Freight & Salvage, Berkeley, CA •  Benefit Concert for Giovanni Hidalgo. July 2, 2017

Ethnic Dance Festival • “Festejos Caribeños” with Alayo Dance Company. July 8 & 9,  2017

SFJAZZ • “Local Legends” JS Sextet with Maria Márquez, Jose Hernandez, Samora & Elena Pinderhughes. Jan 28, 2017

Chicago Jazz Festival • JS Sextet. July 15, 2016

Opening of Museum of African American Art & Culture, Washington DC • with Bobi Céspedes. Sep, 2016

Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Washington DC • JS Sextet with Bobi Céspedes. July 9, 2016

Berkeley World Music Festival • JS Sextet. June 11, 2016

The Fenix, San Rafael, CA • Cuarteto Americas. February 26, 2016

The Sound Room, Oakland, CA •  Erik Jekabson Quintet. February 12, 2016

Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society • JS Sextet with Destani Wolf. January 24,  2016

Monterey Jazz Fest • JS Sextet with Ernesto Oviedo and Orestes Vilató. 2015

SFJAZ • with Orkestra Rumpilezz from Bahia Brazil. Aug 7, 2015

San Jose Jazz Fest • “Descarga For Monk” CD Release Alex Conde, Jeff Chambers, Timothy Angulo. Aug 8, 2015

African American Art/Culture Complex, SF • “Moros y Cristianos” Cuban painter Pablo Campoamor. Mar 20, 2015

EastSide Cultural Center • Guest with Ethnic Heritage Ensemble. Feb 14, 2015

SFJAZZ. Tribute to Armando Peraza • with Zakir Hussein and Raul Rekow. Oct 12, 2014

Yerba Buena Gardens Festival • “Art of the Descarga” The JS Sextet. June 14, 2014

SFJAZZ • “Unusual Standards” Kenny Washington, Faye Carol, Kellye Gray, Destani Wolf. 3/2/14

SFJAZZ• “Siempre Clásico” CD Release with Ernesto Oviedo, Orestes Vilato, JS Sextet. Feb 8, 2014

SFJAZZ • “Tribute to Cachao & Walfredo” with Paquito D’Rivera, JS Sextet. Jan 18 & 19, 2014

East Meets West •  with Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra. Symphony Space. NYC. Feb 1 & 2, 2013

SFJAZZ• “Filosofía Caribeña 2” CD Release, JS Sextet. March 23, 2013

EastSide Cultural Center • “Afro-Latinidad: The Memory of Rhythm” JS Quartet with special guests, Dec 6, 2012

EastSide Cultural Center • “Outside at Eastside” J.S. Sextet w/ Faye Carol, Rico Pabón and Kellye Gray. Oct 6, 2012

Brava Theater, SF • Pavel Urkiza & John Santos. May 25, 2012

National Museum of American History • The John Santos Sextet with Jerry Medina 2011

Filosofía Caribeña • Herbst Theater, SFJAZZ • JS Sextet, Kamau Daaood, Ramon Ramos Alayo, Sandra Rivera 2011

Armando Peraza 85th Birthday • Yoshi’s, Oakland • JS Sextet 2009

Master Planet Drums • Anfiteatro Tito Puente, Puerto Rico • Giovanni Hidalgo, Negro Hernandez 2007

Tribute to Armando Peraza • Yerba Buena Gardens Fest. SF • JS and Rumbero All Stars w/Giovanni Hidalgo 2007

San Francisco Jazz Festival •  J.S. and Machete 20th Anniversary Concert 2005. Farewell Concert 2006

Latin Grammys International Telecast •  Cachao , Bebo Valdes, Orestes Vilato. LA, CA 2005

The Getty Museum •  J.S. Quartet Los Angeles, CA 2005

Chicago Latin Jazz Festival •  J.S. Quintet 2004

San Jose Jazz Festival •  J.S. and Machete 2001, 2002, 2004. JS Quintet 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009

Monterey Jazz Festival • Mark Levine and the Latin Tinge 2004

Bay Area Latin Jazz Legacy Series , La Peña Cultural Center, Berkeley CA •  J.S and Machete 2003

Dee Dee Bridgewater, Stanford Jazz Concert Series • Big Band, Director Fred Berry 2003

Tribute to Bay Area Percussionists at Monterey Jazz Festival • J.S. and Machete 2002

Painted Bride Jazz Center, Philadelphia • J.S. and Machete 2002

J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA • J.S./Omar Sosa Trio 2001

Chicago Jazz Festival • Batacumbele 2000

Conciertos de Tambores Residency • J.S. and Machete with Sandy Perez, Roberto Borrell, Regino Jimenez, Luis Cepeda, Roman Carrillo, Quique Davila, Jose Luis Gomez, Cheo Rojas, Destani Wolf at Theater Artaud, SF 2000

Marin County Fair • Mary Wilson. 2000

Chicago World Music Festival • Omar Sosa/J. Santos Duo 1999

American Museum of Natural History, NY • John Santos and Machete 1999

Chicago Jazz Festival • John Santos and Machete. 1998

S.F. Jazz Festival • J.S. and Machete 1999, ‘97, ‘94, ‘92, ‘90, ‘89, ‘87

Virgin Islands and East Coast Tour • Omar Sosa 1999

Havana International Jazz Festival • John Santos and Machete 1997

Sao Paulo Intl. Music Exposition • Brazil 1997

S.F. Jazz Festival • Omar Sosa, Charlie Hunter 1997

Monterey Jazz Festival • Charlie Hunter 1997

Machete Ensemble East Coast U.S. Tour • 1996

Monterey Jazz Festival, CA • Lalo Schifrin with Carnegie Hall Jazz Band 1996

Yoshi’s, Oakland, CA • Eddie Palmieri 1996

Cachao y su Orquesta European and U.S. Tour • 1995

Great American Music Hall S.F. • Irakere West 1995

Monterey Jazz Festival • J.S. and Machete  ‘94, ‘97

Concord Jazz Festival • J.S. and Machete  ‘89 & ‘94

Stern Grove Summer Concert Series S.F. • J.S. and Machete 1988, 1993, 1997

Rhythm Makers • With A. Peraza, F. Aguabella, Billy Cobham, Zakir Hussain, Tootie Heath, Ignacio Berroa and Danilo Perez, Stanford University, CA 1993

Como Su Ritmo No Hay Dos S.F. Film Festival tribute to/with Cachao S.F. 1993

North Sea Jazz Festival in De Hague, Holland, Madrid, Paris, Las Corruñas tour • with Cachao 1992

Great American Music Hall • S.F. J.S. and Machete 1990, 1992, 1997

Jazz Masters • With Dizzy Gillespie & Mel Martin, Herbst Theater, S.F. 1991

Mellon Jazz Festival Philadelphia, PA • J.S. and Machete 1991

Sense Us • Max Roach & Jon Jang, University of Kansas & Davies Symphony Hall, SF 1990

Oakland Coliseum • With Nelson Mandela, J.S. and Machete 1990

Russian River Jazz Festival CA • J.S. and Machete 1989

S.F. World Drum Festival • With Tito Puente 1988

 

Films & Music Videos

Rhythm Method • Documentary about John Santos by Searchlight Films (unreleased)

Cachao: Uno Mas! • (consultant/performer) Documentary by Andy Garcia and SF State University 2008

Race is The Place • (performer) Documentary by Rick Tejada-Flores and Ray Tellez  2005

Every Child is Born a Poet: The Life and Work of Piri Thomas • (Composer, performer) Doc. 2003

Why Don’t You and I • Music Video, Carlos Santana  2003

Sworn to the Drum • (Consultant) Documentary about Francisco Aguabella by Les Blank 1985-1995

Roots of Rhythm • (Consultant) Three-part documentary by Les Blank, featuring Harry Belafonte 1986

La Familia Latina • Tito Puente/Sheila E. Special with Pete Escovedo Orchestra 1986

Instructional Highlights

CSU Summer Arts (Fresno) • Afro-Caribbean Jazz Faculty  July 2019

Jazz Camp, Rhythmic Concepts Inc.  Aptos, CA Faculty 1986-present

Lafayette Summer Music Program, Lafayette, CA • Faculty 2004-present

College of San Mateo, CA •  Faculty 2006 – present.

Jazz School/California Jazz Conservatory, Berkeley, CA •  Faculty 2007 – present.

Museum of the African Diaspora SF, CA  •  Annual Lecture Series. 2007-present

CSU Summer Arts, Fresno St.U. &UCMB • “Drum Talk” w/ master percussionist from Brazil, Mario Pam. 2015, 2017

Virginia Commonwealth University •  Collaboration with University Big Band. March 20-22, 2016

Humboldt State University, CA • Faculty – Explorations in Afro-Cuban Music & Dance. 2003-2015

California Institute of Integral Studies SF, CA  •  Workshop Ritmos y Cantos Afro -Cubanos. 2013

California Institute of Integral Studies SF, CA  •   Music as Identity and Resistance six-week lecture series. 2013

Central American clinic tour for Latin Percussion, Inc  •  Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Guatemala 2008

Duke University, North Carolina  •  Lecturer 2006

Esalen Arts Festival, Big Sur, CA   •  Faculty 2006

Institute For Diversity in the Arts, Stanford University, CA  •  Faculty 2005

California Brazil Camp, Cazadero, CA •  Faculty 2005

Diaz Music Institute, Houston, Tx • Artist-in-Residence 2005

University of California at Monterey Bay • Artist-in-Residence 2004

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor • Artist-in-Residence 2003, 2005

University of Wisconsin at Madison • Artist-in-Residence 2002

Association of Latin American Musicians, Philadelphia • Artist-in-Residence 2002

Universidad Inter-Americana, San Germán, Puerto Rico • Lecturer/clinician 2001

South American clinic tour for Latin Percussion, Inc • Argentina and Chile 2001

National Association of Latino Arts and Culture, San Antonio TX • Panelist 2001

Intl. Assoc. of Jazz Educators  • Lecturer/clinician Atlanta 1996, NY 1998, Anaheim 1999, New Orleans 2000, NY 2001, Long Beach 2002

Brigham Young University Salt Lake City, UT • Lecturer/clinician 2000

Yale University • Lecturer/clinician 1999

World Percussion Fest Berklee School of Music, Boston, MA • Faculty 1998-2001

UCLA • Lecturer/clinician 1995

Stanford Jazz Workshop, Stanford University, CA • Faculty 1989-2000

Europe • Spring clinic/lecture/concert tour 1987–2011

Adventures in Music, S.F. Symphony S.F. Unified School District • 1987-2002

Faces of the Gods exhibit U.C. Berkeley • Lecturer 1995

Percussive Arts Society Convention Atlanta, GA • Lecturer/clinician 1994

Roots of Salsa 16-wk. lecture series La Raza Graphics, S.F. CA • 1987, ‘88, ‘89, ‘93

Jazz Masters Clinic Series Yoshi’s, Berkeley, CA • 1991

CSU Summer School for the Arts Humboldt St. University, Arcata, CA • Faculty ‘89

Community Music Center S.F. CA  •  Faculty 1980-1987

California Arts Council  •  Artist-in-Residence Mission Cultural Center, S.F. CA ‘77-’80

 

Publications

Poetry in Flight – Tecolote Anthology 2017

African Arts Journal “Tribute to Doctor Robert Farris Thompson.” 2017

“Walfredo De Los Reyes” Latin Beat magazine 2009

“The Cuban Danzon” Downbeat Magazine 2007

Author, Afro-Cuban Jazz/Ancestral Rhythm for S.F. Jazz Festival’s  “Threads of Jazz” series 1996

Consultant to Salsa Guidebook by Rebeca Mauleón 1993

“The History of Salsa in San Francisco” S.F. Bay Guardian 1992

Featured columnist for Latin Percussionist New York 1995-2002

Featured columnist for international magazines Modern Drummer and Modern Percussionist 1985-1989

Featured columnist for Percussive Notes international magazine of the Percussive Arts Society 1985

 

Liner Notes

Muziek  •  The Van Wageningen Brothers (Patois) 2010

Obbini Tumbao  • Obbini Tumbao 2009

What Are You Doing The Rest of Your Life? • Chembo Corniel 2007

Charanson • Anthony Blea 2004

Latin Jazz: La Combinación Perfecta • (Smithsonian Folkways) Compilation 2002

Three in One • (Spirit Nectar) Wayne Wallace and Rhythm and Rhyme 2001

Cantaremos y Bailaremos • (Xenophile) Conjunto de Clave y Guaguancó, Cuba ‘94

La Historia del Son Cubano • Vols.1 & 2, 1926-1930, Sexteto Boloña, Sext. Habanero (Folklyric 9053&9054) 1987

Music of Cuba • (Folkways 4064) 1984

Ambassadors of Son • (Ciboney West) Conjunto Son 14, Cuba 1983

The Cuban Danzón: Its Ancestors and Descendents • (Folkways 4066) 1982

Carnaval en Cuba • (Folkways 4065) 1981

 

Selected Awards & Honors

Grand Marshall, Carnaval San Francisco 2017

Man of the Year Award from Brothers on the Rise, Oakland, CA 2013

San Francisco Latino Heritage Award 2012

Community Leadership Award from the San Francisco Foundation 2011

East Bay Fund For Artists Grant by the East Bay community Foundation for commissioning Filosofía Caribeña 2010

Grant from NALAC (National Association for Latino Arts and Culture) for commissioning Filosofía Caribeña 2010

GRAMMY nomination for La Guerra No by John Santos y El Coro Folklórico Kindembo (Machete) 2009

Performing Arts from the Arts Council of Silicon Valley 2009

Perspectiva Fragmentada by the JS Quintet nominated for Cubadisco award (Cuban Grammys) 2009

Perspectiva Fragmentada by the JS Quintet nominated by the Jazz Journalists Association as one of the top Latin Jazz       releases of 2008

Perspectiva Fragmentada by the JS Quintet, selected among the best five Latin Jazz Albums of 2008 by All About Jazz       Magazine (NY)

John Santos Quintet voted Best Latin Band of the Bay Area by the East Bay Express 2008

Mayoral Proclamation of Artistic/Cultural Recognition, City of San Francisco 2008

USA Fontanals Fellow 2007

Papa Mambo by the John Santos Quintet nominated by the Latin Jazz Corner for 2007 Album of The Year

Commissioned by SF Jazz Festival to compose and premiere Traditions in Transition with the SF High School All Star Big             Band at the Palace of Fine Arts, November 11, 2007

Grant from Fund For Folk Culture in support of CD project La Guerra No by JS and The Coro Folklórico Kindembo ’07

Champion of Diversity Award from the University of California at San Francisco 2006

November 12, 2006 proclaimed John Santos Day in San Francisco by Mayor Gavin Newsom

GRAMMY nomination for Latigo by Quartet San Francisco with special guest, John Santos (ViolinJazz) 2006

GRAMMY nomination for Para Todos Ustedes in the field of Best World Music Album 2006

GRAMMY nomination for Para Ellos in the field of Best Folk Album 2005

Bay Area’s Best Latin Band, SF Bay Guardian 2004

GRAMMY nomination for SF Bay in the field of Best Latin Jazz Album 2003

Commission by Oakland Ballet to compose and premiere Union Fraternal for Fall season 2000

Variety of Grants (Artist-in-Residence, Fellowship, Multi-Cultural Entry Level, etc.) California Arts Council 1976-1999

Commission by Brava! for Women in the Arts to compose original score for play, Watsonville, by Cherrie Moraga 1996

INDIE AWARD from NAIRD for Vivito y Coleando by Conjunto Céspedes, produced by John Santos 1995

Commission by ODC to compose and premiere Under the Jaguar Sun at Yerba Buena Gardens Theater, S.F. CA  1994

INDIE AWARD from NAIRD for Una Sola Casa by Conjunto Céspedes, produced by John Santos 1993

Artistic Community Service Award Mission Economic and Cultural Association, S.F., CA 1992

S.F. Weekly WAMMY Award for J.S. and Machete 1992

Commission by the National Performance Network and the Asociación de Músicos Latino Americanos to compose and premiere Caribeño Suite at the Mellon Jazz Festival, Phila, PA 1991

Artists Fellowship California Arts Council 1991

New Langton Arts and Festival 2000 grants for From Here to There with visual artist Kate Connell, S.F. 1990

Artist in Residence grants from California Arts Council 1979-1984

 

Selected Event Productions  (John Santos-artistic director/producer)

Timba Roots • EastSide Cultural Ctr Oakland, CA  J.S. Sextet w/ Perico Hernandez, O.Vilató, Chistelle Durandy 11/3/19

Puerto Rico Del Alma • Presidio Theatre J.S. Sextet w/ Jerry Medina, Julia Cepeda, Pedro Pastrana, Shefali Shah 10/25/19

The Spiritual Roots of Latin Jazz Bing Concert Hall Stanford Univ.JS Sextet w/RBorrell, Bobi Céspedes, Yeni Valdés 2/9/19

Puerto Rico Del Alma • SFJAZZ w/J.S. Sextet, Jerry Medina, Tito Matos, Juan Gutierrez, Pedro Pastrana, Shefa Shah 2018

Raices curated series at Freight & Salvage, Berkeley, CA  • w/Susana Baca, Omara Portuondo, Eddie Palmieri, Spanish Harlem   Orchestra, Afro-Cuban AllStars, Issac Delgado, Giovanni Hidalgo, Zakir Hussein, IFÉ, Novalima, Jane Bunnett &     Maqueque, 2017 – present

Benefit for Puerto Rican Hurricane victims • Freight & Salvage w/Miguel Zenon, David Sanchez, J.S. Sextet, Jose R.Herndz 2017

Benefit for Giovanni Hidalgo • Freight & Salvage w/Zakir Hussein, Miguel Zenon, J.S. Sextet, Jesus Diaz, Fito Reynoso 2017

JS Residency at SFJAZZ • JS Sextet, Omar Sosa, Jerry Medina, Rico Pabón, Orestes Vilató, Ernesto Oviedo 2013

Outside at Eastside • J.S. Sextet, Faye Carroll, Kellye Gray, Rico Pabon at Eastside Cultural Center, Oakland, CA 2012

Un Solo Corazón: Del Folklor al Jazz Latino • J.S. Sextet at the Eastside Cultural Center, Oakland, CA 2009

The African Element in Latin Jazz (four-part series clinic/concerts) • J.S. Quartet at the Jazz School Berk, CA 2006

The Anatomy of Latin Jazz (three-part series clinic/concerts) • J.S Quintet at the Jazz School Berkeley, CA 2006

Fiesta Boricua • J.S. and Machete with special guests including Jerry Medina and Rico Pabón, ODC SF  2004

Conciertos de Tambores • J.S. and Machete with Chichito Cepeda, Ito Carrillo, Roberto Borrell, Theater Artaud 2001,   Brava Theater 2002

Tribute to Orestes Vilató •  J.S. & Machete, Jose Fajardo, Felo Barrio, Nelson Gonzalez, Yerba Buena Theater, SF 2000

Tribute to Armando Peraza • SFJAZZ  Al McKibbon, Francisco Aguabella, and Emil Richards, Masonic Auditorium 1995

Jazz Antillana • Odunde Festival, J.S. and Machete, Center for the Arts Theater, SF 1994

The Drum is the Heartbeat Zellerbach Theater •  U.C. Berkeley, J.S. & Machete, A. Peraza, Francisco Aguabella, Roberto Borrell, and Bobi Cespedes 1993

The Evolution of Afro-Cuban Music I & II • SFJAZZ  J.S. & Machete with Cachao, Chocolate, Armando Peraza, Santana, Walfredo de los Reyes Sr., Orestes Vilató, Coro Folklórico Kindembo, Davies Symphony Hall and Bimbo’s, 1989 &1990

The Chronological History of Salsa • Tipica Cienfuegos with A. Peraza, Victoria Theater, S.F. 1980

Founding Member of Carnaval SF Committee 1978

 

Other

Board of Trustees • SFJAZZ 2016-present

Advisory Board Afro-Latin Jazz Alliance – New York 2015-present

Advisory Board Oaktown Jazz Workshop- Oakland, CA 2014-present

Advisory Board Living Jazz – Oakland, CA 2008-present

Smithsonian Institution • Latin Jazz Advisory Committee, 1999-‘02

Arts Education Initiative Program • Advisory Committee, East Bay Community Foundation, Oakland, CA 1996-98

Advisory Board, Educational Liaison • S.F. Jazz Festival 1983-present

President/founder, Machete Records • S.F. 1984 to present

President/founder, Guataca Music Publishing Co • S.F. 1991 to present

Ahora, monthly radio program • KPFA-94.1 FM, Berkeley, CA 1986-1990

Kindembo, weekly radio program • KPOO-89.5 FM, S.F 1983-1988

Community Arts Distribution Committee • Zellerbach Family Fund, S.F. 1985-2008

 

 Lectures, Workshops & Clinics

John Santos’ passion for music and ability to articulate its role historically make him an effective and in-demand lecturer.  He is also adept at conducting seminars, clinics, residencies and hands-on workshops in Afro-Latin and contemporary percussion focusing on polyrhythms from Cuba, Puerto Rico and Brazil, and on the art, technique, demands and disciplines of dozens of percussive instruments.

He has taught thousands of people of all ages and levels in the U.S. (since 1972), Europe (since 1987), and Latin America, and has informed countless others through his writing.  Mr. Santos has lectured at Yale University, UCLA, Stanford, Universidad Inter-Americana de San Germán, Puerto Rico, the Berklee School of Music (Boston), University of Wisconsin at Madison, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, San Francisco State University, Humboldt State University, San Jose State University, Virginia Commonwealth University, Long Beach State University, Cal State Hayward, Santa Clara University, Tulane University, Diablo Valley College (CA), the Julia de Burgos Cultural Center (Bronx, NY), the Community Music Center of San Francisco, and at numerous conferences of the International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE). Mr. Santos’ appearances can be solo or in tandem with other musicians and can include any combination of lecture and demonstration using an amazing arsenal of instruments as well as rare recordings and slides from his legendary collection.  He is currently on the faculty of the College of San Mateo, the California Jazz Conservatory (Berkeley, CA), and Jazz Camp West of Rhythmic Concepts Inc (CA). Some popular subjects for his lectures and clinics include:

 

Traditional and Contemporary Afro-Caribbean Music

Music as Identity and Resistance.

The Anatomy of Latin Jazz – An exploration of the Caribbean roots of jazz with an emphasis on Cuba, New York and Puerto Rico.

The African Presence in Latin American Music – an overview of the less discussed African retention in the evolution of the music of Latin America.

La Tumbadora: Backbone of Salsa and Latin Jazz – a study of the conga drum and its role as the spiritual and rhythmic foundation of today’s popular Latin music.

The Roots of Salsa – an exploration of the styles, eras, pioneers, rhythms, nuts and bolts of Salsa.

The Role of the Percussionist – an explanation and conceptual presentation of how to meet the demands of a modern percussionist from the non-classical perspective.

La Clave Misteriosa – an in-depth look into the simplest yet most complex and important aspect of popular Afro-Caribbean music.

Salsa for Social Change – emphasizing the socio-political roots of Salsa and its continued role as a vehicle for community expression.

The Danzon: Cuban Musical Royalty, Jazz Predecessor

Jazz Latino: American Legacy