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June 2019


June 22, 2019 @ 8:00 am - June 29, 2019 @ 3:00 pm

32 years and counting, I’ve been teaching at Jazz Camp! There are no words to describe just how wonderful, miraculous, healing, joyous, profound, nourishing, unforgettable and simply fabulous it really is! A magical, parallel universe in the beautiful redwood forest between SF Bay and the Pacific Ocean (La Honda)!! You simply must experience it! I Look forward to it every

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Bobi Céspedes at SFJAZZ!

June 17, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
SF Jazz Center, 201 Franklin Street
san francisco, United States

Bobi is a force of nature – Sirene, divine, eternal, earth mama.
Always an honor to share the stage with her and her solid group made up of many of my long-time colleagues!

Jose Roberto Hernandez – guitar, coro
Lichi Fuentes – coro, percussion
Marco Díaz – piano, trumpet, musical director
Saul Sierra – bass
Julio Pérez – timbales

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JS Quintet with special guests Faye Carol & Jamie Davis at the Bach!

June 16, 2019 @ 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society, Half Moon Bay, CA United States

The Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society has steadily brought world class Jazz classical music to their gorgeous Half Moon Bay beachfront venue since 1964!!! It is always quite memorable and a high honor to return. This will be one for the history books with our two legendary guest vocalists: The dynamic Miss Faye Carol and the inimitable Jamie Davis! And

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May 2019

Trio Colibrí at the CJC!

May 24, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Rendon Hall/Cal.Jazz Conservatory, 2040 Addison St
Berkeley, CA 94704 United States

Trio Colibrí is:
José Roberto Hernandez – voz y guitarra
Manuel Constancio – voz y guitarra
John Santos – percussion

José & Manuel have been working closely together for some 15 years and are stellar interpreters of countless songs, genres and rhythms from all over the Americas.
We will bring a wide palette of music & rhythms from all over

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Malcolm X Jazz Festival, Oakland

May 18, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 7:30 pm

This is the 19th annual Malcolm X Jazz Festival conceived and produced by the EastSide Cultural Center, one of Oakland’s most vital and dynamic cultural institutions. Here’s the tentative line up:
Noon – Betty Gadling Music and Fine Arts Academy – Allen Temple Baptist Church
2pm – Sol Development
4pm – John Santos Quartet, featuring Bobi Céspedes and special guest

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April 2019

JS Quartet at Oaktown

April 27, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Oaktown Jazz, 55 Washington St
Oakland, CA 94607 United States

The John Santos Quartet at Oaktown Jazz!
Roots, Jazz, Cuba, Puerto Rico, México and more.
Marco Díaz – piano
Saul Sierra – bass
David Flores – drums
John Santos – percussion

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Omara Portuondo at the Freight!

April 20, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison
Berkeley, CA 94704 United States

So excited to have the Queen grace my Raices curated series at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley.
El Último Beso – her last tour. With the incredible Roberto Fonseca Trio accompanying!! Don’t even THINK about missing this.

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Erik Jekabson at the Sound Room in Oakland!

April 12, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Sound Room, 2147 Broadway
Oakland, CA United States

SO looking forward to these upcoming hits with local treasure, virtuoso trumpeter/composer/arranger Erik Jekabson and his slammin’band! And the Sound Room is among the greatest places to play for its intimacy and crystal clear sound!

Erik Jekabson – trumpet, leader
Dave Ellis – saxophones
Dave Macnab – guitar
John Wiitala – bass
Hamir Atwal – drums
John Santos – percussion

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March 2019

Larry Vuckovich in Calistoga!

March 23, 2019 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Tucker Farm Center, Calistoga, CA, Calistoga, CA United States

Old school fun and flavor with:
Larry Vuckovich – piano, leader
Jeff Chambers – bass
Charity Goodin – vocals
John Santos – percussion

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November 2018

The Many Moods of Jazz Latino – JS Sextet with special guests Kenny Washington & Jose Roberto Hernandez

November 30, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
Yoshi’s, 510 Embarcadero West
Oakland, 94607 United States

We’re always honored to return to Yoshi’s world class jazz spot for this special concert with some of the Bay’s finest on every instrument and some surprises to boot! Featuring the extraordinary vocal talents of Mr. Kenny Washington and el Señor Jose Roberto Hernandez! I’ve played at Yoshi’s every year since they were down on Claremont in Berkeley – that’s

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