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May 2017

Oscar Lopez Rivera

May 31, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
St. John’s Presbyteriam Church, 2727 College Ave
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States

After 37 years incarcerated, Puerto Rican freedom fighter and political prisoner, Oscar Lopez Rivera was released by Obama and is coming to Berkeley as part of a fundraising tour to get him on his feet. In addition to Don Oscar, there will be appearances by Rico Pabón, John Santos,  Saul Sierra, Marco Diaz, Melecio Magdaluyo, Quenepas and others.

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Rumba with CHAN!!

May 22, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Pier 23, 23 The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA United States

A free rumba with legendary rumbero Juan Campos Cárdenas AKA Chan direct from Havana! Chan is a living legend most know as a founding member of Yoruba Andabo, one of the most important cuban folklore groups in history! Chan will be joined by several of the Bay Area’s best rumberos.

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April 2017

Omar Sosa Quarteto AfroCubano with special guest John Santos at SFJAZZ!

April 21, 2017 @ 7:30 pm
Yoshi’s, 510 Embarcadero West
Oakland, 94607 United States

Omar Sosa Quarteto AfroCubano with special guest John Santos at SFJAZZ!

Cuban piano magician Omar Sosa is in residency for four night s at SFJAZZ. I have the honor of being featured the first two nights (April 20th & 21st). Don’t miss this triumphant return to the Bay Area!

Omar Sosa – piano                                                                                                                              Childo Tomas – bass                                                                                                                                                                   Leandro St. Hill

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Omar Sosa Quarteto AfroCubano with special guest John Santos at SFJAZZ!

April 20, 2017 @ 7:30 pm
Yoshi’s, 510 Embarcadero West
Oakland, 94607 United States

Omar Sosa Quarteto AfroCubano with special guest John Santos at SFJAZZ!

Cuban piano magician Omar Sosa is in residency for four night s at SFJAZZ. I have the honor of being featured the first two nights (April 20th & 21st). Don’t miss this triumphant return to the Bay Area!

Omar Sosa – piano                                                                                                                                                                        Childo Tomas – bass                                                                                                                                 Leandro St. Hill

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March 2017

Alex Conde, Jeff Chambers & John Santos at Yoshi’s!

March 28, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 9:15 pm
Yoshi’s, 510 Embarcadero West
Oakland, 94607 United States

Alex Conde, Jeff Chambers & John Santos at world famous Yoshi’s jazz club in historic Jack London Square!

Flamenco Jazz a la Cubana at its finest with surprises!

Alex Conde is a virtuoso pianist, composer, arranger of the highest order – if you’ve seen and heard him, you know. If you haven’t, you’re in for an unforgettable evening!  Living legend

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The John Santos Sextet with special guests Kenny Washington and Anthony Blea

March 26, 2017 @ 4:30 pm - March 28, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society, Half Moon Bay, CA United States

The John Santos Sextet with special guests Kenny Washington and Anthony Blea return to the legendary Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society in Half Moon Bay. This is the oldest Jazz presenter in the SF Bay Area! A sacred space for Jazz!  Just the dozens of incredible black and white photos hanging on the walls of some of the greats who

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VCU Big Band with special guests John Santos and Rei Alvarez

March 21, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - March 28, 2017 @ 9:00 pm
VCU, VA United States

I have the honor of conducting a residency at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA thanks to Jazz director Antonio Garcia. I’ll be giving lectures and workshops and rehearsing. They have taken four of my compositions (Modupue, Perseverance, Mi Plena de Libertad, and La Juventud) and adapted them for big band! Rei Alvarez, the cantante Boricua from Bio Ritmo is

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October 2016

$10 – $30

The Sacred Roots of Latin Jazz

October 23, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 6:15 pm
First Presbyterian Church of Oakland, 2619 Broadway (at 27th St.)
Oakland, CA 94612 United States
The EastSide Arts Alliance and the First Presbyterian Church of Oakland
are proud to present sacred music in a sacred space . . .
 
The Sacred Roots of Latin Jazz
A musical excursion of ritual, sacred tradition, homage and improvisation!
featuring
The John Santos Sextet
Melecio Magdaluyo – saxes, clarinet
Dr. John Calloway – flute, piano
Saul Sierra – bass
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September 2016

The Latin Roots of Jazz lecture series (6th of 6)

September 14, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
MoAD, 685 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA United States

Latin American music and musicians have played fundamental and innovative roles in the history and evolution of jazz. Jelly Roll, Louie, Duke and Diz are among the legions of jazz pioneers who acknowledged these facts. The Latin Roots of Jazz is the continuation of John Santos’ evolving yearly series presented by the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, the Museum of the

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The Latin Roots of Jazz lecture series (5th of 6)

September 7, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
MoAD, 685 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA United States

Latin American music and musicians have played fundamental and innovative roles in the history and evolution of jazz. Jelly Roll, Louie, Duke and Diz are among the legions of jazz pioneers who acknowledged these facts. The Latin Roots of Jazz is the continuation of John Santos’ evolving yearly series presented by the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, the Museum of the

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