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September 2018


Jazz Latino with The John Santos Quartet at the CJC in Berkeley

September 15 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Rendon Hall/Cal.Jazz Conservatory, 2040 Addison St
Berkeley, CA 94704 United States

Marco Diaz – piano, trumpet
Saul Sierra – bass
David Flores – drums
john Santos – percussion

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February 2018

The Sacred Roots of Latin Jazz

February 11 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
First Presbyterian Church of Oakland, 2619 Broadway (at 27th St.)
Oakland, CA 94612 United States

The first two rehearsals were divine! This is a show that means a great deal to me. My highly esteemed colleagues are all monsters and the special guests are royalty in our community. Come and be inspired. This will be a memorable experience to say the least! Spirits will be lifted.

Conceived and produced by John Santos in collaboration with

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December 2017

Dan Neville’s Golden Circle Sextet

December 16, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Piedmont Piano, 1728 SAN PABLO Ave. at 18th St.
Oakland, CA 94612 United States

Golden Circle Sextet

Looking forward to this debut CD release by upcoming star Dan Neville. Dan is a brilliant young vibraphonist, composer and arranger. Hope to see you there . . .

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Tianguis at La Peña

December 9, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
La Peña, 3105 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley , CA 94705 United States

La Peña’s annual crafts Fair with dozens of artists presenting alternative shopping for Holiday shoppers. This is always a wonderful event. We’ll be there with the Machete Records catalog including CDs by The Coro Folklórico Kindembo, The Machete Ensemble, The John Santos Quintet, The John Santos Sextet, Omar Sosa, and Ernesto Oviedo, plus rare vinyl of Mañana Para Los Niños

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October 2017

Music & Virtuosity

October 16, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Albert Elkus Room, 125 Morrison Hall, UC Berkeley
Berkeley, CA United States

A conversation on Music & Virtuosity.
I have the great honor of participating in this unique event at the Townsend Center for the Humanities on the UC Berkeley Campus! The conversation includes Grammy winner violist Kim Kashkashian, Rome and Berlin prize winner Associate Professor of Music Ken Ueno and me – moderated by legendary author and NY Times Jazz critic

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Mezcla direct from Cuba!!!

October 14, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Brava Theater, 2781 24th St
SF, CA 94110 United States

Mezcla, directed by Pablo Menendez direct from Cuba!!!

i have the honor of participating in this landmark concert with one of Cuba’s most important bands, celebrating the documentary film “So Near, so Far” about Pablo’s work.

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John Santos Special Sextet at Oaktoberfest!

October 1, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 3:15 pm
MacArthur Blvd at Fruitvale, MacArthur Blvd at Fruitvale
Oakland, CA United States

John Santos Special Sextet at Oaktoberfest!
Free street festival on MacArthur Blvd at Fruitvale in Oakland!

With living legend Orestes Vilató – percussion
Jose Roberto Hernandez – vocals, guitar
Dr. John Calloway – flute
Marco Diaz – piano, trumpet
Saul Sierra – bass
John Santos – percussion

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September 2017

Vince Guaraldi Tribute with Larry Vuckovich!

September 24, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave
Mill Valley, CA 94942 United States

Vince Guaraldi Tribute led by jazz master Larry Vuckovich!

Always a ton of fun.

Larry Vuckovich – piano,
Jeff Chambers – bass
Jeff Massanari – guitar
Akira Tana – drums
John Santos – percussion

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John Santos group opening for BERNIE SANDERS!

September 22, 2017 @ 12:30 pm - 2:15 pm
Yerba Buena Gardens, Mission St at Third
SF, CA United States

John Santos group opening for BERNIE SANDERS!
at Yerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco – FREE!!!

Destani Wolf – vocals
Rico Pabón – spoken word
Saul Sierra – bass
Marco Diaz – keyboard
Pedro Pastrana – cuatro
David Flores – drums
john Santos – percussion

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Trio Colibrí

September 10, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Chapel of the Chimes, 4499 Piedmont Ave.
Oakland, CA United States

Trio Colibri is comprised of John Santos, Jose Roberto Hernandez, and Manuel Constancio, three stalwart Bay Area musicians drawn together by a common passion for the lyrical and poetic music of Latin America. Using guitars, Afro-Latin percussion, and beautiful vocal arrangements, they transport audiences to other countries, realms, and eras – always with an element of originality – while honoring

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