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April 2020

Benefit concert for Palenke Arts

April 4 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Hidden Valley Music Seminars, 104 W. Carmel Valley Rd.
Carmel Valley, CA 93924 United States
Palenke Arts is a fabulous organization that serves Latino youth in the area of Seaside and Monterey on the California coast. We will present a wonderful variety of traditional, contemporary, and original music with Latin American and Jazz roots with The John Santos Quartet and special guests. THE JOHN SANTOS QUARTET: Marco Diaz – piano Saul Sierra – bass David Find out more »

March 2020

SUITES ANTILLANOS at SFJAZZ!!

March 29 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
SF Jazz Center, 201 Franklin Street
san francisco, United States
Two suites inspired by the cultural expression of the Greater Antilles (Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic/Haiti) written by me and arranged by Dr. John Calloway; Caribeño (commissioned by Melon Jazz in 1991) and Traditions in Transition (commissioned by SFJAZZ in 2007). For this final segment of my SFJAZZ week, I have the high honor of inviting the fabulous Find out more »

TRIBUTE TO EL MAESTRO ISRAEL LOPEZ “CACHAO”

March 28 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
SF Jazz Center, 201 Franklin Street
san francisco, United States
Commemorating the centennial of the birth of Israel López “Cachao,” the prolific composer, arranger, bandleader, classically trained virtuoso bassist, and padrino of the iconic Cuban musical forms Mambo and the Descarga. Cachao will always represent indisputable royalty in Cuban music. Featuring an all-star, multi-generational cast of Bay Area musicians, most of whom have played with Maestro Cachao including legendary Cuban Find out more »

Jazz Boricua: Jazz on the Puerto Rican side!!

March 27 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
SF Jazz Center, 201 Franklin Street
san francisco, United States
A concert in honor of Puerto Rican musicians, composers and bandleaders — in and through jazz over the last century — with musical nods to Rafael Hernandez, Juan Tizol, Pedro Flores, Eddie Palmieri, Jerry and Andy Gonzalez,  José Lugo, and more. Featuring The John Santos Sextet: Dr. John Calloway – flute, piano Marco Diaz – piano, trumpet Saul Sierra – Find out more »

Direct from Puerto Rico! The Jerry Medina Band at SFJAZZ!!

March 26 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
SF Jazz Center, 201 Franklin Street
san francisco, United States
Direct from Puerto Rico for the first time! The Jerry Medina Band!! Jerry Medina defies description. He is a chameleon in that he is equally amazing as a bilingual vocalist, a jazzer, a funkster, an unparalleled scat singer, and a world-class trumpet player. His band is the creme de la creme of Puerto Rico. “Magician” is the closest term I Find out more »

October 2019

Puerto Rico Del Alma!

October 25, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Presidio Theatre, 99 Moraga Ave
San Francisco, CA 94129 United States
A moving concert focusing on rhythms, styles and musicians from Puerto Rico. Despite its troubled colonial history, the tiny island has maintained its profound musical identity and has continually affected music in the US over the last 100 years. Latin music renaissance man John Santos and his longstanding Sextet will host an amazing crew of stellar guest stars from the Find out more »

El Sur También Existe, Musical Dreams

October 12, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison
Berkeley, CA 94704 United States
A joyful evening of roots music from the tip of the South America to the Rio Grande, with three groups of distinctive styles: The Afro-Caribbean Sabor of Trio Colibrí with José Roberto Hernandez, Manuel Constancio and John Santos, Osvaldo Torres & Silvia Balducci’s Andean whispers and Marci Manriquez’ experimental ballads and Latin American music. We will be joined by Luis Find out more »

Larry Vuckovich’s All-Star Latin Jazz Trio!

October 6, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Wunderman House, 655 Eunice Ave
Mountain View, CA United States
The OGs, baby once again! The inimitable Jeff Chambers on bass. Yours truly on percussion. Serbian/San Francisco Jazz Pioneer for over 60 years, Larry Vuckovich!!!! The 165 years of musical experience alone guarantees a monster show of respect for the jazz canon!!! We know each other well and love to stretch it out! Come join us, have some fun and Find out more »

Erik Jekabson Sextet

October 5, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
The Sound Room, 2147 Broadway
Oakland, CA United States
ALWAYS top flight musicians, musicianship, composing and arranging by Bay Area Treasure, Erik Jekabson. His pianoless Sextet is unique, funky and mysterious. We all look forward to Erik’s concerts every time! The intimate Sound Room is one of the Area’s absolute best places to actually listen and see the music – intimate and respectful. Erik Jekabson – trumpet, composer, arranger, Find out more »

September 2019

John Santos presents: Sentimiento Antillano at Freight Fest!

September 28, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 5:30 pm
Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison
Berkeley, CA 94704 United States
Sentimiento Antillano The John Santos Sextet and Friends at the Freight Fest block party! Long-time Freight collaborator, Bay Area native and Rennaisance Man (SF Chronicle) John Santos has assembled a unique, blockbuster show with immense Afro-Caribbean dance implications. The line up is 100% Bay Area legends with first class strings, top flight horns, amazing vocalists and a dynamic rhythm section! Find out more »
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