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John Santos

John Santos - 3rd Term

Far more than a master percussionist, internationally renowned, multi-Grammy -nominated San Francisco native, John Santos is a prolific Afro-Latin bandleader, composer, teacher, writer, producer, and cultural activist, with a musical career of over 50 years in the Bay Area. He has worked with acknowledged masters including Cachao, Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente, Bebo Valdés, Max Roach, Eddie Palmieri, and Omar Sosa.

He is an Advisory Board member of Oaktown Jazz, Living Jazz, and the Afro-Latin Jazz Alliance (NY), and a Trustee of SFJAZZ. Mr. Santos is on the faculty of San Francisco State University, the College of San Mateo and the California Jazz Conservatory. He has taught at Jazz Camp West since 1986. November 12th, 2006 was proclaimed John Santos Day in San Francisco by Mayoral proclamation. He has been profiled in the recently released documentary, Skin to Skin.

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