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Jerry Medina Band
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Jerry Medina Band

MAR 26–29 | John Santos Presents

Mar 26, 2020
Miner Auditorium
ThuMar 26

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7:30 PM

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“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 can come up with to capture his unique essence.”

— John Santos

Far more than a master percussionist, John Santos is an invaluable educator and cultural activist, a keeper of the Afro-Caribbean flame steeped in Cuban and Puerto Rican folkloric traditions as well as salsa and Latin jazz. Born and raised in San Francisco’s Mission District amidst an extended family of Puerto Rican musicians, he’s been at the center of the Bay Area’s Latin music scene for nearly four decades, and was one of SFJAZZ’s first four Resident Artistic Directors in 2013. As a visionary bandleader and noted historian, he has served on the Smithsonian Institution’s Latin Jazz Advisory Committee.

ABOUT JOHN SANTOS

John Santos’ curated week begins with a performance by trumpeter and vocalist Jerry Medina and his superb band, straight from Puerto Rico. A three-decade veteran of the salsa, jazz, and pop scenes, Medina was a member of the legendary Fania All-Stars, Puerto Rico All Stars, and the groundbreaking Batacumbele, and has worked with a staggering list of greats including Tito Puente, José Feliciano, Marc Anthony, Frankie Ruiz, Manny Manuel, and Luis Enrique. He lent his singular vocal style to a pair of GRAMMY-winning releases by piano great Eddie Palmieri, 1987’s La Verdad, and his 2000 collaborative album with iconic timabelero and bandleader Puente, Masterpiece, and is most at home leading his own fiery ensemble, Jerry Medina y La Banda.

A Latin explosion was the music of singer and scatting extraordinaire Jerry Medina.

JazzTimes

A Latin explosion was the music of singer and scatting extraordinaire Jerry Medina.

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