John Santos: Skin to Skin Documentary
John Santos
Film Screening and Performance

'Santos — Skin to Skin' Documentary

Birthday Celebration + live performance by John Santos Sextet

OCT 30 | JOHN SANTOS

Oct 30, 2022
Miner Auditorium
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Join us for this exclusive screening of the new documentary Santos — Skin to Skin, tracing the life and career of Bay Area-based percussionist and composer John Santos, on the occasion of his 67th birthday. The film screening will be followed by a special live performance by Santos and his Sextet. This presentation is in partnership with The Mill Valley Film Festival (Oct 6-16, 2022).

“The Latin music Renaissance man”(San Francisco Chronicle), Santos is an invaluable educator and cultural activist, a seven-time GRAMMY nominee, and 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. As a visionary bandleader and noted historian, he has served on the Smithsonian Institution’s Latin Jazz Advisory Committee, and was part of the inaugural group of SFJAZZ Resident Artistic Directors at the SFJAZZ Center during the 2013-2014 Season, along with Bill Frisell, Jason Moran, Regina Carter, and Miguel Zenón.

A decade in the making, Santos — Skin to Skin is an illuminating portrait of an artist juggling the daily challenges of life, supporting a family, creating art, and following his muse in a tireless quest to propel Afro-Caribbean culture onto the world stage. Produced, directed, and edited by Searchlight Films co-founder Kathryn Golden, the film debuted at the South By Southwest Film Festival in March, 2022.

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A decade in the making, Santos — Skin to Skin is an illuminating portrait of an artist juggling the daily challenges of life, supporting a family, creating art, and following his muse in a tireless quest to propel Afro-Caribbean culture onto the world stage.

CONCERT SPONSORS
Bruce and Hala Kurdi Cozadd
Bill and Margie Holodnak 

There is an inherent rhythmic philosophy ingrained in this music which is as rich and vibrant as the culture which it represents.

All About Jazz

There is an inherent rhythmic philosophy ingrained in this music which is as rich and vibrant as the culture which it represents.

All About Jazz

Personnel

John Santos percussion
Saul Sierra bass
Marco Diaz piano, trumpet
Dr. John Calloway flute, piano
Melecio Magdaluyo saxophones
David Flores drums

…a sparkplug for a wave of musical invention at the vortex where Jazz, Latin and other ideas meet.

jazztimes on john santos

Personnel

John Santos percussion
Saul Sierra bass
Marco Diaz piano, trumpet
Dr. John Calloway flute, piano
Melecio Magdaluyo saxophones
David Flores drums

…a sparkplug for a wave of musical invention at the vortex where Jazz, Latin and other ideas meet.

jazztimes on john santos

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