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John Santos
Rhythms of Resistance: Plena, Bomba, Rumba & Mozambique

John Santos w/ Special Guests

Apr 22
Miner Auditorium
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2:00 PM

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Percussion great John Santos and his longstanding sextet return with a performance devoted to the Afro-Caribbean song styles born of the region’s colonial history of resistance against slavery and oppression. This show particularly honors Puerto Rico and its continued legacy of musicians who have defined their art through progressive movements of social change, whose timeless songs offer hope, courage, clarity and love in times of distress. Some of today's greatest Puerto Rican artists of different generations direct from the island and the diaspora are among the legendary musicians who will join John onstage as well as Cuban living legend, Orestes Vilató.

Beyond his career as 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 well over forty years. As a visionary bandleader and noted historian, he has served on the Smithsonian Institution’s Latin Jazz Advisory Committee.

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All photos by Tom Ehrlich

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John Santos has been at the center of the Bay Area’s Latin music scene for well over forty years.

The Latin music Renaissance man.

San Francisco Chronicle

The Latin music Renaissance man.

San Francisco Chronicle

Personnel

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

SPECIAL GUESTS
Jeff Cressman
trombone
Jerry Medina
voice, trumpet
Tito Matos percussion, voice
Juan Gutierrez percussion, voice
Orestes Vilató percussion
Pedro Pastrana Puerto Rican cuatro
Rico Pabón voice
Sandra Garcia Rivera voice, percussion
Shefali Shah dance, voice
Manolo Davila Puerto Rican cuatro
Pablito Dávila guitar

One of the best. He knows our music and everything that puts it together.

Dizzy Gillespie

Personnel

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

SPECIAL GUESTS
Jeff Cressman
trombone
Jerry Medina
voice, trumpet
Tito Matos percussion, voice
Juan Gutierrez percussion, voice
Orestes Vilató percussion
Pedro Pastrana Puerto Rican cuatro
Rico Pabón voice
Sandra Garcia Rivera voice, percussion
Shefali Shah dance, voice
Manolo Davila Puerto Rican cuatro
Pablito Dávila guitar

One of the best. He knows our music and everything that puts it together.

Dizzy Gillespie

Watch & Listen

John Santos Sextet

El Esqueleto Rumbero

John Santos Sextet

The Sense of Now

John Santos Sextet

El Esqueleto Rumbero

John Santos Sextet

The Sense of Now