John Santos // Oakland

The legend of Afro-Cuban Percussion hits the Bay Area for one night only. See amazing videos below!

2 shows on September 27th @ Yoshi’s in Oakland.

Doors: 7:30 PM Show: 8 PM.

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Multi Grammy-nominated percussionist, bandleader, 2012 San Francisco Latino Heritage Arts Award winner, SFJAZZ Resident Artistic Director (2013 & 2014) and US Artists Fontanals Fellow, John Santos, is one of the foremost exponents of Afro-Latin music in the world today, known for his innovative use of traditional forms and instruments in combination with contemporary music. He has earned much respect and recognition as a prolific performer, educator, composer, writer, radio programmer, and record/event producer whose career has spanned over 40 years.

He has published and recorded over 100 original compositions and has performed and recorded with acknowledged masters like Tito Puente, Dizzy Gillespie, Max Roach, Cachao, Eddie Palmieri, Omar Sosa, Larry Coryell, the Buena Vista Social Club, Joe Henderson, Billy Cobham, Regina Carter, Bebo Valdés, Carlos Santana, James Moody, McCoy Tyner, Paquito D’Rivera, and Arturo Sandoval.

He currently teaches at the California Jazz Institute in Berkeley, the College of San Mateo, and Laney College in Oakland, CA. He has lectured and taught across the US, Europe, and Latin America since 1973, including at prestigious institutions like Yale, Stanford, UCLA, the Museum of the African Diaspora, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the Smithsonian Institution, the Adventures in Music program of the San Francisco Symphony and the Berklee School of Music in Boston. He was founder and director of the Grammy-nominated Machete Ensemble (1985-2006), releasing nine critically-acclaimed CDs, mostly on John’s Machete Records label (formed in 1984). He currently directs The John Santos Sextet and is featured prominently in the PBS American Masters documentary Cachao: Uno Mas. John’s work has been recognized and supported by the California Arts Council, United States Artists, the Zellerbach Family Fund, the Fund for Folk Culture, the Ford Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the San Francisco Foundation, the East Bay Community Foundation, the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture, the Creative Work Fund, and the City of Oakland.


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John Santos: Legends of Afro-Cuban Percussion // Oakland


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