Hosted by John Santos, this concert honors Puerto Rican musicians, composers and bandleaders — in and through jazz over the last century — with musical nods to Rafael Hernandez, Juan Tizol, Pedro Flores, Eddie Palmieri, Jerry and Andy Gonzalez, Batacumbele, Giovanni Hidalgo, Papo Vazquez, and José Lugo.
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.
John Santos percussion
Saul Sierra bass
Marco Diaz piano & trumpet
Dr. John Calloway flute & piano
Melecio Magdaluyo saxophones
David Flores drums
Christelle Durandy vocals
Jose Roberto Hernandez vocals, guitar
Pedro Pastrana cuatro Puertorriqueño
Javier Navarrette percussion
Obrayan Calderon trombone