An evening of Latin jazz & flamenco
Doors: 7:30 PM
Show: 8:00 PM
Alex Conde Bio:
Alex Conde is a vibrant and visionary jazz and flamenco pianist, composer and music educator living in San Francisco. He is a graduate in classical music from the Jose Iturbi Conservatory of Music and in jazz piano from el Liceu de Barcelona. Conde has been in the US for the last ten years and began his tenure here after winning a scholarship to attend the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. While pursuing this degree (2009) in jazz performance at Berklee, he received the Jazz Revelation Award.
Son of legendary Copla singer, Alejandro Conde, Alex is a self-taught composer. He started playing classical music at the age of 4 and continued his studies with Patricio Pizarro, Sergio Sapena and Wanda Walcewska at the Conservatorio Jose Iturbi de Valencia and later with Ed Bedner at Berklee College of Music. He has studied jazz with luminaries such as Chano Domínguez, George Garzone, Joe Lovano, Danilo Pérez, Dave Santoro, Maria Schneider, Wayne Shorter and Esperanza Spalding.
Alex Conde has collaborated with flamenco artists including Nino de los Reyes, José Luis Rodriguez, Juan Siddi, Kina Mendez, Coral de los Reyes, José Valle “Chuscales” and Jesule de Utrera.
Since 2009, Alex has been a regular pianist on flamenco tours around the US, Latin America, and Canada. He has composed for flamenco companies like ASFB and Theatre Flamenco of San Francisco, a collaboration with whom earned him an Isadora Duncan “Izzie” nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Text (2011).
His orchestrations have been performed by the Orquesta de Camara de Miami with concertino Federico Britos, flamenco guitarist Jose Luis Rodríguez and conductor Omid Zoufonoun from Oakland Youth Orchestra. His arrangements of Franz Schubert have also been performed at the New York Symphony Space.
Since 2007, Alex has regularly performed in International Jazz Festivals along with artists such as Melissa Aldana, Vicente Amigo, Jamey Haddad (Paul Simon), Keita Ogawa, John Patitucci, Dave Samuels, Chucho Valdes and The Bad Plus.
Atlantic Jazz Festival and Flamenco Festival (Halifax, 2009)
Beantown Jazz Festival (Boston, 2007)
Berklee First Stone Ceremony (2008)
Cowell Theatre (SF, 2010-2014)
Eurojazz (Mexico, 2008)
Festival de Musica de Mazatlan (Mexico, 2014)
Festival de Musicas Guatemala (2007)
Flower Piano (SF Botanical Garden, 2015)
Houston Opera House (Houston, 2015)
Juan Siddi Flamenco/ASFB (Aspen and Santa Fe, 2011-2015)
Kimmel Center Concert Series (Philadelphia)
Kuumbwa Jazz (2015)
Panama Jazz Festival (2008)
San Jose Jazz Festival (SJ, 2015)
Sequoia Room – North Coast Brewing Co. (Fort Bragg, 2015)
SF Jazz Hotplate (SF, 2011)
Vancouver International Flamenco Festival (Vancouver, 2012)
Universidad Politecnica de Valencia Jazz Festival (2007)
Yoshi’s (SF, 2014)
Zellerbach Theater (Berkeley, 2011)
John Santos Bio:
Seven-time Grammy-nominated percussionist, US Artists Fontanals Fellow, and 2013-2014 SFJAZZ Resident Artistic Director, John Santos, is one of the foremost exponents of Afro-Latin music in the world today.
Born in San Francisco, California, November 1, 1955, he was raised in the Puerto Rican and Cape Verdean traditions of his family, surrounded by music. The fertile musical environment of the San Francisco Bay Area shaped his career in a unique way.
His studies of Afro-Latin music have included several trips to New York, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Brazil and Colombia.
He is known for his innovative use of traditional forms and instruments in combination with contemporary music, and has earned much respect and recognition as a prolific performer, composer, teacher, writer, radio programmer, and record/event producer whose career has spanned four decades. John has performed and/or recorded with acknowledged, multi-generational masters such as Cachao, Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente, Bebo Valdés, Max Roach, Eddie Palmieri, Patato Valdés, Lázaro Ros, Bobby Hutcherson, Manny Oquendo, Chucho Valdes, Paquito D’Rivera, Buenavista Social Club, Chocolate Armenteros, John Handy, Billy Cobham, Zakir Hussain, Hermeto Pascoal, George Cables, Generoso Jimenez, Joe Henderson, Ernesto Oviedo, Regina Carter, Chester Thompson, Francisco Aguabella, John Faddis, Ed Thigpen, Giovanni Hidalgo, Steve Turre, McCoy Tyner, Batacumbele, Poncho Sanchez, Omar Sosa, Mel Martin, Ignacio Berroa, Danilo Perez, Los Pleneros de la 21, Jose Luis “Changuito” Quintana, Armando Peraza, Pancho Quinto, Tootie Heath, Art Farmer, Pupy Pedroso, Jacqueline Castellanos, Malonga Casquelord, CK Ladzekpo, Pancho Terry, Juan De Dios Ramos, Carlos Aldama, Yosvany Terry, Dafnis Prieto, Oscar Castro Neves, Mark Murphy, Orkestra Rumpilezz, Larry Coryell, Lázaro Galarraga, Regino Jimenez, Luis Daniel “Chichito” Cepeda, Modesto Cepeda, Guillermo “Negro” Triana, Lázaro Rizo, Raul “Lali” Gonzalez, Amado DeDeus, Pedrito Martinez, Jose Lugo, Jerry Medina, Orestes Vilató, Kamau Daaood, Johnny Rodriguez, Sonny Bravo, Arturo Sandoval, Nestor Torres, Anthony Carrillo, Paoli Mejías, Raul Rekow, Andy Gonzalez, Jerry Gonzalez, Jovino Santos Neto, Lalo Schifrin, Gema y Pavel, Pete Escovedo, Claudia Gómez, Maria Márquez, Jon Jang, Wayne Wallace, Mark Levine, Elio Villafranca, Bruce Forman, Linda Tillery, Charlie Hunter, Joyce Cooling, Bobby Matos, Mark Weinstein, Roberto Borrell, Sandy Perez, Jesus Diaz, Roman Diaz, Pablo Menendez y Mezcla, Yma Sumac, Rhiannon, Larry Vukovich, Kenny Washington, Faye Carol, Kellye Gray, Destani Wolf, Kimiko Joy, Kenny Endo, Abhijit Banerjee, and Carlos Santana, among others.
John is widely respected as one of the top writers, teachers and historians in the field and was a member of the Latin Jazz Advisory Committee of the Smithsonian Institution. He is currently part of the faculty at the California Conservatory of Jazz (Berkeley, CA), Laney College (Oakland, CA), and the College of San Mateo (CA). He has conducted countless workshops, lectures and clinics in the US, Latin America and Europe since 1973 at institutions of all types including the Smithsonian, the Adventures in Music program of the San Francisco Symphony, the Berklee School of Music in Boston, UCLA, Yale, Stanford, the University of Wisconsin at Madison, the University of Michigan, Temple University, Brigham Young University, Cal Cal State Monterey Bay, Cal State Hayward, the University of Colorado, Yakima Valley Community College, Ohio Music Education Association, the Afro-Cuban Drumming and Dance Program at Humboldt State University (CA), Cal State Sonoma, Cal State Sacramento, Cal State San Jose, Tulane and Dillard Universities of Louisiana, Jazz Camp West, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the Los Angeles Music Academy, the Museum of the African Diaspora (San Francisco), the Lafayette Summer Music Program (CA), the Oakland Public Conservatory, and La Universidad Inter-Americana in San Germán Puerto Rico. He has contributed to the international magazines Percussive Notes, Modern Drummer, Modern Percussionist, and Latin Percussionist.
John was the director of the Orquesta Tipica Cienfuegos (1976-1980) and the award-winning Orquesta Batachanga (1981-1985). He was founder and director of the internationally renowned, Grammy-nominated Machete Ensemble (1985-2006), with whom he released nine CDs with special guests from Puerto Rico, Cuba, NY, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, mostly on John’s Machete Records label that was founded in 1984 and continues today. He currently directs the highly acclaimed John Santos Sextet Latin jazz ensemble with five full-length CDs under their belt to date. Papa Mambo was released in 2007. Their second CD, Perspectiva Fragmentada, (2008) was nominated by the Jazz Journalists Association (NY), and by Cubadisco (Cuban Grammys) as one of the top Latin Jazz releases of the year, and selected as one of the five top Latin Jazz CDs of 2008 by New York’s All About Jazz magazine, among many honors. Filosofía Caribeña Vol.1 (2011) received a four-and-a-half star review from Downbeat Magazine! Filosofía Caribeña Vol.2 was released in 2013. Siempre Clásico(2014) features amazing special guests Ernesto Oviedo and Orestes Vilató. John has also produced four full length CDs with his Afro-Caribbean Folklóric Ensemble, El Coro Folklórico Kindembo since 1994, two of which were Grammy-nominated. The most recent, La Esperanza (2011), garnered a four star review in Downbeat Magazine!
The San Francisco Bay Area community in which John still lives and works has presented him with numerous awards and honors for artistic excellence and social dedication. John received the Community Leadership Award from the San Francisco Foundation in 2011. He was presented with the San Francisco Latino Heritage Award in 2012 that included a Certificate of Honor signed by Mayor Edwin Lee, and Certificates of Recognition from the State Assembly, a Certificate of Recognition from the State Senate, and a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from the US House of Representatives. He was also selected for the Man of the Year Award by Brothers on the Rise (Oakland, CA) in 2013. A photo of John from 1987 by pioneering Puerto Rican photographer/activist Frank Espada hangs in the National P0rtrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC!
John’s work has also been recognized and supported by the Monterey Jazz Festival (2002), the Smithsonian Institution, the California Arts Council, United States Artists, the Zellerbach Family Fund, the Fund for Folk Culture, the Ford Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlitt Foundation, the East Bay Community Foundation, the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture, the Creative Work Fund, and the City of Oakland. The City of San Francisco issued a mayoral proclamation declaring November 12, 2006 John Santos Day. He was featured prominently in the PBS American Masters documentary, Cachao: Uno Mas (2008), and is the subject of another PBS documentary by Searchlight Films (Oakland, CA), currently in progress.
John is an advisory board member of the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance (NY) and the Oaktown Jazz Workshop (Oakland, CA), and a Trustee of SFJAZZ.