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[live] John Santos: The Rhythmic Roots of Afro-Latin Music [Wednesdays]

John Santos: The Rhythmic Roots of Afro-Latin Music -1- Afro-Cuban Roots

When: October 14th, 2020 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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A four-week lecture series entitled The Rhythmic Roots of Afro-Latin Music featuring selections of John Santos’s legendary collection of audio and video recordings. Each session will include the social and cultural history of the music and rhythm, as well as a demonstration of rhythm practices.

Wednesday, September 23 | Cuba Ritmática Part 1
Wednesday, September 30 | Cuba Ritmática Part 2
Wednesday, October 7 | Puerto Rico Ritmático
Wednesday, October 14 | Brasil Ritmático

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A live, online series by master percussionist, internationally renowned multi-Grammy nominee, composer, producer, educator and bandleader John Santos.

Santos will be taking a deep dive every Wednesday evening Sept 23-Oct 14 from 6-8pm into a new aspect of the rhythmic roots of Afro-Latin music including Afro-Cuban, Afro-Puerto Rican, and Afro-Brazilian forms. Each live presentation will also feature selections from Santos’ legendary collection of audio and video recordings, including many early and rare recordings of the musicians and musical genres he’ll be discussing. Each session will include the social and cultural history of the music and rhythms, as well as a demonstration of the respective rhythms.

The program is presented by the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco together with the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival. Audiences pay what they can and should register on the Museum’s website for instructions on how to join the online audience at https://www.moadsf.org/calendar/



A 2012 San Francisco Latino Heritage Arts Awardee, born and raised in San Francisco’s Mission District amidst an extended family of Puerto Rican musicians, Santos has been at the center of the Bay Area’s Latin music scene for over forty five years.

He served on the Smithsonian Institution’s Latin Jazz Advisory Committee and has played an essential role in expanding Latin jazz’s rhythmic lexicon beyond the foundational Cuban grooves.

He has produced a steady stream of critically-acclaimed, peer-respected recordings on his Machete Records label since 1984 and has travelled the world as a teacher and lecturer since the mid-eighties. Known for his innovative use of traditional forms and instruments in combination with contemporary music, John has performed and/or recorded with masters such as Tito Puente, Dizzy Gillespie, Max Roach, Cachao, Eddie Palmieri, James Moody, Omar Sosa, McCoy Tyner, Giovanni Hidalgo, and Bebo Valdés. He is faculty at the California Jazz Conservatory, SF State University, College of San Mateo and Jazz Camp West and is an Advisory Board member of Oaktown Jazz, Living Jazz, and the Afro-Latin Jazz Alliance (NY), and a Trustee of SFJAZZ.


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Time:6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cost: pay what you can
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