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John Santos // Oakland

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

Today at 3 PM – 5 PM
East Side Arts Alliance
2277 International Blvd, Oakland, California 94606



Timba Roots: La Rumba y el Son
The John Santos Sextet with an exquisite line up of multi-generational guest Artists

Sunday November 3rd @ EastSide Cultural Center
Show starts at 3 pm
Doors open at 2 pm

$25 General Admission
(No one turned away for lack of funds)

About show:

An unforgettable concert illuminating the origins of the Cuban style of dance music known as Timba.

The concert will feature the internationally renowned local ensemble, The John Santos Sextet with an exquisite line up of multi-generational special guest vocalists including pioneering Cuban octagenarian vocalist/percussionist José de la Caridad Hernandez “Perico” making a rare Bay Area appearance, vocalist/guitarist extraordinaire José Roberto Hernandez from Tabasco México, genre-busting Guadalupe-born Christelle Durandy, and bilingual Chicano phenom Juan Luis Pérez. In addition to John’s highly-acclaimed Sextet, newly-arrived Cuban trombonist, Obrayan Calderón will round out the front line horns (saxes, flute and trumpet). All the artists are Bay Area residents except grand master Perico Hernandez who will grace us with his wisdom, experience and golden voice. The Cuban foundational forms Rumba and Son are the main pillars of the hugely popular Timba style of dance music that rose in the 90s and is still gaining momentum. We will present a wide musical selection that clearly shows the evolution of the form with original renditions of classics especially conceived and prepared for this project as well as original compositions.

The concert will take place at the fabulous EastSide Cultural Center in Oakland’s extremely diverse San Antonio District. EastSide is a bastion of light, culture and unity in our community. We have a long and illustrious history of working together that spans three decades.

Afro-Latin music and culture have played a major role throughout the Americas. In the United States, where my parents and I were born, it has permeated pop culture in myriad ways, particularly in its parallel relationship with our national art form, Jazz. I learned from my grandparents, parents, and through extensive experience that music is a crucial component of our education and identity as individuals, families, communities and nations, uniting us in a unique way. Now more than ever, with the strong atmosphere of division being fomented in our country, it is of particular importance to show the beauty and commonalities we share through Afro-Latino forms of artistic expression across all lines and borders.

List of Artists:
John Santos – director, percussion, vocals, composer
Dr. John Calloway – flute, piano, composer/arranger
Marco Díaz – piano, trumpet, composer/arranger
Saul Sierra – bass, composer/arranger
Charlie Gurke – saxes
David Flores – drums
José de la Caridad Hernandez “Perico” – vocals/percussion
José Roberto Hernandez – vocals/guitar
Christelle Durandy – vocals
Juan Luis Pérez – vocals
Obrayan Calderón – trombone




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.


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


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November 03 2019


Date: 11/03/2019
Time: 2:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Cost: $27
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East Side Arts Alliance

2277 International Blvd,
Oakland, California 94606, CA United States

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