Date(s) - 03/23/2013
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Miner Auditorium, SFJAZZ Center
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Jerry Medina – voice, trumpet
Orlando Torriente – vocals
Sandra Garcia Rivera – vocals
Rico Pabón – spoken word
Orestes Vilató – timbales, bongos
Javier Navarrette – percussion
Shefali Shah – dancer
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. As a visionary bandleader and noted historian, he has served on the Smithsonian Institution’s Latin Jazz Advisory Committee.
Santos has played an essential role in expanding Latin jazz’s rhythmic lexicon beyond the foundational Cuban grooves. His programming as a Resident Artistic Director reflects his pan-Caribbean sensibility.
Santos presents the second installment of his album Filosofía Caribeña, a project he premiered as part of the 2011 Spring Season featuring his Latin jazz sextet. The project embodies the triune nature of Caribbean culture, which is woven from Iberian, African and indigenous influences, and features special guests such as Cuban-born timbales legend Orestes Vilató, award-winning Nuyorican poet and vocalist Sandra Garcia Rivera, and powerhouse Puerto Rican trumpeter Jerry Media, a co-founder of the seminal Latin fusion band Batacumbele.
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