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John Santos | Listening Party | SFJAZZ

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Date(s) - 01/08/2014
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Miner Auditorium, SFJAZZ Center


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“The Latin music Renaissance man.” — San Francisco Chronicle

“Santos is one of the most creative musicians I’ve ever had an opportunity to work with; he’s a joy for me to listen to…” — Max Roach

Join us for this special night of music and conversation, as SFJAZZ founder and Executive Artistic Director Randall Kline sits down with percussionist and composer John Santos for a listening party and lively discussion about his life, work, inspirations and the nights he is curating in Season 2 as a Resident Artistic Director. The evening will focus on the music of the legendary Cuban bassist Israel “Cachao” Lopez and percussion great Walfredo de los Reyes, the artists to whom Santos is paying tribute during his star-studded concert on January 18, Un Danzon Pa’ Cachao, Una Descarga Pa’ Walfredo.

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. He has 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. His programming as a Resident Artistic Director reflects his pan-Caribbean sensibility.


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