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John Santos Sextet with Paquito d’Rivera, Walfredo de los Reyes, Orestes Vilato, Classical Revolution Trio | SFJAZZ

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Date(s) - 01/18/2014 - 01/19/2014
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Miner Auditorium, SFJAZZ Center


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Concerts on Jan. 18 at 7:30pm and Jan. 19 at 7pm

“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

John Santos Sextet

  • John Santos – percussion
  • John Calloway – flute, piano
  • Melecio Magdaluyo – saxophones
  • Marco Diaz – piano, trumpet
  • Saul Sierra – bass
  • David Flores – drums

Special Guests

  • Paquito D’Rivera – saxophones, clarinet
  • Orestes Vilató – percussion
  • Javier Navarrette – percussion
  • Walfredo de los Reyes – percussion

Classical Revolution Trio

  • Anthony Blea – violin
  • Matthew Szumela – violin
  • Lewis Patzner – cello

Calling these shows “Un Danzón Pa’ Cachao, Una Descarga Pa’ Walfredo,” Resident Artistic Director John Santos presents a very special two-night salute to legendary Cuban bassist/composer Israel “Cachao” López and Cuban percussion master Walfredo de los Reyes, with a dream ensemble featuring Santos’ working sextet, Cuban jazz icon Paquito D’Rivera, percussion great Orestes Vilató, the Classical Revolution Trio and Reyes himself. Known for originating the fusion of Latin rhythms into Cuban music that led to the style called “mambo,” Cachao helped revolutionize Cuban music, developing the descarga Cubana (Cuban jam session) and inspiring generations of musicians. Walfredo de los Reyes is a Latin jazz treasure and one of the most influential percussionists alive, pioneering the mixture of the drum set with Latin percussion and lending his ambidextrous talents to work with Tito Puente, Chico O’Farrell and Linda Ronstadt. For Santos, these nights are an opportunity to pay tribute to a pair of his greatest musical influences with a powerhouse group of modern Cuban masters.

About John Santos: 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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