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John Santos Sextet with Faye Carol, Kenny Washington, Destani Wolf, Kellye Gray | SJAZZ

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Date(s) - 03/02/2014
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Miner Auditorium, SFJAZZ Center


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“Kenny Washington is the Superman of the Bay Area jazz scene, a vocalist with an exuberantly supple tenor that glides effortlessly into the stratosphere.” — San Francisco Chronicle

“Clearly demonstrating that jazz singing can stretch the envelope of creativity without sacrificing a direct connection with an audience.” — Los Angeles Times

“Dynamic’ may sound boastful, but the Mississippi-born, Berkeley-based vocalist is that and much more.” — East Bay Express on Faye Carol

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

Four of the San Francisco Bay Area’s greatest vocalists join The John Santos Sextet for “Unusual Standards,” an evening of classic jazz staples, re-imagined and revitalized with the spirit of Latin jazz.

One listen to the soulful strains of this Mississippi native’s voice will leave no doubt why she’s called “The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol.” Inspired by jazz royalty Betty Carter as well as R&B queen Aretha Franklin, Carol rose up through the East Bay funk scene that produced Tower of Power, The Pointer Sisters and Cold Blood to establish herself as a preeminent voice in Bay Area jazz.

Like Faye Carol, Kenny Washington has worked extensively with renowned San Francisco bandleader Marcus Shelby and was the featured vocalist at the Mark Hopkins Intercontinental Hotel’s famous Top of the Mark for nearly a decade. The New Orleans-born Washington has toured the world and back, recently headlining at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola in New York with vibraphonist Joe Locke.

With her stunning musicality and warm, enveloping voice, Texas native Kellye Gray is one of the most accomplished jazz vocalists on the national scene. Over her twenty-year career, Gray’s profile has continued to grow by leaps and bounds, recording a half-dozen albums as a leader and logging performances at Lincoln Center, the Spoleto Festival and Yoshi’s.

Berkeley-raised singer Destani Wolf has infused her big, bold, beautiful voice with countless artists including Crown City Rockers, John Santos, Bobby McFerrin offshoot SoVoSó, and The Pharcyde. Her music has been featured in “So You Think You Can Dance,” and the theme song of the NBC’s “Sing-Off. Don’t miss this celebration of the jazz standard, presented in a decidedly Latin vein.


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