Sat. Sept. 21, 2:30 p: We will be joined by Bay Area multi-percussionist John Santos for a conversation about his life and times, with of course a generous sampling of his music! Santos is a major exponent of Afro-Latin music through innovative use of traditional forms and instruments with contemporary music.
He’s been a prolific performer, composer, teacher, writer, radio programmer, and record/event producer for over 35 years, during which time he has worked with masters such as Cachao, Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente, Bebo Valdés, Max Roach, Eddie Palmieri, Patato Valdés, Francisco Aguabella, Steve Turre, McCoy Tyner, Batacumbele, Omar Sosa, Giovanni Hidalgo, Negro Hernandez, Eddie Marshall, and Carlos Santana.
John is a member of the Latin Jazz Advisory Committee of the Smithsonian Institution. Since 1972 he has conducted countless workshops, lectures and clinics at music schools and major universities in the U.S. and abroad. He was the founder and director of the internationally renowned, Grammy-nominated Machete Ensemble, which has released multiple CDs with special guests from Puerto Rico, Cuba, NY, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, mostly on John’s Machete Records label.