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John Santos Quartet + Orestes Vilató, Bobi Céspedes and Jose Roberto Hernandez

Aug 12, Sunday - 5pm
Silicon Valley Community Foundation Hammer Theatre Stage

Master percussionist John Santos is a leading voice in Afro-Latin music. His performances combine Latin and Afro-Caribbean traditions, infused with jazz throughout. Santos is joined by veteran percussionist Orestes Vilató, vocalist Bobi Céspedes and multi-instrumentalist José Roberto Hernández.

Born in San Francisco, Santos grew up in a family of Puerto Rican and Cape Verdean musicians, surrounded by a rich cultural network and a thriving arts scene. After honing his skills as a percussionist, Santos soon began sharing the stage with the likes of Eddie Palmieri and Dizzy Gillespie. From 1976 to 1980, Santos directed the Orquestra Tipica Cienfuegos, and later directed the Grammy-nominated Machete Ensemble. Today, he leads his own quartet that performs a mix of original music and the Afro-Latin songbook.

His most recent endeavor, the Afro-Latin Roots Project, involves three renowned masters of the music. Cuban percussion icon Orestes Vilató has performed alongside Ray Baretto and Cachao over the course of his illustrious career. Acclaimed vocalist Bobi Céspedes specializes in Afro-Caribbean music and culture, and delivers university lectures on Cuban folklore. Jose Roberto Hernandez brings his skills as a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist to the project. Their performance promises to be an exciting and interactive experience for Afro-Latin music enthusiasts and first-time listeners alike.  

 

Born in San Francisco, Santos grew up in a family of Puerto Rican and Cape Verdean musicians, surrounded by a rich cultural network and a thriving arts scene. After honing his skills as a percussionist, Santos soon began sharing the stage with the likes of Eddie Palmieri and Dizzy Gillespie. From 1976 to 1980, Santos directed the Orquestra Tipica Cienfuegos, and later directed the Grammy-nominated Machete Ensemble. Today, he leads his own quartet that performs a mix of original music and the Afro-Latin songbook.

His most recent endeavor, the Afro-Latin Roots Project, involves three renowned masters of the music. Cuban percussion icon Orestes Vilató has performed alongside Ray Baretto and Cachao over the course of his illustrious career. Acclaimed vocalist Bobi Céspedes specializes in Afro-Caribbean music and culture, and delivers university lectures on Cuban folklore. Jose Roberto Hernandez brings his skills as a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist to the project. Their performance promises to be an exciting and interactive experience for Afro-Latin music enthusiasts and first-time listeners alike.  

 


Personnel

Saul Sierra – bass
Marco Diaz – piano, trumpet
David Flores – drums
John Santos – percussion
Bobi Céspedes – vocals
Orestes Vilató – percussion
Jose Roberto Hernandez – guitar, vocals