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John Santos Sextet

Aug 10, Saturday - 3pm
Montgomery Theater Stage

Led by seven-time Grammy Award nominee John Santos, The John Santos Sextet is one of the premier Afro-Latin Jazz musical groups in the US. Santos has collaborated with masters like Tito Puente, Dizzy Gillespie, Max Roach, Eddie Palmieri, and McCoy Tyner, and was founder and director of the long-running Machete Ensemble from 1985 to 2006.

John Santos is a major bandleader, composer, producer, percussionist, and educator in Afro-Latin music with a professional career spanning five decades. He has written, recorded and published well over 100 original compositions, mostly on his Machete Records label since 1984. He is a 2012 San Francisco Latino Heritage Arts Award winner, SFJAZZ Resident Artistic Director (2013 & 2014), and US Artist Fontanals Fellow.

The Sextet’s various recordings are a musical banquet celebrating the Afro-Latino roots of jazz through imaginative writing and playing in collaboration with dozens of international legends. Equally at home with a dance or concert repertoire, they present a wide range of Latin jazz for audiences of all ages. Their newest album, Vieja Escuela, was released in January 2024 and features musical guests Ernesto Oviedo, Orestes Vilató, Jerry González and Raúl de la Caridad Gonzalez Brito.

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John Santos is a major bandleader, composer, producer, percussionist, and educator in Afro-Latin music with a professional career spanning five decades. He has written, recorded and published well over 100 original compositions, mostly on his Machete Records label since 1984. He is a 2012 San Francisco Latino Heritage Arts Award winner, SFJAZZ Resident Artistic Director (2013 & 2014), and US Artist Fontanals Fellow.

The Sextet’s various recordings are a musical banquet celebrating the Afro-Latino roots of jazz through imaginative writing and playing in collaboration with dozens of international legends. Equally at home with a dance or concert repertoire, they present a wide range of Latin jazz for audiences of all ages. Their newest album, Vieja Escuela, was released in January 2024 and features musical guests Ernesto Oviedo, Orestes Vilató, Jerry González and Raúl de la Caridad Gonzalez Brito.

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Personnel

John Santos – Percussion
Marco Diaz – Piano & Trumpet
Saul Sierra – Bass
Dr. John Calloway – Flute & Piano
Charlie Gurke – Saxophones
David Flores – Drums