The John Santos Sextet w/ Ernesto Oviedo
The John Santos Sextet with Ernesto Oviedo
For his second Season 2 engagement, Percussion great and Resident Artistic Director John Santos will feature his superb working band, joined by legendary Cuban vocalist Ernesto Oviedo. A master of the romantic bolero song style, Oviedo is a national treasure in his homeland and has toured the world as one of the great ambassadors of Cuban song. Despite his worldwide fame, Oviedo had never been to the United States before his show-stopping appearance with Santos during the percussionist’s Season 1 residency at the SFJAZZ Center. In the words of Santos, “He brought the house down. He was the perfect addition to the program, representing the elders.” This performance, entitled “Siempre Clásico,” will focus on some of the timeless romantic songs of Havana, delivered by a living legend of the music. We are proud to have had this Cuban singing icon make his American debut in Miner Auditorium, and it is an honor to welcome him back.
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.