John Santos Sextet | SFJAZZ

John Santos

John Santos Sextet


John Santos Sextet
w/ guests Samora Pinderhughes,
Elena Pinderhughes & more

Saturday, January 28, 7:30pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium

A Tribute to Local Greats Series: Season 5 Celebration: Jazz in the City  
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John Santos Sextet

Percussion great John Santos and his longstanding Afro-Cuban sextet return to pay tribute to the Bay Area artists who have helped enrich local culture. For this exclusive event, vocalist Maria Marquez, multi-instrumentalist Jose Roberto Hernandez, and a pair of young siblings who are making great waves in jazz, pianist Samora Pinderhughes and flutist, vocalist, and SFJAZZ High School alum Elena Pinderhughes, join the band. 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. As a visionary bandleader and noted historian, he has served on the Smithsonian Institution’s Latin Jazz Advisory Committee.

Artist Personnel

John Santos percussion
Saul Sierra bass
Marco Diaz piano, trumpet
Dr. John Calloway flute, piano
Melecio Magdaluyo saxophones
David Flores drums

Maria Marquez vocals
Jose Roberto Hernandez vocals, guitar, percussion
Samora Pinderhughes piano
Elena Pinderhughes flute, vocals

Artist Website

"One of the best. He knows our music and everything that puts it together. " — Dizzy Gillespie
"The Latin music Renaissance man. " — San Francisco Chronicle