Please join us for An Elegant Evening of Original Compositions by five-time Grammy nominee John Santos & his Sextet
Dr. John Calloway – flute, piano, percussion
Melecio Magdaluyo – saxes
Saul Sierra – bass
Marco Diaz – piano
David Flores – drums
John Santos – percussion
Friday, July 6th, 2012 at 8:00 pm – in concert for the first time at Piedmont Piano, 728 San Pablo Ave. at 18th St. in Oakland’s Uptown Arts & Entertainment District.
$15 – please call 510-547-8188 for info and to reserve tickets with your credit card, space is limited – doors open at 7:00
John Santos is an institution in the Bay Area’s vibrant Jazz, Latin and World Music scenes. A San Francisco native, he has been performing, teaching and producing here since the early 1970s, expanding to Europe in the 1980s and to Latin America in the 90s. He is currently internationally renowned, having just returned from a European tour and celebrating the recent reinstatement of Latin Jazz to the Grammys after NARAS (the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences) shamefully eliminated the category along with 30 others last year. John was actively involved in the efforts to establish the category in the late 80s and early 90s, as well as a central figure in the reinstatement struggle of the last year. The Sextet’s 2011 recording, Filosofía Caribeña Vol.1, received a rare Four & a Half Star Review from Downbeat Magazine, although the CD was ineligible for Grammy consideration due to the NARAS faux pas. The members of the Sextet are certainly among the finest players, composers, arrangers and teachers the Bay Area has to offer. They are one of the premiere groups in the field today, having recently appeared at the Monterey, San Francisco, Tumbleweed, San Jose, Sitka, and Healdsburg Jazz Festivals.
Thank you for supporting live music and for spreading the word.
*Photo of John Santos by Cole Thompson
*Photo of John Santos Sextet by Aida Salazar