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John Santos Afro-Latin Roots Project – San Jose Jazz Summer Fest 2018

San Jose Jazz Summer Fest 2018

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The group draws from a wide variety of Cuban rhythms and forms such as son, rumba, mambo, bolero, and danzón, all heavily influenced by jazz. This performance will include iconic classics from Latin America as well as original compositions and arrangements while reflecting the deep African roots of Caribbean-based music.

Solely assembling for this exclusive San Jose Jazz engagement, these artists are among the best in the field including pioneering Cuban percussionist Orestes Vilató and beloved Afro-Cuban diva Bobi Céspedes, who has kept the spark of Cuban musical traditions alive in the Bay Area for the last four decades.

Producer, musician, composer, and educator, John Santos has been described as a Latin music renaissance man by the SF Chronicle. Beyond his career as 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 and Cape Verdean musicians, he’s been at the center of the Bay Area’s Latin music scene for over four decades. As a visionary bandleader and noted historian, he has served on the Smithsonian Institution’s Latin Jazz Advisory Committee.


August 12 @ 5:00 pm


Hammer Theatre Center, 101 Paseo de San Antonio, San Jose, CA 95113 Located between 2nd and 3rd St. in downtown San Jose.


Convenient parking available @ 2nd & San Carlos Garage $5 flat fee after 6 PM

Public Transit

Accessible by BART and VTA (2nd & Paseo De San Antonio exit is in front of the Hammer Theatre)