Led by John Santos. Learn about the mix of African, Native, and European sources that have made Cuba’s artistic culture so vibrant and influential.
John Santos is recognized as a leading figure in Afro-Latin music in the Bay Area and around the world. In addition to leading many ensembles of his own, John has performed and/or recorded with dozens of legendary musicians including Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente, Regina Carter, Buena Vista Social Club, and Carlos Santana. In addition to 7 Grammy nominations and many other honors, the City of San Francisco declared November 12, 2006 John Santos Day.
A renowned scholar and teacher of Afro-Latin music, John has lectured and conducted clinics at Yale, UCLA, Berklee School of Music, Stanford, Duke, University of Michigan, San Francisco State University, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and Julia De Burgos Cultural Center (Bronx, NY), among many others. He is currently on the faculty of the College of San Mateo, Jazz Camp West, the Afro-Cuban Drum and Dance program at Humboldt State University, and the Lafayette Summer Music Program.