Of Puerto Rican descent, Via Brooklyn, NY and Trenton, NJ Janine Santana has had a deep love for Afro-Cuban/ Caribbean traditions and Jazz for as long as she can remember. The recent debut of Soft as Granite was born from her relentless drive to have something personal to freely express. “I closed my eyes, obeyed my muse and, fear or no fear, leapt into the fire of this idea. I had always been a side-man (er, side-woman) and this is my first outward expression of my own ideas after keeping it rather tight & quiet for many years. My hands and my drive to keep learning this art really are soft as granite...”
Collecting musical heroes and friends from around the country and her current home in the Colorado Front Range, Janine led a tight, creative rotating group with such luminary players as Richie Cole, Jose Madera and local pros such as Jeff Jenkins, Paul Romaine, Kim Stone, Kenny Walker, Brad Goode, Greg Gisbet, Wendy Fopeano and many others.
October 7, 2008