John began performing Afro-Latin and jazz music as a teenager in San Francisco's Mission district, a
spawning ground for many top West Coast performers of Latin music, such as Karl Perrazo, Rebeca
Mauleon and John Santos. Originally a percussionist, John quickly branched out into woodwinds,
trombone and piano, eventually focusing on the flute. He also began arranging music at a young age,
having studied with Mark Levine. John resided in New York during the 1980s performing with Manny
Oquendo's Libre, Charanga 76, Oscar Hernandez and Jerry and Andy Gonzalez. John also earned a
Bachelors degree in music from the City College of New York.
In the San Francisco Bay Area, John has built a solid foundation as a musician, arranger-composer and