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John Santos

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Five-time GRAMMY nominated percussionist, educator, producer, composer, John Santos, is one of the foremost exponents of Afro-Latin music in the world today. He is known for his innovative use of traditional forms and instruments in combination with contemporary music, and has earned much respect and recognition as a record and event producer. Born in San Francisco, California, November 1, 1955. Percussionist, composer, writer and educator John Santos was raised in the Puerto Rican and Cape Verdean traditions of his family, surrounded by music. The fertile musical environment of the San Francisco Bay Area shaped his career in a unique way

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Pedro José Pastrana

Born and raised in the island of Puerto Rico, Pedro J. Pastrana grew up immersed in the "jibaro" music, playing the national instrument "el cuatro”. His first steps in music started at the age of 10. Pedro’s passion for discovery got him to move out his native Puerto Rico and travel different countries allowing him to explore other musical cultures. These experiences added more vocabulary to his musical dictionary, and helped him develop a keen instinct for connecting with musicians at the most fundamental level. After years as a sideman, all of these collaborations have been the spark for his debut album

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One Note At A Time

Label: Wide Hive Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Days of Haze; Dusk; Brother Todd; Bell Song; One Note at a Time (I Cry Creativity); Full House; The Growing Place; Shaker Funk; When You Went Away.

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Erik Jekabson Sextet III: One Note At A Time

Read "One Note At A Time" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


By the time One Note At A Time's first two songs have finished, it's been made abundantly clear that trumpeter Erik Jekabson appreciates a groove as much as he values space. The opener—"Days of Haze"—provides an introductory shot of adrenaline in the form of a tight, funk-framed blues, and “Dusk," in contrast, looks to open vistas, ...

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Electric Squeezebox Orchestra: The Falling Dream

Read "The Falling Dream" reviewed by Jack Bowers


No, the San Francisco-based Electric Squeezebox Orchestra does not come with accordions attached. It does, however, come with a well-developed eye for harmony and rhythm, an inflexible group dynamic and a number of perceptive soloists, all of which serve to make the ensemble's second album, The Falling Dream, a pleasure to hear. The ...

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Vocalist And Poet Lisa B (Lisa Bernstein) Releases "I Get A Kick: Cole Porter Reimagined" On Jazzed Media, Available January 19, 2018

Vocalist And Poet Lisa B (Lisa Bernstein) Releases "I Get A Kick: Cole Porter Reimagined" On Jazzed Media, Available January 19, 2018

LISA B (Lisa Bernstein) is not only a jazz singer and songwriter, she’s also a widely published poet and spoken word performer. On I Get A Kick: Cole Porter Reimagined, her latest CD and sixth as a leader, she applies her poetic prowess and vocal gifts to fresh interpretations of ten tunes by Cole Porter, one ...

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Omar Sosa At SFJAZZ

Read "Omar Sosa At SFJAZZ" reviewed by Walter Atkins


SFJAZZ, Miner AuditoriumOmar Sosa TourSan Francisco CAApril 21, 2017 Acclaimed pianist Omar Sosa quietly took the unlit stage with only a single candle providing limited illumination. He silently started his show with a solemn keyboard solo. Respected SF Bay Area percussionist and educator John Santos then entered from the opposite side ...

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Omar Sosa Residency at SFJAZZ

Read "Omar Sosa Residency at SFJAZZ" reviewed by Harry S. Pariser


Omar Sosa Residency SFJAZZ Spring Season San Francisco, CA April 21-23, 2017 “You don't really listen to an Omar Sosa concert so much as experience it. The Cuban-born pianist's overall demeanor exudes a sense of calm and deep reflection, while a spiritual connection to music and his ancestors comes ...

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John Handy Tribute At SFJAZZ

Read "John Handy Tribute At SFJAZZ" reviewed by Walter Atkins


John Handy Tribute SFJAZZ Miner Auditorium SFJAZZ Fifth Season Celebration San Francisco CA January 22, 2017 The SFJAZZ Center ignited its fifth season celebration with two extraordinary weeks that included the Dr. Martin Luther King Day Open House and the star studded Zakir Hussain Gala Night ...

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Trombonist Wayne Wallace racking up Grammy nods with distinctive record label

Read "Trombonist Wayne Wallace racking up Grammy nods with distinctive record label" reviewed by David Becker


Usually when a musician starts a record label, it's with no intent beyond releasing his own music. Not so with San Francisco-based trombonist Wayne Wallace. Since forming Patois Records (Motto: “Promoting improvisation") more than a decade ago, Wallace has used the label as a vehicle to promote both his own Latin jazz work and music of ...


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