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Primary Instrument: Percussion

Born: November 1, 1955

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. His studies of Afro-Latin music have included several trips to New York, Puerto Rico, Cuba and Colombia....
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. . . Santos and his cohorts have added significantly to the modern canon of Caribbean-based jazz without adulterating the rhythmic foundations of its Cuban roots -LATIN BEAT

A walking encyclopedia of the history of Afro-Latin music and the societies that created it, Santos is a leading authority on the music -OAKLAND TRIBUNE

Santos has placed the Bay Area on the cutting edge of Latin Jazz -EAST BAY EXPRESS

Santos has been faithfully carrying the Latin Jazz torch on the other coast for years. He has generally been a sparkplug for a wave of musical invention at the vo rtex where Jazz, Latin and other ideas meet -JAZZ TIMES

Santos is one of the most creative musicians I've ever had an opportunity to work with; he's a joy for me to listen to -MAX ROACH

Primary InstrumentPercussion

LocationOakland, CA

Music

Featured recording “Filosofía Caribeña Vol. 1”

Filosofía Caribeña Vol. 1

Machete Records
2011
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    Filosofía Caribeña Vol. 1

    Machete Records
    2011
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    Papa Mambo

    Machete Records
    2007
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    John Santos & The Machete Ensemble: 20th Anniversary

    Machete Records
    2005
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