Born: January 1, 1968 Primary Instrument: Percussion
Conceptualized, organized, led and driven by Janine Santana, the Janine Santana band is a collaboration of rotating Jazz, Funk and Latin Jazz artists nationally and in the Denver area, all of whom are luminary! With many years of experience under these musicians belts, this band comes together with an exciting, danceable sound that packs the house and brings people back for more! Performing with legends and favorites: Richie Cole, Jose Madera,Brad Goode, Greg Gisbert, Jeff Jenkins, Lionel Young, Kim Stone, Bijoux Barbosa, Papi Ray Pacheco, Paul Romaine, Peter Gregory, Chris Lacinak, Jimmy Espirit, Ben Makinen, Wendy Fopeano, Kihn Imuri, Janine Santana's Latin Jazz will have you coming back for more.
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. She has been a professional performing artist in a variety of genres for the past 30 years.
The recent debut of Soft as Granite was born from her relentless drive to have something personal to freely express via her beloved Latin Jazz. “I closed my eyes, obeyed my muse and, fear or no fear, jumped 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 passionate 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 leads a tight, creative rotating group with such luminary, legendary 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.