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 educator. His credits as a performer/arranger include work with Israel Cachao Lopez, Omar Sosa, Pete Escovedo, Max Roach, Chocolate Armenteros, Carlos Patato Valdez, Jesus Diaz, Quique Cruz, Wayne Wallace, Rebeca Mauleon and John Santos. He is also a founding member of the Grammy nominated Machete Ensemble led by John Santos, having written and arranged much of their material. John has performed throughout the United States and around the world, including Europe (with Cachao), Cuba and the Caribbean (with John Santos), Asia and the Philippines (with Kulingtang Arts), Colombia, and Venezuela. He has most recently spent considerable time in Chile for two different projects: with the jazz group Quirejema on a multimedia presentation entitled Archaelogy of Memory, about the effects of art on those tortured during the 1970s; and with Teatro ArcoIris of San Francisco State University, performing Poeta Pan, a multimedia theatre piece on the life and poetry of Pablo Neruda.
I have known John for a very, very, long time. After listening to the birth of this CD, I suggest you put
your seat belts on and get ready for the ride of your life. I am proud that in his playing he maintains the
integrity of tone, phrasing, and melody heard throughout. He truly has done his homework. And I have
to sayas I listened again I heard a reflection of myself. Thank you John. God bless and
Dave Valentin, 2003 Grammy WinnerThe Gathering
The flute of John Calloway helped to spark a Caribbean musical renaissance in the 1970s, as part of the
neo-traditionalist band Tipica Cienfuegos
Willing to teach
Consultations and Productions:
John is able to advise you on many aspects of music production, helping you get the sound you desire
through the right music, instrumentation and musicians. He can get you started on "that sound or
concept in your head" regardless of the level of experience you may have. He can also fully produce or
co-produce any CD or demo project you are interested in doing, which can include arranging to
contracting the musicians to recording director of the session.
Composing and Arranging Work:
John is available as an arranger and composer to provide you with almost any music you need, whether
they are adaptations or new arrangements of previously composed or published work, your own
original ideas and compositions or commissioned works for hire