(photo 9/4/09 De Young Museum, San Francisco by Tom Ehrlich)
Yoshi's world-famous Jazz club and superb Japanese restaurant is proud to present . . .
The John Santos Sextet
Marco Diaz - piano
Saul Sierra - bass
David Flores - drums
Dr. John Calloway - flute
Melecio Magdaluyo - saxes
John Santos - percussion
with special guests:
Bay Area legend Roger Glenn (Mongo Santamaria, Cal Tjader) - vibes
Grammy winner Mads Tolling (Stanley Clarke, Turtle Island) - violin
in concert !
A unique cross-cultural collaboration!
Friday, December 5th, 2014
8:00 and 10:00
at Yoshi's, 510 Embarcadero W.
Oakland, CA 94607-3506
photo by Tom Ehrlich
Multi Grammy nominee, 2012 San Francisco Latino Heritage Arts Award winner, SFJAZZ Resident Artistic Director, and US Artists Fontanals Fellow John Santos is one of the foremost bandleaders, composers, producers, percussionists, and educators in Jazz and Afro-Latin music. He has published and recorded over 100 original compositions! He has performed and recorded with acknowledged masters like Tito Puente, Dizzy Gillespie, Max Roach, Cachao, Eddie Palmieri, Omar Sosa, Larry Coryell, The Buena Vista Social Club, Joe Henderson, Billy Cobham, Regina Carter, Bebo Valdés, Carlos Santana, James Moody, McCoy Tyner, Paquito D'Rivera, and Arturo Sandoval. He teaches at the Jazz School Institute in Berkeley and at the College of San Mateo, and has lectured and taught across the US, Europe, and Latin America since 1973, including at prestigious institutions like Yale, Stanford, UCLA, the Museum of the African Diaspora, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the Smithsonian Institution, the Adventures in Music program of the San Francisco Symphony and the Berklee School of Music in Boston. He was founder and director of the Grammy-nominated Machete Ensemble (1985-2006), releasing nine critically-acclaimed CDs, mostly on John’s Machete Records label. He currently directs The John Santos Sextet, which garnered a 4.5 star review in Downbeat Magazine. The Sextet unites the contemporary, historical and cultural significance of Latin Jazz. They also shed light on the aesthetic characteristics of Latin Jazz pertaining to instrumentation, rhythm, interpretation and improvisation through live performance and recording. This musical group was organized in 2003. Equally at home with a dance or concert repertoire, they play original compositions and exciting original arrangements of classic rhythms, styles and songs from Cuba, Puerto Rico, Mexico, and the US. John is featured prominently in the PBS American Masters documentary Cachao: Uno Mas (released in 2010). He received the San Francisco Latino Heritage Award in 2012 and the Man of the Year Award by Brothers on the Rise (Oakland) in 2013. He has been recognized by the California Arts Council, the Zellerbach Family Fund, the Ford Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlitt Foundation, the San Francisco Foundation, the East Bay Community Foundation, the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture, the Creative Work Fund, and the City of San Francisco that issued a mayoral proclamation declaring November 12, 2006 John Santos Day.
Mads Tolling, internationally renowned Danish violinist and composer, is a two-time Grammy Award-Winner. As a former nine year member of both Turtle Island Quartet and bassist Stanley Clarke’s band, Mads has spent most his professional life touring internationally. Since 2007 Mads has lead his own group, Mads Tolling Quartet. “The Playmaker” released in the fall of 2009, features Stanley Clarke and jazz greats Russell Ferrante & Stefon Harris. A brand new MTQ album: “Celebrating Jean-Luc Ponty – Live at Yoshi’s” was released in May, 2012. Mads has been featured on NPR’s Morning Edition, and his recordings have received rave reviews in Downbeat Magazine, Strings Magazine, Washington Post & San Francisco Chronicle. He has performed with Chick Corea, Ramsey Lewis, Kenny Barron & Paquito D’Rivera. He studied under violinist Matt Glaser, and he graduated summa cum laude from Berklee College of Music in Boston in 2003. Besides his activities as a performer, Mads Tolling is an accomplished composer. In addition to his original writing on his two most recent albums, Mads arranged one of his compositions for saxophonist Joe Lovano and string orchestra. In 2014 Mads was commissioned to write a violin concerto for the Oakland East Bay Symphony that will premiere in 2015.
Recognized as a master flute and vibraphone player, who also plays sax, clarinet, oboe, and many Latin hand percussion instruments, Roger Glenn can enthusiastically entertain and inspire an audience with every note he plays. This New York City native got his start listening to his father, Tyree Glenn, play trombone and vibraphone with Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington, and Louis Armstrong. By performing with his father, he was able to hone his skills and create his own sound. Aside from being a stellar solo artist with his own group, Roger has performed with such giants of Jazz and Latin music as Dizzy Gillespie, Mongo Santamaria, Herbie Mann, Cal Tjader, Peaches and Herb, Bobby Hutcherson, Mary Lou Williams and Rosemary Clooney.
¡¡Viva The Latin Jazz!!