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Yoshi's Oakland
510 Embarcadero West
Jack London Square
Oakland, CA 94607
Phone: 510.238.9200

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The John Santos Sextet

September 21, 2013

Five-time GRAMMYŠ-nominated percussionist

Saturday, September 21
7:30pm $27 & 9:30pm $19

John Santos - percussion
Dr. John Calloway - flute
Melecio Magdaluyo - saxes
Marco Diaz - piano, trumpet
Saul Sierra - bass
David Flores - drums

with special guests:
Chester Thompson - B3, keyboards
Destani Wolf - vocals

Five-time Grammy nominee and 2012 San Francisco Latino Heritage Awardee, John Santos, is one of the foremost bandleaders, composers, producers, percussionists, and educators in the field of Afro-Latin music. John has performed and/or recorded with a long list of acknowledged masters including Tito Puente, Dizzy Gillespie, Max Roach, Cachao, Eddie Palmieri, Omar Sosa and McCoy Tyner. Organized in 2003, his stellar Sextet presents a wide range of styles and rhythms for audiences of all ages, shedding light on the historical and cultural significance of Latin Jazz, as well as its aesthetic characteristics pertaining to instrumentation, rhythm, interpretation and improvisation. Their repertoire consists of exciting original arrangements of classics from Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the US, as well as original compositions. Equally at home with a dance or concert repertoire, The John Santos Sextet presents a wide range of styles and rhythms for audiences of all ages. They've released four CDs to high acclaim on John's pioneering Machete Records label, featuring a who's who list of Jazz and Latin stars as special guests - Papa Mambo (2007), Perspectiva Fragmentada (2008), Filosofía Caribeña Vol.1 (2011- 4.5 star review in Downbeat!), and their brand new CD, Filosofía Caribeña Vol.2, which is their most ambitious project to date and will be available at the concert.

From Jazz (Weather Report), to Rock (Frank Zappa and the Mothers), to Pop (Genesis/Phil Collins) to Gospel (Ron Kenoly), Chester Thompson has surpassed the boundaries of musical genres. Chester's performance and recording experiences have influenced over three decades of music and musicians. Whether he is playing drum kit or percussion, Chester's masterful subtleties and unyielding time create the firm musical foundation for any musical genre. Every time Chester plays he gives 110% - there is no such thing as practice. Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Chester started playing in local nightclubs at age 13. He has spent extended periods of time in various musical centers including Los Angeles, CA and London. After a heavy touring schedule in the 1970s, 80s and 1990s, Chester and his family now call Nashville, TN home. Keeping extremely busy with live performances, studio recordings, clinics and writing, Chester's Nashville residence has also afforded him more time to invest in students. On faculty at Belmont University since 1998, Chester teaches applied drum lessons and directs a jazz ensemble. Known for his exceptional teaching style and zeal for music, Chester is a favorite among students and fellow colleagues. His album, Joyful Noise, was first released in 1991. He has released a DVD of a performance at the 2003 Paderborn

Raised in the famous artistic and intellectual haven of Berkeley, California, Destani Wolf grew up surrounded by music. Heavy into soul and especially the blues, her parents (of Mexican and European descent) spun records by the greats—Otis, Aretha, Los Panchos—spurring both her and her two sisters to be enthusiastic music lovers. Destani told her mom she wanted to be a singer at age two, and would perform with her parents in the living room, or outside, singing into a hose. Her first taste of bigger appeal came with her membership in the a cappella band SoVoSó, with whom she toured the U.S. and Europe. She has—and continues to—collaborate with a host of Bay Area musicians and groups on stage and in the studio. She now records and tours internationally with SLAMMIN All Body Band. In 2003,the John Santos album SF BAY on which she added vocals was nominated for a Grammy Award. Also in that same year, her former group O-Maya (currently re-grouped as AguaLibre) won a SF Weekly "Best of the Bay" award for best Latin/hip-hop band.