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Yoshi's JazzFest - FREE in Jack London Square
August 26, 2012
FREE music on the waterfront in Jack London Square featuring The John Santos Sextet, Dos Four & The Oaktown Jazz Workshops Ensemble
Five-time Grammy nominee and USA Fontanals Fellow, John Santos, and his stellar Sextet shed light on the historical and cultural significance of Latin Jazz, as well as its aesthetic characteristics pertaining to instrumentation, rhythm, interpretation and improvisation. Organized in 2003, they specialize in educational presentations from lecture/demonstrations to detailed clinics focusing on any number of relevant subjects such as composition, arrangement, rhythmic development, stylistic interpretation, studio performance, etc. Their repertoire consists of exciting arrangements from Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the US, as well as original compositions. Their first CD, Papa Mambo, was released on John’s Machete Records label in the Summer of 2007. Their second CD, Perspectiva Fragmentada, was released in October, 2008. 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.
Dos Four’s sound is a fusion of Reggaeton, Musica Urbana, Hip-hop, Salsa, Merengue, Rap and other musical rhythms from both Cuba and the U.S. Dos Four is rapidly gaining respect nation and world wide. His ability to mix different genres of music such as reggaeton, hip-hop and salsa gives him a sound that is unlike any other recording artist. While firmly stationed in California, Dos Four maintains his Cuban roots and is deeply motivated to create modern music with a uniquely Cuban flavor.
Oaktown Jazz Workshops' Performance Ensemble features young musicians ages 12-18 who perform a variety of exciting and challenging jazz classics. Oaktown Jazz Workshops is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and its year round after school program passes on the musical language and traditions of jazz to the next generation of musicians. Youth learn from professional master musicians and perform for audiences throughout the Bay Area.