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Hacia El Amor

Hacia El Amor is breathing, pulsating contemporary expression: a fete of drums and voices in a vital musical adaptation and interpretation of an evolving tradition. Produced by Latin Jazz innovator, historian and percussionist John Santos, and featuring a guest cast of Latin greats, (Cachao, Ores...more


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One of the foremost exponents of the Afro-Latin genre, four-time Grammy nominee John Santos is a world-class percussionist, historian, producer, composer, author, vocalist, lecturer, and instructor. Celebrated for his innovation in the combination of traditional Afro-Latin music and contemporary Jazz, the native San Franciscan has worked with everyone from Santana to Dizzy Gillespie and Tito Puente.

Acknowledged as one of the most important writers, historians, and teachers of Afro-Latin and Jazz music, Santos is a member of the Latin Jazz Advisory Committee of the Smithsonian Institution, and since the early 1970s, he has given clinics, workshops and lectures throughout North and South Americas and Europe. Respected as a record and event producer as well as a multi-percussionist and recording artist, Santos’ credits effectively span the Afro-Latin and Latin Jazz genres.

From 1985-2006, Santos founded and directed the Grammy-nominated Machete Ensemble, the superlative Latin Jazz band responsible for nine highly acclaimed records. Since, Santos has worked and recorded with the Latin Jazz Quintet.


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