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Afro-Latin Jazz: Routes of Rhythm, featuring the John Santos Sextet
Rhythm and spirit combine to form the foundation and lifeblood of the African roots of Latin jazz. To close Black History at the de Young: The Visions Series, which has celebrated the great traditions of artistic expression in the African diaspora, the John Santos Sextet presents a concert of Latin jazz, drawing from the evolutions of African rhythm found in the music of Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Brazil, Haiti, and the United States. Santos is a multiple Grammy Awards nominee and resident artistic director at SFJAZZ. Featuring: Melecio Magdaluyo, saxophones; John Calloway, flutes, percussion, piano; Saul Sierra, bass; Marco Diaz; piano, trumpet; David Flores, drums; John Santos, percussion, vocals.
About the Visions Series
The Visions Series began as a film program at the de Young last winter celebrating the significant contributions that the peoples of African descent have made and continue to make in art and culture. This year we have expanded this idea, and for five months, we will continue to celebrate and explore various aspects of Black cultural expression. Many collection objects at the de Young inspire this series: the collection of traditional African art; and the works of various African and African American artists, including Joshua Johnson, Horace Pippin, Jacob Lawrence, Elizabeth Catlett, Aaron Douglas, Claude Clarke, Robert Colescott, Mildred Howard, Oliver Jackson, El Anatsui, Raymond Saunders, Richard Mayhew, and Walter Hood.
This is the final program in the series.