One of these days I need to find a way to contact San Francisco area musician John Santos and interview him for a blog.
In the meantime, I found this SFGate article that provides a deeper view of this extraordinary contributor to Latin music.
Although John is well recognized by many people knowledgeable in Latin music, I believe he is still under-recognized for his contributions as a musician, historian, and educator of our music.
The SFGate article is dated to a 2015 SFJazz event in which John participated last year, the article explores much of Santos background and how he got “shocked” into taking music as his full time profession.
When you have a chance search for John Santos videos in YouTube. I featured one, in my blog “The Maracas Indigenous Origins“, where he explains the use of the maracas.
You can enjoy the John Santos feature in the SFGate article HERE.