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John Santos and Machete: Tribute to the Masters

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In 1975 percussionist-bandleader- Latin music scholar John Santos was cited along with his friend Raul Rekow (Santana) for playing conga drums at Dolores Park in the San Francisco Mission District. It was part of an ordinance written by then supervisor and now U.S. Senator Diane Feinstein to outlaw “bongo” playing which she said led to the consumption of alcohol. It was the truth but this was the university that opened Santos to the artistry and magic of the drum. Now almost 30 years later, this renaissance man is a bonafide West Coast jazz star who maintains the Afro-Caribbean jazz traditions established by Bay Area greats Cal Tjader and Pete Escovedo.

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