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John Calloway (2011)

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John Calloway is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger and educator with a penchant for Afro-Cuban, Afro-Latin and Latin Jazz music.

Born and raised in San Francisco, John left to study in New York City; but for nearly 30 years he been home, and an integral part of the Bay Area's Jazz scene, working with Cachao, Max Roach, Omar Sosa, John Santos, Manny Oquendo & Libre, and the like.

John's concept of writing and arranging folkloric music as the feature rather than in a supporting role is part of the new movement over the past few years of pushing Afro-Cuban Jazz more into the World Music movement.

John currently teaches at San Francisco State (that's when he's not teaching at elementary schools, too), and is an extra-ordinary flute player.

John frequently travels to Cuba, jamming with the best, such as Jose-Luis Cortez and Orlando Valle. Via PlazaCUBA, where he's the music director, he also helps other musicians who want to get to Cuba to study.
Pick Artist Album Song Label
# 1 Mark Levine and the Latin Tinge Serengeti Effendi Left Coast Clave
# 2 Azteca Azteca Ah! Ah! Crescendo
# 3 Bill Evans Time Remembered In Your Own Sweet Way Milestone
# 4 McCoy Tyner The Real McCoy Search for Peace Blue Note
# 5 The Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble of San Francisco Generaciones Viva Peraza LJYE
# 6 Robbie Kwock and Melicio Magdaluyo Halad: The Offering Dante's Journey RKjazz
# 7 Charlie Sepulveda Algo Nuestro Puerto Rico Antilles
# 8 The Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble of San Francisco Generaciones Generaciones LJYE
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