New Mexico Jazz

John Santos Sextet


Sponsored in part by Melloy Nissan

September 6, 2024 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Time: 7:00pm     Day: Friday     Doors: 6:30pm     Ages: All Ages     Price: $35 - $45

Presented in partnership with the Outpost Performance Space and the New Mexico Jazz Festival.

No Outpost Member or NMJW Punch passes for this show


Classic Latin Jazz from Cuba, Puerto Rico, the US, and other Latin American sources.


John Santos – congas, percussion 

Saul Sierra – bass 

Marco Diaz – piano 

John Calloway – flute, percussion 

Charlie Gurke – saxes 

David Flores – drumset 


Multi-Grammy nominee and USA Fontanals Fellow, John Santos, and his stellar Sextet shed light on the historical and cultural significance of Latin Jazz, as well as its aesthetic characteristics pertaining to instrumentation, rhythm, interpretation and improvisation. Organized in 2003, they specialize in exciting concerts and educational presentations from lecture/demonstrations to detailed clinics focusing on any number of relevant subjects such as composition, arrangement, rhythmic development, stylistic interpretation, studio performance, etc. Their repertoire consists of exciting original arrangements of Latin American classics and Jazz standards from the US, as well as original compositions. Equally at home with a dance or concert repertoire, The John Santos Sextet presents a wide range of styles and rhythms for audiences of all ages. 


The remarkable legacy of studio recordings by The John Santos Sextet has earned the respect of international radio programmers, peers and the public for the inspired writing and playing, constellation of guest stars, and quality of production. The first five CDs were all published on John’s Machete Records label, the newest (6th) project is with the legendary Smithsonian Folkways label. 


Papa Mambo (2007) 

Perspectiva Fragmentada (2008) 

Filosofía Caribeña Vol.1 (2011) 

Filosofía Caribeña Vol.2 (2013) 

Siempre Clásico – featuring Ernesto Oviedo & Orestes Vilató (2014) 

Art of the Descarga (2020)