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"...His work as co-director of the acclaimed Machete Ensemble and a long string of resident salsa bands has been formidable." --Latin Beat Magazine

Multi-instrumentalist John Calloway is a cornerstone of the Bay Area Latin jazz scene. Adept at flute, piano, and percussion, Calloway was a founding member of John Santos's Machete Ensemble and has collaborated with a who's-who of local Latin jazz innovators, including Pete Escovedo, Jesus Diaz, Rebeca Mauleon, and Wayne Wallace. He's also performed with legends like Dizzy Gillespie and Israel "Cachao" Lopez. He has recently traveled to South America with the Chilean jazz groups Quijerema and Teatro Arcoiris for the critically acclaimed theatre piece Poeta Pan, based on the life and poetry of Pablo Neruda. As a performer and composer, he has earned three Grammy nominations for recordings with the Machete Ensemble and the Ritmo y Candela series with Cuban percussionists Changuito, Patato, and Orestes Vilato. His most recent album, The Code, is available on Bombo Music. John is also a dedicated teacher with an M.A. in music education from San Francisco State University, and teaches both locally and in Cuba. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in multi-cultural education at the University of San Francisco.


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