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Saturday, 2/4/23 – 7:30pm
Dr. John Calloway & Ensemble
The Winter Musings & a Birthday Celebration!
Jazz club… when lights are low

John Calloway, flute & percussion
Tony Stead, piano
Ollie Dudek, bass
Brian Andres, drums  

$20 cash cover charge at the door, please! BYOB.
For a reservation, call 415-586-3733. Reservations are held until showtime.

San Francisco native flautist, composer and arranger Dr. John Calloway has spent the last four decades in the Bay Area as one of the vanguard flute players known nationally in Latin jazz, jazz and Afro-Latino music. 

Since returning to the Bay Area in the mid 1980s after a stint in New York, John has performed with Omar Sosa, Israel “Cachao” Lopez, Rebeca Mauleon, Marcus Shelby, Jesus Diaz, Wayne Wallace, Kularts and Quijerema, and has had an almost 50-year working collaborative relationship with Bay Area legend John Santos. 

He has performed internationally in Cuba, Chile, Venezuela, Europe, Singapore and the Philippines; he has composed and arranged music for GRAMMY nominated projects and for films, including “Hemingway & Gelhorn;” and he won an EMMY award in 2019 for his composition “No Hay Nada Mas S.F.”

Dr. Calloway has also had a long career as a leading educator in Latin jazz and Cuban music, directing the Afro-Cuban ensemble of San Francisco State University and the Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble of San Francisco.  John has lead his own ensembles in the Bay Area since 2001, varying from large Latin jazz and Cuban dance ensembles to small jazz trios andquartets featuring him on an array of his different sized flutes. He has released three CDs – Diaspora (2001), The Code (2007) and Asere Ko (2016), and is currently working on a music arts  project about Buffalo soldiers in the Philippines.  

Celebrating his 64th birthday, John’s quartet tonight will feature new members Tony Stead (piano) and Ollie Dudek (bass), along with Bay Area stalwart drummer Brian Andres. Special guests will include Angie Doctor on vocals as well as John’s invited students.

From Flute Bay Area (www.flutebayarea.com):

“Virtuoso jazz flutist John Calloway has earned stature among the elites of Latin jazz and Afro-Cuban music, through three decades of distinguished contributions as a multi-instrumentalist, improviser, composer, arranger, and educator. Born in San Francisco in 1959, John Calloway began performing in the city’s Mission District as a teenager. In the 1970’s, Latin Beat Magazine says, ‘Calloway’s flute helped to spark a Caribbean musical renaissance, as part of the neo-traditionalist band Tipica Cienfuegos’ with John Santos, Greg Landau, and Anthony Blea. In the early 1980’s, Calloway moved to New York, where he performed with Manny Oquendo & Libre, Charanga 76, Oscar Hernandez, Jimmy Bosch and others, while working toward a degree at CUNY.

“Returning to the S.F. Bay Area in the mid-1980’s, Calloway joined Batachanga and then became a founding member of the influential Machete Ensemble, led by master conga player John Santos. In addition to performing with Machete, Calloway wrote and arranged much music for the group, including for the GRAMMY-nominated album, ‘S.F. Bay.’ When, after 20 years and nine albums, The Machete Ensemble decided to sunset, a small group of the musicians went on to form the John Santos Quintet, of which Calloway is a member.

“Over the years, Calloway has performed across the U.S. and in Europe (with Cachao), Cuba and the Caribbean (with John Santos), Asia and the Philippines (with Kulintang Arts), Chile (with Quique Cruz), Colombia, and Venezuela. He has worked with many of the best known Latin and jazz artists of our era, recording or performing with Israel “Cachao” Lopez, Max Roach, Omar Sosa, John Santos, Pete Escovedo, Manny Oquendo, Jesus Diaz, Rebeca Mauleon, Patato, Orestes Vilato, Dizzy Gillespie, Orlando “Maraca” Valle, Wayne Wallace, Quique Cruz, and others. He currently works with his own ensemble, Diaspora, as well as with the John Santos Quintet (with whom he has recently recorded two albums), Quijerema (with Quique Cruz), and the Bay Area Afro-Cuban All-Stars.

“Calloway’s recording and writing credits also include two more GRAMMY-nominated albums, ‘Ritmo y Candela’ and ‘Ritmo y Candela II,’ produced by Greg Landau and featuring Cuban percussionists Changuito, Patato, and Orestes Vilato.

“In 2003, Calloway released ‘Diaspora,’ the first album under his own name, which he recorded with friends Rebeca Mauleon, John Santos, Jesus Diaz, Omar Sosa, and Mike Spiro, among others. The album combines Afro-Cuban and Latin Jazz music with textures and concepts from other forms of World Music. As Oscar Hernandez says: ‘John Calloway’s musical talent is on full display on Diaspora. John’s flute playing on this CD is outstanding. His concept and sound on the flute although influenced by the great Latin/Latin-jazz flautists of the past is uniquely all his own and he should be included when we speak of the great Latin- jazz flautists of today. As if this were not enough, John shows how prolific he is by composing and arranging most of the songs and also by playing some piano and percussion.’

“More recently, Calloway released a second album, ‘The Code,’ which includes a brilliant, friendly ‘showdown’ with Cuba’s flute legend, Orlando Valle. Recorded with an ensemble of West Coast talents — Jesus Diaz, Murray Low, Mike Olmos, David Belove, David Flores — plus friends like John Santos, Mike Spiro, and Melecio Magdaluyo, this CD features a dizzying range of Afro-Cuban, jazz, and salsa, mostly Calloway’s own compositions.”

Calloway’s latest CD is “Asere Ko,” recorded in Havana and San Francisco with top Cuban and Bay Area musicians including pianists Oscar Hernandez and Mark Levine, percussionists Jesus Diaz and Edgardo Cambon,  vocalist Destani Wolf, and a dozen more. “Asere Ko” was released in 2016.

A renowned and dedicated arts educator (director/co-founder of the Latin Youth Ensemble; and teaching at SFSU, Jazzschool (Berkeley) and for SFUSD, as well as at the Stanford Jazz Workshop and Jazz Camp West, Calloway is also program coordinator for Plaza Cuba, an educational organization that facilitates legal travel and study for music and dance programs, in conjunction with the National School of the Arts in Havana. In this capacity, he has traveled frequently to Cuba, jamming with the island’s top flute players. In August of 2008, the mayor of San Francisco named Dr. Calloway to the San Francisco Arts Commission.


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