John Calloway

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John Calloway presents The Flute Odyssey at the Jazz School Sunday October 23 - Please Click Here for Tickets

John Calloway is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger, educator and a cornerstone of the Bay Area Latin and world music scenes since the 1970s. Adept at flute, piano, and percussion, John has collaborated with a who’s-who of Bay Area jazz and Latin jazz innovators, including: Jesus Diaz, Pete Escovedo, Mark Levine, Rebeca Mauleon, Marcus Shelby, Larry Vukovich and Wayne Wallace, not to mention his essential work as a collaborator for over three decades with 5-time GRAMMY® nominee John Santos. He’s also performed with such international known artists as Dizzy Gillespie, Los Van Van, Orlando “Maraca” Valle, Max Roach, Arturo Sandoval, Omar Sosa and Israel “Cachao” Lopez. As a composer, arranger and performer, Dr. Calloway was an essential part of GRAMMY® nominated recordings with the Machete Ensemble and Ritmo y Candela, and has an established record as an arranger/composer for many bands and ensembles across the country.

As a bandleader John has lead his own ensembles since the 1990s, releasing two CDs, Diaspora and The Code (Bombo Music) that featured Bay Area jazz and Latin musicians as well as Cuban artists Pancho Terry, Maraca and Omar Sosa. His sextet has performed at many of the major jazz festivals, including Stanford, Monterey and the San Jose Jazz Festival.

As an educator, John currently teaches courses in Latin American music and culture at San Francisco State University, where he founded and still directs the university’s highly popular Afro-Cuban ensemble. He is also a clinician at the Stanford Jazz Workshop and a longtime faculty member of JazzCampWest. For many years he was the program coordinator for PlazaCuba, a performing arts organization that offers courses in conjunction with the National School of the Arts in Havana, Cuba. Working with young musicians in the Bay Area, he is a founding member and musical director of the Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble of San Francisco, which provides free training and mentorship to students in Latin and jazz music.

John holds a B.A. in music from the City University of New York, an M.A. in music from San Francisco State University and a Doctorate in Education from the University of San Francisco. He currently serves as an Arts Commissioner for the City of San Francisco, and is on the advisory boards of the San Jose Jazz Society and the Arts Education Master Plan for the San Francisco School District.

San Jose Jazz Festival

SFSU Afro-Cuban Jazz Ensemble

Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble