John Calloway Quintet
John Calloway, flute/percussion; Mike Olmos, trumpet; Murray Low,
piano; David Belove, bass; Jesus Diaz, percussion; David Flores. drums
Saturday July 5 | 8 pm | Campbell Recital Hall
Tickets: $28 general | $14 students
By phone: 650.725.ARTS (2787); In Person: Stanford
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“…His work as co-director of the acclaimed
Machete Ensemble and a long string of resident salsa bands has been
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.
Calloway web site
Q&A with John Calloway
Who is your favorite jazz musician under
the age of 30?
Dayna Stephens (is he under 30?). Mellow and GROUNDED!
What job would you have if you weren’t
a jazz musician?
A literacy teacher to English language learners.
What’s the strangest experience you’ve
ever had on the bandstand?
The bass player pulled out a gun...enough said!
What’s the most exotic place you’ve
traveled to as a musician?
The southern part of Chile – brrr!
What’s the last book you’ve
Last GOOD book – “Releasing the Imagination” by
Who is your greatest musical influence?
Israel “Cachao” Lopez, for his humility that is not expected
someone so great.
How much do you practice each week?
Believe me, not enough.
What hobbies do you have?
How about promoting social justice through the arts?
If you could be any other type of artist other than a jazz
musician, what would you be and why?
A “modern dance” dancer. People say I dance when I play
When did you become interested in music, and what circumstances
or events led to your becoming a professional musician?
Don’t remember, it seemed to “just happen.”