More information about The Source Trio musicians:
In a career spanning almost 40 years, percussionist John Santos has gained world-wide renown and acclaim as one of the great composers and bandleaders in the Afro-Cuban jazz idiom. The four-time Grammy nominee is one of the foremost proponents of Afro-Latin music in the world today, known for his innovative use of its traditional musical forms and instruments. Santos has performed, recorded and studied with acknowledged Afro-Latin and Jazz masters. He has performed at La Peña every year since its inception in1975 with his own groups: Tipica Cienfuegos, Grupo Tambor Cubano, Tambokuba, Coro Folklorico Kindembo, The Machete Ensemble and The John Santos Quartet, Quintet and Sextet, as well as with Descarga Cubana, Andres Jimenez, Roy Brown, Linda Tillery, Omar Sosa, Maria Marquez, Claudia Gomez, Sabor, and Rafael Manriquez, among others.
No matter which musical configuration Rico Pabón finds himself in, from Salsa to Hip Hop and in between, his poetic lyrics are bound by the theme that struggle feeds beauty, and that life is worth fighting for, using truth and love as the weapon. This theme combined with his rhythmic delivery make him one of the Bay Area’s most dynamic MCs. Rico’s international flavors have allowed him an opportunity to share the stage with other international artists such as Damian and Stephen Marley, Ozomatli, Buju Banton, Femi Kuti, Zap Mama, Meshell N’degeocello, Maxi Priest and Sizzla, to name a few. He has also performed with Hip Hop icons such as Run DMC, Wu Tang Clan, dead prez, Big Daddy Kane, and Kurtis Blow. Born into a family of musicians, dancing and playing music was just an every day part of living. Rico found his voice as an emcee at the age of 15 and has since released 5 full length albums and has appeared on numerous compilations and collaborations garnering him much critical acclaim.
Extraordinary saxophonist/flautist, Melecio Magdaluyo, is a multi-instrumentalist (soprano sax, alto sax, tenor sax, baritone sax, clarinet, flute, piano, percussion) and educator active in the vibrant San Francisco music scene since the mid 1970s and teaching in the public school district since the mid-1990s. He is a founding member of John Santos’ Machete Ensemble (1985), and is one of the most solicited freelance recording and performing musicians in the San Francisco Bay Area. Melecio was born and raised in San Francisco and has recorded and/or performed with The Asian American Jazz Orchestra, Machete Ensemble, The Whispers, Confunction, Tito Puente, Pete Escovedo, Sheila E., M.C. Hammer and countless others, in addition to leading his own quintet.