piano and flute
John Calloway is a multi-instrumentalist performer, composer, arranger, and educator, specializing in Cuban popular, Latin and Latin jazz music. He has worked with such renowned artists as Israel "Cachao" Lopez, Max Roach, Omar Sosa, John Santos, Pete Escovedo, and Manny Oquendo. He currently works with his own band, Diaspora, Quijerema, the Bay Area Afro-Cuban All-Stars, and the John Santos Quintet.
John holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in music from City University of New York and San Francisco State University respectively, and he is currently completing his doctorate in Multicultural Education at the University of San Francisco. He is program coordinator for PlazaCuba, an educational organization that facilitates legal travel and study for music and dance programs in Havana, Cuba.
John is currently part of the faculty of the School of Music and Dance at San Francisco State University, and also directs the Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble of San Francisco, a highly acclaimed adolescent group that performs Latin jazz and Afro-Cuban music. He has two CDs: Diaspora, featuring Omar Sosa and Jesus Diaz, and The Code, with Cuban flute legend Orlando “Maraca” Valle.