Keyboardist and composer Salvador Santana’s vibrant music mixes hip-hop, jazz, rock, Latin and other world idioms into a uniquely individual and totally contemporary style. He likes to call the richly textured grooves he creates with the Salvador Santana Band, “a new blend, a sound reinvented.” Salvador explains, “It’s a mix of all my favorite music, the best of what’s impacted my life, all coming together in a new genre.”
Citing mentors including Bob Marley, Thelonius Monk, McCoy Tyner, Jimi Hendrix, Billy Cobham, John Coltrane and Miles Davis, Santana adds relevant lyrics and hip-hop flavor to a fusion of those masterful influences. He further singles out the Minneapolis-bred group Atmosphere as a force that’s sparked ideas for words and music. Their free-spirited, poetic hip-hop and positive vibe are elements that indeed resonate in the SSB’s energetic flow.
Santana’s artistic chops are also, of course, colored by—and a continuation of—his family’s awesome legacy. Salvador’s maternal grandfather was African-American blues pioneer, tenor and guitar legend Saunders King, and his paternal grandfather is celebrated violinist and mariachi bandleader Jose Santana. Salvador’s father is 10XGRAMMY
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