John Calloway is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and arranger who has over 40 years of experience as a professional musician and has performed with renowned artists such as Israel Cachao Lopez, Max Roach, and Omar Sosa. In the San Francisco Bay Area, John has built a solid foundation as a as a performer/arranger leading his own ensembles and projects as well as collaborations with John Santos, Marcus Shelby, Wayne Wallace and many others.
His recording credits as a performer and composer include his three CD projects, Diaspora ,The Code, and Asere Ko, and collaborations with John Santos, Jesus Diaz, and Omar Sosa. Included in his recording and writing credits are the Grammy nominated “SF Bay” (2003), Ritmo y Candela (1996) and Ritmo y Candela II (1998),
As an educator, John teaches jazz, Afro-Cuban and Latin American music courses in the School of Music at San Francisco State University, and social science and humanities courses with a concentration in Latinx and Afro-Latinx cultures in the College of Ethnic Studies. John is also the longtime music director of the Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble of San Francisco (LJYE), a free music program providing music education and performance opportunities to Bay Area youth ages 10 - 18.
John holds a B.A. in music from the City University of New York, an M.A. in music education from San Francisco State University and a Doctorate in Education from the University of San Francisco.