Keyboardist and composer Salvador Santana's vibrant music mixes hip-hop, funk, 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, Its a mix of all my favorite music, the best of whats impacted my life, all coming together in a new genre.
Salvador Santanas 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, his paternal grandfather is celebrated violinist and mariachi bandleader Jose Santana, and his father is 10X GRAMMY®-winning Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Carlos Santana. Salvadors lyrics and inspired spoken word poetry reflect the gift for writing he shares with his mother, Deborah Santana, whose first book, the memoir Space Between The Stars, was published in 2005. The audio book version of the title features music that Salvador and Carlos composed together; previously, they collaborated on composing the GRAMMY-winning track El Farol from the smash 1999 Santana album Supernatural.
SSB's current line-up features Salvador Santana on keyboard and vocals, Emerson Cardenas on bass, Woody Aplanalp on guitar and vocals, Tony Austin on drums, Quincy McCaray on vocals and back up keyboard and former Ozomatli player Jose "Crunchy" Espinosa on sax, flute, percussion and vocals.
With its array of musical styles, the Salvador Santana Band thrives on collaboration and innovation. SSB – the collective’s official debut – sizzles with allure. Simply put: It’s unlike anything else you’re going to hear in 2008.