Jesus Diaz

Sat. May 30 9:30pm
Festival Central
Tickets: $15-$30 General Admission

Presented by Jesus Diaz (duration 90 minutes)

Jesus Diaz Y Su QBA will feature:

From Cuba - Jesus Diaz – Lead vocals, percussion & band leader
From Cuba - Julio De La Cruz – Piano, & background vocals
From Cuba - Ernesto Mazar Kindelan – Bass & background vocals
From San Francisco - Colin Douglas – Drums, & percussion
From San Francisco - Melecio Magdaluyo – Saxophone
From San Francisco - Jeff Lewis – Trumpet
From San Francisco - Derek James – Trombone
From San Francisco - Javier Navarrete (Percussion)
From San Francisco - Yismari Ramos Tellez (Dancer/Performer)


This performance was made possible in part by the generous support of the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation.



Jesus Diaz is a Cuban-born percussionist, vocalist, educator, and composer who arrived in the United States from Habana in 1980. He quickly identified the San Francisco Bay Area music scene as the grounds to establish a new home. Jesus Diaz y su Qba was founded in 1998 in the San Francisco Bay Area. He brings an exciting and contemporary groove, specializing in the genre known as Timba. Combining traditional Son with Afro/Cuban folklore music, elements of Jazz, and Funk, QBA features hard-driving piano montunos and standard instrumentation, augmented with an electric bass to produce the modern sounds of today’s Cuban music.

Jesus has delivered local and worldwide performances in collaboration with world-renowned and acclaimed artists who are recognized for their contributions to the richness of an ever-expanding musical genre. As an independent percussionist, Jesus has performed with many artists such as Dave Matthews Band, Stevie Wonder, Carlos Santana, Sheila E, Steve Coleman, Andy Narell, and many more. Jesus Diaz y su Qba have performed in many festivals, including the San Francisco Jazz Festival, San Jose Jazz Festival, Reno Jazz Festival, Reggae on the River Festival, and the Yerba Buena Garden Events, to name a few.

This show will feature 3 special dance performances for: Elegua, Shango, and one of the three styles of Cuban rumba known as Columbia by the great Cuban dancer Jose Francisco Barroso, former member of Raises profunda.