The group is financially self-sustaining and receives no outside funding. Riera, who serves as managing director, keeps the band busy with paid performances at festivals and community events. The funds are used to compensate Calloway for teaching, rehearsing, composing and arranging tunes for the group. Riera says that what Calloway earns from the project "doesn't come close to what his time and expertise is worth."
A multi-instrumentalist, award-winning composer, arranger, educator and performer, John is a virtuoso flutist in demand for recording sessions and performances in the U.S. and internationally. He has worked with many of the leading Latin and jazz artists of our time, including Max Roach, Israel "Cachao" Lopez, and Pete Escovedo. He is a founding member of the Grammy nominated Machete Ensemble, led by John Santos, and has composed and arranged much of their material. John teaches music in the San Francisco Unified School District, at San Francisco State University and at professional workshops and clinics. With his band, Diaspora, he has released two CD's, Diaspora and The Code. John has a M.A. Degree in music education and a Ph.D. in multi-cultural and international education. He is a member of the San Francisco Arts Commission. As co-founder and music director of the Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble, he selects the student members by audition, rehearses the group and creates compositions and arrangements for the ensemble. For more information on John's diverse musical accomplishments and his upcoming performance schedule, visit johncalloway.com. You can email John at email@example.com.
Sylvia is a co-founder of the LJYE and manages all internal and external communication for the group. She is an Emmy Award-winning TV producer and has worked in Bay Area broadcasting since 1979. She was recognized as a "Woman of Achievement" by the Women's Fund and the San Jose Mercury News and won the National Community Service Award from Television Broadcast magazine for her public affairs productions. Sylvia has produced numerous specials for ABC-7 TV, KTVU Fox, and WB-20 TV, including the historic first broadcasts of the Carnaval and Pride parades. She was the Senior Producer for over 15 years for the KGO Radio Cure-A-Thon, a 24-hour broadcast annual event benefiting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Sylvia has served on the Board of Directors of San Francisco School Volunteers and Casa Raza in San Jose. In 2005-2007 she co-chaired the Instrumental Music Department at San Francisco School of the Arts. Sylvia and husband Arturo Riera are the parents of Daniel Riera, a LJYE flutist for five years and a 2008 graduate of Berklee College of Music, and daughter Lauren. You can email Sylvia at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arturo is an active member of the Bay Area arts and cultural community. A member of the Board of Directors of San Jose Jazz since 2005, he served two years as Chair. In April 2007 Arturo was elected Chair of the Board of San Francisco's Yerba Buena Gardens Festival. In 2007 he received the Latino Business Leadership award from the San Francisco Latino Chamber of Commerce, the first award ever given for Arts and Culture. In 2007 he received commendations from the United States House of Representatives, California State Legislature, California State Senate and the City and County of San Francisco recognizing his contributions to Bay Area arts and culture. A co-founder of The Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble of San Francisco, Arturo serves as the group's Managing Director. He is a co-founder of Latino Entertainment Partners, an event production company specializing in Latin jazz and Afro-Cuban music. He produced The Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble's two CD's, LJYE Live at Yoshi's and Generaciones. Arturo consults with manufacturer Latin Percussion and contributes articles to the company website, lpmusic.com. He is a prolific writer and photographer of the Bay Area Latin jazz scene. His articles, artist profiles, photographs and videos can be found on his cultural blog, MisterLatinJazz.com. He has worked in Bay Area broadcasting since 1981 and in 2008 was named Director of Sales for the CBS Television Station Group in San Francisco. In 2011 Arturo was named Vice President of Sales for Live 365 Connects. As Managing Director of the LJYE he handles all the bookings for the group and can be reached at email@example.com.