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Santisi, Ray

Santisi, Ray, pianist, composer, educator; b. Boston, MA, 1 February 1933.

Santisi is an alumnus, Berklee College of Music (ca. 54-55, B.A.; teaching 57) and Boston Conservatory of Music (private study, mid-60s, conducting, composition). He's done recordings for Capitol, Prestige, Sonnet, Roulette, and United Artists. He's been a guest performer with many name artists in various venues such as Carnegie Hall, jazz clubs, Boston Symphony Hall, museums, cruises, etc. Guest lecturer, teacher, and performer for Berklee On the Road. He tours worldwide. He's the recipient of  National Endowment for the Arts grants and awards for composition and  performance. He's a performer agent for many student and faculty engagements throughout New England. He's former resident pianist with the Boston Pops and BSO chamber jazz-pop group. He was Professor of Piano, Berklee.

Recordings:
H. Pomeroy: Life Is, Band in Boston, Band and I; S, Chaloff: Boston Blow-Up; B. Mussuli; B. DeFranco: Borinquin (ca. 1983); T. Lada (ca. 1994); A. McGhee: Could It Be (ca. 1995)

Bibliography:
R.S., Jazz Originals for Piano (Berklee Press, 1963)

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