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Mambo Legend Ray Santos to be Honored with the Latin Recording Academy® Trustees Award

Composer, arranger and saxophonist Ray Santos will receive the prestigious Latin Recording Academy® Trustees Award for the significant contributions he has made to the field of recording throughout his career.

PRLog - Aug. 4, 2011 - BOSTON -- New York, August 4, 2011 – Composer, arranger and saxophonist Ray Santos will receive the prestigious Latin Recording Academy® Trustees Award for the significant contributions he has made to the field of recording throughout his career. Santos, along with other special honorees, will be acknowledged at a special invitation-only ceremony on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011, at the Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas as part of the weeklong 12th Annual Latin GRAMMY® Awards celebration.

Heralded as "El Maestro" of the mambo sound, Ray Santos has performed, composed and arranged music for dozens of premiere Latin orchestras throughout his more than 50-year career, including the big three of Machito, Tito Puente and Tito Rodriguez. Santos’ music captures what he calls “the incessant rhythmic drive of the Afro-Cuban sound fused with the power and sonority of Big Band Jazz.”

“Honoring our Lifetime and Trustees Awards recipients, as it is the case of Ray Santos, allows The Latin Recording Academy to accomplish a very important part of its Mission, to honor musical excellence,” stated its President/CEO, Gabriel Abaroa Jr. “Mr. Santos is a true living example of love for music, respect for the arts and commitment to teach new generations about the craft of working around Latin rhythms and sounds. And, we are honored and privileged to be able to celebrate his accomplishment this coming November. ”

Mr. Santos is widely recognized for composing and arranging music for GRAMMY-winning albums by Tito Puente, Eddie Palmeri and Paquito D’Rivera. In 1992, Santos received critical acclaim for his arrangements on The Mambo Kings movie soundtrack, including the Oscar-nominated song, “Beautiful Maria of My Soul.”  In the same year, he collaborated with Linda Ronstadt on “Frenesi,” a tour-de force production that earned the GRAMMY Award for Best Tropical Latin Album.

Ray Santos is one of only a handful of surviving musicians who recorded on Kenya: Afro-Cuban Jazz, a 1957 landmark album that combined Machito's Latin-jazz band with Cannonball Adderley, Doc Cheatham and Joe Newman.

A New York native and graduate of The Julliard School, Santos is one of the leading authorities on Afro-Caribbean music and appears frequently on radio, television and film, including Cachao: Uno Más and PBS Television’s Latin Music USA. He has been an esteemed music educator at the City College of New York for over 25 years and is frequently invited to lecture at colleges and universities throughout the U.S. including Dartmouth College, Lehman College, and The New England Conservatory of Music and has served as artist-in-residence at the SUNY Purchase College School of the Arts, Conservatory of Music.  

Among Santos’ numerous awards are the Chico O’Farrill Lifetime Achievement Award and the Bobby Capo Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2003, Santos was inducted into the International Latin Music Hall of Fame.

For more information about Ray Santos or for media inquiries, please visit www.maestroraysantos.com.

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