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Ray Santos 1928-2019

The saxophonist, composer, and arranger was a musical prime mover within the mambo sound

Ray Santos
Ray Santos

Ray Santos, a Latin-jazz saxophonist, composer, and arranger whose exceptional craftsmanship and depth of musical knowledge earned him the nickname “El Maestro,” died October 17 at a hospital in the South Bronx. He was 90.

His death was confirmed by his daughter, Carmen Santos-Robson. The cause of death was complications from congestive heart failure.

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Michael J. West

Michael J. West is a jazz journalist in Washington, D.C. In addition to his work on the national and international jazz scenes, he has been covering D.C.’s local jazz community since 2009. He is also a freelance writer, editor, and proofreader, and as such spends most days either hunkered down at a screen or inside his very big headphones. He lives in Washington with his wife and two children.