Ray Santos, acclaimed Latin Jazz composer, arranger and saxophonist, to be inducted into Urban Health Plan’s Wall of Fame

Contact: Robin West
Urban Health Plan
(347) 604-0063

Bronx, NY — The career of Ray Santos, the Grammy Award-winning composer, arranger and saxophonist, will be celebrated by his beloved Bronx community when he is inducted into Urban Health Plan’s Wall of Fame, on Friday, May 19 at 12 noon.

Santos’ photo will be unveiled in the lobby of Urban Health Plan’s main building, next to portraits of previous Wall of Fame inductees Former Surgeon General of the United States Richard Carmona and Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States Sonia Sotomayor. Both are former patients of Urban Health Plan founder Dr. Richard Izquierdo.

Santos, 88 and Dr. Izquierdo, 87, have been friends for seven decades. They performed in a band together while in high school.

Tributes to Santos will be given at the ceremony by notable Latin jazz artists, including baritone sax player Pete Miranda; sax player and music educator Carmen Laboy; percussionist Frankie Colon; percussionist, arranger and composer Willie Martinez; musician and composer Mike Amadeo; pianist, vocalist and music educator Dr. William Rodriguez  and Latin music historian Richie Blondet.

What: Ray Santos Wall of Fame Induction

When: Friday, May 19, 2017

Where: 1065 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, NY

Time: 12 noon

 About Ray Santos:

A New York native and graduate of The Juilliard School, Santos is a co-recipient of The Latin Recording Academy’s 2011 Trustees Award and was inducted into the International Latin Music Hall of Fame in 2003.

Santos has played and arranged for such artists as Eddie Palmieri, Noro Morales, Machito, Tito Rodriguez, and Tito Puente among many others. He served as music consultant and arranger for the soundtrack of the motion picture The Mambo Kings, which received an Academy Award nomination for the song “Beautiful Maria of My Soul.”  Albums by Linda Ronstadt, Paquito D’Rivera, and Eddie Palmeri, featuring arrangements by Santos, have won Grammy Awards.

Santos was the long-time leader of The City College of New York’s Latin Band, where he taught for more than 25 years.

About Urban Health Plan:

Urban Health Plan (UHP) is a network of federally qualified community health centers based in the South Bronx, Corona, Queens and Central Harlem, has been serving the community since 1974. Our mission is to continuously improve the health of communities and the quality of life of the people we serve by providing affordable, comprehensive, quality, primary and specialty health care and by assuring the performance and advancement of innovative best practices.  We have ten clinical sites, ten school-based sites and three part-time sites.  In 2016, we served more than 78,800 patients, through more than 374,079 patient visits.  UHP is Joint Commission accredited.  For more information, visit www.urbanhealthplan.org