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Ray Santos, Saxophonist and Composer Known as "El Maestro" of Latin Music, Has Died at 90

Ray Santos, a saxophonist, composer, arranger rightly known to Latin music fans as “El Maestro,” died on Oct. 17. He was 90.

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Renée Neufville first performed “Something to Believe In (For Roy),” a paean to the irreplaceable trumpeter Roy Hargrove, during a concert in his memory on Jan. 8, 2019.

She’d finished writing the lyrics to the song just that morning, fitting them to music by Justin Robinson, the longtime saxophonist in Hargrove’s quintet.

Dimitry Medvedev

Also: Dick Hyman and Ken Peplowski finesse the songs of Lerner & Loewe, and Tyshawn Sorey goes deep with Marilyn Crispell.

Cybelle Codish

Guitarist Randy Napolean makes a scene clean. How? With no nonsense, melodic lines that speak a look over the shoulder and a push ahead.

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On this month's edition of Newark Today host Michael Hill is joined by Mayor Ras Baraka and Acting Director of Water and Sewer Utilities Kareem Adeem, to talk about the future of Newark's water, and the city's push to replace all its lead service lines, as New Jersey's largest city continues to address its ongoing water crisis. 

(A)loft Modulation

In his new play (A)loft Modulation, playwright James Jorsling brings to life 821 Sixth Avenue as it was during the 1950s and '60s, a time when musicians and others would be up until the wee hours. 

Jorsling takes us to a dilapidated five-floor walk-up loft in Manhattan's seedy flower district.  It's there where the magic happens.  Inspired by true events, (A)loft Modulation is directed by Christopher McElroen with this off-Broadway world premiere featuring a live jazz band led by saxophonist Jonathan Beshay.

Companies that had been sued for workplace issues or were facing regulatory penalties still routinely received tax incentive awards from New Jersey, according to one of the top legal officials at the state’s Economic Development Authority.

Marcus Saldutti, senior legislative officer at the regulatory body, made the comments Thursday during the fourth public meeting of a task force set up to look into the state’s $11 billion tax break system.

‘WELCOME TO JAZZ: A Swing-Along Celebration of America’s Music’ is authored by educator Carolyn Sloan.  The story of three young cats that visit a jazz club in New Orleans.

“It’s a little bit of an inside joke since musicians are usually the cats but here, we have cats watching humans.  We sort of flipped it on its head there,” Sloan said.

The children’s book uses an interactive side panel of sounds to explain concepts in music.

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