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November 5, 2008 > Don Santos quartet to perform in Newark

Don Santos quartet to perform in Newark

By Meenu Gupta

You can still find reasons to sing and dance in the present downhill economy. Listen to Don Santos Quartet (D.S.Q.) play melodies and dance through the afternoon this Sunday. The Tri-Cities League of Volunteers (LOV) and the Newark Arts Council present the Swing, Jazz, Latin and Jazz Blues of the quartet.

Founded in 1979, LOV is a nonprofit agency that operates approximately 40 varied community service programs throughout the Tri-Cities area. People are welcome to support the community service programs. "Those interested will need to fill an application for supporting membership," said Shirley Sisk, Executive Director. "Benefits include reserved seating at the concert, ticket priority to stage and dinner, theatre parties and name in concert program."

The band of talented musicians, under the leadership of saxophonist Santos, includes piano, bass, drums and vocal. "Piano player Frank Sumares, who is Professor and Jazz Educator at San Jose State University, Base player Craig Rasband, Drummer Ken Herman are the other three members of the quartet who will be performing with me, we will be playing vocals, tunes and contemporary music," said Don Santos. Santos is an Oakland native and became interested in music at the early age of 6. "I used to play harmonica then, I remember vaguely," said Santos. "When I was in high school I formed my first band, there was no name assigned to it though and now I've been playing in the Bay Area for I don't remember how many long years," recalled the musician.

Santos has performed with many fine musicians including Frank Sumares, Lee Russell & Company, Larry Cabral, Bob Boring, Cats Suan and the Bob Enos Band to name a few. He will be playing the famous "Tin Pan Alley" music as Autumn Leaves, All of Me, I've Got the World on a String, Nice & Easy, You Make Me Feel So Young and many other favorites on this weekend. Doors open at 1 p.m. and the concert will begin at 2 p.m. Complimentary refreshments will be served during intermission. The suggested donation is $8 for adults, $5 for seniors (62+) as well as students aged 12-18 and $2 for children under 12. There is easy access and parking in the rear as well as in the front parking lot of the auditorium.. For more information call (510) 793-5683 or visit

The Don Santos Quartet
Sunday, November 9
2 p.m.
MacGregor/Bridgepoint School Auditorium
35753 Cedar Blvd., Newark

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