Ray Santisi was a fixture at Berklee College of Music for more than fifty years, starting in 1957. He has taught thousands of students, including Diana Krall, Joe Zawinul, Keith Jarrett, and Jane Ira Bloom. An internationally known jazz pianist, Santisi performed alongside legends Charlie Parker, Stan Getz, Mel Torme, Irene Kral, Natalie Cole, and others, and appeared on many major-label recordings. He received a nomination as a 2008 inductee to the IAJE Jazz Education Hall of Fame. Among other honors, he has received grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts for both performance and composition.