Piano professor Ray Santisi ’54 died of complications from heart surgery on October 28. He was 81. Santisi was a fixture in the Boston jazz scene for nearly 65 years, and a featured soloist with Charlie Parker, Stan Getz, Mel Torme, Dexter Gordon, and others. He was one of Benny Golson’s “Stablemates,” a group of musicians that played regularly at Boston’s famed Storyville nightclub. Santisi taught at Berklee for 57 years. His students included Diana Krall, Makoto Ozone, Joe Zawinul, and Arif Mardin. He won grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, and was an IAJE Jazz Education Hall of Fame nominee.
Elwood Price ’54 of Worcester, MA, died on September 27 after an illness. He was 82. During the Korean War, Price played trumpet in the U.S. Army Band and served as a medic. He later worked in the printing industry. He is survived by children, Reggie, Allen, Dante, Atlantis, and Stacey.
John McLellan ’92 of Marlborough, MA, died of cancer on October 29. He was 46. As an experimental jazz drummer, McLellan worked with Mat Maneri, Ben Monder, and the Either/Orchestra, and performed at numerous jazz festivals worldwide. McLellan was also a teacher for Boston metropolitan area schools. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.
Jeff Golub ’78 of Water Mill, NY, passed away on January 1 after a serious illness. He was 59. Golub was lead guitarist for Rod Stewart from 1988 to 1995, performing on four albums and five world tours. Golub also performed with Tina Turner, Peter Wolf, and Billy Squier, and others, and released more than a dozen solo albums. He was a member of Dave Koz and the Kozmos, the house band of The Emeril Lagasse Show. In the last few years of his life, Golub battled progressive supranuclear palsy after losing his sight in 2011. Golub is survived by his wife, Audrey, and his sons, Chris and Matthew.
Professor Richard L. Evans of Natick, MA, passed away on October 5. He was 81. Evans began his career as a bassist with such artists as Eddie Harris, Sun Ra, and Lionel Hampton. In 1962, he was hired to produce an album by pianist Ahmad Jamal, which led to a position as an in-house arranger for Chess Records and, later, an executive producer. During his career, Evans also worked with Billie Holiday, Natalie Cole, Ramsey Lewis, and Peabo Bryson. He joined the Berklee faculty in 1985, where he taught until shortly before his death. He is survived by his wife Allison; and children Verna, Camarah, Claude, and Keith.
Assistant professor Paul Elmen Jr. ’78 died on January 1. He was 69. Elmen joined the faculty after graduating and taught in the Ensemble Department. A saxophonist, Elmen played with such acts as Gladys Knight and the Pips, Urbie Green, and the Temptations. He also played in pit orchestras for local musical theater productions, and for many benefit concerts.
Herbert Dale ’50 of Oceanside, CA, died on October 15. He was 84. After attending Schillinger House, Dale worked in the recorded music business for 42 years. He is survived by his wife Bonnie and son Bruce.
Zachary Harrison Capner ’13 of Westmont, NJ, died on December 27. He was 23. Capner was a multi-instrumentalist and composer. He ran his own recording studio, producing a variety of material for commercial use and public release. He is survived by parents Hal and Joanne, and sibling, Robin.