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Steven Vibert Pouchie passed away on Friday, August 28, 2015. A Latin Jazz musician, arranger, band leader, producer and educator, Steve played the vibraphone using two mallets. His style was compared to Cal Tjader and Tito Puente. One reviewer said Steve “laid the foundation for the new style of vibes playing and performance” and another called him “an extremely intellectual rhythmist” and likened his sound design to “water colour-like imagery.” Steve and his wife, Naomi, also created and hosted the popular cable show Latin Jazz Alive and Kickin’.

Born to Puerto Rican parents and raised in New York City, Steve graduated from Stuyvesant High School and New York’s Bard College. In addition to live performances, Steve collaborated with a formidable array of artists both in live performances and on three critically-acclaimed albums: North by Northeast, El Puente and Vibe Mania. North by Northeast was recently nominated for a Grammy.

For his work as a music and technology educator Steve was awarded the distinguished New York Liberty Medal. In presenting Steve with the medal the honorable Michael Bloomberg said, “These men and women have made important contributions to their community through time, work, talent and wisdom.”

Steve is survived by his loving wife Naomi and his beloved family, including his mother Dolores; his siblings Carolyn (Michael) Graham and Michael (Lisa) Pouchie; and by many adored nieces and nephews.


Robert Anthony DiMella and Lauren Nicole Cantarella

Marie Dicosola’s family wish the proud mother and grandmother a happy birthday on Tuesday, August 20.

We love you so much and wish you a happy and healthy year ahead. God bless you love always, signed Lisa, Anthony, Nicholas, Diesel and Spanky. Love you.


Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Cantarella of Morris Park and Mr. and Mrs. Robert DiMella of Yonkers, N.Y. are happy to announce the engagement of their children Lauren Nicole Cantarella and Robert Anthony DiMella on Friday, July 31. The happy couple is planning a fall wedding in 2016.

May God bless our children as they begin their journey towards marriage. We wish them a lifetime of love, and happiness.

Reach Reporter Patrick Rocchio at (718) 260-4597. E-mail him at Follow him on Twitter @patrickfrocchio.
The happy couple who just got engaged share a moment.

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