A native of the South Bronx, RAY VEGA is a veteran of the bands of Tito Puente, Ray Barretto, Mongo Santamaria, Mario Bauza, Luis Perico Ortiz, Hector LaVoe, Johnny Pacheco, Larry Harlow, Pete El Conde Rodriguez and Louie Ramirez to name a few. Ray has performed and/or recorded with Joe Henderson, Lionel Hampton, Mel Torme, Paquito D’Rivera, Arturo Sandoval, Israel Lopez Cachao, The Chico O’Farrill Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra, The Lincoln Center Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, Paul Simon, Yomo Toro, Eddie Palmieri, La Orquesta Sinfonica De Simon Bolivar, The Duke Ellington Orchestra, The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Bebo Valdez, and Celia Cruz....
- East-West Trumpet Summit by John Barron
- Squeeze Squeeze by C. Michael Bailey
- Squeeze Squeeze by Norman Weinstein
- Boperation by Jack Bowers
- Boperation by C. Michael Bailey
- Boperation by Douglas Payne
Peter Watrous - Descarga.com
The mantle of Jazz Messengers-tinged Latin jazz has been at least partly assumed by trumpeterpercussionist Ray Vega’s sextet, with Squeeze, Squeeze a prime example of exciting, creative improvising and danceable polyrhythms that are seemingly inexhaustible.
Will Smith - Down Beat Magazine
Vega's own style of trumpet imparts the best in his forerather's traits: the crisp, intelligent delivery of Freddie Hubbard, the passionate fortitude of Kenny Dorham, the clean precision of Woody Shaw, and the romantic depth of Chet Baker and Art Farmer.
...The trumpeter's instrumental artistry lies in consisency, well-connected phrases, command of all registers and good taste.
...Vega is a hornman with deep roots in Latin music and Afro-Cuban Jazz.
- The New York Daily News
Whether on trumpet of flugelhorn...
Willing to teachAdvanced students only.
Credentials/BackgroundRay is currently a lecturer at the music conservatory at SUNY Purchase. Along with conducting The Purchase Latin Jazz Orchestra and The Purchase Jazz Lab Band, Ray coaches a small Jazz combo, teaches jazz trumpet and Jazz history. At Purchase, Vega joins a stellar faculty that includes Jon Faddis, Hal Galper, John Abercrombie, Charles Blenzig, Todd Coolman, Graham Ashton, Randy Johnston, Javon Jackson, Dena Derose, Richie Morales, Doug Munro, John Riley, Jim Pugh, John Clark and Jim Rotondi...