Guest Artist

Ray Vega

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3-time Grammy Award winner Ray Vega grew up immersed in the heart of two vibrant New York City music scenes: Jazz and Salsa. In addition to learning about these two musical styles with some of the great legends.

Vega is currently a senior lecturer at the University of Vermont. As an educator, Ray Vega has conducted master classes in trumpet performance, jazz improvisation, brass performance techniques and afro-caribbean jazz at many schools and organizations including, but not limited to Manhattan School of Music, The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, The Music Advancement Program at the Julliard School, The New School in NYC, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, University of the Arts in Philadelphia, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Notre Dame University/Lebanon. He has also served as Artist in Residence for the Flynn Arts Latin Jazz here in Burlington (2003 through the present).

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, among numerous others. Ray currently works with the renowned Contemporary Classical composer Osvaldo Golijov, performing first and solo trumpet in the critically acclaimed work; "La Pasion Segun San Marco"

Ray Vega and Thomas Marriott made a splash in 2010 with the first edition of their
East West Trumpet Summit CD, which went to #1 on the jazz charts. Their most recent collaboration is 2015’s Return of the East West Trumpet Summit.