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Ray Vega

At the age of 12, when Ray Vega saw Machito & His Orchestra play in Central Park, the South Bronx native decided he was destined to play the saxophone. Enrolled in his school's music program, Vega received the bad news that the school was out of saxophones, so he reluctantly switched to trumpet. A year later he was being taught by Down Beat poll winner Jerry Gonzales, an experience that changed Vega's opinion of the instrument forever. Studying the trumpet throughout his high-school years gave Vega the chops to land gigs in the bands backing Celia Cruz, Ray Barretto, Mongo Santamaria, Paul Simon, and Tito Puente. On his own he refined his trumpet, composition, and percussion skills and made his solo debut in 1996 with his self-titled album for the Concord label. He recorded Boperation for the label in 1999 but switched to Palmetto for his 2002 release, Pa'Lante. After serving a year as artist-in-residence for the Cityfolk program in Dayton, OH, Vega released his second Palmetto album, Squeeze Squeeze, in 2004. Vega also serves as a member of the Bronx Council of the Arts. ~ David Jeffries
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Stations Featuring
Ray Vega

    Jazz Latino

    Jazz Latino
    6 songs

    Jazz Mix

    Jazz Mix
    4 songs

    Modern Jazz

    Modern Jazz
    5 songs

Albums by
Ray Vega

Top Songs by
Ray Vega

  1.   Song
  2.   Both
  3.   Quasimodo by Thomas Marriott
  4.   Sky!
  5.   Black Nile
  6.   Firm Roots by Thomas Marriott
  7.   The Egyptian by Thomas Marriott
  8.   La Tercera
  9.   Salazar
  10.   Contemplation
  11.   United by Thomas Marriott
  12.   Totem Pole by Thomas Marriott
  13.   Alone Together
  14.   Crescent Mood
  15.   Smile, You're in Beirut
  16.   Greenhouse
  17.   Misty by Thomas Marriott
  18.   Squeeze, Squeeze
  19.   What Is This Thing Called Love by Thomas Marriott
  20.   The Bourgeoloo (aka At the Summit) by Thomas Marriott
  21.   It's a New York Thing by Thomas Marriott
  22.   Ne Quitez Pas
  23.   Boperation
  24.   Hub-Tones
  25.   Birks' Works

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