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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 Mix

    Jazz Mix
    4 songs

    Modern Jazz

    Modern Jazz
    3 songs

Albums by
Ray Vega

Top Songs by
Ray Vega

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

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