Featuring Ray Vega
Saturday, September 24, 7:00 pm
Alexander Twilight Theater
Northern Vermont University - Lyndon
1001 College Road
Tickets: $10 general admission, NVU Community are free
Presented in association with Vermont State University.
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What better way to open our season than with a celebration of what the Vermont artistic community has to offer. Saxophonist/composer Brian McCarthy directs the 17-piece jazz orchestra in a program that combines new works and stellar musicianship. Featuring trumpet icon Ray Vega, the orchestra will showcase Latin jazz originals and classic standards arranged by McCarthy and Vega. Join us as we celebrate the premiere regional tour of all new music with an all new jazz orchestra.
Ray Vega – From South Bronx New York, to South Burlington Vermont, 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 recorded with Joe Henderson, Lionel Hampton, Mel Torme, Paquito D’Rivera, Arturo Sandoval, The Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Poncho Sanchez, Steve Turre, to name a few more. Ray continues to build upon his extensive career as a performer here in Vermont, as well as a celebrated educator at University of Vermont, and host of Vermont Public Radio’s “Friday Night Jazz.”
Brian McCarthy – Vermont homegrown artist Brian McCarthy is a two-time Vermont Community Foundation and two-time Vermont Arts Council grant awardee. His album, The Better Angels of Our Nature, achieved “Best of 2017” recognitions from DownBeat Magazine, Huffington Post, and Cadence Magazine along with being named the Times Argus “Album of the Year.” McCarthy’s bold follow up album, AFTER|LIFE, is set to release this winter. All About Jazz says “McCarthy touches those roads Joshua Redman travels on with a fresh footing.”
“The mantle of Jazz Messengers-tinged Latin jazz has been partly assumed by trumpeter–percussionist Ray Vega” – Will Smith, DownBeat Magazine
“McCarthy…makes a cavernous impression for [his] arresting beauty and conceptual brilliance” – Brian Zimmerman, DownBeat Magazine