Vega Sextet to Perform May 22

Ray Vega

PLAINFIELD – The Ray Vega Latin Jazz Sextet will perform at the Plainfield Opera House on May 22, at 4 p.m.

The sextet, Ray Vega on trumpet and flugelhorn, Brian McCarthyon saxophones, Scott Dean on percussion, Mike Hartigan on piano, Giovanni Rovetto on bass, and Caleb Bronz on drums, presents Latin jazz from a Nuyorican perspective and original compositions by Vega that combine elements of jazz, Latin and funk.

A native of the South Bronx, Ray Vega is a veteran of the bands of Tito Puente, Ray Barretto, Mongo Santamaria, Mario Buza, Luis “Perico” Ortiz, Hector LaVoe, Johnny Pacheco, Larry Harlow, Pete “El Conde” Rodriguez, and Louie Ramirez, to name a few.

In addition to his own work as an artist and bandleader, Vega has performed and recorded with an array of jazz artists, including work on Grammy-winning albums.

Vega is currently a senior lecturer at the University of Vermont. Along with coaching four jazz combos, he teaches trumpet and jazz history. In 2015, the University of Vermont honored him with the distinguished title of University Scholar for 2015-2016. He was the first creative in the history of the university to receive this high honor.

See the Opera House website to purchase tickets or contact, or call (802) 498-3173.