LYNDON – Brian McCarthy’s Jazz Orchestra will perform on September 24, at VSU-Lyndon’s Alexander Twilight Theater, produced by Catamount Arts. A saxophonist and composer from Vermont, Brian McCarthy directs a 17-piece orchestra combining new works and musicianship. Featuring trumpet icon Ray Vega, the orchestra will showcase Latin jazz originals and classic standards arranged by McCarthy and Vega.
McCarthy has been awarded grants by the Vermont Community Foundation and the Vermont Arts Council, two times each, and his album “The Better Angels of Our Nature” won Best of 2017 designations from DownBeat, Huffington Post, Cadence, and, locally, the Times Argus.
Veteran Ray Vega, based in South Burlington via South Bronx, has played with Tito Puente, Mel Torme, and the Spanish Harlem Orchestra, and hosts Vermont Public’s “Friday Night Jazz” radio program. An educator at the University of Vermont, Vega “assume(s) the mantle of Jazz Messengers-tinged Latin jazz,” according to DownBeat, and is a percussionist and composer as well as an innovative, world-renowned trumpet player.