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A native of the South Bronx, 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/or recorded with Joe Henderson, Lionel Hampton, Mel Torme, Paquito D’Rivera, Arturo Sandoval, Israel Lopez "Cachao", The Chico O’Farrill Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra, The Lincoln Center Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, Paul Simon, Yomo Toro, Eddie Palmieri, La Orquesta Sinfonica De Simon Bolivar, The Duke Ellington Orchestra, The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Bebo Valdez, and Celia Cruz. Ray has now established himself as one of the innovators of the New York Jazz and Latin music scenes

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2019 Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival

Read "2019 Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

2019 Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival Pittsburgh, PA June 20-23, 2019 Now in its ninth year, the Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival continues to grow and prosper as one of the country's best jazz festivals. Tied to the efforts of the city's August Wilson African American Cultural Center, the festival continues to prosper under ...

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Thomas Marriott: Romance Language

Read "Romance Language" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Trumpeter Thomas Marriott moved back to Seattle after the requisite New York stint, where he worked with Maynard Ferguson's Big Bop Nouveau band, the Chico O'Farrill Orchestra, and vibraphonist Joe Locke. Back on west coast home ground, he connected with the Seattle-based Origin Records, where he released ten top-notch albums as a leader, including Individuation (2005), ...

Origin Records: Creating Opportunities and Community

Read "Origin Records: Creating Opportunities and Community" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Being a jazz musician sometimes seems like a life ruled by jungle law. Everyone fights for gigs and puts out music on “labels" with only one artist. However, it doesn't have to be this way. Origin Records is an example of a modern artist driven label that has grown through collaboration and community. As Matt Jorgensen, ...

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Bill Anschell: Curiosity and Invention

Read "Bill Anschell: Curiosity and Invention" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Bill Anschell strikes me as a man with boundless curiosity. You perceive this in conversation, in his sense of humor, the patient manner in which he listens on and off the bandstand. You sense it in his inventive compositions, the rhythmic complexity, and the musical conception that lyrically imprints an authentic sense of melody. His work ...

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Percussionist/Composer Brian Adler Fuses Eastern Philosophy, Digital Technology, And Improvisation

Percussionist/Composer Brian Adler Fuses Eastern Philosophy, Digital Technology, And Improvisation

NEWS RELEASE from Circavision Productions Percussionist/Composer Brian Adler Fuses Eastern Philosophy, Digital Technology, and Improvisation New Trio and Quintet EPs Convey a Prismatic Vision With two new EPs, percussionist/composer Brian Adler offers listeners beautiful and arrestingly original music via two formations of his newest project: Shankar. On Binary, he performs with the trio, featuring pianist Santiago ...

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Thomas Marriott: Balance in Life and Music

Read "Thomas Marriott: Balance in Life and Music" reviewed by Paul Rauch

If one should by chance be curious of what is happening with jazz in the city of Seattle, and the Pacific Northwest, one would do well to check out what trumpeter Thomas Marriott is up to. Thomas has established himself as one the most exciting artists to emerge on the national jazz scene in the past ...

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The Empire Jazz Orchestra: Out of the Mist

Read "Out of the Mist" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Out of the Mist is the sixth album (and first in a studio) recorded by the Empire Jazz Orchestra, a professional repertory ensemble founded in 1992 and in residence since then at Schenectady County (NY) Community College. While there is no comprehensive theme underlining its latest enterprise, the EJO's stated purpose is to perform music from ...

Help Create Janine Santana's Next Latin Jazz Project. All Legends!

Help Create Janine Santana's Next Latin Jazz Project. All Legends!

Lady Colorado Jazz artist has attracted top Latin legends to innovative recording project Boulder, Colorado: Janine Santana’s Next Latin Jazz Project has the attention of many of the best composers and musicians in the genre. With legendary artists David Amram (composer, author and multi instrumentalist), Pianist/producer Ricky Gonzalez (Mark Anthony, Jennifer Lopez and many salsa legends),Ray ...

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Brian McCarthy: This Just In

Read "This Just In" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Jazz is not the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of Vermont but the state, despite its size, has had a long involvement with improvised music. Trumpeters Alan Shorter and Bill Dixon taught at Bennington College and guitarist Attila Zoller founded the Vermont Jazz Center in Brattleboro. In addition to having a small yet ...


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