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Donald Vega: Tomorrows

Donald Vega

This is the debut leader recording by a musician with an extraordinary life story. Donald Vega was smuggled out of civil war-torn Nicaragua when he was 14, was eventually granted political asylum in the U.S., and, through benefactors in the Los Angeles jazz community, received surgical treatment for a cleft palate, without which he would have lost his hearing. He now has a Masters degree from the Manhattan School of Music and an Artist Diploma from Juilliard.

He is an exceptionally articulate pianist, fluent in many idioms of the modern jazz piano tradition, with sophisticated concepts of form. (Check out, for example, his trio’s orchestral enhancements to “Speak Low”).

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