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Ray Vega

Ray Vega

Trumpeter Ray Vega has been on a career-long mission to make sure that the “jazz” in Latin jazz is the real thing. Growing up in the South Bronx, he was immersed in the native music of his Puerto Rican parents, but by age 15, his creative spirit shifted gears when he started listening to jazz.

“When I consider Latin jazz, I must pay my respect to the Latin side of the music, rhythmically speaking. But the word ‘jazz’ carries a lot of weight, because there are so many incredible masters of this American music. So when I think of Latin jazz, I think of connecting the two genres-and being creative about it.”

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