The Eighth Annual Oneonta Jazz Festival, featuring guest artist Ray Vega, will take place at the Hunt Union on April 22nd, 2017. The day features performances from junior high, high school, community college and university bands from around the state and culminates with a concert featuring Vega backed by the Oneonta Jazz Orchestra.
Trumpeter Ray Vega is a veteran of the bands of Tito Puente, Ray Barretto, Mongo Santamaria and Mario Bauza. He has performed and/or recorded with Joe Henderson, Lionel Hampton, Mel Torme, Paquito D’Rivera, Arturo Sandoval, The Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Poncho Sanchez, Steve Turre, The Chico O’Farrill Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra, Jazz at Lincoln Center Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, Paul Simon, Sheila E., Frank Foster, Diane Schuur, Michel Camilo, Eddie Palmieri, The Mingus Big Band, The Duke Ellington Orchestra, The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, and Celia Cruz. Vega is currently a senior lecturer at the University of Vermont.
In addition to the guest artist concert and student performances, the festival will include master classes and clinics, an open jam session, featuring a “house” rhythm section of SUNY Oneonta students and alumni and a barbeque/ New Orleans brass band- style jam session.
For more information, email Dr. Arthur Falbush at email@example.com