Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Ray Vega

Received this letter from pianist Murray Low who is playing with Ray Vega this week.

Dear friends of John Worley,

World-renown trumpeter Ray Vega will be appearing here on the West Coast this weekend for three very special appearances. Ray is perhaps most famous for
being the lead trumpter for the Tito Puente Band for several years through the 90's and 2000, as well as with Ray Baretto and Mongo Santamaria. He is a
consummate musician in both the Jazz, Latin Jazz and Salsa idioms, and like John, is one of the rare musicians who can play both lead and jazz trumpet at
the highest level.

South Bay residents should check out the performance at Club Elite/Boas in Cupertino on Saturday 9/13 starting at 8:30. This is a chance to hear him in an up-close intimate environment John Worley is expected to show up and play, and you'll get a chance to see a rare collaboration between the two.

Up further north, check him out at @17th in Oakland Friday night for a short set starting at 7 PM. It's free ... the price is right. Website is

Finally, we're also appearing free at the San Jose Jazz Festival on Sunday on the Latin State at 7 PM. However, we're playing opposite Poncho Sanchez on the Main Stage (6 PM) so if you're catching that, come check us out at the end of his set, or better yet, come to Boas where you can see him up close.

Ray's quintet West consists of David Belove/Steve Herrera on bass, Paul Van Wageningen on Drums, Mike Spiro on congas and myself on piano.

For more information on Ray go to his website at

Hope to see you there. Feel free to contact me for more info.



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