Press Releases


Date Released: 12/4/2006

The Purchase Latin Jazz Orchestra, directed by Ray Vega, presents Two Timing! December 6 at the Purchase College Performing Arts Center.  The evening starts with the pulsing rhythms of small student jazz combos in the upper lobby “nightclub” at 6:30 PM, followed by the sultry, sizzling sounds of the Purchase Latin Jazz Orchestra in concert in the PepsiCo Theatre at 8 PM.

Tickets are $10 for the “nightclub,” with food and beverages available at an additional cost, $18 for the concert, and $25 for both shows. To purchase tickets, call the Box Office at 914-251-6200.

Purchase College, State University of New York, is located at 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, NY.

The Purchase Latin Jazz Orchestra plays the classic sounds of Tito Puente, Chico O’Farrill and Dizzie Gillespie, as well as newer works by Vega, Oscar Hernandez and Brazilian masters Antonio Carlos Jobim and Hermeto Pascoal.

Ray Vega is a veteran of the bands of Tito Puente, Ray Barretto, Mongo Santamaria, to name a few, and is on the faculty of the Purchase College School of the Arts, Conservatory of Music.  He has established himself as one of the innovators of the New York jazz trumpet scene.

A Bronx native, Vega is a multi-talented trumpeter, percussionist, composer and arranger who presents jazz from a refreshingly original and contemporary perspective.  He grew up immersed in jazz and salsa in New York City and learned about these two musical styles with some of the great legends. A much-in-demand musician, he has performed with Mongo Santamaria, Mario Bauza’s Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra, and Ray Barretto and the New World Spirit.  He also joined the Tito Puente Orchestra as lead trumpeter and recorded many albums with them including the Grammy-winning Mambo Birdland, Dancemania ‘99 and Obra Maestra.  He was the last lead trumpeter of this legendary ensemble.

The Purchase Latin Jazz Orchestra features students from the Purchase College School of the Arts, Conservatory of Music.