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The Purchase Latin Jazz Orchestra Presents "Algo Nuevo y Algo Clasico" Dec. 6

Date Released: 11/26/2007

The Purchase Latin Jazz Orchestra, directed by Ray Vega, presents Algo Neuvo Y Algo Clasico, a concert of new and classic works December 6 at 7:30 PM at the Purchase College Performing Arts Center. The program includes new works by Vega, Wayne Wallace and Oscar Hernandez, and classics by Ray Santos (in-residence at Purchase College) and Chico O’Farrill. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 914-251-6200 or by visiting

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

This exuberant evening of dynamic Latin Jazz will feature students from the Purchase College School of the Arts, Conservatory of Music Jazz Studies program.

A Bronx native, Ray 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. In September he received the received the 2007 Bobby Capó Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Battery Park City Authority.