Press Releases


Date Released: 3/27/2006

The Purchase Latin Jazz Orchestra, directed by Ray Vega, presents “New Sounds of Brazil,” an evening of pulsing and sultry music with special guest Jovino Santos Neto, April 5 at 7:30 PM at The Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $18 and can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 914-251-6200.

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

Jovino Santos Neto brings his rhythmically vibrant and soaring tunes to the Purchase Latin Jazz Orchestra. A Grammy-nominated Brazilian pianist, flutist, accordionist, composer and arranger, Neto obscures the barriers between classical music, jazz and indigenous Brazilian music. A member of Hermeto Pascoal’s legendary band from 1977 to 1992, he followed that up with stints with Airto Moreira and Flora Purim’s group, Fourth World. He has made several recordings as a leader, including Caboclo, Ao Vivo em Olympia, and Cando di Rio, which was commissioned by Chamber Music America’s New Works program and nominated for a 2004 Latin Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz Album. He is currently the music director of the Hermeto Pascoal Big Band and teaches at the Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle.

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 School of the Arts, Conservatory of Music at Purchase College.