ONEONTA, N.Y. -- Legendary trumpeter Ray Vega will be the featured guest at the second annual Oneonta Jazz Festival at SUNY Oneonta on Saturday, April 9, in the Hunt College Union. The festival will close with a concert by Vega, accompanied by the SUNY Oneonta Jazz Orchestra and a rhythm section made up of SUNY Oneonta alumni, at 4:15 p.m. in the Hunt Union Ballroom. General admission tickets will be available for $10 at the door (free for SUNY Oneonta students) or can be reserved by calling (917) 817-7251. Members of the community are invited to attend.
The Oneonta Jazz Festival brings together music programs of SUNY colleges and area high schools and middle schools. The festival will begin at 10 a.m. with a series of performances by the attending student ensembles, followed by lectures and clinics for professors and their student performers. At mid-day, Vega will present a clinic on jazz and improvisational music.
A native of New York City, Ray Vega is a veteran of the bands of Tito Puente, Ray Barretto, and Mongo Santamaria, and he has performed or recorded with jazz icons including Lionel Hampton, Paquito D'Rivera, Arturo Sandoval, Israel "Cachao" Lopez, the Spanish Harlem Orchestra, and the Mingus Big Band. Vega is currently a senior lecturer at the University of Vermont, teaching trumpet and jazz history. An internationally renowned educator, he has been invited to conduct master classes at conservatories and institutes across the United States and around the world.
More information about the Oneonta Jazz Festival is available from Dr. Arthur Falbush of the SUNY Oneonta Music Department at (917) 817-7251 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.