Spruce Peak Arts will present the Brian McCarthy Jazz Orchestra with Ray Vega on October 1


What better way to come out of the pandemic than by celebrating what Vermont’s arts community has to offer. saxophonist/composer Brian McCarthy leads the 17-piece jazz orchestra in a program that combines new works and stellar musicianship. Featuring trumpet icon Ray Vega, the orchestra will perform Latin jazz originals and classical standards arranged by McCarthy and Vega. Join us on Saturday, October 1 at 6:30 p.m. to celebrate the premiere of brand new music with a brand new jazz orchestra!

Tickets are on sale now! Ticket prices for this performance range from $20 to $35. * Discount on 4-family packs available for a limited time! Use code Fam4 at checkout to save 25% on purchase of 4 or more tickets. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit sprucepeakarts.org or call 802.760.4634.

Ray Vega – From South Bronx New York to South Burlington Vermont, Ray Vega is a band veteran. Tito Puente, Ray Barretto, Mongo Santamaria, Mario Bauza, Luis “Perico” Ortiz, Hector LaVoe, Johnny Pacheco, Larry Harlow, Pete “El Conde” Rodriguez and Louie Ramirez to name a few. Ray has performed and recorded with Joe Henderson, Lionel HamptonMel Torme, Paquito D’Rivera, Arturo Sandoval, The Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Poncho Sanchez, Steve Turre, to name a few. Ray continues to build on his long career as a performer here in Vermont, as well as a celebrity educator at the University of Vermont and host of “Friday Night Jazz” on Vermont Public Radio.

Brian McCarthy – Vermont Artist Brian McCarthy is a two-time recipient of a grant from the Vermont Community Foundation and the Vermont Arts Council. His album, The Better Angels of Our Nature, earned “Best of 2017” accolades from DownBeat Magazine, Huffington Post, and Cadence Magazine, in addition to being named “Album of the Year” by the Times Argus. McCarthy’s bold follow-up album, AFTER|LIFE, is slated for release this winter. All About Jazz says “McCarthy touches those roads that Joshua Redman treads with new foot.”

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Henry R. Wright