Guest performer to infuse concert with Latin flavor

Renown trumpeter plays with jazz orchestra Oct. 5
Sep. 26, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

Lee County's local theater is set to host one of Latin jazz's all-star musicians in just under two weeks.

Trumpeter Ray Vega is scheduled to perform with the Heart of Carolina Jazz Orchestra at 8 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Temple Theatre, located at 120 Carthage St. Vega is renowned across the nation for his trumpeting, according to the orchestra's Musical Director Gregg Gelb.

"He is extremely well known in the jazz world," Gelb said. "He's played with some of the famous Latin performers."

General admission for the show it $15 and $10 for students, Gelb said, adding that people can expect to hear authentic arrangements of jazz and Latin music.

"He's a great trumpet player," Gelb said. "Anybody who wants to know about the Latin influence or be exposed to a great introduction [to] Latin jazz, this is the day."

The upcoming performance will be Vega's first time in Sanford, and he said he is hoping to sample North Carolina's famous barbecue.

"I want to partake in some of the local goodness," he said.

Vega, who is a senior lecturer at the University of Vermont, grew up in the South Bronx engulfed into two distinct musical worlds.

"My parents are from Puerto Rico, and I grew up hearing music they knew and loved," he said. "At the same time, I was raised in New York hearing the sounds of the 1960s American rock 'n' roll and jazz."

Listening to the jazz legends as a child, Vega said he knew he wanted to be a musician before even knowing how to a play an instrument. During his performance at the Temple, Vega said he'll be playing jazz with "a Latin flavor."

"A lot of stuff we are playing will be familiar," he said. "It will have heavy jazz roots, but rhythmically, it will be Latin music. It will be real danceable, so you could say, but that's the beauty of this music. It can spread to reach people who are jazz lovers and people who love the rhythm of Latin dance music."

Vega will also hold a free lecture about the influence of Latin music in jazz at 2 p.m. on the day of the show at the Lee County Library, located at 107 Hawkins Ave. 

For those in attendance, Vega said, "I hope they have a new appreciation [for the music], and that they seek out the music, and know the music is alive and kicking, and it is still thriving and developing."

Tickets for the show are available at the Temple's box office or online



What: Latin jazz trumpeter Ray Vega performs with the Heart of Carolina Jazz Orchestra

When: 8 p.m. Oct. 5

Where: The Temple Theatre, located at 120 Carthage St.

Admission: $15 for general admission and $10 for students.