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Michael Benedict & BOPITUDE with Ray Vega
Van Dyck Lounge
Schenectady, NY
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Michael Benedict & BOPITUDE with Ray Vega
Michael Benedict & BOPITUDE with special guest Ray Vega
In Concert
November 17, 2018
Van Dyck Lounge, Schenectady, NY

On November 17, local jazz group Michael Benedict & BOPITUDE will join forces with special guest trumpet star, Ray Vega.  The concert will be take place at the famed Van Dyck Lounge in Schenectady, NY at 7:30PM.  

Ray Vega has established himself as one of the innovators of the international Jazz and Latin music scenes. A multi-talented trumpeter, percussionist, composer, and arranger, he presents Jazz from a refreshingly original and contemporary perspective. His two recordings on the Concord Picante label, his self-titled debut "Ray Vega", and "Boperation", along with his 1st release on the Palmetto label "Pa'lante"have been well received by critics, audiences and musicians alike. Vega's 2nd Palmetto CD "Squeeze, Squeeze" has also received critical acclaim including Four Stars in Down Beat Magazine.

A much in-demand musician, he has performed with Mongo Santamaria with whom he recorded numerous CD's, Mario Bauza's Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra, including their first-ever European tour, and Ray Barretto and the New World Spirit. Vega was privileged to record three projects with this landmark group including the Grammy nominated "Taboo" and "Contact". It was during his time with Barretto that Vega was called upon to join the Tito Puente Latin Jazz Orchestra as lead trumpeter. Vega recorded with Puente's Orchestra many times over including the Grammy winning "Mambo Birdland", "Dancemania '99" and "Obra Maestra".

Michael Benedict & BOPITUDE is a jazz combo that focuses on the Hard Bop era of jazz from the 1950s and 60s.  The group features Michael on drums, Brian Patneaude on tenor saxophone, Keith Pray on alto saxophone, David Gleason on piano and Mike Lawrence on bass.  Their last album, Five and One was listed as one of the Best Jazz Albums of 2013 by Downbeat Magazine.


Van Dyck Lounge (View)
237 Union Street
Schenectady, NY 12305
United States


Music > Jazz

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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