Skip to main content

Vega, Ray

Vega, Ray

Vega, Ray, Latin-jazz trumpeter, percussionist, composer, arranger; b. April 3, 1961. He was raised in the South Bronx and grew up immersed in salsa and jazz. He began playing trumpet in junior high and continued his studies at N.Y.’s H.S. of Music and Art. He won a music scholarship to Long Island Univ., but left after two years to work at as a banker. Two years later, he returned to music and soon was gigging extensively on the salsa scene. He worked with Mongo Santamaría for four and a half years (1982-86), then briefly with Mario Bauza’s Afro-Cuban Jazz Orch. After touring Europe with Bauza, he joined Ray Barretto and New World Spirit (1988); shortly thereafter, he was invited to join Tito Puente’s Latin Jazz group. After two years of playing for both bands, Vega devoted himself to playing with Puente, working as lead trumpeter. In the mid-1990s, he was signed to Concord Jazz to record as a leader on his own.


Ray Vega (1996).

—Lewis Porter

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"Vega, Ray." Baker’s Biographical Dictionary of Musicians. . 23 Jan. 2019 <>.

"Vega, Ray." Baker’s Biographical Dictionary of Musicians. . (January 23, 2019).

"Vega, Ray." Baker’s Biographical Dictionary of Musicians. . Retrieved January 23, 2019 from

Learn more about citation styles

Citation styles gives you the ability to cite reference entries and articles according to common styles from the Modern Language Association (MLA), The Chicago Manual of Style, and the American Psychological Association (APA).

Within the “Cite this article” tool, pick a style to see how all available information looks when formatted according to that style. Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list.

Because each style has its own formatting nuances that evolve over time and not all information is available for every reference entry or article, cannot guarantee each citation it generates. Therefore, it’s best to use citations as a starting point before checking the style against your school or publication’s requirements and the most-recent information available at these sites:

Modern Language Association

The Chicago Manual of Style

American Psychological Association

  • Most online reference entries and articles do not have page numbers. Therefore, that information is unavailable for most content. However, the date of retrieval is often important. Refer to each style’s convention regarding the best way to format page numbers and retrieval dates.
  • In addition to the MLA, Chicago, and APA styles, your school, university, publication, or institution may have its own requirements for citations. Therefore, be sure to refer to those guidelines when editing your bibliography or works cited list.