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RAY VEGA: Guestbook

Brigitte Brisebois

June 15, 2016

Mr. Vega, I feel so fortunate to be able to enjoy your gigs at Hotel Vermont. Your music is truly heaven to my ears and rhythm to my feet.

Brigitte ;)

Jorge Quintana

November 29, 2015

Love ya, keep keeping it real... Love all your music, but I being late to the game of Latin Jazz & Salsa would love to hear - more please, please, please... Pa Gozar

Jim Morse

October 21, 2014

I enjoyed your performance with the Anthony Santor Group at 51 Main in Middlebury Saturday night, especially the tunes you played on the flugelhorn!
Warm regards,

Andres Chaparro

March 30, 2014


Looking forward to your performance in Hartford.

Peace, Light, & Respect

Robin Schnell

March 29, 2014

Loved the concert at the Van Dyke tonight. You and the Boogie Down 2.0 band were great!

David Byles

October 7, 2013


Really enjoyed our gig in Sanford this past weekend. Thanks for making the trip.

Take care,
David Byles

Gilbert Sanabria

July 13, 2012

My brother hope alls is well with you and the family...always thinking of you... "We are people of the mighty...mighty
people Of the Son"..God bless

Jim King

May 9, 2012

I am praying for yor recovery. You should get better very soon!!!lol

Raphael Lobley

August 23, 2011

Fell in love with Besame Mama and the solo on youtube was mindblowing! Please tour to the UK!

Laurie Aiello

July 7, 2011

Saw you at the Salt Lake City Jazz Festival in 2009! I wish you all the best! Hope to see you again.

Raphael Schweizer

January 12, 2011

Your presence at rehearsals during 2001, 2002 and 2003 were and, more importantly, are still very much appreciated and cherished. I hope Vermont has provided a more welcoming and condusive setting for you and your family.
What are your thoughts on a retirement concert for Ms.Laboy this year? I think something should be assembled with her alumni and friends all taking part in.
Peace and Happiness to you and your family.

Raphael Schweizer
Bronx, NY
Columbus High School Class of 2003 (1st and 2nd Trumpet player who at times didn't recognize his range and volume limits. :-))

Scott C Dean

January 6, 2011

Right on, Ray. Nice site!
Talk soon.


December 23, 2010

hola Ray, quiero decirte que me gusta mucho tu manera de tocar, tu sensibilidad, gracias por influenciarme, hacerme aun mas afecto a la musica salsa y a tu gran don. Debo decirte tambien que me gusta mucho (al grado de llorar) la interpretacion que tienes de rompe saraguey al lado del gran maestro Hector Lavoe, Cris Anderson, etc., cuando tiras tu solo creando el climax de la cancion, añadiendole gran sentimiento. Saludos desde Mexico.

Ray Vega

October 31, 2010

Love The Music, I am also from The South Bronx. Can I get your Cd's In Best Buy? Thank You and Hope to See you Perform Live One Day soon, Sincerely, Ray Vega

Nelva Serrano

September 15, 2010

Great Site! Thank you so much for sharing.

Angel Velez

September 11, 2010

Ray, it's always an honor to comunicate with you via any medium. A web page is nothing unless you can show your accomplishments and you have plenty of them. I wish that you and I could have shared the stage together with Ray Barretto but I guess that it wasn't meant to be. Hopefully we can share the stage at some point God willing. Take care and may God continue to Bless You and Your Family.

Crystal J Torres

September 11, 2010

Love and admire you Ray. Thanks for sharing your gift and your beautiful spirit!

L.J. Palardy

September 11, 2010

As the Jazz Music Directer at WRUV 90.1fm(University of Vermont radio station), I have been a fan of your music for more years than I would like to admit to. Good luck in your future endeavors.

natalie veyvoda

September 7, 2010

loved your "man who sailed..." with Ruben Blades. Because of you I get to hear so much I wouldn't otherwise.

Ron Siegel

September 7, 2010

Hey Ray,

Love the website!

Very proud to have went to school with you and had a chance to play in jazzband with you. Times I'll never forget.

Best wishes,

Ron Siegel

Willie Martinez

September 7, 2010

Just stopping by to show some love! Hope to play again soon! Peace!

Tyrone Birkett

September 6, 2010

Hey man, didn't you had a website. Looks good sounds good! All the best from the BX!


Tony Gorruso

September 6, 2010

Hi Ray, some my-t-fine music here! Thanks for recommending that I overhaul the vintage Conn 22B you saw me with at Josh's shop in NYC, it's now one of my three most favorite horns! Your playing is quite phenomenal here as always! It's a pleasure and honor to be one of your many friends.

Best Wishes,
Tony Gorruso

Larry Solt

September 6, 2010

Love your web site and especially the Facebook site!

Judith Bart

September 6, 2010

Just the greatest!!!!

Judith Bart

September 6, 2010

I have CD and just love it. Many of my friends have bought it, also

Reid Voggelhut

September 6, 2010

Ye ah--Ray

Ana Alicea

September 6, 2010

Saying hello ~ enjoying the music ~ QUE VIVA LA MUSICA!!!

Denise C uesta

September 6, 2010

Good to see you and hear your trumpet playing...Music is great!!!

Becky Gonzalez

September 5, 2010

Saying 'Hi' and checking in.
Hope everything is great in the land of Maple Syrup and sre miss hearing you in NY. When in VA, let me know. Am down here for a bit!

Jose Cruz

September 5, 2010

The Man Who Sailed Around his Soul esta brutal! In which recording is it? Que swing sabroso!

Indira Lora

September 4, 2010


Alonzo Wright

August 27, 2010

It is both my pleasure and honor to be able to call you a friend. Thanx again for blessing my project with your talent as well. Peace and blessings.

John Walsh

August 27, 2010

Nice site Ray, music sounds great!

All the best,

John Walsh

Herman Gonzalez Jr.

August 27, 2010

Great WebSite Ray. Music sounds GREAT! Will you ever make it down to Virginia Beach? This is the son of your fellow Trompetista de Angelo Y Su Conjunto Modelo

Bam Henehan

August 18, 2010

I'd heard the name, Ray Vega, but I hadn't heard any of the music. That ended today, when I heard "It's You or No One" played an KPLU-FM (Seattle-Tacoma) and it just blew me away. I'm going to rush right out and get that Trumprt Summit CD.

Todd Coolman

August 17, 2010

Great Website, Ray. Lots of good info about the many worlds, musical and others, that you so skillfully juggle. Keep on keepin' on...and thank for the props, Pops!

Marlene Damon

August 17, 2010

Great site, Ray! Wonderful sounds and important information... Time does fly!;-)

Niecy Lloyd

August 17, 2010

Ray I just want to say congrats on all the fine work you have done and yes you are good example for all kids that grew up in the South Bronx. I am going toletmy son check this out, he is an aspiring musician and maybe you ca be his inspirations. Keep up the good work and God bless you.

Evan Tate

August 16, 2010

Hey Ray! Great website bro'! Hope to see you again soon. Peace & Love!

Darlene Wheatley

August 5, 2010

Ray, I finally got a chance to check this out. All I can say is "Wow"!


May 18, 2010

Saw you at the Whisperdome in Schenectady and at Union College. Please keep doing gigs with Dr Cruz & Latino Jazz. I love your music and hope you will do more in the Capital District area!!

ray maldonado

May 2, 2010

hello my brother.i know you remember me.been listening to for years. im proud of you. ray, youre one of the best out there. waiting for your new cd. p.s.- im still playing traps. still learning. ill see you when come to fl. - ray

Evelyn Yturralde

March 4, 2010

Hi, Ray.
I attended your lecture at Stanford yesterday, "The History of Latin Jazz in NYC."
I was just knocked out by the whole conversation! So informative -- names I never heard of, but Very Important People! I liked the sound illustrations that went along with your talk. Hope to hear you tomorrow w/ the Stanford Latin Jazz Ensemble. We're lucky to have you tell the living history of this art form we have called jazz.

Nelva Serrano

February 23, 2010

Hello,I'm Hector Serrano's sister. While you were at Purchase you performed at my daughters graduation ceremony. I have to tell you how much that meant to her and my whole family as well. It was a wonderful compliment to the tremendous amount of pride we were feeling from our daughters acheivements both academically and culturally. She is still studying, working on her Masters in teaching. She really wants to make a difference. I'm so glad to see how much you have accomplished, coming from the South Bronx myself. You are truly an inspiration.

Harrison Honor

January 20, 2010

Ray,my name is Harrison Honor im a teenage jazz player(piano/drums/vibes). I met you this summer at Crane Youth Music. I still remember what you said, you cant write down what makes you groove. So true! things are moving along for me musically now and i just decided to check out your website. Your the best, it would great to hear from you. Thanks --Harrison Honor

Gilbert Sanabria

January 11, 2010

Ray...Hope all is good with you and yours..Good to see that you have become "the man". Always been the man with me...Much love...Keep trucking and hope to catch you you when your gigging in NYC

Neil Neumann

September 19, 2009

Love your website-I wish I could play like you.


September 3, 2009

Happy that your in Adelaide in sunny south Australia! I just wanna hear you play Kind of Blue. Life changing.

Ray Sanchez

August 12, 2009

A living jazz legend!!! An artist without limitations!!! Simply the best!

steve phillips

August 9, 2009

Yo my man Ray, I met you in Beirut when I was living there and yu came to play at the Blue Note with Arthur Satyan, Fouad Afra and Aboud Saadi. I'm a drummer and lived there for seven years and Arthur Jack Gregg(bassist) and myself had a trio called three wheel drive. I'm back in New Jersey now and Jack is back in Paris so I'll be looking for ur name on a program and will try to catch you onstage somewhere. Keep it groovy. Steve Phillips

Alex Hulfish

August 1, 2009

Hey Ray I was in the Latin Jazz Camp that was from the 27th - 31st I think it was Great I thought you were hilarious I thought you were going to make us come up and dance on Friday I really liked the camp... thank you for teaching us new songs

Chris Rothenbach

July 19, 2009

I came all the way from Arizona and saw you at the Middlebury on the Green under the rain. You and your group are fabulous. Thanks for a great concert.

Gary Moreau

July 14, 2009

Looking forward to hearing you on Friday in Middlebury. Hope to talk with you before the night is over. Best wishes,

Gary and Lynn

Rafael Rodriguez

May 23, 2009

Gracias por todo lo que me enseñaste los dias que estuviste en el conservatorio de PR en el festival de jazz. Gracias por la musica que me copiaste al ipod de verdad que eres mi inspiración para seguir pa' lante en la música y en la trompeta. Escucharte tocar me hace querer seguir practicando para llegar a ser un músico de tu calibre.
Te compraste la phaeton Bb?
Un abrazo y mucha salud para ti y para tu familia.
Rafa tpt


April 5, 2009

I'm the police officer you met at the Detroit Music Hall on March 27, 2009. I really enjoyed your show and having the opportunity to meet you. Looking forward to you coming back to Detroit.

John Walsh

March 29, 2009

One of the best sites I've ever seen! Love the Trumpet Talk Plus. Can't wait until we talk trumpet again. See you soon.

Henry O

March 5, 2009

It's great to see where the lord has taken you.
Please tell Cookie Hi for Chris & me-Henry O-Go GI Joe!

Erin Morse

February 26, 2009

The Girls and I wanted to hear the music of TV's dad. We all enjoyed listening. Just amazing to me!
My mom enjoyed you at Gospel fest!
From the Teacher of one of your Greatest Fans!!!! Erin, Emersyn and Makenna

Dick Terrien

February 9, 2009

You made my day at Simpson Dining today, the 9th. Found your site and am sure my son Jay Terrien will also. His web site is God bless dicky

Angelina Medina

January 27, 2009 alegra ver como sigues progresando en tu carrera musical,aqui en Lima siempre pendiente de tu musica.
Muchas bendiciones para ti y tu familia.Desde Lima,Peru... Angelina

Angelina Medina

January 27, 2009

Saludos Ray...espero te encuentres bien,aqui en Lima como siempre siguiendo tu carrera,saludos y bendiciones a tu familia,esperamos seguir en comunicacion.Angelina


November 22, 2008

Hi Ray !
Wishing you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving ...hopefully a long weekend for all of you !
Do you read these or am I wasting my time ? ;-)

alberto campos

November 2, 2008

How many years did you perform with Ramon Mongo Santamaria?

Mary O'Keefe

October 21, 2008


Ben Acrish

October 13, 2008

Hey Man, How's VT? Just sayin hello. Be well, and stay warm!!


October 8, 2008

Hi Ray !
How are you? Have you crashed any cars yet ?
Send updates ! Thinking of you and all the innocent people on the road ! Diane


August 31, 2008

Hello, Vega ...
my name is Gilson Santos, I am student of trumpet here in Brazil, and I am fan of his work ....
congratulations !!!!! a strong hug!


August 30, 2008

Saw you tonight mate, on I am a retired Trpt player, and sure enjoyed your playing, was a member of the Royal Marines Band Royal Yacht Britannia, warm regards Bernard

Edwin Davis

August 11, 2008

Hey Ray!! It was great having you over in Adelaide with the uni last week... the most fun I've had hanging out with a guest artist.

I never ended up getting a lesson from you so you'd better come back to Adelaide soon!

I'll be in touch about the Sketches and big band concert DVD footage.



Chris Stansfield

August 10, 2008

Man your vist to The University Of Adelaide has been the highlight of my time here. You are one hell of Jazz Musicisan and a really cool guy as well. Thanks for giving so much of yourself and your time to the students and staff. You have left an indelible on many of us here and I hope that what you have done for us will resonate for years to come. Also thanks for hanging out with us at Mikes place, even though you were really tired, it was a great way to end the week. Please come again soon we miss you already.

All the Best
Chris Stansfield


August 7, 2008

Thanks for coming to Adelaide and working with us Jazz studentoes! We had a ball

Laurie Aiello Baker

July 18, 2008

I'm always amazed how one guy can steel the whole show at a festival! Salt Lake Jazz fest was the show Ray stole!! Ouch!


July 14, 2008

Hello. I enjoyed reading your website.
Have a wonderful day and keep up the good work.

Ralph Feliciello

July 8, 2008

Mr. Vega,
Appreciated very much your quintet at the Louis Armstrong jazz mobile. Was swooning to your solo on What's New. Later on there was a classic jazz tune, was it Coltrane? Your support for the next generation was also right on; our son, Nicholas Howard, is about to self-produce a second CD of his songs (, so we've lived the struggle along with him. All the best. My wife and I will keep and ear out for Ray Vega in the future. Keep up the great work, playing and mentoring.

Janet Roshelle

July 3, 2008


Sharon Spinetti

June 30, 2008

Ciao, arrivederci, addio, TTFN....
Have a safe trip and I'll be up to see you Vermoricans very soon !
xxoo Sharon

Jorge Vega

June 13, 2008

Heeey Primo!!! Que gusto poder firmar tu pagina. Espero que te hayas sentido bien aqui en Ecuador y te doy las gracias por todo lo que me ensenaste bro. Te esperamos pronto. Recuerda que aca Everybody loves Raymond jajaja. Saludos a tu esposa e hijos.

Un abrazo!!!

Cheri Rogowsky

May 19, 2008

It was great meeting you and taking pictures of you
at Cecils in West Orange,N.J.
and Lana's in Clark, N.J.
You played wonderful music to
listen too...

Cheri Rogowsky
got a new web site:check it out.
I will have to add some of
your pictures to it...


May 17, 2008

You're reading Noam Chomsky--cool. That's where I get all my wild ideas. Have you heard him speak? He's amazing. WBAI has a DVD of his lecture (I think at MIT) you have to hear it. I think they still offer it as a premium if you donate.

Ulysses Colon

May 1, 2008

I had a great time during our brief lunch and it is always a pleasure just to sit and chat. Seems like that is the least we do. Saludos a la familia y que Dios te bendiga

Daniel Rutkowski

April 29, 2008

your purchase latin jazz orchestra is pretty killin'.

-LaGuardia Senior Jazz member

MIKEY Schmidt

April 8, 2008

Ray your trumpet playing is outstanding!

Victor Suarez

April 8, 2008

Saludos, I am Victor Suarez and my beginnings in music was introduced to me by my uncle Mike Collazo in 1972. I plan to go to the DCINY venue on 4/23/08 the Town Hall. Perhaps we can say a quick official greeting. I have also operated the Sports Plus Cafe on Castle Hill Ave. for the past 11 years. Look forward to meeting you.

tom meyerer

April 5, 2008

Great show at the Smithsonian last night. Thanks for your autograph and the jazz history lesson on Buddy Bolden.

Chiko Mendez

April 4, 2008

Hey Ray...hope to see ya at the west gate...peace..chi

James Perales

April 3, 2008

Happy Birthday! God bless you! Hope you are having a wonderful birthday celebrating with all your friends and loved ones. Que Dios te conceda las peticiones de tu corazon. All the best in Christ - James

Secret Squirrel

April 3, 2008

Today is a special day for someone.....
Feliz cumpleanos a ti!
Feliz cumpleanos a ti!
Feliz cumpleanos a Ray Vega!
Feliz cumpleanos a ti!
And many, many, many more !!!
Enjoy your day !!!
Enjoy San Diego !!!

nina rosen

March 25, 2008

hey ray. so exited about the move. i can not wait to meet your family and kids!!!!!! i hope that you are feeling better! peace!!!

Diane Esser

March 22, 2008

Howdy Partner !
Just checkin' in. 4:20 AM and I'm up coloring Easter eggs. I With my schedule, I should have been a musician..if only I could sing, or play an instrument, or wasn't tone deaf.'ve gotta go with what you have and I'm a very good Easter egg painter.
Especially in the middle of the night, when everyone is asleep and I'm wearing my big pink bunny costume!
So how are you ? How is life? How are THINGS? Haven't looked at your calender to see where you'll be, but I'm guessing not Chicago. Check in Ray Vega-Ray Vega and fill me in on the latest scuttlebutt.
Happy Easter to you and the Family!
Your Pal, Diane

alberto restrepo

March 14, 2008

greetins ray! your site is linked by


March 1, 2008



Rosie from Florida

February 28, 2008

WOW - Fantastic Website. I so proud of you!

Give my best to the family.

P.S. How do I get a signed pic of you???

Love, Rosanna Vasquez

William W. Craig, III

February 25, 2008

Greetings Ray!

I trust all is well with you and yours. Still waiting to get together!

All the best,

Diane Esser

February 20, 2008

Did I say 49...I'm such a ditz,I meant 39.

Diane Esser

February 20, 2008

My birthday is April 19. I think I should be celebrating it in Cape May N.J. HA !
Better yet, I think you should be singing Happy Birthday to me in Chicago.
Hope you're well and HAPPY. Ditto for your family.
All the Best, Diane
(Crap, I'm turning 49 this year...lets just forget about the b-day stuff!!!


February 20, 2008 beloved brotha'in brass.
We miss your beautiful soul and shinin'light around the Pacific NW.
During these dark and dank days of winter...its always uplifting to dig out n' listen to one of my favorite RV CDs that never fails to brighten my spirit.
Brotha'Ray, I'm still saving you that brand new "Dreamliner-Hat" in my studio, just awaiting your return to our Seattle's Tula-Tula land.

Here's to keepin' that music in your soul...and love in your heart.
Don (the ol'Boeing Wind Tunnel toot.)

Juliette from Music and Art!!!

February 12, 2008

You are awesome baby!!!


December 31, 2007

Blissfull Music..So mellow and full of Soul....


December 31, 2007

Smooth Latin Soul....
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