At age 12, when Ray Vega found Machito & His Orchestra play in Central Recreation area, the South Bronx native decided he was destined to try out the saxophone. Signed up for his school’s music system, Vega received the poor news that the institution was away from saxophones, therefore he reluctantly turned to trumpet. A season later he had been trained by Down Defeat poll champion Jerry Gonzales, an event that transformed Vega’s opinion from the device forever. Learning the trumpet throughout his high-school years provided Vega the chops to property gigs within the rings support Celia Cruz, Ray Barretto, Mongo Santamaria, Paul Simon, and Tito Puente. By himself he sophisticated his trumpet, structure, and percussion abilities and produced his single debut in 1996 along with his self-titled record for the Concord label. He documented Boperation for the label in 1999 but turned to Palmetto for his 2002 discharge, Pa’Lante. After offering per year as artist-in-residence for the Cityfolk plan in Dayton, OH, Vega released his second Palmetto record, Squeeze Press, in 2004. Vega also acts as an associate from the Bronx Council from the Arts.