Be a Part of Janine Santana's Next Project! You can make it happen!
Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 11:25AM
Janine Santana

 Indie Go Go is a crowdfunding sight that allows us to support great ideas, projects and works of art directly. This recording is an historic undertaking with many of the elder statesmen of Latin Jazz and jazz, as well as the best of the up-and-coming young lions

We can't do it without you! Thanks for your consideration and please, click to INDIEGOGO ...QUE VIVA LA MUSICA!!!!!

Update on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:49PM by Registered CommenterJanine Santana

Would you support if you knew this guy is on the project? He IS and we are all delighted!

Introducing  our trumpeter, the amazing Ray Vega

A native of the South Bronx, RAY VEGA is a veteran of the bands of Tito Puente, Ray Barretto, Mongo Santamaria, Mario Bauza, Luis "Perico" Ortiz, Hector LaVoe, Johnny Pacheco, Larry Harlow, Pete "El Conde" Rodriguez and Louie Ramirez to name a few. Ray has performed and/or recorded with Joe Henderson, Lionel Hampton, Mel Torme, Paquito D’Rivera, Arturo Sandoval, The Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Steve Turre, Israel Lopez "Cachao", Las Leyendas De La Fania, Pete Escovedo, The Chico O’Farrill Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra, Jazz at Lincoln Center Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, Paul Simon, John Santos and The Machete Ensemble, Jose Jose, Sheila E., Yomo Toro, Anna Saeki, Frank Foster's Loud Minority Big Band, Diane Schuur, The Mike Stewart Big Band, Michel Camilo, Kirk Franklin, The Bob Belden Big Band, Dave Samuels and The Caribbean Jazz Project, Marco Antonio Muñiz, Jeanie Bryson, Eddie Palmieri, James "Jabbo" Ware and The Me, We and Them Orchestra, La Orquesta Sinfonica De Simon Bolivar, Sandro De Las Americas, The Mingus Big Band, The Duke Ellington Orchestra, The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Bebo Valdez, and Celia Cruz, among numerous others. Ray currently works with the renowned Comtemporary Classical composer Osvaldo Golijov, performing first and solo trumpet in the critically acclaimed work; "La Pasion Segun San Marco". 

 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". 

Thank you, Ray, for being a part of this project!

Update on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 4:23PM by Registered CommenterJanine Santana

Here is what Arturo Salcido has to say about the recording project with Janine: CLICK HERE

One of the composition contributors to this recording project is Arturo Salcido, respected Denver musician, performer and composer. A longtime musical friend, Art noticed a photo I took and posted in Facebook, and composed a beautiful song to it. I loved it, and asked him if I could include an arrangement of it on this recording. We asked our mutual friend Jose' Garcia to name it. He came up with a beautiful title which we will announce with the recording as it get's properly registered. Thank you, Arturo, for your generosity and musical talents! 

Update on Sunday, March 2, 2014 at 10:32AM by Registered CommenterJanine Santana

All the cats thank musician/educator  Kelly Beaman for his contribution and inclusion on Janine Santana's Next Latin Jazz Project! He will receive great perks and the joy of knowing he has supported the continual work of the jazz masters involved. GRACIAS! MERCI! Thanks a -gazillion! Want to do the same?  be counted in at 


Update on Friday, March 14, 2014 at 1:12PM by Registered CommenterJanine Santana

Our featured artist of the day for Janine Santana's Next Latin Jazz Project is Filmmaker/actor/artist/sound-guy Dennis Vincent! Dennis is a very talented documentary maker who filmed out initial promotional video, as seen on the first page of our Indiegogo campaign. A vibrant, creative, organized and genieal guy, we thank Dennis for the great job he did in planning, filming and editing the video. You ROCK Dennis Vincent! To support my Indiegogo project AND to see the video Dennis directed, filmed, produced and edited, visit

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