The passing of the legendary Al Vega

I am extremely saddened to report the passing of longtime friend, mentor, and bandmate Al Vega.  Al passed on Friday, December 2 at the age of 90.  As many of you may know, he was truly one of the last of his era.  He was the best and most sought after pianists in the Boston music scene (and beyond).  He played with every great you could imagine, from Miles Davis to Dizzy Gillepsie, Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Johnny Mathis, Dinah Washington, Liberace, and many more.

We all loved Al and he was responsible for the launching of many musical careers, including mine.  He brought me under his wing, introduced me to the most amazing musicians, and allowed me to share the stage with legends.  I am honored to be able to have called him my friend and teacher.  I will miss him dearly, but his music still lives on.  Dr. Leonard Brown, professor of Music and African-American studies at Northeastern University, has recently published Al's biography and he has been featured on thousands of recordings throughout the years (including mine!).  Boston has lost one of its last true greats.  I love you, Al!

Here is a link to one of many great articles that have been written about Al:

http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/obituaries/2011/12/04/vega-boston-piano-legend-accompanied-giants-jazz/2o4dXpShQcsk5wygZtI4uI/story.html?s_campaign=8315%3Fs_campaign%3Dsm_fb

In the coming weeks, I'll be adding a tribute page on my website.....now if only we could all live to 90 doing what we love. 


Have a wonderful week!
Valerie

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