I was in Burlington, VT on business this month. My friend Ray Vega lives and works here now at the University of VT. Ray is originally from the Bronx. He presently teaches at the University of Vermont. Wednesday nights he leads a quintet at the Hotel Vermont for an evening of straight ahead jazz.
Featuring Brian McCarthy on sax, Chuck D'Aloia on guitar, Caleb Bronze on drums and Rob Morse on bass on the evening I visited. The quintet provided a pleasant evening of jazz for a large appreciative audience. Yes, jazz does live in places other than NY. Thank you to Ray and band for carrying the torch.