"Jazz that breathes..."
The J. Vega Trio is a jazz band, composed of myself, J, (Juan) Vega (guitar), Vic Estrada (sax/flute), either Dan Clucas or Konstantins Jemeljanovs (trumpet), Chris Coulter (acoustic and electric bass), and Michael Celenza (drums). If we work in the larger format, we're usually billed as "J. Vega & Friends".
I've been a professional musician and music educator for more than 30 years, and have always enjoyed performing. I came up with the trio about 20 years ago, and before that I played in Top 40 and Latin Rock cover bands. These days, I've been writing more music for a larger format (quintet) because I enjoy the sound of a trumpet and sax front line.
We play live in the Southern California area, at public, private, and corporate venues. My band has also had an almost two-year run at Colombo's Italian Steak House and Jazz Club in Eagle Rock, CA, and we've been featured performers at the Eagle Rock Music Festival.
Straight-ahead jazz, some rock/funk, and blues.
Modified MIM Fender Telecaster with a Jason Lollar Charlie Christian p/u, '94 Epiphone Sheraton II, Epiphone Howard Roberts, '97 Epiphone "Dot", Squier Japanese Stratocaster, Fender Hot Rod Deluxe and Mustang III amps.