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Byrnes PAC hosts East-West Trumpet Summit May 31

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New York's Ray Vega.
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ARLINGTON — The Byrnes Performing Arts Center will play host to the Arlington Arts Council's "East-West Trumpet Summit" Saturday, May 31, headlined by New York's Ray Vega and his friend, Seattle's Thomas Marriott.

The two have played together for years, since meeting at the University of Washington, and their reunion will be recorded for a live-album release on Seattle's Origin Records.

The ensemble will include pianist and fellow trumpet player George Colligan, bassist Phil Sparks and Matt Jorgensen on drums.

The two trumpeters use their talents on arrangements of both classics and original material.

The duo's 2010 East-West Trumpet Summit release spent 21 weeks on the Jazz Week radio airplay charts. Their album was featured on NPR's Morning Edition.

Vega has served for many years as mentor to Marriott.

The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Arlington High School's Jazz I band will not only open the show, but many of its members are set to solo during the Trumpet Summit.

"We have a particularly strong senior class this year," AHS band director John Grabowski said.

Jazz I plans to play charts from composers such as Duke Ellington, Stan Kenton and Count Basie, among others.

"For my kids to see and hear these musicians as they go about their business will be very inspiring," Grabowski said. "We're thrilled to have the opportunity to learn from these master players. It's an opportunity that many young players don't get."

The show is presented by the Arts Council with financial support from Arlington's Lodging Tax Grant program.

The Performing Arts Center is located at 18821 Crown Ridge Blvd. in Arlington.

Tickets are $15 and $10 for high school students, at Flowers by George, located at 335 N. Olympic Ave. in downtown Arlington, or online at Kids under 12 are admitted for free.

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