Remembering Al Vega

Dec. 6, 2011

LISTEN: The Al Vega Trio plays live at WGBH's Fraser Performance Studio on Jun. 7, 2011.

Al Vega, a longtime Boston musician who played with some of nation's finest jazz talents through a 70-year career, died on Dec. 2 at the age of 90.

At WGBH, we knew him well. In fact we recorded his trio live at the Fraser Performance Center not six months ago.

Vega, born Aram Vagramian, was the house pianist at the Hi-Hat jazz club in the late 1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s, according to WGBH host Ron Della Chiesa. He played with many jazz greats including Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Count Basie and Duke Ellington. He later led his own trio, which performed live at WGBH’s Fraser Performance Studio on June 7, 2011.

Vega was, Della Chiesa said, a legendary musician and teacher, and a friend to generations of Massachusetts politicians, regardless of their party. Vega, a World War II veteran, was also a longtime Little League and Babe Ruth baseball coach in Everett, Mass., where a square was dedicated in his honor in October.

Boston Globe obituary

Washington Post obituary

Material from The Associated Press was used in this report.


Eric in the Evening

Available on 89.7 WGBH, Friday-Sunday, 9pm-midnight

Jazz 24/7

Every Jazz 24/7 show is a fresh, new mix of songs playing a wide assortment of jazz music favorites and new classics.

Eric Jackson's Playlist
6 - 9am, 12 - 3pm, 6 - 9pm, 12 - 3am

The Jazz Gallery with Tessil Collins
9am - 12pm, 3 - 6pm, 9pm - 12am, 3 - 6am

Listen on 89.7 WGBH Saturday 12mid-5am, Sunday 12mid-6am


Eric in the Evening

Jazz Conversations

Live from Scullers

Jazz 24/7 Webcasts

Jazz Scene

Eric in the Evening Playlists

Jazz Archives

Jazz on WGBH


Watch Eric in the Afternoon with Christian Sands



Updates on the best in contemporary jazz around Greater Boston






WGBH may utilize your email address to keep you up to date on what's happening on WGBH TV and Radio, and let you know about a variety of WGBH-sponsored events and promotions.

Support for WGBH is provided by:
Become a WGBH sponsor