Vega has recorded and performed with Tower of Power, Etta James, Mickey Hart, Jefferson Starship, Santana, Jerry Garcia, Billy Preston, Paul Butterfield, Baba Olatunji, Joan Baez, Bob Weir and Kitaro.
Also joining the group will be trumpeter, composer and bandleader Doug Ellington, who has performed with Royal Hartigan’s World Repertory Ensemble and presently heads his own band, New Urban Groove. Other Blu Tool musicians include Andrew Wilshusen, who performs with music innovators Eddie Gale, CKW Trio and Jim Ryan; world percussionist and teacher Manos, who has led and performed with many of the Bay Area’s master percussion ensembles, and Dave Bakker, a composer, pianist and guitarist.
Blu Tool was formed by composer and guitarist Len Wood in 2003. It is a collaboration of various well-known artists and composers, who combine elements of jazz, blues and other contemporary forms of music. The group performs to entertain and to raise money for charitable organizations.
The first set in Saturday’s performance will feature traditional jazz and blues from the 1920s to the 1990s, along with original work by the guest artists. Following a brief intermission, the second set will offer a musical tribute to the career of Miles Davis.