Death of top trumpet, 89

Death of top trumpet, 89


norman lebrecht

April 07, 2021

Victor ‘Vitín’ Paz, a legend on the trumpet, has died at home in Panama City.

Wynton Marsalis once wrote of him: ‘His tone is golden, attack pristine, accuracy and consistency definitive, and his ethics and integrity unsurpassed.’

Eulogy here.


  • Greg Bottini says:

    Victor was an absolute master, and I’m so sad to hear of his passing.
    The ballad playing on the provided video is lovely, but I hope SD readers will follow the link to Victor’s eulogy, which has a stunning track by the Tito Rodriguez Orchestra. There’s where you can hear Victor in full flight!
    Not only are the solo trumpet interjections superlative, but the brass section as a whole – undoubtedly led by Victor – is as good as you’ll ever hear.
    Bravo, Maestro!