Well, I got the sad news that Victor Venegas has passed on. For those who don’t know him, Victor was a seminal figure in Latin Jazz and played with many luminaries such as Mongo Santamaria, Cal Tjaedar, the Fania AllStars and many more. He was also a great teacher having influenced and mentored many including Ruben Rodriguez and Carlos Henriquez. My knowledge of his past is limited and I hope that some others will add to this. Ruben? On a personal note, I owe Victor a debt of gratitude. Victor became friendly with me at a place of previous employ. One day he said to me, “You’re better than this, you should open up your own place”. Strangely enough I had never entertained the thought up until then. My life took an immediate turn that day and I made a beeline to becoming my own boss. Victor was my first client. Thanks Victor, I’ll miss you.