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It can be argued with some validity that one’s overall movement through life is reflected in his or her creative endeavor, and Vincent Herring’s strength and versatility on the saxophone can be viewed from this perspective. Although still young, Vincent has already covered a lot of territory, both literally and figuratively.

Vincent was born in Hopkinsville, Kentucky in 1964, and raised in Vallejo, California. His formal musical education began at age 11, when Vincent started playing in school bands and studied privately at Dean Frederick’s School Of Music in Vallejo California. At age 16, he entered California State University at Chico on a music scholarship. A year later, Vincent auditioned for a spot in the United States Military Academy band. He made the move to West Point, and it turned out to be a steppingstone to the New York Jazz scene. He first toured Europe and the United States with Lionel Hampton’s big band, and his progress thereafter has been steady.

Vincent has worked with Nat Adderley, Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers, The Horace Silver Quintet, Jack DeJohnette’s Special Edition, Larry Coryell, Cedar Walton, Freddie Hubbard, Dizzy Gillespie, The Mingus Big Band, Nancy Wilson, The Roy Hargrove Big Band, Arthur Taylor, Dr. Billy Taylor (concerts & clinics), David Murray, Carla Bley, John Hicks and The Phil Woods Sax Machine. Vincent has appeared as a special guest soloist with Wynton Marsalis at Lincoln Center in tribute to Miles Davis, John Coltrane & Cannonball Adderley. He also appeared as a guest soloist with John Faddis and The Carnegie Hall Big Band.

While he was amassing these impressive credentials, Vincent was developing his own voice and style. In addition to the legends he first encountered on record Vincent has found himself exposed to a diversity of musical influences. He reflects that it is the art of improvisation that ultimately stimulates him. Vincent has developed into a virtuoso with a voice that is uniquely intense and vigorous with the energy and direction. Vincent has taken band’s to Japan and Europe on several occasions and has appeared in nearly every Major Jazz festival in the world. He is also involved in Jazz education, giving clinics throughout Europe and the USA. Vincent has recorded 12 CD’s as a leader and over 150 as a sideman. He is a player who has combined dedication, education and talent to forge an already remarkable career.


As A Leader:

Vincent Herring “Simple Pleasure” Highnote HCD7084

Vincent Herring “Jobim for Lovers” Musicmasters

Vincent Herring “Change The World” MM65163-2

Vincent Herring Quintet “Don’ Let It Go” MusicMaster MM65223

Vincent Herring Quintet “Folklore” MusicMaster MM65109

Vincent Herring Quintet “Days Of Wine & Roses” MusicMaster 65152-2

Vincent Herring “Secret Love” MM65092-2

Vincent Herring Quintet “Dawnbird” Landmark 1533

Vincent Herring Quintet “Evidence” Landmark 1527

Vincent Herring Quintet “American Experience” MM5037

Vincent Herring Quartet “Scene One” Toshiba EMI (Japan only)

Selected Sideman Recordings:

Alto Legacy (P.Woods/V.Herring) “Alto Summit” Fantasy records

Barney McAll Quintet “Exit” BME Records 4798192

Benard Purdie’s “Soul To Jazz 2” ACT 9253-2

Carl Allen Quintet w Roy Hargrove “Piccadilly Square” Alfa-09

Carl Allen Quintet “The Pursuer” Atlantic-82572-2

Carl Allen Quintet w Nicholas Payton “Testimonial” Atlantic-82755

Cedar Walton Sextet “Composer” Astor Place Records 4001

Don Braden Sextet Art Of The Saxophone BMG Records 4001

Don Braden Sextet release late 2000 DoubleTime Records

Donald Brown Quintet “People Music” Muse Records 5406

Eddie Allen Quintet “Another Point Of View” Enja-8004

Freddie Hubbard Sextet “Bolivia” Musicmasters 5063

Freddie Hubbard Octet “MMTC” Musicmasters 65132-2

Gloria Lynne “No Detour Ahead” Muse MCD5414

Good Fellas (Vol. 1) Paddle Wheel KICJ115

Good Fellas (Vol. 2) Paddle Wheel KICJ166

Good Fellas (Vol. 3) Paddle Wheel KICJ101

Joe Chambers Quintet “Mirrors” Bluenote Records 724349668522

Johannes Enders Quiet Fire Enja Records ENJ-93902

John Hicks Quartet “In The Mix” Landmark Records 1542

John Hicks Quartet “Piece In My Peace” Landmark Records 1545

Johnny King “In From The Cold” Criss Cross Records 1093

Kevin Hays Quintet “Sweet Ear” steeplechase 31282

Lainie Kazan “Body & Soul” MusicMasters Records 65126

Leon Dorsey Quintet “The Watcher” Landmark Records 1540

Louis Hayes “Dreamin of Cannonball TCB Records

Louis Smith Sextet “Strike Up The Band” Steeplechase 31294

Manhattan Projects “Dark Side Of Dewey” Alfa ALCR217

Manhattan Projects “Echoes Of Our Heroes” Alfa ALCR312

Manhattan Projects “We Remember Cannonball” Alfa 3029

Marcus Roberts “Portraits In Blue” Sony Records 68488

Melvin Rhyne “To Cannonball” Paddle Wheel KICJ147

Mingus Big Band “Que Viva Mingus” Dreyfus Records

Mingus Big Band “Blues & Politics” Dreyfus Records

Mingus Big Band “Tonigh At Noon” Dreyfus Records

Mingus Big Band “Three Of Four Shades Of Love” Dreyfus Records

Nat Adderley Quintet “Live At Floating Jazz Fest.”Chiaroscuro334

Nat Adderley Quintet “Live At Sweet Basil Vol. 1

Nat Adderley Quintet “Live At Sweet Basil Vol. 2

Nat Adderley Quintet “Live At Sweet Basil” Alfa -44

Nat Adderley Quintet “Talkin’ About You”Landmark 1528

Nat Adderley Quintet “The Old Country” Alfa-101

Nat Adderley Quintet “We Remember Cannon” In & Out-701

Nat Adderley Quintet “Workin” Timeless SPJ 387

Nat Adderley Quintet “A Night In Manhattan” Alfa-166

Ron McClure Quintet “Never Forget” steeplechase 31279

Scott Wendholt Quintet “Scheme of Things” Cross Cross 1078

Tim Hagans & Marcus Printup “Hubsongs” Bluenote CDP 724385950926

Yoichi Kobayashi “Sukiyaki” “WNCL-2115

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