Vincent Herring

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Vincent Herring (born November 19, 1964 in Hopkinsville , Kentucky ) is an American jazz saxophonist (alto, soprano) and hardbop and post-bop flutist .

Vincent Herring, 2005
Vincent Herring, 1993

Live and act

Herring grew up in Vallejo, California, where he studied on a scholarship at California State University in Chico in 1980 and then gained experience in the band at the US Military Academy at West Point before moving to New York in 1983, where he studied at Long Island University studied, was privately tutored by Phil Woods and also paid for as a street musician. From 1985 to 1988 he was in Lionel Hampton's band , 1985/6 with David Murray , in 1987 in the quintet of Horace Silver and in 1989 with Art Blakeys Jazz Messengern.

He became known from 1987 to 1993 as a band member of Nat Adderley , whose brother Cannonball Adderley is his major musical influence. He can be heard on Adderley's albums The Old Country (1989), Work Song (1990) and Workin . With his own quintet, u. a. with the pianist Cyrus Chestnut , he recorded several albums in the 1990s (with Music Masters, Landmark), e. B. Don't let it go (1995), Days of Wines and Roses (1994). In 1996 he recorded with Phil Woods and Antonio Hart Alto Summit . He has also played with Freddie Hubbard , Dizzy Gillespie , Cedar Walton , Kenny Barron , Steve Turre , Roy Haynes , Abdullah Ibrahim , Billy Taylor , Nancy Wilson , Larry Coryell , Louis Smith , Don Braden , John Hicks , the Mingus Big Band (Europe Tour 2002), Jack DeJohnette's Special Edition, Carla Bley , with Wynton Marsalis as guest soloist at Lincoln Center and with the Carnegie Hall Big Band of Jon Faddis . In 2008 he played with his band Earth Jazz Agents (with pianist Anthony Wonsey , Joris Dudli on drums and bassist Richie Goods ).

In 2001 Highnote published Simple Pleasure with Mulgrew Miller on piano, Wallace Roney , Richie Goods and drummer EJ Strickland and in 2004 Mr. Wizard mostly with the musicians' own compositions, with a quintet from Herring, trumpeter Jeremy Pelt , Richie Goods, Strickland and the pianist Danny Grissett. His album Ends And Means was first released in 2005 on the La Buissonne label, a year later on HighNote Records. It wasn't until 2014 that his new album came out: The Uptown Shuffle (Smoke Sessions).

In 1988 he founded with drummer Carl Allen , who played in his quintet, Big Apple Productions , which for various - partly Japanese - produced label plates, so his first albums Scene One in 1988 and American Experience 1990. Herring taught at the William Patterson University, Duke University, Cornell University, and the Juilliard School .


  • M. Kunzler Jazzlexikon , Reinbek 2002

Web links

supporting documents

  1. Portrait of the musician on AllAboutJazz, accessed June 12, 2015