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Vincent Herring

as, ss, *1964 US, Hopkinsville, Kentucky
Musician of Jazz

American jazz saxophonist, born 19 November 1964 in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, USA. Herring's formal musical education began at age 11, when he started playing saxophone in school bands and studying privately at Dean Frederick's School Of Music in Vallejo, California. At age 16, he entered California State University, Chico on a music scholarship. A year later, Herring auditioned for a spot in the United States Military Academy band Jazz Knights playing lead alto sax. He made the move to West Point and served one enlisted tour, which turned out to be a steppingstone to the New York jazz scene. Since first touring Europe and the United States with Lionel Hampton's big band, Herring 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, Carla Bley, Phil Woods Sax Machine (a band augmenting Woods' regular quintet to an octet with three additional alto saxophonists). Herring has appeared as a special guest soloist with Wynton Marsalis at Lincoln Center as well as with John Faddis and The Carnegie Hall Big Band. Herring now plays with the Cannonball Legacy Band, which plays in jazz festivals an jazz clubs. Occasionally, the band will play in smaller towns. Recently the band played in Bellingham, Washington at a benefit concert for the Bellingham Youth Jazz Band, a band for children and teenagers grades 6-12. Herring has taken bands 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 United States. Herring has recorded 15 CDs as a leader and over 200 as a sideman.

  • Alto sax
  • Soprano sax
  • Saxophone
  • Flute
  • Jazz
  • R&B/Soul
  • Pop
Popular Tracks   
In a Sentimental Mood on Preaching to the Choir by Vincent Herring
O Come, All Ye Faithful on Hot Jazz for a Cool Night: A Jazz Christmas by Various Artists
Tenderly on The Uptown Shuffle by Vincent Herring
Bolivia on Bolivia by Freddie Hubbard
Old Devil Moon on Preaching to the Choir by Vincent Herring
Hello on Preaching to the Choir by Vincent Herring
Have You Met Miss Jones? on Secret Love by Vincent Herring
Dear John on Bolivia by Freddie Hubbard
Dudli's Dilemma on Preaching to the Choir by Vincent Herring
Hard Times on Hard Times by Vincent Herring

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Band Members

Title Artist Year Type
Hard TimesVincent Herring2017Album
The Uptown ShuffleVincent Herring2013Album
Friendly Fire: Live At SmokeEric Alexander & Vincent Herring2012Album
Morning StarVincent Herring And Earth Jazz2010Album
Gettin' It Goin'Max Grosch Trio Feat. Vincent Herring2010Album
The BattleEric Alexander & Vincent Herring2005Album
Ends And MeansVincent Herring2005Album
Mr. WizardVincent Herring2004Album
Close EncounterMartin Sasse Trio Featuring Vincent Herring2004Album
All Too RealVincent Herring2003Album
Simple PleasureVincent Herring2001Album
Burn'in The BluesJeff Palmer, John Abercrombie, Vincent Herring, Bob Leto2000Album
Quiet FireJohannes Enders featuring Vincent Herring2000Album
Jobim For LoversVincent Herring1999Album
Tribute To DukeKlüvers Big Band Fearuring Vincent Herring1999Album
Change The WorldVincent Herring1997Album
Alto SummitPhil Woods, Vincent Herring, Antonio Hart, Anthony Wonsey, Reuben Rogers & Carl Allen1996Album
Don't Let It GoVincent Herring1995Album
Vincent HerringVincent Herring1994Album
Secret LoveVincent Herring1993Album
DawnbirdVincent Herring1993Album
Workin'Nat Adderley Quintet Featuring Vincent Herring1993Album
American ExperienceVincent Herring1992Album
A Night In ManhattanNat Adderley Quintet With Vincent Herring1992Album
Folklore - Live At The Village VanguardVincent Herring1992Album
EvidenceVincent Herring1991Album
Scene OneVincent Herring featuring Jack DeJohnette1989Album
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