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Vincent Herring’s Story of Jazz: 100 Years

Aug 12, Sunday - 2pm
Sobrato Organization Main Stage

Born in Kentucky and raised in Vallejo, soulful post-bop alto saxophonist Vincent Herring has played with jazz giants such as trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie and vibraphone pioneer Lionel Hampton. He now surveys jazz music’s century-plus history with “The Story of Jazz: 100 Years” featuring vocalist and narrator Nicolas Bearde.

Leading a big band called by New York Music Daily “an all-star band to rival any other one, anywhere…” Herring’s thorough survey revisits musical developments from 1917 to the present including everything from ragtime, swing and bebop to Afro-Cuban, free and fusion styles. Works from greats such as Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker and Miles Davis are revisited and interpreted by his all-star orchestra, which includes the likes of trumpeter and Oakland native Jon Faddis and saxophonists James Carter and Eric Alexander.

Already studying at University of California, Chico on scholarship at age 16, Herring joined the Jazz Knights, the United States Military Academy band, a year later. After relocating to New York City and studying at Long Island University, he joined cornetist Nat Adderley’s band for nearly a decade. Also spending time playing with hard bop-era titans Art Blakey, Horace Silver and Freddie Hubbard, he was able to crystallize his own distinct artistry and bandleading skills.

Having recorded 20 albums as a bandleader, Herring’s latest is 2017’s Hard Times (Smoke Sessions).

Leading a big band called by New York Music Daily “an all-star band to rival any other one, anywhere…” Herring’s thorough survey revisits musical developments from 1917 to the present including everything from ragtime, swing and bebop to Afro-Cuban, free and fusion styles. Works from greats such as Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker and Miles Davis are revisited and interpreted by his all-star orchestra, which includes the likes of trumpeter and Oakland native Jon Faddis and saxophonists James Carter and Eric Alexander.

Already studying at University of California, Chico on scholarship at age 16, Herring joined the Jazz Knights, the United States Military Academy band, a year later. After relocating to New York City and studying at Long Island University, he joined cornetist Nat Adderley’s band for nearly a decade. Also spending time playing with hard bop-era titans Art Blakey, Horace Silver and Freddie Hubbard, he was able to crystallize his own distinct artistry and bandleading skills.

Having recorded 20 albums as a bandleader, Herring’s latest is 2017’s Hard Times (Smoke Sessions).


Personnel

Vincent Herring – saxophone
James Carter – saxophone
Eric Alexander – saxophone
Jon Faddis – trumpet
Brian Lynch – trumpet
Steve Turre – trombone
Mike LeDonne – piano
Carl Allen – drums
Kenny Davis – bass
Nicolas Bearde – vocals, narration

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