Jazz Arts Dept.
Considered one of the premier saxophonists of his generation, Vincent Herring is a saxophone virtuoso with a uniquely intense and vigorous musical voice. He first toured Europe and the United States with Lionel Hampton’s big band in the early 1980s. As he developed his musicianship working with Nat Adderley, a partnership blossomed that continued for nine years. Along the way he has worked and/or recorded with Cedar Walton, Freddie Hubbard, Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Hayes, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, the Horace Silver Quintet, Jack DeJohnette’s Special Edition, Larry Coryell, Steve Turre, the Mingus Big Band, Kenny Barron, Nancy Wilson, Dr. Billy Taylor, Carla Bley, and John Hicks.
Vincent Herring has appeared as guest soloist with many artists and ensembles, including Wynton Marsalis at Lincoln Center and John Faddis with the Carnegie Hall Big Band. While amassing these impressive credentials, he continued to develop his own voice and style. Inspired by diverse musical influences, Vincent is also involved in jazz education and is currently on the faculty of William Patterson University. He conducts master classes and jazz workshops at conservatories and universities around the world.