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Ector, Vincent

Ector, Vincent, drummer/percussionist; b. Philadelphia, PA, 5 July 1965. His mother is Patricia Ector (b. 5/1/38) and his sister is Linda Ector (b. 1/20/59). He studied music beginning at age nine through GAMP, a music magnet school in Philadelphia that also enabled him to study at Temple University while still a junior high school student.  He then began studying privately with drummers such as, Mickey Roker, Ralph Peterson Jr., and Armand Santarelli, as well as performing for six years as a percussionist with the United States Army Band. He studied in the  United States Army School of Music O.J.T. Program, Fort Bliss, Texas (1985) and was a United States Army Bandsman from 1985-1991. He studied at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia from 1990-1992.

 Vincent as has appeared as a musician on ABC television's  "One Life to Live" daytime soap opera, which features Vincent's recorded drum performance.  He performs regularly in New York City with several ensembles such as, The Spirit of Life Ensemble, The Next Legacy Orchestra (Brooklyn Conservatory of Music) and The Jason Linder Big Band.

He has been featured as a Clinician at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Lincoln University and is currently the President and Executive Director of Arts For Kids Inc., a non-profit arts-in-education company providing workshops performances and professional development for schools in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. (www.artsforkids.net).  He is also an Artist-in-Residence for Arts Horizons Inc. of Englewood, New Jersey. These residencies place him in the New York City public school system, primarily in districts for children with special needs. Ector was a featured teaching artist in the 2001 Harcourt/Brace Media Literacy Video Series, which will be distributed nationally, as well as internationally.

He has performed and/or recorded with Freddie Hubbard, Gloria Lynne, Vinx, Ralph Peterson Jr., Bobby Watson, Kenny Barron, Charles Earland, George Cables, Joey DeFrancesco, Onaje Alan Gumbs, Jimmy Bruno, Grover Washington Jr., Eddie Henderson, Miri Ben-Ari, Pete Yellin, Pat Martino, Talib Kibwe, Charles Fambrough, Houston Person/Etta Jones, Ted Curson, Gary Bartz, The Spirit of Life Ensemble, Rufus Reid, Scott Hamilton, Orrin Evans, Ravi Coltrane, Sam Newsome, Avishai Cohen, Eric Alexander, Allison Williams, Johnny Coles, Shirley Scott, Craig Bailey, Cecil Payne, Calvin Hill, James Weidman, Roy Meriweather, Melvin Sparks, Mike LeDonne, Darryl Grant, Michael Cochrane, Jamaladeen Tacuma, Sherman Irby, Sandra Reeves-Phillips, Ruth Naomi Floyd, and Melba Joyce.

On his CD Rhythm Master he also performs on djembe and sangba African drums. He began teaching at William Paterson University in 2003.

Recordings (partial listing:)
George Barron: Crossing the Rubicon (1993); Monnette Sudler: Live in Philly (1994); Charles Earland: Ready and Able (1995); Jimmy Bruno Trio: Live at Birdland (1997); Bob Devos Trio featuring Charles Earland: Breaking the Ice; Onaje Allan Gumbs: Remember Their Innocence (1999); Jimmy Bruno Trio: Live at Birdland 2 (9199); Spirit of Life Ensemble: 25 (2000); Leon Lee Dorsey: Song of Songs (2000); Craig Bailey Sextet: Brooklyn (2001); ", Charles Earland Tribute Band featuring Joey DeFrancesco: Keepers of the Flame (2002); The Vince Ector Project: Rhythm Master (2003

2001 Passaic County Cultural & Heritage Foundation Artist Grant Award
1999 Puffin Foundation Ltd. Artist Grant Award Recipient

Contact information:
15.5 Van Houten Street - Suite# 310
Paterson, New Jersey 07505
(973) 523-3416 - Residence
(212) 531-3800 Phone/Fax

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