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Vincent, Ron (Ronald David)

Vincent, Ron (Ronald David), drums, producer, educator; b. Warwick, RI, 18 October 1951. His parents are Raoul A. Vincent (b. 12/26/1920 d. 9/5/1977) and Jeanne T. Vincent (b. 7/20/1924). His sister is Claire Louise Moody (b. 7/11/1954).

He's studied with Alan Dawson, Joe Hunt, and Fred Buda. He attended Berklee College of Music, BA in Music Education from 1969-1973, graduating with a BA in Music Education.

As a leader, Ron's trio and quartet have performed both in the United States and abroad. In his 30 years as a performing artist Ron has recorded and appeared with such notables as Gerry Mulligan, Randy Brecker, Dave Douglas and Phil Woods.

He's been on the faculty at Jamey Aebersold Jazz Camp, Stanford University, Summer Jazz Workshop, Ovation Music Program Faculty, Dobbs Ferry, NY and is a private studio instructor in drum set techniques. As a guest artist since 1995, he's presented jazz drumming master classes, big band performance, rhythm section and improvisation workshops at Colleges and Universities including Wake Forest University, NC, Chicago College of the Arts/Roosevelt University, William Paterson College, Wayne, NJ, Notre Dame University, IN, Lewis and Clark College, OR, Binghamton University, NY, University of MO/Kansas City, MO, University of NC/Chapel Hill, NC, Benedictine University, Lisle, IL, Mansfield University, PA, Ithaca College, NY, and University of Brandon, Manitoba, Canada.

He's been involved with many recording and touring ensembles including Gerry Mulligan Quartet, 1989 to 1996, Gerry Mulligan Re-Birth of the Cool Tentet, 1991 to 1995, Bill Charlap Trio, 1991 to 1999, Carol Sloane Quartet, 1992 to present, John McNeil Quartet, 1985 to present, and The Gerry Mulligan Tribute Band, 1997 to present. He's made additional recordings with Lee Konitz, Randy Brecker, Phil Woods, Bob Brookmeyer, Art Lande, Bill Charlap, John Lewis, Wallace Rooney, Carol Sloane, Harvie Swartz, Frank Wess, Thomas Chapin, Chris Potter, Michael Moore, Grover Washington Jr., Vincent Herring, John Scofield, and others. He's performed with The Phil Woods Quintet, The Gerry Mulligan All-Star Tribute Band, The Art Lande Quartet, The Dave Samuels/Chip Jackson Quartet, Karrin Allyson 1999 to present, Helen Merrill, 1991 to 1999, Art Farmer, Dave Douglas, Rob McConnell, Rufus Reid, Dr. Billy Taylor, Nick Brignola, Karrin Allyson, Bud Shank, Clark Terry, Marc Copland, John Abercrombie, Bob Berg, Marvin Stamm, George Garzone, Dave Liebman, and others.

He's made appearances at jazz festivals throughout Europe, the U.S. and Japan including The North Sea Festival, The Haag, Netherlands, The Athens Jazz Festival, Greece, The Paris Jazz Festival, Paris, France, The Newport Jazz Festival, Newport, RI, The JVC Jazz Festival, New York City, The JVC Jazz Festival, Los Angeles, CA, The San Francisco Jazz Festival, The JVC Jazz Festival, Nice, France, The Toronto Jazz Festival, Toronto, Canada and The Blue Note, Tokyo, Osaka, Fukuoka, Japan.

Since 1985, he's endorsed Sabian Cymbal Ltd., presenting jazz drumming master classes, workshops, and clinics. He's also the leader of two jazz based ensembles for Arts Horizons Inc. Groups appear in schools K -12 and present either a History of Jazz or a Family of Instruments program.

After touring the U.S. and working for three years in Kansas City from 1979 to1982, Ron settled in New York City. His spouse is Nancy E. Kennedy, b 11/10/1955 pianist/composer. His son is Raymond K. Vincent, b 5/30/1992.

Recordings:
David Lahm Quartet: Muscle Memory (1990); Jean Brady: Chanson (1991); Passage: Passage (1992); Gerry Mulligan: ReBirth of the Cool (1992); Bill Charlap: Along With Me (1994);
Sandy Stewart: Sandy Stewart and Family (1994); Eden Atwood: There Again (1994); Carol Sloane: When I Look into Your Eyes (1994); Marco DiMarco: Sempre (1994);
Gerry Mulligan: Dream a Little Dream (1994), Midas Touch (1994); Passage: 2nd Passage (1995); Steve Million: Million to One (1995); Carol Sloane: The Songs Carmen Sang (1995);
Gerry Mulligan: Dragonfly (1995); Arkadia Jazz All-Stars: Thank You John (1996); Carol Sloane: The Songs Sinatra Sang (1996); Phil Woods: Into the Woods (1996); Marco DiMarco: My Poetry (1997); Steve Million: Thanks A Million (1997); The Gerry Mulligan All-Star Band: Thank You Gerry (1998);  The Kerry Strayer Septet: Jeru Blue (1998); Trudy Desmond: My One and Only Love (1998);
Diane Hubka: Haven't We Met (1998); The Bill Kirchner Nonet Live: Trance Dance (1999); Carol Sloane: Romantic Ellington (1999); Sean Smith: Sean Smith Quartet Live (1999);
Steve Milion: Truth Is (1999); David Lahm: Jazz Takes on Joni Mitchell (1999), More Jazz Takes on Joni Mitchell (2000); Gerry Mulligan: The Art of Gerry Mulligan: Final Recordings (2000);
Carol Sloane: Ballad Essentials (2001); Various artists: 'S Wonderful: Concord Jazz Salutes Ira Gershwin (1996); Digital Big Band Bash; Palmetto Records Sampler (1997);
The Gerry Mulligan Song Book (1997), Irving Berlin Songbook (1997), Triumphant Sax (1997), Gerry Mulligan Legacy (1997), Gerry Mulligan Triple Play (1998);
Love Ballads: Late Night Jazz (1999), Other Side of Standards (1999), Arkadia Jazz: The Stars of Jazz, Vol. 1 (2001), It's About Love (2001), Arkadia Jazz: The Stars of Jazz, Vol. 2 (2001);
Great Cabaret Performances (2001), Telarc Celebrating 25 Years: The Jazz Collection (2002)
Videos:
Produced video, play-along CDs and co-wrote video scripts for Masterjazz Video Jazz Education Series; Learn to Play Jazz video, play-along CD and Method Book;
Becoming a Jazz Soloist video, play-along CD, Method Book; Learn to Scat video, in production
Awards:
National Endowment for the Arts jazz performance grant

Contact information:
r.vincent@verizon.net

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