As a performer, he has worked with jazz luminaries that include: NEA Jazz Masters, Freddie Hubbard, Randy Weston, James Moody, Slide Hampton and Jimmy Heath as well as Gloria Lynne, Charles Earland, Bobby Watson, Lou Donaldson, Grover Washington Jr., Dr Lonnie Smith, Ron Carter, Claudio Roditi, John Lee, Ralph Peterson Jr., Melvin Sparks, and Shirley Scott.
Most recently, Vincent produced his third CD as a leader entitled "Organatomy", which features Grammy nominated Brazilian jazz great Claudio Roditi on one of his original compositions. His second CD as a leader entitled "Renewal of the Spirit" features Bobby Watson on Saxophones and four of Vincent's original compositions. He is featured performing on drum set, djembe and sangba African drums. His first CD, "Rhythm Master" features the great Eddie Henderson on trumpet. Vincent also produced a tribute recording for the late Charles Earland on the High Note record label. This recording features Joey DeFrancesco, Pat Martino and Eric Alexander. Vincent can also be heard on recordings by: Gloria Lynne, Ben E. King, Jimmy Bruno, Onaje Allan Gumbs and Charles Earland, as well as appearing 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 Grammy Award winning Charles Mingus Orchestra & Big Band, The Orrin Evans Quartet and Captain Black Big Band and his own band in venues such as; Smoke, The Iridium, Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola and The Jazz Standard among others.
An accomplished musician with no confinements, Mr. Ector is currently the Instructor of Jazz Percussion at Princeton University. He has been featured as a Clinician at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Lincoln University, Belgrade, Serbia Jazz Festival and is also 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.artsforkidsinc.org). He is also a sought after Artist-in-Residence for The Center for Arts Education in NYC and 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.
Mr. Ector was a featured teaching artist in the Harcourt/Brace Media Literacy Video Series, which is distributed nationally, as well as internationally.
Vincent is currently in demand as a recording musician and as a performer at jazz festivals throughout the world with numerous international artists such as, NEA Jazz Master Randy Weston Octet, The Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All Stars & Big Band, Bobby Watson & Horizon, Gloria Lynne, Steve Miller, Jose Feliciano, Nat Adderley Jr., Ben E. King and Lou Donaldson.
William Paterson University, BM Music Management/Jazz Performance
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 1990 - 1992
United States Army Bandsman 1985 - 1991
United States Army School of Music O.J.T. Program, Fort Bliss, Texas. 1985
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: (Performed and/or Recorded With:)
Performed and/or Recorded With: Freddie Hubbard, Gloria Lynne, Lou Donaldson, Hank Jones, James Moody, Slide Hampton, Ben E. King, Ron Carter, Bobby Watson, Randy Weston, Claudio Roditi, Kenny Barron, Charles Earland, George Cables, Joey DeFrancesco, Onaje Alan Gumbs, Jose Feliciano, Bucky Pizzarelli, Jimmy Bruno, Grover Washington Jr., Eddie Henderson, Grady Tate, Pat Martino, Savion Glover, Jimmy Heath, Charles Fambrough, Houston Person/Etta Jones, Ted Curson, Grady Tate, Gary Bartz, David "Fathead Newman, The Spirit of Life Ensemble, Rufus Reid, Scott Hamilton, Orrin Evans, Vinx, Ravi Coltrane, Sam Newsome, Avishai Cohen, Eric Alexander, Allison Williams, Johnny Coles, Shirley Scott, Craig Bailey, Cecil Payne, James Weidman, Roy Meriweather, Melvin Sparks, Giacomo Gates, Darryl Grant, Jamaladeen Tacuma, Sherman Irby, Sandra Reeves-Phillips, Ruth Naomi Floyd, Miri Ben-Ari, Ralph Peterson Jr.
Others available upon request.
DISCOGRAPHY: (partial listing)
As a Leader;
Vince Ector "Organatomy" American Showplace Records 2013
Vince Ector "Renewal of the Spirit", Mambo Maniacs Records, 2005.
Vince Ector "Rhythm Master", Blues Leaf Records, 2003
As a Sideman;
Giacomo Gates "Milestones", Savant Records, 2013
Lou Pallo/Les Paul's Trio "Thank You Les" Showplace Music Productions, 2012
Reuben Wilson Trio "Revisited" Ash Records, 2011
Giacomo Gates "The Revolution Will Be Jazz" Music of Gil Scott-Heron, Savant Records, 2011
Ben E. King "Stand by Me Foundation Christmas Album" 2009
Gloria Lynne "From My Heart to Yours" High Note Records, 2007
Akiko Tsuruga "Sweet & Funky" 18th & Vine Records ,2007
Onaje Allan Gumbs"Remember Their Innocence", Ejano Music, 2004
Charles Earland Tribute Band feat. Joey DeFrancesco "Keepers of the Flame" High Note Records, 2002 (Performer/Producer).
Craig Bailey Sextet," Brooklyn", Evidence Records, 2001 (Produced by Rufus Reid)
Leon Lee Dorsey, "Song of Songs", Umoja Records, 2000
Spirit of Life Ensemble, "25", Rise Up Recordings, 2000
Jimmy Bruno Trio, "Live at Birdland 2 "w" Scott Hamilton", Concord Records, 1999
Bob Devos Trio feat Charles Earland, "Breaking the Ice", Savant Records, 1999
Jimmy Bruno Trio, "Live at Birdland "w" Bobby Watson", Concord Records, 1997
Charles Earland,"Ready and Able", Muse Records, 1995
President/Executive Director – Arts For Kids Inc. – West Orange, New Jersey, 2000 to present
NJ State Council on the Arts – AIE Approved Teaching Artist, Permanent status.
Clinician - Rutgers University - New Brunswick, NJ
Clinician - University of the Arts - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Clinician - Lincoln University - West Chester, Pennsylvania
Clinician – Texas Tech – Lubbock, TX.
Clinician – UMKC – Kansas City, MO.
Master Teaching Artist-in-Residence - Arts Horizons - Englewood, New Jersey
Featured Artist – Harcourt/Brace Media Literacy Video Series.
Princeton University, Instructor of Jazz Percussion, 2012 to Present
PROFESSIONAL STAFF DEVELOPMENT: (Presenter)
2006 -2012 Cerebral Palsy of NJ. Staff training instructor in Music Therapy, ATC1, 2, 3 sites.
2002-2005 Mentor Teaching Artist – The Manhattan New Music Project,
( NYCDOE Special Needs District 75, Creative Music Educators Program).
2002 NJ Arts Education Collective Artist Training Workshop Presenter– Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ.
2001 NJ State Council Artist Teacher Institute – Rutgers University, Camden, NJ.
Music and Storytelling for Special Learners – Columbia University Teacher's College, NYC.
Music for Special Learners K-5 and 5-12- Hunterdon Educational Center, Hunterdon, NJ.
Assessment Workshop – NYC Community School District 5.
Percussion Workshop for Special Learners – NYC Community School District 75.
Creating a Successful Residency – Arts Horizons Artist Seminar, All Soul's Church, NYC.
Music for Special Learners – Raritan Community College, Raritan, NJ.