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 second CD as a leader entitled "Renewal of the Spirit" for Mambo Maniacs Records. This recording features Bobby Watson on Saxophones and four of VincentÕs 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 televisionÕs "One Life to Live" daytime soap opera, which features VincentÕs recorded drum performance. He performs regularly in New York City with several ensembles such as, The Charles Mingus Orchestra & Big Band, The Orrin Evans Quartet and his own band in venues such as; Smoke, The Iridium, DizzyÕs Club Coca-Cola and The Jazz Standard among others.
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, 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:)
Freddie Hubbard, Gloria Lynne, Lou Donaldson, Hank Jones, James Moody, Slide Hampton, Ben E. King, Bobby Watson, Randy Weston, Claudio Roditi, Kenny Barron, Charles Earland, George Cables, Joey DeFrancesco, Onaje Alan Gumbs, Jimmy Bruno, Grover Washington Jr., Eddie Henderson, Miri Ben-Ari, Pat Martino, Savion Glover, Jimmy Heath, Charles Fambrough, Houston Person/Etta Jones, Ted Curson, Grady Tate, Gary Bartz, 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, Mike LeDonne, Darryl Grant, Michael Cochrane, Jamaladeen Tacuma, Sherman Irby, Sandra Reeves-Phillips, Ruth Naomi Floyd David “Fathead Newman, Ralph Peterson Jr., Talib Kibwe, Akiko Tsuruga.
Others available upon request.
DISCOGRAPHY: (partial listing)
As a Leader;
Vince Ector “Renewal of the Spirit”, Mambo Maniacs Records, 2005.
Vince Ector “Rhythm Master”, Blues Leaf Records, 2003
As a Sideman;
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
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
ARTS IN EDUCATION:
President/Executive Director – Arts For Kids Inc. – West Orange, New Jersey, 2000 to present
NJ State Council on the Arts – Approved Teaching Artist, Permanent status.
Clinician - Rutgers University - New Brunswick, NJ
Clinician - University of the Arts - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Clinician - Lincoln University - West Chester, Pennsylvania
Artist-in-Residence - Arts Horizons - Englewood, New Jersey
Featured Artist – Harcourt/Brace Media Literacy Video Series.
PROFESSIONAL STAFF DEVELOPMENT: (Instructor)
2006 -2007 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.