Vince Ector

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VINCENT B. ECTOR hails from the musical city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he attended the University of Pennsylvania. Trained in 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.

As a performer, he has worked with jazz luminaries that include: Freddie Hubbard, Gloria Lynne, Charles Earland, Bobby Watson, Grover Washington Jr. Ted Curson, George Cables, Gary Bartz, Melvin Sparks, Johnny Coles and Shirley Scott.

Most recently, Vincent produced his first CD as a leader entitled "Rhythm Master". This recording features Eddie Henderson on trumpet and two of Vincent's original compositions. He is featured performing on drum set, djembe and sangba African drums. Vincent also produced a tribute recording for the late Charles Earland on the Hi Note record label. This recording features Joey DeFrancesco, Pat Martino and Eric Alexander. Vincent can also be heard on recordings by: Jimmy Bruno featuring Bobby Watson, Pete Yellin, 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 Spirit of Life Ensemble, The Next Legacy Orchestra (Brooklyn Conservatory of Music) and The Jason Linder Big Band.

An accomplished musician with no confinements, Mr. Ector 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. ( He is also a sought after 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.

Most recently, Mr. Ector was a featured teaching artist in the 2001 Harcourt/Brace Media Literacy Video Series, which will be 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, Gloria Lynne, The Spirit of Life Ensemble and Bobby Watson.

DISCOGRAPHY: (partial listing)

"The Vince Ector Project" "Rhythm Master" ,Blues Leaf Records, 2003

"Charles Earland Tribute Band feat. Joey DeFrancesco" "Keepers of the Flame" High Note Records, 2002 (Also 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

"Onaje Allan Gumbs","Remember Their Innocence", 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

"Monnette Sudler", "Live in Philly", M. Sudler Recordings, 1994

"George Barron", "Crossing the Rubicon", Norbar Records, 1993

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