:: BIO | DISCOGRAPHY
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. (www.artsforkids.net).
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
DISCOGRAPHY: (partial listing)
"The Vince Ector Project" "Rhythm Master" ,Blues Leaf Records, 2003
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
"Onaje Allan Gumbs","Remember Their Innocence", 1999
"Bob Devos Trio feat Charles Earland", "Breaking the Ice", Savant
"Jimmy Bruno Trio, "Live at Birdland "w" Bobby Watson", Concord
"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