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Ron Vincent

A native of Warwick, Rhode Island, Ron moved to Boston, MA. in 1969 to attend the renowned Berklee College of Music, graduating with a BA in Music Education in 1973. After touring the U.S. with a variety of jazz groups, and three years in Kansas City (79-82), Ron settled in New York City in 1982.

Since then, Ron has become a veteran of the New York City jazz scene. Working often as a sideman, Ron has recorded for labels such as GRP, Concord and Palmetto records, the latter where he has been producer as well as co-producer for a number of projects.

Ron was a member of the Gerry Mulligan Quartet and Mr. Mulligan’s Re-Birth of the Cool Tentet from 1989 until Mr. Mulligan’s passing in 1996. He recorded four CD’s with Mr. Mulligan and has also recorded with Phil Woods, Lee Konitz, Randy Brecker, Bob Brookmeyer, Bill Charlap, John Lewis, and Slide Hampton to name a few. Ron has appeared with such notables as Art Farmer, Karrin Allyson, Jimmy Heath, Rob McConnell, Rufus Reid and Dr. Billy Taylor. As a leader, his own trio and quartet are active in the New York City area and his quartet has toured the U.S. and Europe.

As a jazz artist/educator for Sabian Cymbals, Ron has presented workshops at over 80 Colleges and Universities and has been on the faculty of the Jamie Aebersold Jazz Camps and the Stanford Jazz Camp. In 1996 Ron received a National Endowment for the Arts grant for jazz performance. Additionally, Ron has co-written, produced and performed in two educational DVDs for the Masterjazz series, Learn To Play Jazz & Becoming an Improviser.

Ron also teaches percussion at Manhattanville College, leads two educational performing groups that appear at schools in the tri-state area and is involved in a “Literacy through the Arts” program in NYC’s public schools.


Album Review

Bill Mays Trio: Autumn Serenade

Read "Autumn Serenade" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

In Autumn Serenade, Bill Mays gifts us a bountiful harvest of seasonally-bound beauties. This 40th leader date from the eminent pianist finds him fronting a trio with two longtime colleagues--bassist Dean Johnson and drummer Ron Vincent--and welcoming vocalist Judy Kirtley and producer/guitarist Matt Balitsaris for guest appearances on a single track. Together, all parties join up for a musical journey filled with reflection and romance. Opening on the John Coltrane/Johnny Hartman-associated “Autumn Serenade," Mays makes good on ...

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Steve Million: What I Meant to Say

Read "What I Meant to Say" reviewed by Richard J Salvucci

Steve Million, thoughtful, well established, and prolific, has recorded another elegant outing to complement his Jazz Words (Origin, 2021). No vocalist this time, but some old friends from his Kansas City days who combine to produce a wonderfully reflective entry. Million's compositions--and they are all his--are stylish and distinctive. “Open the Book" is an appropriate title for a sonorous and thoughtful entrance, although named for his daughter Peige, at the time of writing, a year old, ...

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Steve Million: What I Meant to Say

Read "What I Meant to Say" reviewed by Jack Bowers

A word that springs to mind when listening to pianist Steve Million's quartet is “tasteful." If the music sounds congenial as well, that is probably because “four friends" are performing it. Two of them (guitarist Steve Cardenas, drummer Ron Vincent) were among the Kansas City-based friends who comprised Million's quartet in that city before he moved to New York in 1981; the “new friend" is bassist John Sims who started gigging with the group shortly before What I Meant to ...

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David Lahm: More Jazz Takes on Joni Mitchell

Read "More Jazz Takes on Joni Mitchell" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

More Jazz Takes on Joni Mitchell signifies pianist/composer David Lahm’s follow up effort to Jazz Takes on Joni Mitchell. Once again, Lahm integrates a portion of the folk-rock singer’s body of work into the jazz genre while receiving sturdy and sympathetic support from saxophonists Roger Rosenberg and Vincent Herring along with the estimable trumpeter, Randy Brecker.

With this release, Lahm continues to delve into Ms. Mitchell’s recorded legacy while contributing three of his own compositions to this hearty mix. Herring ...

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Autumn Serenade

Sunnyside Records


Thank You John: Our...

Arkadia Records


More Jazz Takes on...

Arkadia Records


Thank You, Gerry!

Arkadia Records


The Mulligan...

Larsenjazz Productions


What I Meant to Say

Origin Records


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