“Basically he’s the go-to cross-genre horn-blowing utility man of the Philly scene” (John Vettese, WXPN’s The Key). Vince Tampio is a professional musician, arranger, composer, producer, engineer, and teacher based in Philadelphia, PA. Although firmly rooted in jazz, he is comfortable with a wide variety of genres including rock, soul, funk, folk, classical, and electronic.
Vince’s original music has been described as “a contemporary instance of fusion done right,” and whose “nontraditional instrumentation maintains a spacious environment that proves ideal for a set brimming with imaginative, drawn-out improvisation” (Matthew Aquilin, All About Jazz). His latest album, Adult Children (2020), is a full length instrumental jazz album informed by Hard Bop and inspired by Highlife. “[Vince has] an approach that is more soulful, yet laid back in a way. The influence of Latin music adds more fuel to the fire.” (Homer Jackson, Philadelphia Jazz Project). Adult Children is preceded by Tides (2019), The Nook (2018), and Sound Plan (2017).
Vince has contributed to 75+ music and film productions; view his partial discography and filmography. He arranges for and frequently performs with York Street Hustle (trumpet), You Do You (trumpet), and the John Byrne Band (trumpet, banjo). Vince founded the Philly Phatness horn section, which has recorded with regional, national, and international artists. He also serves as Musical Director and bassist with Phloyd – A Pink Floyd Tribute. "His horn croons and wahs with touches of funk or blues, bridging the futuristic digital age with a snazzy sense of classic cool" (Geno Thackara, All About Jazz).
Vince authored and published Chromatic Cell Permutations for Trumpet, a technical studies book that explores permutations of chromatic cells as performed on trumpet. Vince earned the Master of Music degree in Jazz Performance from the University of the Arts; and earned the Bachelor of Science in Music degree concentrating in Jazz Studies and Theory & Composition from the State University of New York (SUNY) at New Paltz. He studied trumpet under John Swana, Rebecca Coupe Franks, and John Maguda, and studied composition under Don Glanden, Evan Solot, John B Hedges, and Vinnie Martucci.
“However much he may genre-hop, use exotic instruments or play with sound processing, those aren’t just
gimmicks and his playing can stand on its own in a fine style. So too does his composing.” (Geno Thackara, All
"Tampio’s trumpet playing bounce[s] between classic jazz and a looser free jazz." (John Vettese, WXPN's The Key)
"Vince Tampio proves himself a very creative composer. I look forward to hearing more from this upcoming
composer & instrumentalist." (Fred "Rock Steady Freddie" Reiter, New York Ska Jazz Ensemble)
"Live at PafA skillfully straddles the border dividing orthodoxy and unconventionality and, more importantly,
validates that old, time-honored axiom declaring jazz as a universal language." (Matthew Aquiline, All About Jazz)