Will Vinson

Originally from London, Alto Saxophonist/Composer Will Vinson moved to New York City in 1999 and has remained there ever since. Since his arrival, he has appeared and/or recorded with Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Ari Hoenig, Marcus Gilmore, Chris Potter, Kurt Elling, Lage Lund, Aaron Parks, and many others.

Will is a member of a number of leading ensembles, including pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba’s Quartet (he appears on Charlie and the Grammy-nominated Caminos), Ari Hoenig’s Punk Bop and Nonet (Will appears on Inversations, Bert’s Playground and Live at Smalls), Miguel Zenon’s Identities Orchestra (Grammy-nominated for Identities are Changeable), and his own groups featuring, among others, Lage Lund, Jeff Ballard, Aaron Parks, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Shai Maestro and Mike Moreno.

In 2012, along with bassist Orlando le Fleming and guitarist Lage Lund, he formed the critically acclaimed OWL Trio, whose eponymous debut in 2013 was hailed by critics and listeners alike. Downbeat declared: “Everything about this album,which should contend for debut of the year honors,is a resounding success. The music swings effortlessly, every utterence is gorgeous and the recording is intimate and beautiful”, while All About Jazz noted that “the chemistry, sensitivity and simpatico sensibilities exhibited by these three young men are evident at every turn....OWL Trio is one of those records that finds power in quiet expression, not raised volume or aggression. Lund, Vinson and le Fleming make for an absorbing combination”

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Spectacular... The thinking man's alto saxophonist” —The Guardian

“Impressive... cooly restrained” —The New York Times

“Secure control and storming energy” —The Guardian

“Combines a thoughtful originality of conception with energy and fluidity of execution in very satisfying proportions” —Jazzwise

“Plays with a relentless force” —All About Jazz

“As mature in conception as in execution” —All About Jazz

“An exciting young altoist” —Time Out

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Four Forty One

Whirlwind Recordings
2020

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Sources & Angles

Self Produced
2020

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Trio Grande

Whirlwind Recordings
2020

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Good Question

Sunnyside Records
2018

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The World (Through My...

Nineteen Eight Records
2010

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Morning Glory

From: Will Vinson: Live at Smalls
By Will Vinson

I Am James Bond

From: The World (Through My Shoes)
By Will Vinson

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