Vocalist and Percussionist
Vinx will perform WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29 at
CLUB PASSIM -- 47 PALMER STREET 8:00 PM
$15 TICKETS -VINX ESSENTIALS" CD RELEASE PARTY
LISTINGS INFORMATION: VINX - WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29, 2006
CLUB PASSIM -- 47 PALMER STREET - CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS- 8:00 PM
$15 TICKETS - For more information call 617.492.5300.
He is unique. His music doesn't need to be overly dressed up, it is already elegant. Vinx has something to say" - Sting
"Imagine a classic R&B voice like those of Sam Cooke or Al Jarreau singing a cappela over a boisterous percussion troupe and you might get a hold on Vinx's magic..."--Modern Drummer
On Wednesday, March 29th, 2006 8:00 PM vocalist and percussionist VINX will be appearing at CLUB PASSIM -- 47 PALMER STREET - CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS
With each outing Vinx seems to get better. His vocals are strong and earthy, and shuffle nicely with his lovely percussion work...Vinx knows how to open your heart, while making your hips move to drum bump and grind."--New York Post
Vinx is a one-of-a-kind talent. (I Love My Job)...is a delightful release that bubbles with the pure enthusiasm of music making for the sake of making music...a most captivating sound." --Top Spins
Who is Vinx? Most people know him as...One man. One voice. One drum. As you will discover, Vinx is much more. Vinx's music transcends languages and borders. This is evident from his international touring schedule and cult-like popularity. Vinx has taken the wisdom of his mother to heart. She often told him that You can't sing of life unless you live."
In 1987, Vinx landed his first recording session with Ernie Watts on his Grammy awarded Musician project. Following Tom Jones' recording of Vinx's ballad Touch My Heart," Vinx toured extensively with the likes of Rickie Lee Jones, The Bus Boys, Teena Marie, Toni Childs and Robben Ford.
Vinx left the United States for Europe with his all drum band. Vinx and the Barkin' Feet played to capacity audiences at the Montreux Jazz Festival, performing after Miles Davis and before Wayne Shorter. Back in the states, Herbie Hancock invited Vinx to perform on his Showtime Coast to Coast TV Special, where Vinx played with Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Hornsby, Lou Reed, B.B. King, Herbie Hancock, Kenny G. and Woody Harrelson.
In 1990, Sting and Miles Copeland signed Vinx to Pangaea/I.R.S. Records. Following Vinx's performance on Sting's Soul Cages CD, Vinx recorded his first release (Rooms in My Fatha's House) for Pangaea. The album featured guest performances from Sheryl Crow, Sting, Herbie Hancock, Taj Mahal, Branford Marsalis, Roscoe Lee Brown and Mother's Finest. Vinx toured for 13 months with Sting's Soul Cages" tour as the solo opening act and the percussionist/background vocalist. The tour ended with a Carnegie Hall taping of MTV Unplugged with Sting. Vinx's While The City Sleeps" was used in the opening dance sequence of the prime time TV show In Living Color.
In 1992, Vinx moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico and released his 2nd CD titled I Love My Job. The album featured Zap Mama, Patrice Rushen and Dan Kuramato. Vinx toured the world jazz festival circuit with great response and returned to the States for an appearance on the Arsenio Hall Show and The Tonight Show with old friend Branford Marsalis. Vinx's song There I Go Again" was chosen for the highest rated episode of the hit TV series Northern Exposure. The network received so many calls about the song that it was chosen for an album release of Northern Exposure's most requested music.
In 1993, Vinx released his 3rd CD, The Storyteller, which featured Stevie Wonder, George Howard, Cassandra Wilson and Omar. Vinx toured the world and recorded on Cassandra Wilson's award winning CD Blue Light Til Dawn.
In 1994, Vinx moved to Boston and started the year with the Stewart Copeland and the Rhythmanists tour. The summer brought Vinx out for a three month tour with the Spin Doctors, Cracker and the Gin Blossoms, an appearance on the Bertice Berry Show, and performances and CO-MC work for all three days of Woodstock' 94. In 1994, 1995 and 1996, Vinx was invited by Miles Copeland to his 12th Century French castle for a writer's retreat. Vinx co-wrote at the castle with such notables as Brenda Russell, Cher, Michelle Shocked, Jill Sobule and Patty Smyth. 1995 brought Vinx to Africa for a five week tour of nine countries in West and Central Africa. Vinx and his drum trio were cultural attaches for the U.S. State Department. On his return, Vinx recorded on Stevie Wonder's Conversation Peace CD.
Vinx created an innovative Euro dance project called Jungle Funk which featured ex-Living Colour rhythm section musicians Will Calhoun and Doug Wimbish. 1997 - 1999 brought Vinx and Jungle Funk to over 150 shows throughout Europe and Australia with the release of Jungle Funk's first limited edition disc; highlighting the early days of the band. Vinx returned to the U.S. for work with the Baltimore based dance guru's The Basement Boys" and some recording on Crystal Waters' track Mama Told Me." In 1998, Jungle Funk got signed to the German label; ESC Records (Zebra/Warner Brothers in the U.S.) with a new release, recorded live in Austria. Vinx received a grant from AT&T to work with Washington D.C.'s famed Eastern High School Choir.
Last year, Will Downing recorded Don't Talk to Me Like That" - written by Vinx and Brenda Russell - on his Sensual Journey (Universal) release. Vinx lent his background vocals to the track, which was chosen as the single and charted on the Urban AC charts.
For more information contact All About Jazz.