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Vinson Valega

Vinson Valega grew up in a musical family near Washington, D.C., studying classical piano from age seven until switching to the drums when he was 12. He played drums for three years in the All-County Jazz Ensemble during high school and subsequently held the drum chair in the University of Pennsylvania Big Band during college. After graduating from UPENN with a B.A. in Economics, Vinson came to New York City in the early 90's to study music at the New School in Manhattan, where he studied with Marvin "Smitty" Smith (of The Tonight Show Band) and Norm Freeman (of the New York Philharmonic). Vinson has performed in many clubs in the New York Metropolitan area, including the Blue Note, Smoke, The Jazz Gallery, 55 Bar, Birdland, Smalls, Cornelia Street Cafe, Cleopatra's Needle, and Trumpets of Montclair, NJ

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Vinson Valega

Jazz Musician of the Day: Vinson Valega

All About Jazz is celebrating Vinson Valega's birthday today! Vinson Valega grew up in a musical family near Washington, D.C., studying classical piano from age seven until switching to the drums when he was 12. He played drums for three years in the All-County Jazz Ensemble during high school and subsequently held the drum chair in ...

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Vinson Valega

Jazz Musician of the Day: Vinson Valega

All About Jazz is celebrating Vinson Valega's birthday today! Vinson ValegaVinson Valega grew up in a musical family near Washington, D.C., studying classical piano from age seven until switching to the drums when he was 12... more Website | Photos | Articles Follow Vinson Valega Put AAJ's ...

Biophilia

Label: Consilience Productions
Released: 2010
Track listing: I Knew You'd Say That; Sunset and the Mockingbird; A Moment of Silence; Biophilia; Let; Day By Day; Kathelin Gray; I Just Wanted to See What You Look Like; Charm; November Spring; Always; Talk Time; Strange; Think of One; Doesn't It Feel Great To Be Alive?.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Vinson Valega: Biophilia

Read "Biophilia" reviewed by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio

Vinson Valega is a devoted environmental and progressive activist who seems engaged with his craft on an aesthetic level but also, it seems, in a profoundly logical, moral way. The drummer's compositions sound significant, as if every note were saying something, down to the slightest tap of the drumstick. This is not to say his records ...

TRACK OF THE DAY

A Moment of Silence

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Label: Consilience Productions
Released: 2010
Duration: 07:18

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Vinson Valega

Jazz Musician of the Day: Vinson Valega

All About Jazz is celebrating Vinson Valega's birthday today! JAZZ MUSICIAN OF THE DAY Vinson ValegaVinson Valega grew up in a musical family near Washington, D.C., studying classical piano from age seven until switching to the drums when he was 12... more Website | Photos | Articles ...

ARTICLE: LINER NOTES

Vinson Valega: Biophilia

Read "Vinson Valega: Biophilia" reviewed by Vinson Valega

Biophilia We are in love with life and can't get enough of it! Life forms fascinate us and nature beckons with its mind-blowing “Wow!" factor as we experience first-hand its every possible shape, size, color, smell, and feel. We contribute money to preserve it and we even watch it on TV. This elemental human ...

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five With Vinson Valega

Read "Take Five With Vinson Valega" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Vinson Valega: Vinson grew up in a musical family near Washington, D.C., studying classical piano from age seven until switching to the drums when he was 12. He played drums for three years in the All-County Jazz Ensemble during high school and subsequently held the drum chair in the University of Pennsylvania Big ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

The Vinson Valega Group Performs at Smalls Jazz Club in NYC in Celebration of Their New Release Biophilia on February 26th, 2010

The Vinson Valega Group Performs at Smalls Jazz Club in NYC in Celebration of Their New Release Biophilia on February 26th, 2010

Drummer/Composer Vinson Valega will be performing with his Group at Smalls in NYC on February 26th, 2010 in celebration of his new CD release titled “Biophilia" (Consilience Productions) - Set Time: 7:30 to 9:15. The Vinson Valega Group Vinson Valega - Drums Anton Denner - Alto Sax Chris Bacas - Tenor Sax Mike Fahn - Trombone ...


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