Vincent Herring, born on November 19, 1964, in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, is a prominent American jazz saxophonist and flutist known for his soulful and passionate playing style. With a career that has spanned over three decades, Herring has worked with numerous jazz legends and has established himself as a versatile musician, equally adept at playing alto and soprano saxophones, as well as the flute.
Herring started learning music at a young age. He was initially introduced to the saxophone at age 11 while living in California. He entered California State University, Chico, at the age of 16 on a music scholarship. A year later he was accepted into the United States Military Academy Band, Jazz Nights, moved to West Point, and served one enlisted tour.
In 1983, Herring moved to New York City to immerse himself in the vibrant jazz scene. He made a name for himself, joining Lionel Hampton’s big band and later working with other notable artists, including Nat Adderley, Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, Cedar Walton, and the Mingus Big Band. Herring’s virtuosity and musicianship allowed him to excel in various settings, from big bands to small ensembles.
Throughout his career, Herring has released over 20 albums as a bandleader, showcasing his distinctive sound and ability to traverse different jazz styles. Some of his most notable works include “Evidence” (1999), and “Hard Times” (2017). As a sideman, Herring has contributed to numerous recordings with artists like Freddie Hubbard, Dizzy Gillespie, and Nancy Wilson, among others.
In addition to his extensive performing career, Herring is a dedicated educator, serving on the faculty at the Manhattan School of Music and William Patterson University. His commitment to education and mentorship demonstrates his passion for preserving and promoting the rich legacy of jazz.
Vincent Herring’s work as a performer, recording artist, and educator has made a lasting impact on the jazz world. With his passionate and soulful playing, he continues to captivate audiences and inspire future generations of musicians.
Page last updated 11/20/2023.