Vincent Herring

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Vincent Herring
Vincent Herring at Birdland, New York City
Vincent Herring at Birdland, New York City
Background information
Birth nameVincent Dwayne Herring
Born(1964-11-19)November 19, 1964
Hopkinsville, Kentucky, U.S.
InstrumentsSaxophone, flute
Years active1982–present
LabelsLandmark, MusicMasters, HighNote, Smoke Sessions
Associated actsNat Adderley

Vincent Herring (born November 19, 1964) is an American jazz saxophonist and flautist.[1]


Vincent Dwayne Herring was born November 19, 1964 in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. His parents divorced, and he and his mother moved to California.[2] When he was 11, he started playing saxophone in school bands and studying privately at Dean Frederick's School of Music in Vallejo, California. At age 16, he entered California State University, Chico on a music scholarship.

A year later, Herring auditioned for the United States Military Academy band, Jazz Knights, playing lead alto sax. He moved to West Point and served one enlisted tour. In 1982 he moved to New York City.

Since first touring Europe and the United States with Lionel Hampton's big band, Herring has worked with Nat Adderley,[3] Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, the Horace Silver Quintet, Jack DeJohnette's Special Edition, Larry Coryell, Cedar Walton, Freddie Hubbard, Dizzy Gillespie, the Mingus Big Band, Nancy Wilson, the Roy Hargrove Big Band, Arthur Taylor, Billy Taylor, Carla Bley, and the Phil Woods Sax Machine (a band augmenting Woods' regular quintet to an octet with three additional alto saxophonists).

Herring has appeared as a special guest soloist with Wynton Marsalis at Lincoln Center as well as with John Faddis and The Carnegie Hall Big Band. Herring plays with the Cannonball Legacy Band in festivals and clubs.

Herring has taken bands to Japan and Europe on several occasions and has appeared in nearly every major jazz festival in the world. He is also involved in jazz education, giving clinics throughout Europe and the United States. Herring has recorded over fifteen albums as a leader and over 200 as a sideman.


Vincent Herring performing with the Nat Adderley Quintet, 1993

As leader[edit]

As sideman[edit]

  • Alto Legacy Alto Summit w/Phil Woods (Fantasy)
  • Barney McAll Quintet Exit (BME)
  • Benard Purdie's Soul To Jazz 2 (ACT)
  • Carl Allen Quintet The Pursuer (Atlantic)
  • Carl Allen Quintet w/Nicholas Payton Testimonial (Atlantic)
  • Carl Allen Quintet w/Roy Hargrove Piccadilly Square (Alfa)
  • Cedar Walton Composer (Astor Place, 1996)
  • Cedar Walton One Flight Down (HighNote, 2006)
  • Cedar Walton Seasoned Wood (HighNote, 2008)
  • Cedar Walton The Bouncer (HighNote, 2011)
  • Cedar Walton The Promise Land (HighNote, 2001)
  • Cedar Walton Voices Deep Within (HighNote, 2009)
  • Don Braden Sextet Art of the Saxophone (BMG)
  • Don Braden Sextet (Double-Time, 2000)
  • Donald Brown Quintet People Music (Muse)
  • Eddie Allen Quintet Another Point of View (Enja)
  • Ferit Odman Autumn in New/York (Equinox, 2011)
  • Ferit Odman Nommo (Equinox, 2010)
  • Freddie Hubbard Octet MMTC: Monk, Miles, Trane & Cannon (Musicmasters)
  • Freddie Hubbard Sextet Bolivia (Musicmasters)
  • Gloria Lynne No Detour Ahead (Muse)
  • Good Fellas (Vol. 1) (Paddle Wheel)
  • Good Fellas (Vol. 2) (Paddle Wheel)
  • Good Fellas (Vol. 3) (Paddle Wheel)
  • Harold Mabern Mabern Plays Mabern (Smoke Sessions)
  • Joe Chambers Quintet Mirrors (Blue Note)
  • Johannes Enders Quiet Fire (Enja)
  • John Hicks In the Mix (Landmark)
  • John Hicks Piece for My Peace (Landmark)
  • Johnny King In From the Cold (Criss Cross)
  • Kevin Hays Quintet Sweet Ear (SteepleChase)
  • Lainie Kazan Body & Soul (Musicmasters)
  • Leon Dorsey Quintet The Watcher (Landmark)
  • Louis Hayes Dreamin of Cannonball (TCB)
  • Louis Smith Sextet Strike Up the Band (SteepleChase)
  • Manhattan Projects Dark Side of Dewey (Alfa)
  • Manhattan Projects Echoes of Our Heroes (Alfa
  • Manhattan Projects We Remember Cannonball (Alfa)
  • Marcus Roberts Portraits in Blue (Sony)
  • Melvin Rhyne To Cannonball (Paddle Wheel)
  • Mingus Big Band Blues & Politics (Dreyfus)
  • Mingus Big Band Que Viva Mingus (Dreyfus)
  • Mingus Big Band Three of Four Shades of Love (Dreyfus)
  • Mingus Big Band Tonight at Noon (Dreyfus)
  • Nat Adderley Quintet A Night in Manhattan (Alfa)
  • Nat Adderley Quintet Live at Floating Jazz Fest (Chiaroscuro)
  • Nat Adderley Quintet Live at Sweet Basil Vol. 1
  • Nat Adderley Quintet Live at Sweet Basil Vol. 2
  • Nat Adderley Quintet Live at Sweet Basil (Alfa)
  • Nat Adderley Quintet We Remember Cannon (In + Out, 1989)
  • Nat Adderley Sextet Autumn Leaves (Sweet Basil, 1990 [1991])
  • Nat Adderley Sextet Work Song: Live at Sweet Basil (Sweet Basil, 1990 [1993])
  • Nat Adderley Quintet Talkin' About You (Landmark, 1990)
  • Nat Adderley Quintet The Old Country (Alfa)
  • Nat Adderley Quintet Workin (Timeless)
  • Ron McClure Quintet Never Forget (SteepleChase)
  • Scott Wendholt Quintet Scheme of Things (Criss Cross)
  • Steve Turre The Spirits Up Above (HighNote, 2004)
  • Tim Hagans & Marcus Printup Hubsongs (Blue Note)
  • Yoichi Kobayashi Sukiyaki


  1. ^ Allmusic biography
  2. ^ Kennedy, Gary (2002). Kernfeld, Barry (ed.). The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz. 2 (2nd ed.). New York: Grove's Dictionaries Inc. p. 229. ISBN 1-56159-284-6.
  3. ^ Vincent Herring Interview. by Alex Henderson, The New York City Jazz Record] (August 2017), pages 6 & 38 - retrieved August 2017

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