The first time I heard Will Vinson, I was totally blown away -- so much so that I started trying to play alto again. An ill-fated attempt. But I'm still listening to Will every chance I get. And each time, I'm even more inspired, humbled, and, quite frankly, terrified." - Joshua Redman
"Potent, big-toned alto saxophonist... exhilarating, cascading improvisations... Outstanding playing" - Jazz Times
Originally from London, Alto Saxophonist/Composer Will Vinson moved to New York City in 1999 and has remained there ever since. He has appeared and/or recorded with Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Jonathan Kreisberg, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Marcus Gilmore, Mark Turner, Chris Potter,Geoffrey Keezer, Lage Lund, Ari Hoenig, John Benitez, Seamus Blake, Alan Ferber Nonet, Aaron Parks, among others.
Will has an international reputation as a leader and sideman. All About Jazz New York describes Will as playing “with a relentless force”. After a performance at the Pizza Express Soho in London, Jack Massarik (London Evening Standard) described Will as "the thinking man's alto saxophonist...Britain's Greg Osby", and John Fordham of the Guardian described a "superb solo of rugged leathery sounds turning into mellifluous high notes, his secure control and storming energy occasionally reminiscent of Bobby Watson."
Will is a member of a number of leading New York ensembles, including drummer Ari Hoenig’s Quartet (Will is featured on Inversations and Seraphic Ari’s CD’s on the Dreyfuss label, Lage Lund’s Quintet, Pedro Giraudo’s Mr. Vivo, an Argentine Jazz ensemble with 3 CD’s under its belt, and, most prolifically, guitarist/composer Jonathan Kreisberg's Quintet and Quartet ("The South Of Everywhere" 2007, "Stir the Stars" 2010). Will has released 2 CD’s as a leader/composer. It’s For You (Sirocco Jazz, 2004) and Promises (NineteenEight Records).
Guitarist Lage Lund was born in Norway. After failing to make it in the highly competitive snowplowing field in his hometown, Lage set a more realistic goal and pursued a career in jazz. This led him to Berklee college of music in Boston and the Juilliard school in New York, where he was the first electric guitarist in the history of the school. Since then Lage has had the opportunity to work with Wynton Marsalis, Ron Carter, Mulgrew Miller, Seamus Blake, Carmen Lundy, Aaron Parks, Marcus Strickland, the Mingus Band and others. Lage won the Thelonious Monk international jazz competition in 2005 and was very happy about that, but wonders if it ruined his chance of ever winning the lottery.
Bassist Joe Martin is one of the most sought-after bassists on the current New York City jazz scene. Known for his warm sound, facile ear, harmonic flexibility, and lyrical solos, he has performed with a diverse range of musicians. He was an integral member of Kurt Rosenwinkel's group for several years, documented on a live recording from the Village Vanguard entitled, The Remedy. He has also performed with Andy Bey, Vinicius Cantuaria, Bill Charlap, Anat Cohen, Avishai Cohen, Art Farmer, Aaron Goldberg, Jon Gordon, Ari Hoenig, Joel Frahm, Larry Goldings, Gilad Hekselman, Ethan Iverson, Guillermo Klein, Jonathan Kreisberg, Ivan Lins, Lionel Loueke, Bill McHenry, John McNeil, Brad Mehldau, The Mingus Big Band, Ben Monder, Jane Monheit, Jean-Michel Pilc, Chris Potter, Maria Schneider, Jaleel Shaw, Grady Tate, Mark Turner, Michael Weiss, and many others.
Drummer Clarence Penn met Wynton Marsalis in tenth grade. Penn says. "He came to my high school and kind of became my mentor for the next few years. He would often advise me on what to do." Having played in a semi-professional capacity since the age of 15, Penn has toured, performed and recorded with a veritable who's who of musical stars, including Maria Schneider, Betty Carter, Ellis Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Jacky Terrasson, Roberta Flack, Dizzy Gilespie, Dianne Reeves, Cyrus Chestnut, Stephen Scott, Steps Ahead, Mike Stern and Rachel Z. He is probably one of the most sought after drummers of his generation on the scene.