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1992 - 1995 Jazz Performance Professional Diploma
Mannes College The New School for Music
New York, NY
    Private studies with Vernel Fournier, Kenny Washington, Lewis Nash, Marvin “Smitty” Smith, John Riley, Bobby Sanabria, Norm Freeman
1983 - 1987 Bachelor of Arts, Economics
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA


1996 - present Private Drum Instructor
New York City tri-state area
 -students of all ages and level of ability in a variety of styles
     - topics covered: basic to advanced rhythm; reading skills; drumset development, approaches to ensemble participation, transcribing
1999-2001 Staff member, Stanford Jazz Workshop
Stanford, California
- two-week jazz camp for ages 12-60
    - taught large groups of drummers (10-20 per class) basics in jazz drumming including drumset technique and sound development, transcribing, jazz drumming, history, ensemble coaching, etc.
2003-present Founder and Executive Director, Consilience Productions
    -jazz record label and non-profit organization devoted to increasing civic engagement through jazz and activism.
1996-present Founder and Owner, Just Jazz
    -full-service music agency that provides jazz ensembles for corporate events, private parties & benefits throughout the New York City tri-state area.
1995-present Freelance Jazz Musician, drummer & composer
    -performing, touring, and recording in various situations as sideman & leader (jazz clubs festivals, CD releases, restaurants, private parties, corporate events, etc.)
RECORDINGS as leader (Consilience Productions label):  
2009 Biophilia
2005 Awake
2003 Consilience
2001 Live@147
2010 Biophilia
- JazzTimes, by Bill Milkowski
-, by Brad Walseth
- Jazz Inside Magazine, by Matt Marshall
- JazzWax, by Marc Myers
- AllAboutJazz, by Karla Cornejo
- New York Culture Examiner, by Layla Macoran
2007 Awake
- Philadelphia Daily News, by Shaun Brady
- Cadence Magazine, by Michael Rosenstein
- AllAboutJazz, by Mark Turner
- eJazzNews, by Ed Blanco
- Jazz Improv Magazine, by Dave Miele
2003 Consilience
- AllAboutJazz, by MarkTurner
- Cadence Magazine, by Scott Yanow
- Philadelphia City Paper, by Shaun Brady
- The Villager, by Lee Metcalf
- Jazz Review, by Sheldon Nunn
1996 - present Jazz clubs in New York City area
    - Blue Note, Birdland, Smalls, Smoke, Jazz Gallery, Cornelia Street Cafe', Knitting Factory, 55 Bar, Cecil's, Trumpets
Appearances outside of New York City area
    - Washington DC (Twins Jazz Club & Blues Alley)
- San Francisco (Pearl’s)
- Boston (Scullers)
- Philadelphia (Chris’ Jazz Café’)
- Chicago (Green Mill)
- Toronto (Rex Hotel)
- Baltimore (An die Musik)
- various European tours (Switzerland, England, Germany)
- various jazz festivals (Cape May Jazz Festival, DC Jazz Festival)
With other musicians
    - Grover Washington, Jr. - Clarke Terry - Dakota Staton
- James Williams - Donald Brown - Harold Mabern, Jr.
- Jamil Nasser - Ron McClure - Bob Mintzer
- Russell Malone - Peter Bernstein - Terell Stafford
- Eric Alexander - David Hazeltine - Joel Frahm
- Dena DeRose - Vincent Herring - Candido Camero
2006 - present

Grammy Academy, BMI, Chamber Music America

2010 Meet the Composer: Metlife Creative Connections

Download Vinson's resume


Vinson's Wikipedia Page
Vinson's essay - "Get Involved!"


Other Bios

Vinson Valega
Anton Denner
Gary Wang
Terell Stafford
Chris Bacas
Jon Cowherd
Josh Ginsburg
Nicki Denner
Willie Martinez
Rolando Morales-Matos
Jennifer Vincent
Shai Hayo
Mark Miller
Julian Llanos
Matthew Fries
Greg Ryan

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Consilience Productions
7915 35th Avenue, #3B
Jackson Heights, NY 11372
(917) 604-8809