Jazz Vocalese Artist ● Vocalist ● Trumpet and Flügelhorn Instrumentalist ● Bandleader ● Songwriter ● Composer/Arranger ● Recording Engineer/Studio ● Record Producer ● Music Instructor/Coach ● Event Host/Emcee (MC)
Vincent Gross is best known for his musical multiplicity as a vocalist, instrumentalist, and showman. His Avant-Garde jazz vocalese, crooning and scatting styles combined with incisive improvisational techniques and skills on the trumpet, cornet, and flugelhorn allows audiences a fully immersive and engaging experience as an all-around performer.
Gross's chameleon-like gritty impression of Louis Armstrong reveals his and other influences of Miles Davis, Roy Eldridge, Kenny Dorham, Art Farmer, Dizzy Gillespie, Freddie Hubbard, Eddie Jefferson, Howard McGhee, Fats Navarro, Charlie Shavers, and Clark Terry to name a few. Gross boasts an impressive repertorie of popular songs and jazz standards in the Great American Songbook covering jazz, bebop, blues, R&B, funk/soul, hip-hop/rap, pop, and folk genres. Gross also composes and actively contributes vocal and instrumental tracks to local, national and international artists appearing on Grammy® Award-winning and nominated projects (1997-2018).
Gross's career took him to widely-played venues in the ‘80s performing alongside renowned artists like Gary Bartz, Brian Blade, Cyrus Chestnut, Mickey Fields, Kristopher Funn, Mark Gross, Roy Hargrove, Phillip Harper, Antonio Hart, J.J. Johnson, Bobby Lyle, Delfeayo Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Jimmy McGriff, Mulgrew Miller, Lee Pearson, Rufus Reid, The Temptations, Gary Thomas, Sarah Vaughan, Mark Whitfield, and Warren Wolf to name a few.
After relocating to Houston, TX, in 2018, Gross's mother encouraged him to return to his God-given gift of singing and playing the trumpet. He rapidly rose on the music scene leading bands, performing, composing, producing, and teaching trumpet techniques privately. Gross is regarded as one of the most entertaining vocalists in Houston. Garnering this much success in a short period of time, one can only guess what's next for this artist.
Vincent Gross's first single, "My Funny Valentine" is a dynamic collaboration with the Emmy-nominated pianist Bobby Lyle and notable violinist Dominique Hammons was released in February 2020. The "2019 Holiday Collection" he engineered and produced with one of his bands, The Vincent Gross Trio, will be re-released in November 2020. Followed by four albums scheduled for release in early 2021 will represent his fluidity across many genres ⏤ A straight-ahead jazz album, 'Filthy McNasty', includes Grammy® Award-winning saxophonist Mark Gross, pianist Benito Gonzalez, drummer Lee Pearson, bassist Mikel Combs, and Vincent's riveting jazz vocalese singing style. A swinging Big Band album featuring a unique arrangement on rarely sung jazz standards. A Neo-Soul/R&B album showcasing his talent in the spoken word realm. And collection of unreleased material recorded throughout his music career.
Vincent Gross has written commercial jingles and performed, and recorded with many local, national and international artists appearing on Grammy® Award-winning and nominated projects, "Yardbird's Suite" and "Cornelia Blue" on Mark Gross ’Preach Daddy’ (King Records; 1997). He wrote lyrics to "Brenda Mae", and co-wrote the lyrics to “While I Was Sitting In My Room” with Mark Gross '+ Strings’ (Mark Gross self-label; 2018), along with many other artists.
Vincent Gross is a business-savvy entrepreneurial musician. He formed VINCENT GROSS MUSIC, LLC to expand his music entertainment services to provide solo musicians and tribute artists, small combo bands to full-size ensembles, event host/emcee (MC), and GROSS B♯ RECORDS, LLC to provide recording and production on artists’ music projects, as well as private music instruction and coaching.
It is our professional musicians, diverse culture, strong values and ethics that make Vincent Gross Music, LLC such a great company to partner with! We work with the finest local and national recognized musicians and have garnered many great reviews from our clients. Gross and his combo bands perform regularly at Brennan's of Houston, popular jazz venues, and for a Houston and Los Angeles based talent agencies corporate clients and private celebrity' events.
Collectively we boast a broad repertoire of music favoring jazz standards from the American Standard Songbook featuring styles as straight ahead, fusion, bebop, big band, and swing, as well as blues, R&B/Neo-soul, funk, hip-hop/rap, gospel, soft rock, folk, country, classical music, childrens songs, and an expanded list of holiday classics.
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