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Vincent Gross is best known for his unique jazz vocalese style and riveting trumpet performances like that of legendary jazz artisans. His multiplicity as a crooner, instrumentalist, and entertainer allows audiences a fully immersive and engaging experience from the all-around performer.
Gross has long been recognized for his clear, incisive sound on the brass' trumpet, cornet and flugelhorn, and excellent vocal skill, particularly with vocalese and scatting styles. He developed this reputation because of his chameleon-like impression of Louis Amstrong and Eddie Jefferson making him an intrinsic tribute artist. Other influences include Freddie Hubbard, Clark Terry, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Fats Navarro, Kenny Dorham, Art Farmer, Roy Eldridge, Louis Armstrong, Charlie Shavers, Howard McGhee, and Jonah Jones to name a few.
Gross' boasts an impressive repertoire of American popular songs and jazz standards in the Great American Songbook. He performs broad genres of jazz, bebop, blues, R&B, funk/soul, hip-hop/rap, pop, and folk and can learn new songs quickly.
Gross composes and actively contributes vocal and instrumental tracks to local, national and international artists. He appears on several Grammy® Award-winning and nominated projects, as well as
Gross was born amid a family of Gospel musicians. He began playing the tenor saxophone and switched to playing trumpet alongside his father who played the alto saxophone, his mother who played the drums and harmonica, and six siblings who played a myriad of instruments at the church where his father pastored in Baltimore, MD. He was inspired to learn to play the trumpet after seeing Louis Armstrong on television. Armstrong's performance resonated with him so strongly that he switched to playing the trumpet when he was ten years old.
Gross' education centered around music. His' natural-born talents enabled him to attend Frederick Douglas High School. During this time he performed with notable jazz musicians at popular Baltimore-area clubs where his musical career began. He furthered his music studies earning a Jazz Studies certificate from the Johns Hopkins University Peabody Conservatory. At St. Augustine University he was the principal trumpet player in the North Carolina Youth Symphony Orchestra and where he became a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. He earned a Bachelors Degree from Bluefield College.
Professional and Music Career
Gross lived in New York City during the late 1980s and early '90s, playing in bands with keyboardist Joey DeFrancesco and former Miles Davis bassist Ron Carter and getting occasional work with Sarah Vaughan, and even Al Jarreau. He's friends with the jazz's royal family, the Marsalis brood, as well as received personal coaching from Wynton Marsalis.
Gross' career took him to widely-played venues in the '80s performing alongside renowned artists like Gary Bartz, Brian Blade, Cyrus Chestnut, Kristopher Funn, Mark Gross, Roy Hargrove, Phillip Harper, Antonio Hart, J.J. Johnson, Delfeayo Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Jimmy McGriff, Mulgrew Miller, Rufus Reid, The Temptations, Gary Thomas, Sarah Vaughan, Mark Whitfield, and Warren Wolf to name a few.
Gross toured in Japan with the Mark Conese Quintet, Chuck Brown, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (2000), Japan Jazz Festival (2003), Down Beat Jazz Festival (2004), and countless others. He also led bands and performed in exclusive restaurants, festivals, and private events throughout Washington DC, Baltimore, MD, and Norfolk, VA. Gross also worked for over 20+ years as a Business Finance Manager in the automotive industry. After Gross suffered a major injury from a dental procedure that he took a decade-long hiatus from performing on the music scene and continued working in his corporate career.
Gross relocated to Houston, TX, in 2018 Gross' 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 and music theory privately. Gross currently performs in exclusive restaurants, festivals, and private events and leads bands in the Houston area, as well as managing his entertainment company. With this much success, we can only guess what's on the horizon.
Vincent Gross's first solo single, "My Funny Valentine" 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, recorded, and appeared 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).
Vincent Gross, 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, show emcee (MC) and event hosting, recording and production on artists’ music projects, as well as consulting private music instruction.
About The Band
It is our professional musicians, diverse culture, strong values and ethics that make Vincent Gross Music, LLC such a great entertainment company to partner with! We work with the finest local and national musicians and have garnered many great reviews from our clients. Gross and his combo bands perform regularly at Brennan's of Houston, Davis Street at Hermann Park, popular jazz venues, and Gulf Coast Entertainment exclusive clients and private celebrity' events.
Collectively, we boast a broad repertoire of music favoring jazz standards from the American Jazz Standard Songbook jazz fusion, bebop, big band, swing), blues, R&B/soul, funk, hip-hop/rap, gospel, soft rock, folk, country, and classical music, and an expanded list of holiday classics.
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