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BIOGRAPHY

BENNY CARTER.."Mark is one of my favorite players who has it all!"

WOODY HERMAN ... "Mark Vinci is the last of the Four Brothers."

JAZZTIMES ... "Vinci should be placing in the polls alongside Phil Woods, Frank Morgan, Vincent Herring and other top alto saxophonists."

SAXOPHONE JOURNAL  ... " Vinci is a masterful composer whose writing shows great skill and intuition."

BILLBOARD ... "One of 1996's overlooked discs of note was Mark Vinci's Grand Slam on Iris Records. He is a crafty soloist."

JAZZ PODIUM ... "If all goes as it should Mark Vinci should very soon become a 'household name' at all the more important Jazz festivals.  ...He is in every sense of the word an original."

CADENCE ... "When the band tackles one of the leader's all-hands-on-deck, hold on for your life bop numbers, such as "AHI" or "Crow's Nest," they hit on all cylinders."

Mark Vinci is a veteran of bands led by Woody Herman, Gerry Mulligan, Maria Schneider and John Fedchock, performing at festivals such as the North Sea, Kool, Montreaux, Monterey and Nice.  He has performed, toured and/or recorded with many great artists, including Joe Lovano, Rosemary Clooney, Joe LaBarbara, Bobby Shew, Tony Bennett, , Rob McConnell, Zoot Sims, Benny Carter, Tommy Flanagan, Clark Terry, and Mel Lewis. In a JAZZTIMES review of John Fedchock's New York Big Band Herb Boyd states, "Mark Vinci offers an emotionally rich confession on 'My Foolish Heart'."

Iris Records releases, GRAND SLAM and As I Think About You, and Flatcat Records release, INTERPLAY,  present Mark as a leader and composer. As a soloist he has toured in the Czech Republic, Poland, Germany, and the USA, performing in such places as One Step Down and The Nest in Washington, DC, the Club Brasserie in LA, and BIRDLAND in NYC where Mark's quartet played to a sold-out audience. In The International Musician  Burt Korall mentioned that "Mark Vinci burning with [his] quartet" was one of the more memorable and "impressive" performances at the IAJE Conference in Atlanta. Frequently, Mark is featured as soloist with big bands across the country, performing his  arrangements of his own tunes from As I Think About You.  On Al Franken's television show, LateLine, Mark performed with Rosemary Clooney.

Mark performs with musicians that he has worked with for more than 15 years in various groups.  Pianist and composer, Gerard D'Angelo, was a student of Bill Evans and Lennie Tristano and played with Zoot Sims and Red Rodney's Quintet.  Lynn Seaton, who studied with bassist Rufus Reid, has performed with the Monty Alexander Trio, Woody Herman and Diane Shuur.  A graduate of Eastman,  Dave Ratajczak played drums for Gerry Mulligan's Quartet, Woody Herman and Eddie Daniels.

As an educator Mark Vinci is on the faculty of Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY and the New School in NYC.  He has taught clinics and residencies at colleges and high schools throughout the US and in the Czech Republic, with support from the US Embassy.

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