Vincent York's International Jazz Day
PRESENTED IN PARTNERSHIP with VINCENT York's Jazzistry and the southeastern michigan jazz association
Friday, April 30TH@ 7:30 PM EST
Vincent York – saxophonist, composer, bandleader, educator and advocate for the arts – returns to the House for his annual International Jazz Day concert celebrating jazz and its important place in history. He brings with him a stellar line-up of area jazz musicians (John Douglas, trumpet; Josef Dias, bass; Alex White, drums) to join the celebration and receives a special honor from the Southeastern Michigan Jazz Association.
Born into a family of musicians, York was introduced to the music of Charlie Parker in the 9th grade, thus igniting his exploration and love for jazz. He attended Southern University at Baton Rouge as a music education major and became the first jazz studies major under clarinetist Alvin Batiste. After graduate study in classical saxophone at the University of Michigan under Donald Sinta, York toured with the Duke Ellington Orchestra under the direction of Mercer Ellington. In 1977 he formed his own band, Vincent York’s New York Force. York has 2 recordings, Blending Forces and The new York Force, which was voted Best Jazz Album of the Year by MetroTimes. York has recorded and/or performed with noteworthy jazz artists including Ray Charles, Marcus Belgrave, Louis Smith, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn and Motown stars such as The Temptations, The Four Tops and Aretha Franklin. He was also the musical director for Martha Reeves.