Will Vinson (NYC)

Declared "one of the best alto saxophonists in Jazz" by Sterophile Magazine.

Will's saxophone playing is executed with incredible power and dramatic sensitivity, and is characterized by his imposing sound and technique. He combines a great respect for the jazz tradition with explorations into the rhythmic, harmonic and melodic realms of contemporary forms.

Appearing with the country’s finest: James Muller on guitar, Sam Anning on bass, and Ben Vanderwal on drums. The band shares a unique chemistry, and has evolved a unique identity, combining modern compositions with free-wheeling improvisation. 

Originally from London, Alto Saxophonist/Composer Will Vinson moved to New York City in 1999 and has remained there ever since. Since his arrival, he has appeared and/or recorded with Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Ari Hoenig, Marcus Gilmore, Chris Potter, Kurt Elling, Lage Lund, Aaron Parks, and many others. Will is a member of a number of leading ensembles, including pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba’s Quartet (he appears on Charlie and the Grammy-nominated Caminos), Ari Hoenig’s Punk Bop and Nonet (Will appears on Inversations, Bert’s Playground and Live at Smalls), Miguel Zenon’s Identities Orchestra (Grammy-nominated for Identities are Changeable), and his own groups featuring, among others, Lage Lund, Jeff Ballard, Aaron Parks, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Shai Maestro and Mike Moreno.  

Will has released 6 CD’s as a leader. 2016 saw the release of his debut recording for 5Passion, Perfectly Out of Place, featuring an all-star group: Mike Moreno on guitar, Gonzalo Rubalcaba on piano, Matt Penman on bass and Jeff Ballard on drums. The reviews have been ecstatic. All About Jazz calls it "a marvel of compositional design, textural beauty, and musicality"; Downbeat lauds the "incredibly original" compositions that"challenge the notion of how jazz is defined in this era", Jazzwise describes it as "heart-stopping", and Sterophile Magazine declares Will "one of the best alto saxophonists in Jazz".

Will appears at the Perth Festival with what has become his regular Australian group, featuring the country’s finest: James Muller on guitar, Sam Anning on bass, and Ben Vanderwal on drums. The band shares a unique chemistry, and has evolved a unique identity, combining modern compositions with free-wheeling improvisation. 

  

WILL VINSON comprises:

  • Will Vinson – alto saxophone
  • James Muller - guitar
  • Sam Anning - bass
  • Ben Vanderwal - drums