Vincent Gross is a dynamic performer with many diverse talents as a jazz vocalese/crooner artist, trumpet, flugelhorn and cornet instrumentalist; bandleader, composer, arranger, audio producer and voice over.
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 on trumpet, cornet, and flugelhorn allow audiences a fully immersive and engaging experience as an all-around performer.
Gross's chameleon-like gritty impression of Louis Amstrong reveals 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's impressive repertoire of popular songs and jazz standards in the Great American Songbook covers jazz, bebop/big band, blues, R&B/soul, funk, hip-hop/rap, top 40's and pop genres. Gross also composes and actively contributes vocal and instrumental tracks to artists appearing on Grammy® Award-winning and nominated projects (1997 to 2018).
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Interview with Vincent Gross
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: One must be able to imagine Eddie Jefferson,Roy Ayers, Better Carter, Al Jerreau and Gregory Porter rolled into one.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Quincy Jones and Common and as for a reason is they would allow me to capture the raw essence of jazz fused with the contemporary style of freedom in the music
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: It must be clean going in and that makes for a great sound coming out.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: My process is simple. I simply try to allow the music to breathe
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I run ProTools HD with a Control 24 Logic Pro X I have an acoustic upright bass, Mapex drums Alesis electric drums DM10 korg triton studio and Yamaha motif Telefunken, Neumann, Condensers ribbons and tube mics
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Kenny Garrett, Santana, Dr. Dre, Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong. (All types of music)
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I am proud of all of my projects. Each project is unique, meaningful, and better than the last.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: In February 2020, I released "My Funny Valentine", which received an overwhelming response. Due to the COVID-19 health concern, I have 2 vocal and piano projects that I am working on with local, national and international artists. Also, I am spearheading an album to support youth victims of gun violence, in addition to contributing to local, and Grammy Award-winning and nominated artists' projects.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Since I am a new artist on the SoundBetter platform, I will explore members in the music community.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: My entertainment services are provided as specified and then a little bit more. I have never had a gig where I missed the mark amongst the guests/listeners in the audience.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: My passion is entertaining people through music. Therefore, it never considered a job but a joy!
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: My ability to entertain people is a gift. Many believe that reading an audience and knowing exactly what to do, say or right song to sing to keep them engaged is easy. Fortunate for me it is a natural ability. I love it!
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I ask all pertinent questions to the assignment to gauge the scope of the project. Then ask what boundaries am I given to suggest enhancements or allowed to be a little more creative.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My trumpet, microphone, and amplifier!
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Natural born talent as a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist. I was honored to have been coached by legendary jazz musicians from jr. high school to college.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Jazz, Jazz Fusion, Contemporary and Smooth Jazz, R&B/Soul, Blues, Fununk, and HipHop
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I have a natural ability to capture the energy of the music and engage an audience, large or small and put the energy back into the music.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Creative arrangements, enhanced plug-ins, and live instrumentation.