"Whether blowing a tenderly passionate soprano sax, firing up his exciting and playful alto, or edging into a more aggressive stance with his brilliant technique on tenor sax, Greg Vail is a show stopper nonpareil, and one of the most dynamic saxophone players on today's instrumental scene."
- Jonathan Widran (National Jazz Author)
Greg Vail Bio (Update late 2010)
Hello and welcome to my bio page.
Thanks for letting me "toot my own horn" as they say. I'm currently seeking offers to perform locally, nationally or globally. I'm ready to jump into a new opportunity that will allow me to utilize my years of performing and recording experience to shine and let shine.
I've had the opportunity of working with some prolific names in the jazz, contemporary jazz, pop, and Christian music scenes over the last few decades as well as recording six solo instrumental CDs with a discography of 100's of CDs in varied genres to date.
Most notably recorded, performed or toured with:
Rick Braun, Peter White, Greg Adams of Tower of Power, Al Jarreau, Joe Sample, Wilton Felder, Eric Marienthal, Nestor Torres, Rob Mullins, Kilauea, Steve Oliver, Freddy Fox, Mindi Abair, Jessy J, Freddy Hubbard, Chieli Minucci, Chris Standering, Tony Guerrero, Dan Siegle, Brian Bromberg, Blake Aaron, Freddie Washington, Max Bennett, Richard Smith, Steve Reid and Bamboo Forest, Gerald Albright, Justo Almario, Richard Elliot, Boney James, Greg Karukas, Jeff Kashiwa, Ronnie Laws, Slim Man, Billy Mitchell, Nils, Michael Paulo, Diane Schuur, Freddie Ravel, Tom Scott, Shilts, Paul Taylor, Craig Chaquico , Dave Koz, Warren Hill. Kirk Whalum, Everette Harp, Roger Smith , Freddie Ravel, Native Vibe , Marc Antoine, Keiko Matsui , Guitar & Saxes (with Richard Elliot) , Patrick Yandall, Jeff Golub , Brian Culbertson, Grant Geissman, Scott Wilkie
Pop / Rock / RnB
Josh Groban, Weezer, Jason Mraz, Natalie Cole, Al Jarreau, Michael McDonald, Earth Wind and Fire, Smokey Robinson, David Pack of Ambrosia, Evelyn Champagne King, Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys, John Ondrasik of Five for Fighting, Dennis DeYoung of Styx, Dr. John, Tommy Sims, John Tesh, Bill Medley, Al Stewart, The Coasters , The Drifters , The Platters. At a Guns and Roses after-party performed with Slash, Billy Idol, and Andrew Dice Clay.
Gospel / Christian Music
Petra, Crystal Lewis, Jon Gibson, Rick Muchow, Morris Chapman, John Elefante, Leon Patillo, Jadon Lavik, Charles Billingsley, Tim Timmons, Tommy Walker, Darlene Zschech, Paul Baloche, Sarah Kelly, Chris Falson, Phil Keaggy, Adam Watts, Ken Reynolds, Denny Correll, Bryan Duncan, The Super Band featuring Abraham Laboriel, Lenny Castro, Saddleback Music, Maranatha Music, Vineyard Music
Through out the 80's, 90', and 2000's, I've made musical appearances on BET Jazz, History Channel, Fox News, TBN, local network news and cable shows and a national commercial for Time Life Records promoting the renowned Sax by Candlelight and Sax by Moonlight CDs which sold in the millions worldwide.
Originally taught by my grandfather, I began playing the saxophone at 6 years old. After graduating with a BA in Music from Long Beach State in 1984, I toured extensively with smooth jazz super-group Kilauea and later the Peter White Band.
1995 eMotion - Brainchild Records
1996 The Best of Sax By Candlelight - Brainchild Records
1996 Sax by Candlelight - TimeLife Records
1997 Sax by Moonlight - Delta Entertainment
2000 Christmas the Hymns - Greg Vail Music
2001 The Gospel Truth - Greg Vail Music
2002 Emotion - Greg Vail Music/Innervision Records
2004 Is It Christmas Yet? - Greg Vail Music
2006 The Gospel Truth Revisited - Greg Vail Music
2008 Smooth Jazz Classics - Greg Vail Music/Innervision Records
Since 1991, I've been privileged to be part of Yamaha as a Yamaha Performing Artist and currently endorse the AKAI EWI, Audio Technica Wireless Systems and KenKase Reed Cases.
BrainChild Records - 1995-1998
TimeLife Records - 1996-1997
Greg Vail Music - 1999 to present
Innervision Records - 2008 to present
Booking Information - Greg Vail and the Greg Vail Band are available for hire.
Concert promoters and event coordinators can reach Greg Vail Music at the following -
Greg Vail Music
P.O. Box 1661, Lake Forest, CA. 92609
Fax / Mes. 949-837-2807
Artist Site http://www.gregvail.com
FOR THE LATEST BIO INFO and EPK - http://www.gregvail.me