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Newsletter - November 5  

Happy Daylight Savings,

 

Although I'll miss the late afternoon sunlight, I certainly seized the extra hour!

 

My internal clock has been awry since the 10 Day John Byrne Band - Irish Experience. As a 4-piece band (accompanied by 47 other guests) we toured the Ancient East as far north as The Giant's Causeway to as south as Waterford. By day we saw countless stone ruins dotted among the country; not to mention free range sheep. By night we performed in pubs, churches, and ever a few sessions. I made it a personal quest to find local music shoppes in every town we stopped in. Ireland is definitely worth a trip when you have the opportunity.

 

Back in the States, I've been preparing for a handful of large scale upcoming events:

 

Philly Loves Animals II: A Pink Floyd Tribute - Friday, November 16 @ 7:00 PM at World Cafe Live downstairs (3025 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA). Together with fellow Philadelphia musician and bandmate Katie Feeney (You Do You, Roberta Faceplant) we are bringing back last year's tribute to one of the most underrated, political, and proggiest Pink Floyd albums - Animals! Additionally, we'll also perform Wish You Were Here in its entirety. I'm fulfilling the role of Musical Director as well as performing on electric bass and synthesizer as part of a 12-piece ensemble. EVENT

York Street Hustle Holiday Spectacular! - Friday, December 7 @Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St, Philadelphia, PA). York Street Hustle returns for our 2nd annual holiday show at Union Transfer. A yearly tradition that keeps growing, The York Street Hustle brings 60’s Motown and Soul to life with a 10-piece band, including many holiday Soul and Motown favorites. EVENT Can't wait until December? Join us at the Tree Lighting Celebration - Wednesday, Philadelphia Museum of Art (2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA). Make the Museum a part of your holiday tradition. We're ushering in this cheerful season with a Tree-Lighting Celebration. Join us for festive treats and music leading up to the 6:00 p.m. countdown.

The Cat's Pajamas Grand Finale - World Cafe Live downstairs (3025 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA). The Cat’s Pajamas is performing one final concert – and turning it into a movie. After 28 years, the Cat’s Pajamas is celebrating our retirement with a great big finale.We’ll be turning our favorite hometown venue into a huge New Orleans-style parade, complete with a horn section and a 9-piece band, and bursting with balloons, noisemakers, beads and parasols, as we film this farewell concert for one more live concert DVD. EVENT

 

Hot on the heals of The Nook, comes another new album: Season's Greetings, an instrumental chamber jazz interpretation of select Holiday songs. The album features hand selected Holiday favorites inspired by Frank Sinatra, Vince Guaraldi, and Al Green. I play trumpet, guitar, and percussion; joined by Ben Basile on upright bass. Season's Greetings is currently available for pre-order and will be released Tuesday, November 20, 2018. We have two album release shows in the Hudson Valley, New York, the weekend of Thanksgiving. Black Friday at The Backstage Cafe and Saturday at ARTBAR Gallery. Plus, Season's Greetings will be featured at Chris' Jazz Cafe in Philadelphia, PA.

 

VT

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Newsletter - The Nook Release 

I am proud to announce that The Nook is officially released! 

The Nook is a full length instrumental straight-ahead jazz album. The music harks back to Miles Davis’ first great quintet. John Swana, veteran Philadelphia trumpeter, guest appears on valve trombone.

"[Vince's] horn croons and wahs with touches of funk or blues, bridging the futuristic digital age with a snazzy sense of classic cool” (Geno Thackara All About Jazz). I am joined on The Nook by John Swana (valve trombone), Brian Blaker (tenor saxophone), John B Hedges (piano), Ben Basile (upright bass), and Charlie Heim (percussion).

The Nook is my fifth solo release; his first to use exclusively acoustic instruments. The album features five pieces composed by me. “The Nook” (co-written with Ben Basile) is a raucous blues named for the spandrel at Tattooed Mom Bar, Philadelphia, PA. John Swana guests on “Two Dollar Breakfast Special,” named for a menu item at the Main Street Bistro, New Paltz, NY. Jazz standard “Dear Old Stockholm” is re-arranged to interpolate a number of other jazz standards. All tracks were recorded live at Elm Street Studios, Conshohocken, PA.

Celebrate The Nook with me at the release show: Wednesday, October 3, 8:00pm-midnight at Chris's Jazz Cafe. Hear cuts from this album as well as music from my previous albums and select jazz standards. I'll be joined on stage by Hiruy (Henry) Tirfe (tenor saxophone, Julian Hartwell (piano), Ben Basile (upright bass), and Charlie Heim (percussion).

I hope you enjoy The Nook and look forward to seeing you at the release show!

VT

Newsletter - August 31  

Happy final day of August!

 

It feels Philadelphia witnessed three seasons in August: Spring, Summer, Fall, Summer again, then Spring again. It's hardly been a month since my last newsletter, but it feels much longer. 

 

The Philly Tribute to Amy Winehouse traveled to The Fillmore Silver Spring, Maryland. Their house was packed with a 500+ audience reliving Amy's musical legacy; sure affirmation that the band was expertly enthralled. Next week, Thursday, September 6 we return to Philly at Union Transfer. Celebrate the brilliance of Amy Winehouse’s seminal album, Back to Black as well as songs from Frank and elsewhere. Our 5-piece rhythm section, 3-piece horn section, and 6 singers range from jazz, soul, folk, theatre, neo-soul, folk, rock, and motown players from bands including York Street Hustle, Red 40 & The Last Groovement, and You Do You. Tickets available here.

 

My next album, The Nook, will be will be released on Tuesday, September 18, 2018! The Nook is a full length straight-ahead jazz album that harks back to Miles Davis' first great quintet. John Swana, veteran Philadelphia trumpeter, guest appears on valve trombone. Preview a couple tracks at my website. If you like what you hear, the full album is available for pre-sale at bandcamp. Want to hear it live? The release show is confirmed for Wednesday, October 3 at Chris' Jazz Cafe. Mark your calendars; more info coming soon. 

 

Nearly two years ago I gathered the Philly Phatness horn section to record horns for Mitski. Her recent album, Be The Cowboy, was finally released August 17. It's received widespread critical acclaim from Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, and The New York Times among others. I play trumpet and mellophone on "Why Didn't You Stop Me?" "A Pearl," Remember My Name," and "Me & My Husband." The horns are masterly folded into the songs' arrangements; blink and you might miss them. 

 

September's schedule features a smattering of public performances with the John Byrne Band and You Do You. Both of which are producing new material for eventual album releases. I'm staying busy; you stay tuned!

 

VT

 

Newsletter - July 27  

Happy Apogee Moon!

 

An apogee moon is the point at which the moon is farthest from the Earth on its elliptical orbit. Although the astronomical calendar is still on schedule, my show tomorrow is not. Due to a number of factors, I regret to inform that Saturday's house concert is cancelled. However, the venue and I are in the process of rescheduling the event. 

 

In other news, I am proud to announce that my next album will be released on Tuesday, September 18, 2018! The Nook is a full length straight-ahead jazz album. The music harks back to Miles Davis' first great quintet. John Swana, veteran Philadelphia trumpeter, guest appears on valve trombone. The rest of the band consists of Brian Blaker (tenor saxophone), John B Hedges (piano), Ben Basile (upright bass), and Charlie Heim (percussion). 

 

The Nook is my fifth solo release; the first to use exclusively acoustic instruments. I wrote five of the album's features original compositions. "The Nook" (co-written with Ben Basile) is a raucous blues named for the spandrel at Tattooed Mom Bar, Philadelphia, PA. John Swana guests on "Two Dollar Breakfast Special," named for a menu item at the Main Street Bistro, New Paltz, NY. Jazz standard "Dear Old Stockholm" is re-arranged to interpolate a number of other jazz standards. 

 

You can preview a couple tracks on my website. If you like what you hear, The Nook is available for pre-sale at bandcamp. I'm in the process of booking a release show for September, so stay tuned!

 

VT

 

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Newsletter - House Concert July 28 

Please join me for Sunset Cocktails and Moonlit Jazz with The Vince Tampio Ensemble; Saturday, July 28, 2018!



The evening’s music will serve as the soundtrack to the emerging night sky which should clearly feature a handful of planets including Mars, Jupiter and Saturn as well as a 98% waning moon in apogee. Moonrise is 9:00pm at which time we will premier my new psychedelic jazz composition, “Apogee Moon”, written specifically for this event. The piece is primarily improvised ambient jazz representing the Zodiac constellations. Following “Apogee Moon” will be a short break and another set of Psychedelic Jazz (with maybe a little danceable Sinatra at the tail end). 

 

My ensemble is:
Vince Tampio - trumpet, synthesizer
Drew Parker - guitar
Dan Finn- keyboard
Ben Basile - bass
Ben Diamond - percussion



This is an evening of music not to be missed: cocktails, sunset, music, moonrise, wine, decadent desserts…and psychedelic jazz. Bring your friends.


“Apogee Moon” premiere and more with The Vince Tampio Ensemble
Saturday, July 28, 2018
7:30 pm Cocktails with appetizer/small plate-style potluck dinner with the sunset
9:00 pm Music with the moonrise
Address: 514 Ballytore Road, Wynnewood, PA

 

Important info:

Donation for the Artist: $15 per adult or what you can. Your entire donation goes to the musicians who deeply appreciate your generosity. Please bring food and/or drink to share, ready to be served, being sure to label your serving dish and utensils. Identify the ingredients. NO peanuts. If it’s gluten free, let us know so our gluten sensitive friends can enjoy with abandon.Feel free to bring bathing suits and towels. The pool and hot tub will be open all evening. Bijou events are rain or shine.

 

Please contact me or Janet Schreiner to RSVP or for further details; hope you can attend this performance!