Greg Vail Biography 2014

EPK Electronic Press Kit

"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 Biography

"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)

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 with live or toured with:

Smooth Jazz
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
Elton John, Chaka Khan, Toto, David Foster, Sarah McLachlan, Josh Groban, Weezer, Jason Mraz, Natalie Cole, Al Jarreau, Michael McDonald, Earth Wind and Fire, Patti Austin, James Ingram, Jonathan Butler, 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, Lucy Schwartz and Landon Pig, 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, Amy Grant, 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 last few decades, 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, Peter White Band and later the Rob Mullins Band.


Greg Vail Current Projects (Recording and live dates)

Greg Vail Band – Original CD Project Band – bandleader 1988 to present
Greg Adam’s East Bay Soul – 10 piece horn band – 2009 to present
Magnetiq – A Michael Brecker Tribute Band – band member 2010 to present
Dean Grech Band – Singer/Guitarist  – band member 2010 to present
Woodwind and Brasswind contributing writer – 2011 to present
Oceans of Sand Band – A Smooth Jazz Project – 2012 to present
The Bard Brothers Blues Band – 2012 to present
Mick Adams and the Stones – A Rolling Stones Tribute – 2013 to present


Greg Vail Discography

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
NEWEST PROJECTS FEATURING GREG VAIL
2014 Dean Grech – We Got Lost  featuring Greg Vail – Rocket Ride Records
2014 Brick Alley Blues – Nothin’ To Loose But the Blues – Brick Alley Blues


Endorsements

Yamaha Saxophones Performing Artist since 1991
Audio Technica Wireless Systems since 1997
AKAI EWI since 2008


Record Labels

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 Contact

Greg Vail Music

P.O. Box 1661, Lake Forest, CA. 92609

Email: GregVail@Hotmail.com

Office Phone: 949-837-7655

Artist Site: GregVail.com

Booking Site: GregVail.me