Vinson Valega grew up in a musical family near Washington, D.C., studying classical piano from age seven until switching to the drums when he was 12. He played drums for three years in the All-County Jazz Ensemble during high school and subsequently held the drum chair in the University of Pennsylvania Big Band during college.
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Valega is still one of the most swinging drummers around, with snappy trap-work, and an ear for compositions that carry a sense of cool freedom, bringing to mind the 1960s modal sounds in a contemporary setting.
~~~ Mark F. Turner, AllAboutJazz, 5/27/07
Valega's website indicates deeper intentions of progressive activism and open communication on political topics, though the swinging music is in no way didactic.
~~~ Philadelphia Daily News, 6/7/07
Valega is a spectacular drummer, delivering just what each track needs without over-powering or taking center stage at the expense of musicality
New York, NY
Willing to teach
Extensive teaching experience in a lesson environment, including three years on the staff of the Stanford Jazz Workshop, Palo Alto, California (1999-2001).