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Newsletter - June 1  

Greetings from the road!

 

I’m on a tour of the American Midwest with the John Byrne Band. It’s John, Maura Dwyer, Andy Keenan, and me as an acoustic quartet. We’re playing a slew of gigs so check the Calendar to see when we’re performing in your neck of the country.

 

Upon returning to Philly, I’ll perform with PHLOYD – a 10-piece tribute band consisting of an all-star cast of Philadelphia musicians. We’ll play Pink Floyd’s Animals and Wish You Were Here albums in full, flanked by sets of deep cuts and fan favorites. I serve as the musical director in addition to playing bass, synthesizer, and singing. The show is Friday, June 14 at The Union Firehouse; 18 Washington Street; Mount Holly, New Jersey 08060 at 7:00pm. More details and tickets available here.

 

I’m releasing a new album this month! If you’re familiar with my Discography, you’re aware that I produce a wide variety of Music. Tides is a full length a full length instrumental ambient jazz album. The music leans towards the sub-genre of dark ambient and is heavily synthesized. The album is based on a composition with the same title from my first album, SYZYGY (2014).

 

Using a tape machine, “Tides” was slowed down and its pitch lowered, yielding an album-length basic track upon which to reimagine, reorchestrate, and reharmonize. The resulting music transports the listener to a sprawling extraterrestrial world. I decided to release Tides on my dad’s birthday, Sunday, June 23, and will be available wherever online you buy, download, or stream music. Preview Tides here.

 

VT

Newsletter - April 11 

Happy Spring!

 

With Winter behind us and Summer ahead, Spring is arguably my favorite season. I'm usually filled with a simultaneous sense of closure and optimistic promise. Some projects have come to a close or hiatus, thus freeing me to explore other opportunities:

 

After three solid years working with the Uptown String Band, I was not asked to to arrange their 2020 New Year's Day routine. The Cat's Pajamas played their Grand Finale show back in December (although Janet has been working on a forthcoming DVD). This year, AIM Academy doesn't need me for their musical. 

 

Production on You Do You's first full length album is well underway; plus the band is pursuing more public shows. PHLOYD (formerly Philly Loves Animals) is gaining serious traction as a Pink Floyd tribute band. We play our next show Friday, June 14 at The Union Firehouse in Mount Holly, NJ. And I have a handful of my own upcoming jazz gigs.

 

I am performing at Chris' Jazz Cafe Wednesday, May 1 at 8:00pm. At this performance I'm playing my trumpet through my effects pedal board. Since the late 60's, many jazz artists have embraced electric instruments. Hear to a mix of standards, deep cuts, and originals performed by my and my ensemble: Gabe Preston (woodwinds), Micah Graves (piano), Ben Basile (bass), and Charlie Heim (drum kit). EVENT

 

Just outside Philadelphia city limits is Ardmore's The Living Room, an intimate 40-seat listening room. They're hosting me Friday, May 24 at 8:00pm. This show features a slightly lighter lineup of Gabe Preston (woodwinds), Micah Graves (piano), and Brendan McGeehan (bass). EVENT

 

I'll also be up in Ellenville, NY at Trattoria Marbella Friday, April 19 at 7:00pm. Ben Basile (bass) and I are appearing as a jazz duo. EVENT

 

Enjoy Spring!

VT

Newsletter - March 15 

Tis the eye of Irish Season,

 

It's once again the month of March; which I fondly refer to as Irish Season. This is my fifth season performing with the John Byrne Band. We've already played a string of shows among the greater Philadelphia area as well as a quick trip down to Hollywood, Florida to play a parade. This weekend is the culmination of the season. We'll play an array of traditional Irish music, Pogues covers, and a sprinkling of JB's original music. Stop by if nearby this weekend:

Friday, March 15 @ 8:00pm - Brittingham's Pub
Sunday, March 17 @ 11:00am - Irish Rover Station House
Sunday, March 17 @ 6:00pm - Kildare's Irish Pub

 

Friday, March 29 @ 7:00pm is Reverend TJ McGlinchey’s: Still In Love album release show upstairs at World Cafe Live (3025 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA). Still In Love, TJ's second full-length LP, is full of the stuff that RevTJ does best: memorable melodies, thoughtful lyrics, and toe-tapping rhythms. The new lineup of the RevTJBand includes Chris Dell'Osa (electric guitar), James Cooper (bass), and the legendary Freddie Berman (drums). I arranged the 5-piece horn section and recorded trumpet for the album, and I'll be leading the section live. EVENT



It seems public performances have downshifted in 2019 (compared to recent years). York Street Hustle is playing more private events lately. You Do You is producing a full length album. The John Byrne Band is also producing a full length album. For my own solo project, I'm producing 2 full length albums and pursuing bookings for later this year. There's still much bubbling and churning behind the scenes. 

 

...pace yourself this weekend.

 

VT

Newsletter - Happy New Year! 

Happy New Year!

 

2019 started with quite the silent explosion of activity! January and February are usually quiet months for me; I don't play many public gigs. However, I've been capitalizing on the public inactivity by increasing my trumpet practice time and reinforcing my overall jazz feel. 

 

The time I've invested in my trumpet playing will pay off next week. Join me at Chris' Jazz Cafe, Thursday, February 7 at 8:00pm for another night of jazz! This show features vocalist Imani Roach (York Street Hustle). I've curated a repertoire of jazz standards, my originals, and a few 60's soul classics. We'll be joined by Dan Finn (piano), Brendan McGeehan (electric bass), and Charlie Heim (percussion). EVENT
 

 

The following week is York Street Hustle's Valentine's Extravaganza - Thursday, February 14 @ 8:00pm at Underground Arts: Black Box (1200 Callowhill Street, Philadelphia, PA). Another yearly tradition that keeps growing, York Street Hustle brings 60’s Motown and Soul to life with a 10-piece band, including many Soul and Motown favorites about love and heart ache. This show is also our tenor saxophonist Mike Kania's final appearance with the band. One of the last remaining original members, Mike has been with the band for 9 years. EVENT

 

I'm also involved with a couple album productions. You Do You is in pre-production for our next full length album. I just finished writing the horn arrangements; the songs are shaping up nicely. The music is influenced a lot by many 70's artists and bands. We track the rhythm section in mid February, then I'll be involved with the audio editing. The John Byrne Band is also in the audio editing stages of the next album. There's quite a lot of editing work left to do; but we're chugging away as we hurtle closer to this year's Irish Season. 

 

Even though there are fewer opportunities to see me live this month, I've certainly been keeping busy. 

 

VT

Newsletter - Season's Greetings Release  

Hot on the heels of The Nook is Season's Greetings!

 

Ben Basile and I offer a jazz season’s greetings. Season's Greetings is an instrumental chamber jazz interpretation of select Holiday songs. The musical arrangements were inspired by Frank Sinatra, Vince Guaraldi, and Al Green.

 

Season’s Greetings features hand selected Holiday favorites arranged and performed by Ben Basile and Vince Tampio; Tampio also served as producer and engineer. Ben Basile is an electric/double bassist, educator and composer from New York's Hudson Valley Area. On Season’s Greetings, Ben plays upright bass and percussion, I play trumpet, flugelhorn, guitars, tanpura, and percussion.

 

We've been collaborating since our college years. Album collaborations include my The Nook (2018), his Two For Twenty (2016), and our A Duo Tribute to Frank Sinatra (2015). All tracks on Season’s Greetings were recorded at my own S.A.V. Studios, Philadelphia, PA.

 

Celebrate Season's Greetings with us at our Philadelphia release show: Wednesday, December 5, 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. We'll be joined on stage by Jeffrey Smith (piano), and Charlie Heim (percussion).

 

I hope you enjoy Season's Greetings; look forward to seeing you at the show!

 

VT