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Vinx is an extraordinary composer, vocalist and percussionist. His music transcends languages and borders. Vinx attended Kansas State University and performed with the Kansas State Jazz Band. In 1978, Taj Mahal invited Vinx to perform at the Montreux Jazz Festival, Switzerland. Vinx played with Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Hornsby, Lou Reed, B.B. King, Herbie Hancock, Kenny G. and Woody Harrelson. In 1990, Sting and Miles Copeland signed Vinx to Pangaea/I.R.S. Records. After Sting's Soul Cages CD, Vinx released "Rooms In My Fatha's House" for Pangaea. In 1992, he released "I Love My Job" in New Mexico, featuring Zap Mama, Patrice Rushen and Dan Kuramato. His 4th CD is "Lips Stretched Out", 1996. Vinx worked with Washington D.C.'s famed Eastern High School Choir with a grant from AT&T. In 2002, Will Downing recorded "Don't Talk To Me Like That" by Vinx and Brenda Russell. Vinx works with the US State Department as a Cultural Attaché to promote HIV awareness in Mozambique. He toured Sierra Leone raising funds for Ballanta Music School in Freetown. He is Professor Vinx at Berkelee School of Music in Boston. Vinx completed "50 Memoirs of a Hip Old black Man" - www.vinx.com
Antoine Smith is a "phenom". This gifted, 16-year-old composer and pianist has ideas and talent. Born on August 1, 1992 in Euclid, Ohio, he comes from a family of musicians, singers, dancers, composers, managers, and teachers. He is a first rate drummer and pianist who composes and plays contemporary jazz and other genres. He plans to enter an excellent music college, and continue his studies in composition and performance. Website: www.blogtalkradio.com/antoinesmith
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