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date: 18 October 2019

Golia, Vinny [Vincent James ]locked

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[Vincent James ]

(b New York, March 1, 1946). American wind multi-instrumentalist, arranger, and composer. His early training was as a visual artist, and after graduating from college he began to draw jazz musicians in New York clubs. In 1970 he used the money earned from providing the art for the album cover of The Song of Singing for Chick Corea to buy a soprano saxophone. Apart from a few lessons with Anthony Braxton in 1971 and with Bill Green, he was self-taught; by 1973 he was living in Los Angeles and playing with local musicians, including Horace Tapscott, Bobby Bradford, David Murray, Oliver Lake, Julius Hemphill, Glenn Ferris, John Carter, Baikida Carroll, the Cline brothers, and Roberto Miguel Miranda. In 1977 he formed Nine Winds records as an outlet for his own music and that of other West Coast avant-garde jazz musicians, among them Richard Grossman. By the turn of the century the label had released more than 100 titles, many of which feature groups led by Golia; he served as producer for sessions by such musicians as Steve Adams and Wayne Peet, for whom he also played as sideman. Golia toured Europe with Braxton's Creative Orchestra in ...

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