Vincent Ingala

Connecticut-born saxophonist Vincent Ingala makes warm, soulful, smooth jazz and R&B. After making his recording debut in 2010 at the age of 17, his second album, 2012's Can't Stop Now, began a string of appearances on the Billboard Jazz Albums and Smooth Jazz Songs charts. Growing up in a large Italian family in Prospect, Connecticut, Ingala was exposed to his family's love of soul, jazz, and R&B. A musical prodigy, he started out on drums at age four and was teaching himself Elvis Presley songs on the guitar by the third grade. However, it was the tenor saxophone, an instrument Ingala gravitated toward while also studying piano in the fifth grade, that became his passion. Ingala began performing locally and eventually drew the attention of professional players, including smooth jazz star Dave Koz, who invited the then-16-year-old Ingala to join him on-stage. A year later, he recorded his first album, 2010's North End Soul. Ingala toured extensively behind the album and quickly built a loyal fan base. Two years later, he returned with his sophomore release, Can't Stop Now, which begat two Billboard Top Five singles and became a Top 30 jazz album. In 2015, Ingala returned with his third studio effort, Coast to Coast, inspired by his move to California. It reached number 12 on the same chart. The seasonal album Christmas followed in 2016, and in 2018, Ingala made his Shanachie Records debut with Personal Touch, his first Top Five jazz LP. ~ Matt Collar

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