Vince Lardear is a native of Wilmington, Delaware. He was selected to the McDonald’s All-American Concert/Jazz Bands and the All-East Jazz Ensemble as a high school senior. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree and a Performer’s Certificate from Indiana University (Bloomington) along with a Master of Music degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. He has studied with David Baker, Jimmy Heath, Barry Harris, Lee Konitz, and Phil Woods. Vince placed third in the 1999 East Coast Jazz Festival’s Emerging Artist Competition. He is a former member of the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra under the direction of Buddy Morrow and played lead alto with the Illinois Jacquet Big Band for six years until the legendary saxophonist’s death in July 2004.
Composer, arranger, educator, and artist, Vince’s talent is a presence on the jazz scene in Philadelphia, PA, Wilmington, DE, and the surrounding Tri-State area.