Vince Maccarone is an educator, sought-after performer, studio musician and producer with over 30 years of playing, teaching and writing experience. Originally from the mining town of Sudbury, Ontario, he has been based in Toronto, Ontario for the past 30 years.
His live performances display an unbreakable link between traditional music and cutting-edge contemporary. His Jazz, Reggae, Afro-Cuban and Brazilian influences blend into a unique “World Music” approach which he brings to his master classes and workshops. Vince’s drumming influences range from Manu Katche & Earl Palmer to Sly Dunbar, Tony Allen and Stewart Copeland.
Vince is a very versatile and adaptable musician, he has toured extensively in Canada and the United States and also in Australia, Europe and the Caribbean. Vince’s writing and drumming have been featured on films, commercials and television shows including: Two If By Sea with Sandra Bullock and Dennis Leary, The Decorating Challenge and commercials for Tim Horton’s and Coca Cola to name a few.
Some other artists Vince has worked with include: Colin Linden, Denny Doherty of The Mammas and Pappas, Deanna Bogart, Gregory Hines, Jim Belushi, Sugar Blue (harmonica player for Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, U2) and New Orleans great, Earl King (Come ON, Big Chief, Trick bag) who shared “this drummer is hot!” with the crowd all evening. He also has been with Paul Reddick and The Sidemen for the past 20 years. One career highlight was a 2 week tour out west backing blues legend Buddy Guy.
Vince has many studio recording credits for labels such as Dark Light Music, Northern Blues, Wonderlust Records and on Pour Soul Records
Awards and Nominations
Endorsee for Dream Cymbal Company – 2016
Maple Blues Nomination – Drummer of the Year 2011, 2010, 2003 (and some in the 90’s)
JUNO Nomination – Johnny Max Band, producer, writer, drummer 2011
Maple Blues Awards – (9) Nominations 3 awards won – Best Live Band, Best Recording, and Songwriting
Johnny Max Band – Kings of Beale Award, International Blues Competition Memphis, TN February 2009
Paul Reddick and the Sidemen WC Handy Award Nomination – Best Debut 2002 Memphis, TE
Canadian Music Award – JUNO nomination “Best Blues Artist” “Rattlebag”2002
Jazz Report Magazine’s – “Best Live Band” 1997
JUNO Nomination – Best Blues/Gospel Artist 1995
Canadian Independent Music Awards – nominated for “Blues Album of the Year”