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Profession

Category:
MusicMakers
Occupation(s):
Musician

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Italy
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
2/4/1950
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
MusicMakers
Occupation(s):
Musician

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Italy
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
2/4/1950
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Musician Vincent Chancey was born on February 4, 1950 in Chicago, Illinois. In junior high school, Chancey played the cornet, trumpet and flugelhorn. However, after hearing the French horn during rehearsals, he switched to the French horn. While performing with his high school band, Chancey was active with local musical groups like the Giles Yellow Jackets, the St. Andrews Hornets and the Des Plaines Vanguard competitive drum and bugle corps. He went on to attend and receive his B.A. degree from the Southern Illinois University School of Music in 1973.

Upon graduation, Chancey was awarded a National Education Association grant to study under jazz musician Julius Watkins, a renowned French horn player. In 1976, he played professionally for Sun Ra Arkestra, where he worked to incorporate the French horn as a jazz instrument, which he would do throughout the remainder of his career. From 1978 until 1984, Chancey worked with the Carla Bley Band. Then, in 1984, he joined Lester Bowie’s Brass Fantasy, where he was featured on all of the group’s nine recordings. Chancey later worked with Dave Douglas in the 2000’s. He was also a member of the David Murray Big Band, which included him on five of its CDs. Chancey went on to perform with a number of other artists, including Ashford and Simpson, Melba Moore, Peggy Lee, Maxwell, Aretha Franklin, Cassandra Wilson, Freddy Jackson, The Winans, Elvis Costello, Brandy, Charlie Haden Liberation Orchestra, Dave Douglas, and Diana Krall. He also performed with classical groups such as the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the Pan American Symphony, the One World Symphony, the Zephyr Woodwind Quintet, and the Netherlands Opera. In all, Chancey recorded with various artists on more than 300 albums, CDs and soundtracks.

In 1993, Chancey released his first solo album, Welcome Mr. Chancey; and, in 1998, his second album, Next Mode. Later, Chancey released the album LEGenDES Imaginaires. In 2000, he was asked to play the French horn at Pope John Paul II’s eightieth birthday concert at the Vatican.

Vincent Chancey was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on October 22, 2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Vincent Chancey's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Vincent Chancey lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Vincent Chancey describes his birth parents' background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Vincent Chancey remembers being placed in foster care
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Vincent Chancey describes his foster household
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Vincent Chancey talks about his experiences of abuse in foster care
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Vincent Chancey recalls his household chores
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Vincent Chancey describes his relationship with his foster parents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Vincent Chancey describes his foster mother's abuse
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Vincent Chancey remembers the holidays with his foster family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Vincent Chancey recalls the last time he saw his foster mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Vincent Chancey describes his early personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Vincent Chancey talks about his early interest in music
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Vincent Chancey remembers his hospitalization as an infant
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Vincent Chancey recalls his piano lessons at the Chicago Musical College
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Vincent Chancey talks about his attraction to music
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Vincent Chancey recalls moving to the South Side of Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Vincent Chancey describes his home in the Englewood section of Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Vincent Chancey recalls his early education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Vincent Chancey remembers the drum and bugle corps
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Vincent Chancey describes Parker High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Vincent Chancey describes his success in the drum and bugle corps
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Vincent Chancey remembers playing in the concert band at Parker High School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Vincent Chancey recalls his foster mother's opinion of his musical talent
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Vincent Chancey talks about the popular songs of the 1950s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Vincent Chancey recalls joining the Des Plaines Vanguard
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Vincent Chancey describes his experiences of discrimination on the North Side of Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Vincent Chancey remembers marching in drum and bugle corps competitions
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Vincent Chancey recalls his decision to focus on the French horn
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Vincent Chancey remembers his scholarship to Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Vincent Chancey talks about his siblings' education
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Vincent Chancey describes his experiences at Southern Illinois University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Vincent Chancey remembers his audition for the music program at Southern Illinois University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Vincent Chancey describes his training in music department of Southern Illinois University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Vincent Chancey talks about his summer work experiences
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Vincent Chancey remembers moving to New York City
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Vincent Chancey recalls his mentor, Julius Watkins
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Vincent Chancey talks about the development of his musical style
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Vincent Chancey remembers touring with the Sun Ra Arkestra
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Vincent Chancey remembers playing with Sun Ra
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Vincent Chancey describes his reasons for leaving the Sun Ra Arkestra
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Vincent Chancey reflects upon the development of his jazz technique
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Vincent Chancey remembers playing with Carla Bley
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Vincent Chancey remembers his musical collaborations
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Vincent Chancey describes his income as a musician
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Vincent Chancey remembers traveling in rural America with Sun Ra
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Vincent Chancey talks about the culture of the Sun Ra Arkestra
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Vincent Chancey describes the structure of a jazz band rehearsal
  • Tape: 4 Story: 12 - Vincent Chancey talks about the free jazz movement
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Vincent Chancey talks about the changes in his musical style
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Vincent Chancey describes his French horn technique
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Vincent Chancey talks about Lester Bowie's Brass Fantasy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Vincent Chancey recalls playing in jazz festivals
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Vincent Chancey remembers Lester Bowie's death
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Vincent Chancey remembers Lester Bowie
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Vincent Chancey recalls meeting his wife
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Vincent Chancey talks about his master classes
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Vincent Chancey recalls forming the Vincent Chancey quintet
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Vincent Chancey talks about his record, 'Welcome Mr. Chancey'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Vincent Chancey describes the Julius Watkins French Horn Festival
  • Tape: 5 Story: 12 - Vincent Chancey reflects upon his compositions
  • Tape: 5 Story: 13 - Vincent Chancey talks about his music students
  • Tape: 5 Story: 14 - Vincent Chancey reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Vincent Chancey recalls his musical collaborations
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Vincent Chancey reflects upon his career
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Vincent Chancey talks about his favorite artists
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Vincent Chancey plays an original composition on the French horn
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Vincent Chancey talks about the spirituality behind his music
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Vincent Chancey reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Vincent Chancey shares his advice for children from abusive homes
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Vincent Chancey describes how he would like to be remembered and reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Vincent Chancey narrates his photographs