BROOKLYN, NY — Drummer Vinnie Sperrazza earned a degree in jazz studies from William Paterson University. While at WPU, he began a long-term musical relationship with the legendary pianist James Williams, which continued until Mr. Williams' passing in July 2004. Through the auspices of Mr. Williams, Sperrazza performed in many memorable concerts and recordings with such individuals as Clark Terry, Bill Mobley, Steve Wilson, Javon Jackson, Richard Davis, and Mulgrew Miller.
Since moving to Brooklyn in 2002, Sperrazza has been recognized as both an in-demand sideman and an accomplished band leader. The Matt Blostein/Vinnie Sperrazza Band has performed extensively in New York and across the US in support of their album Ursa Minor (ENV 0701) on Envoi Recordings; and in April 2009, Fresh Sound Records released the first album by the Vinnie Sperrazza Trio, Peak Inn (FS 343), with pianist Jacob Sacks and bassist Dave Ambrosio.
Barcelona Holiday (FS 373), Sperrazza’s second trio album on Fresh Sound Records, was released in October 2010, and featured Jacob Sacks and bassist Masa Kamaguchi in a program of standards and jazz classics. Yeah Yeah Records, the Brooklyn-based jazz label, released Paraphrase (YY 0006) by the Matt Blostein/Vinnie Sperrazza Band in February 2011. 2011 will also see the release of the debut recording by 40twenty, the co-operative group Sperrazza has with trombonist Jacob Garchik, Jacob Sacks, and Dave Ambrosio.
Sperrazza has performed in concerts, clubs, and festivals in the US, Canada, Japan, and Europe, and had his work reviewed by All About Jazz, Jazztimes, and Downbeat, and the New York Times, in which Ben Ratliff raved of Sperrazza’s "glassy, decaying tone" in a 2010 concert review. Sperrazza has had the honor and privilege of performing with many great New York musicians, including Tony Malaby, Joe McPhee, Rich Perry, Joel Frahm, Wayne Escoffery, Jimmy Greene, Michael Attias, Loren Stillman, Ohad Talmor, John McNeil, Shane Endsley, Dominic Duval, Brad Shepik, Steve Cardenas, and Miles Okazaki.