Vince Mai has performed with top North American and European artists including Tom Jones, David Foster, The Temptations, Long John Baldry, Maestro Fresh Wes, Chuck Israels, Bobby Shew, Steve Turre, Natalie Cole, Don Thompson, Eddie Daniels, Ernan Lopez Nussa, Danilo Perez, Robben Ford, and Daniel Binelli (Astor Piazzolla). His trumpet playing has been featured on numerous albums, commercials, feature films and television series such as DaVinci’s Inquest, Ed, Edd & Eddy Show, and The Chris Isaak Show.
Mai’s first solo release FOR ALL WE KNOW is cool collection of sparkling jazz classics performed by some of Canada’s finest jazz musicians. Included in the “Best Canadian Smooth Jazz Releases” by Cafe Jazz, SUBTE is a kaleidoscope of musical influences, drawing inspiration from Mexico, Buenos Aires, Latin America, and Europe. Mai’s 2006 release MBAND boasts 10 self-produced original compositions. This CD explores contemporary smooth-groove jazz from a world perspective, inspired by his travels and performances throughout Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Voted as the Most Played Album for 2006 on CAFE JAZZ, this CD also boasts the #1 and #2 most requested songs for the year. Mai's latest CD release STRETCHY was recently released in a gala opening concert for Asian Heritage Month May 2009 and is already garnering attention as it makes it's way on playlists around the world. Performances will include original selections from all four releases and audiences will be moved by the deep grooves and exciting solos of this dynamic group.
Vince's playing has been described as having a "full-bodied, Freddie Hubbard-inflected sound" – Ken Eisner – Georgia Straight
"channeling Miles (Davis)" – Alexander Varty, Georgia Straight
"There's no escaping Mai's penchant for innovative composition."-The Edmonton Journal
"If you're looking for music that's exciting and fresh, Mai's music very nicely fills the bill!" – Cafe Jazz Radio