Vibraphonist Behn Gillece has built a reputation on the New York jazz scene as a virtuosic
instrumentalist and prolific composer. Walk Of Fire (2017 Posi-Tone), his third album as
leader, features a stellar group with a frontline of Walt Weiskopf on tenor, Michael Dease on
trombone and Bruce Harris on trumpet. This powerful frontline is accompanied by pianist
Adam Birnbaum, bassist Clovis Nicolas, and drummer Jason Tiemann who make Gilleceís
ten original compositions groove and swing.
With inspiration from such legends as Milt Jackson and Bobby Hutcherson, Gillece has
committed himself to the beautiful sounding vibraphone and has shined as a composer. A
New Jersey native, Gillece had many early performance opportunities in his home state, as
well as Philadelphia, before moving to New York City in 2006, where he has made quite a
name for himself as a sought after sideman, as well as bandleader. Gilleceís first two debut
albums as a leader, Mindset (2015 Posi-Tone) and Dare To Be (2016 Posi-Tone)
made immediate splashes in the press and radio. As a co-leader with tenor saxophonist
and label mate Ken Fowser, the duo have four critically acclaimed recordings on Posi-Tone
which received international acclaim and extensive radio play. The vibraphonist has also
appeared as a sideman on many recordings, most recently contributing his playing to albums
by Walt Weiskopf, Melody Gardot, and Ensemble Novo (a Philadelphia-based group
dedicated to Brazilian repertoire).
Gillece has performed his music throughout the world at venues which include the Lincoln
Center, Kennedy Center, Kimmel Center, Smalls Jazz Club, Smoke Jazz Club, Fat Cat,
Yoshi's, Chrisí Jazz Cafe, and many others. Gillece has also appeared at music festivals
worldwide, including the North Sea, Montreux, Nice, Ghent, Montreal, and Toronto festivals.
In addition to his robust performance life, Gillece also has a burgeoning career as a music
educator. In addition to the various workshops he has given at colleges and universities
across the world, he has prepared over 200 lessons for online instruction at vibesworkshop.
com, which benefits percussion students internationally.
Gillece has a masterís degree from SUNY Purchase College, and has won many awards
and honors including winning the 2008 Jazz Improvisation competition at the Percussive
Arts Society International Convention, participating in the 2009 Betty Carter Jazz Ahead
residency, and winning the Generations competition in 2009. Gillece is an endorsing artist