Victor Provost

With appearances at Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, Shanghai Concert Hall, The Umbria Jazz Festival, and countless other festivals and universities throughout North America, the Caribbean, Asia and Europe, Victor Provost has been meticulously solidifying his reputation as a master of the Steel Pan and crafting an improvisational voice and style to be reckoned with. The Washington DC City Paper named Provost Jazz Artist of the Year in 2012 and Percussionist of the Year in 2011 and 2012. His debut album (Her Favorite Shade of Yellow) received recognition as one of the top 5 records of 2011 by music critic and journalist Michael West. Besides sharing the stage with artists like Allison Hinds, Andy Narell, Liam Teague, Ray Holman, and Etienne Charles, Provost has worked around the globe with jazz luminaries such as Hugh Masekela, Wycliffe Gordon, Nicholas Payton, Terell Stafford, and Ron Blake to name a few, continuing to introduce the steel pan instrument to new audiences. In addition to leading his own groups, Provost is a member of Dion Parson's NYC based 21st Century Band, the GRAMMY-winning Afro Bop Alliance, and the group Siné Qua Non - an unusual ensemble that blends Classical foundations in composition with World rhythms and a Jazz aesthetic. As an educator, Provost directs the George Mason University Steel Band, works with the Cultural Academy For Excellence, and has taught clinics and master classes in schools and Universities throughout the U.S. and Caribbean. His music has been performed by some of the top college and high school steel bands in the nation including those at Northern Illinois University, Miami University, and the University of Akron.