Vibraphonist Behn Gilleceís debut as a leader, titled Mindset (2015 Posi-Tone), continues
to demonstrate his skill as a composer, and proves his worthiness as a bandleader. Joining
Gillece on this record of ten originals are pianist Rick Germanson, bassist Paul Gill,
drummer Charles Ruggiero, plus a guest appearance by long time saxophonist compatriot
With inspiration by such greats as Milt Jackson and Bobby Hutcherson, Gillece has committed
himself to the beautiful sounding vibraphone and has shined as a composer. As 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. Since 2006, Gillece has
made quite a name for himself on the New York jazz scene as a sought after sideman, as
well as leader/co-leader. Most notably as a co-leader with tenor saxophonist Ken Fowser,
they have four critically acclaimed recordings on the Posi-Tone label which have been
well received by critics, receiving international acclaim and extensive radio play.
As a recording artist, he has appeared as a co-leader/sideman on over twenty recordings,
most recently contributing his playing to albums by Walt Weiskopf, Melody Gardot, and
Ensemble Novo. He continues to tirelessly play and compose for new projects based all
over the tri-state area.
Gillece has had the opportunity to perform his music throughout the world. Some of the
venues include the Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Kimmel Center, Smalls Jazz Club,
Smoke Jazz Club, Fat Cat, Yoshi's, Chrisí Jazz Cafe, and others. Gillece has also appeared
at music festivals worldwide, including the North Sea, Montreux, Nice, Molde, Ghent,
Montreal, and Toronto festivals.
On the educational side, Gillece has been invited to colleges and universities throughout
the area for numerous clinics and masterclasses. Gillece has prepared over hundreds of
lessons for online instruction via vibesworkshop.com, where his lessons are studied by
In the spring of 2008, Gillece finished his masterís degree at SUNY Purchase College.
Some of Gillece's awards and honors include 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.