I am an American Indian (Navajo) that was born and raised in
Monterey,CA USA. My father, Rex Redhouse was the son of a
Medicine man who was revered in Indian Country. After serving
in the US Army during WWII in the Pacific Theater (Philippine Islands)
he would marry my mom, Maria and raise his family in the
San Francisco Bay Area.
Someone wrote, "In the late 60's and early 70's, the San Francisco
area was buzzing with the energy of change. The air was electric
with the possibilities of revolution and transformation. Native
American, African Americans, hippies, students, and grass roots
politicos were part of a loose coalition determined to make the
world a better place. A generation had been galvanized and a
heady scent of freedom filled the air. The optimism and fervor that
drove the Civil Rights and Anti-War movement was also being felt
culturally and especially musically. Folk and protest music,
psychedelic rock, funk, soul, blues, and jazz became the soundtrack
The Monterey Pop Festival and Woodstock provided templates for
the emerging tribal consciousness. I was just a child when Jimi
Hendrix performed at the Monterey Pop Festival. I remember
listening to the sound of his music from the front yard of my
parents home. Later, I remember listening to Steve Miller playing
new songs like, "Living in the USA" from outside the gymnasium at
Monterey Peninsula College. I was too young to get inside!
All of my siblings got bit with the music bug.
I started playing woodwinds at the age of 7. I was blessed with having great music teachers and mentors who inspired me
to not only play music, but their example made me want to make music-to be a musican. In 2003, at 48 years old and having
come back to music for basically my second or third career, I had my first two albums nominated for Grammy's. It was and is
a reminder to me that the gift that we are given to share is never taken back. " The gifts and callings of God are without repentance."
Most of the recognition that I have gained is from what I have done of the Traditional Native flute, although the tenor saxophone was always my first voice and sound. I really love Classical music and Jazz. What a contradiction of music it would seem. To me, they are both beautiful musical languages that demand a great study and commitment to be fluent and expressive. I believe beyond the technique and cliches is a place where music becomes the song that transcends all and is the Universal language.
"I believe music is more than what we hear but something that we feel at a very deep place.I think of music as a spiritual event that we participate in-the musician as well
as the listener. Navajo people have always been regarded as spiritual people and my family through generations was known for its medicine men-my grandfather Hosteen Redhouse was greatly respected in Indian Country. I believe those gifts continue to be passed to us just as physical characteristics are, except these are spiritual. My music carries the Spirit of my dad and his fathers and I am keenly aware of this especially when I play the Native Flute and when I compose music. Music for me is one of the greatest expressions of spirit and heart and healing and it is the gift I am blessed to share."
Vince playing at the Grammy's
Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Vince playing on Mt. Lemmon - Tucson, AZ