Vinx is a musical dark horse, as his audience will discover Sunday at Bohemian Caverns.
"I'm walking on the edges in this show; it's going to be so nice," said the singer-songwriter. "I usually do a solo, but with this particular show, I've invited the provost from Virginia State to play piano. We'll do piano duets all night. It's exploratory music, as well. Weldon Hill is one of my favorite piano players."
Vinx, a weaver of classical, soul, world and R&B music, transcends countries and, more importantly, languages.
"What I do solo is I create loops and sing with my drums and all sorts of unexpected things," he continued. "I love the moment -- that's my favorite part about music. I view it as a kind of language, and it's not so much about the vocabulary as it is about the conversation."
|Where: Bohemian Caverns, 2001 11th St. NW|
|When: 7 and 9 p.m. Sunday|
|Info: $20 in advance, $25 at the door; 202-299-0800; bohemiancaverns.com|
This is the approach he takes while onstage, whether performing for large houses or intimate clubs. He has played the Birchmere and Wolf Trap in his touring days with Sting, but he also refers to Bohemian Caverns as "the caves," and between there and Blues Alley he has found his homes in D.C.
With Hill, who Vinx notes "is a genius at going wherever you go," the two may be in the middle of a serious ballad and suddenly end up in the reggae world.
"How we got there won't matter," he said. "It's the conversation that takes you."
As part of the program, Vinx, a teacher at Brooklyn College School of Music, will introduce vocalist Amma Whatt, one of his students, that he insists has gone way beyond that.
"She has one of the most special voices I have ever worked with and coached," he explained. "Her name will always be associated with what's to come in soul and R&B; and she mixes an African twist to what she does. She is amazing!"
Vinx hints that he and Whatt will likely do something together onstage because, he says, "she's one of those who can jump into any situation."
It is clear that a show with multiple guests suits the "One Man." He calls the work an art form that is best served at a gourmet table, not in a package in the back of a convenience store.
"You will come and smell it and taste it and wait for the courses to unfold," he said.