DATE OF BIRTH: March 10, 1938
PLACE OF BIRTH: ..., Trinidad
EDUCATION: Tacarigua Orphanage (St. Mary's Children's Home)
CAREER:                                 Ince learned to play the trumpet while growing up at the Tacarigua Orphanage. From 1953 1954, he played 1st Trumpet with many big bands in T&T and recorded with many calypsonians, including the Mighty Sparrow. He became the bandleader of the Errol Ince Music Makers in 1959 and, in 1961, left Trinidad for England where he joined the army and, upon completion of his service, became a full-time trumpeter. He went on to play with many of the leading European bands and was voted the Best Jazz trumpet player in Europe from 1968 to 1972, performing with Cliff Richards, The Tornadoes, and Rolph Harris, and touring Liberia with the Herman Wilson Jazz Ensemble. He returned to Trinidad for a while where he was the musical arranger for calypsonians, such as the Might Sparrow and Black Stalin, and composed "Sweet Soca Man" which was made popular by Baron. He later left for New York where he played with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and the Sam Rivers Orchestra. He returned home again in 1979 and began a solo career at Kitchener's Calypso Tent until 1981 when he restarted the Music Makers before they disbanded in 1983. He continued on the solo scene playing at the calypso tents and appearing with musicians chosen for Calypso Monarch and Dimanche Gras shows. His albums include: Dance Trinidad (1958); I Hear A Call (1978); Oh My Papa (1981); and Errol Ince and Friends (1986).
  • 1964 - Louis Armstrong Award
  • 1968 - 1972 - Best Jazz Trumpet Player in Europe
Compiled by Ronald C. Emrit