Music for your soul

a Real musician playing real music

Smooth jazz and R&B is like a glass of musical wine.

Music Entertainment Service

Wedding receptions, birthday/anniversary party, corporate events, festivals, or for whatever you may need live entertainment.  

Member's Bio

VINCENT HOWARD was born in Chicago. He plays several instruments and is proficient in reading sheet music. For nearly 30 years, he lived in Indianapolis, Indiana where he's worked under many hats. 

  • PIANO ACCOMPANIST He worked at IPS as the piao accompanist for 10 years at four high schools

- Emmerick Manal High, 2006 

- Thomas Carr High, 2008 

- John Marshall Comm. High, 2011, 

- Crispus Attucks Comm High, 2014

  • KEYBOARDIST Eighty8 has played with numerous local artists and bands in Chcago, Indianapolis, and Orlando. He has performed on many stages. One of his greatest accomplishment was performing at NY's famous Apollo Theatre (1998).  
  • MUSIC DIRECTOR (Theater and stage)  Music director for Asante Children's Theatre, Indianapolis, IN. "Birth of Soul", Joyce Liicorish, "An Evening of Songs", Catrece Young, "The Five Heartbeats", Joyce Licorish 
  • PRODUCER Studio recordings, songwriter collaboration, create instrumental music track, and much more.  He's worked with a host of songwriters. He infusies different styles and genres together to make his own sound, It's best way to define his style.

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I offer professional studio recording services or live on-stage performances supporting your act.  Give me a call and let me know what you need.  My fees are very competitive.

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STUDIO PROJECT: "Who so ever will, let 'em come" 

Singers and songwriters welcomed to be a part of this open stage recording.


Tyrone - ?

 - Vincent - Yes! We love playing what the audience wants to hear.  Send us an email and let us know what you want to hear.

Martha - You guys were awesome at the festival!  I loved your song selection because it was well diversed.  Thank you for a great show!

- Vincent - Thanks, Martha!  We had fun!!

Roger - How long are your shows for parties?

 - Vincent - We can put on a 4-hr show. We also DJ dance music on our breaks so the dancing doesn't stop.

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Who is Vincent Howard?

Vincent Howard - keyboardist, band leader


This musician is known by many names in the midwest.  "Keyboard", "Q-Jam", "Eighty8", ... but whatever you call him, it's obvious.  He can JAM. Back in high school ('79), he started a band that won 1st place in a high school talent show. Playing songs like "Summer Madness", "Reach For It", and "P-Funk"... making them one of the hottest bands on Chicago's west side. He joined the Army in the 80's and traveled to Korea where he put a band together that was so profound, they were put on assigment to tour the country playing stages throughout Korea and Japan. At the end of his Army career he honorably dischareged in Indianapolis, IN.  While in Indy, the bands that he started or joined were Q-Jam (1990-1993), The Choice Band (1998-2006), Blue Soul (2006-2016). His greatest accomplishment was to perform with The Choice Band on New York's Apollo Theatre's stage. 

Then in Oct, 2016, he accepted an offer to relocate to Orlando, Florida.  

"Eighty8" has worked with some of the best musicians that also specializes in jazz, R&B, and pop music. "I am fortunate to find these talented individuals that has a common goal: making you dance!" "Eighty8" is available for weddings, receptions, parties, outdoor festivals, corporate and club events. You can contact Vincent Howard by email: or Phone: (407) 734-0079.

What Inspires Me


I love to open the stage to new upcoming artists and songwriters. I am inspired by different things that leads us to work seamlessly in a creative setting. We take turns writing music and lyrics so we are all invested in each song and its meaning.  I love to  perform music that spans through many cultures and genres.  My songlist is very diverse and includes current hits and throwback classics.

My Gear


"I use to watch bands from the 70s and 80s.  One of my favorite musician was Larry Dunn, keyboardist for Earth, Wind, & Fire." 

Synthesizers, Hammond organ, clavinet, Fender Rhodes, drum machines, laptops running Propellarhead(r) Reason, Moog Minataur, vocoder, 5- and 6-string bass.

I've shared the stage with...


The Choice Band -  Blue Soul Band - Billy Ball & the Upsetters - Temica Key Project - Asante Children's Theatre - Nadine Walker - Catrece Young - Joyce Licorish - Renee King - Alaina Rene - Deaon Forever - Deborah Asante - Keesha Dixon - Craig & Tonya Shelton - Bashiri Asad - Carlos Sanchez - Damon Mendes -Joe & Trand Lane - Johnny Sutton - Q-Jam 

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(407)734-0079 - Orlando, FL (317)531-8695 - Indianapolis, IN

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