One of the most versatile and prolific composer–arranger–conductors of the last three decades, multi-Grammy Award winner Vince Mendoza has written arrangements for a wide variety of pop and jazz artists, from Joni Mitchell, Sting, Melody Gardot, Elvis Costello and Bjork to Joe Zawinul, John Scofield, Charlie Haden, Al Di Meola, Dave Liebman, Michael and Randy Brecker, and Robert Glasper His compositions have appeared on recordings by the likes of saxophonist Michael Brecker, guitarist John Abercrombie, drummer Peter Erskine, trumpeter Sean Jones and singer Kurt Elling. As a leader, Mendoza has released 10 recordings for the Blue Note, ACT, Blue Jackel and Zebra labels, including 1997’s Epiphany (with the London Symphony Orchestra) and 2011’s Nights on Earth, featuring an all-star cast and members of the Metropole Orkest, with which Mendoza has been associated since 1995. He has 6 Grammys and 31 nominations. He was also nominated by the Jazz Journalists Association as “arranger of the year”.
The wide scope of his works demonstrates an extraordinary understanding of many musical languages. He has written scores of compositions and arrangements for big band, extended compositions for chamber and symphonic orchestra settings and his jazz composing credits read like a who’s who of the best modern instrumentalists, singers and composers. Heralded by critics as a master of contemporary idioms, composer and arranger Vince Mendoza has become a primary choice for the world’s most sophisticated contemporary musicians.
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“Mendoza daringly expands the vernacular…to position him as the clear and natural
successor to the late Gil Evans.” (All About Jazz)
“… lyrical, sophisticated and witty.” (Entertainment Weekly)
“Vince Mendoza is a “musician’s musician”… managing to interpret the best of his
predecessors’ styles, adding undeniable twists and proprietary genius …” (Jazziz)
…”breathtakingly beautiful music of the first order” (Amazon.com)
“Vince’s strikingly original compositions are heralded by musicians and critics alike as
innovative,hip and seductively lyrical.” (Downbeat)
“Writer arranger Vince Mendoza is a master of contemporary
idioms…” (Jazz Times)
“… one of the most promising young jazz figures sans instrument.” (Downbeat)
“His music is subtle, complex and full of harmonic mysteries.” (Tom Schnabel, KCRW)