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Vince Mendoza

One of the most versatile and prolific composer–arranger–conductors of the last two 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, Randy Brecker, the Yellowjackets and the GRP All-Stars. His compositions have appeared on recordings by the likes of saxophonist Joe Lovano, guitarist John Abercrombie, drummer Peter Erskine, pianist Joey Calderazzo 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, which Mendoza has led as chief conductor for the past six years.

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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)

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Albums

Nights On Earth
Nights On Earth
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2011
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El Viento: The Garcia Lorca Project
El Viento: The Garcia...
ACT Music
2009
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Blauklang
Blauklang
ACT Music
2008
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Epiphany
Epiphany
Michael Watts Production
2005
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Sketches
World Pacific
1994
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[no cover]
Instructions Inside
World Pacific
1991
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