Musco Center welcomes Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band

“Impeccable musicianship that stretches from swing to Latin to funk and other styles, coupled with an audience-embracing pop sensibility and an offbeat sense of humor.”
– Jazz Weekly

Combining the big band swing of the 1930s and ‘40s with contemporary music, Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band has become an international phenomenon, developing a reputation as one of the most innovative and versatile big band collectives in the last thirty years. Gordon Goodwin will bring his exciting Big Phat Band for a very special afternoon opened with a short set by the Chapman University Student Big Band.

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About Gordon Goodwin

With 21 Grammy nominations, four Grammy Awards and three Emmy Awards, Gordon Goodwin is the most decorated big band leader of the 21st century. Goodwin formed the ensemble in 2000, comprised of an 18-piece jazz orchestra populated by Southern California’s finest musicians. Featuring Goodwin’s witty, intricate and hard-swinging compositions, the Big Phat Band is known for taking the big band tradition into the new millennium with a contemporary, highly original sound.

A keyboardist and woodwind player, Goodwin has built a larger-than-life reputation throughout the music industry for his composing, arranging and musicianship. Goodwin has worked with accomplished artists including Ray Charles, Christina Aguilera, John Williams, David Foster, Mel Torme, Natalie Cole, Sarah Vaughan, and Quincy Jones. He has conducted for world-renowned symphony orchestras in Atlanta, Dallas, Utah, Seattle, Toronto, and London. Goodwin’s charts, published by Alfred Music, are continuously being played by students and professionals around the globe.

Goodwin’s cinematic scoring and orchestrations can be heard in films such as National Treasure, The Incredibles, The Incredibles 2, Remember the Titans, Armageddon, Con Air, Star Trek: Nemesis, Gone in 60 Seconds and more.

The article above is based on information released by Musco Center for the Arts.