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November 17, 1961 |
|Genres||Folk, pop, jazz|
|Occupations||Arranger, conductor, composer|
|Labels||Blue Note, Transparent, Geffen, Warner Brothers|
|Associated acts||Joni Mitchell, Michael Brecker, Björk|
Vince Mendoza (born November 17, 1961) is a music arranger and composer.
Mendoza was born in Connecticut and studied guitar as a child, influenced by classical music, soul and jazz. He then took up the trumpet, which he continued to play throughout his time at Ohio State University, where he played in the Jazz Ensemble and the Concert Band. Mendoza also led his own big band at Ohio State called the Vince Mendoza Big Band where he honed his composing skills. He graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree in music composition in 1983. He did his graduate studies in composition at the University of Southern California.
He was signed to Blue Note Records, with whom he released “Start Here” and “Instructions Inside”. His compositions have been featured by Gary Burton, Pat Metheny, Michael Brecker and Charlie Haden. Mendoza has frequently provided arrangements for their work, as well as for Randy Brecker and Peter Erskine.
Mendoza's work involves various musical styles. He has produced and arranged for singers as diverse as Robbie Williams, Björk, Elvis Costello, and six Grammy Award winning albums, Travelogue, Both Sides Now with Joni Mitchell, Some Skunk Funk, Brown Street, El Viento and 54. Since 2005 he has been chief conductor of the Dutch Metropole Orchestra.
- Nights on Earth (2011)
- 54 (2010)
- El Viento (2009)
- My One and Only Thrill (2009)
- Blauklang (2008)
- Brown Street (2007)
- Some Skunk Funk (2005)
- Both Sides Now (2000)
- Travelogue (2002)
- Epiphany (1999)
- Vince Mendoza (1994)
- Sketches (1993)
- Instructions Inside (1991)
- Start here (1990)
With John Abercrombie
- Animato (ECM, 1990)