Gil Goldstein

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Gil Goldstein
Photo by Alan Lee
Photo by Alan Lee
Background information
Born (1950-11-06) November 6, 1950 (age 73)
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Occupation(s)Musician, composer, record producer, arranger
Instrument(s)Piano, accordion
Years active1970s–present
LabelsChiaroscuro, Muse, Blue Note, World Pacific, Centaur, Half Note, Disney

Gil Goldstein (born November 6, 1950, in Baltimore, Maryland) is an American jazz pianist and accordionist. He has won 5 Grammy Awards and he was nominated 8 times [1].


He began studying accordion at age 5 after noticing it in The Lawrence Welk Show[1] and stating he instantly connected with it personally, but later moved on to cello and piano at age 10. He studied at the Berklee College of Music and by 1973 was working with Pat Martino and Lee Konitz. He started with the Gil Evans Orchestra in the early 1980s and also worked with Wayne Shorter, Billy Cobham, and Jim Hall. He returned to accordion for an album by Michel Petrucciani and occasionally uses it on his solo albums.[2] As an accordionist he toured with Richard Galliano in 2000 but also played piano on the tour. During the 1980s and 90s he was a member of the group Elements.

In 1990 he toured Germany with the Blues Brothers, temporarily replacing Leon Pendarvis on keyboards.[3]

In 2007 he released the album The Music of Elton John (ObliqSound, 2007) with Steve Swallow, Paul Motian, and Italian saxophonist Pietro Tonolo. The quartet performed jazz arrangements of some of Elton John's most popular songs.

Goldstein composed music for the films Radio Inside (1994) and Simply Irresistible (1999). He performed "I Love Paris" in the film De-Lovely. Two of his Grammy Awards were for his production and arrangement credits for the album Wide Angles by Michael Brecker. He has taught at New York University.


As leader[edit]

Year recorded Title Label Personnel/Notes
1977 Pure as Rain Chiaroscuro With Ray Barretto (congas ~ Courtesy of Atlantic Records), Jeff Berlin (bass), Mary Eiland (vocal), Fred Miller (English horn), Bob Moses (drums, claves), Steve Smith (drums), Toots Thielmans (harmonica)
1980? The Sands of Time Muse Quartet, with Mark Egan and Steve Swallow (bass), Danny Gottlieb (drums)
1980? Wrapped in Your Cloud Muse
1989 City of Dreams Blue Note With John Clark (french horn), John Patitucci (bass), Lenny White (drums), Don Alias and Bruce Martin (percussion)[4]
1992? Zebra Coast World Pacific
1997? Longing Sunnyside
2001? Piano Music of Paul Ben-Haim Centaur
2001? Time Remembered Melda C
2001? Disney Meets Jazz: Tribute to Wall Disney Avex Trax
2006 Under Rousseau's Moon Half Note With Randy Brecker (trumpet), Chris Potter (tenor sax, baritone clarinet), Mike Mainieri (vibes), Richard Bona (bass, vocals), Don Alias (percussion), Zebra Coast String Trio; in concert[5]
2008? Disney Adventures in Jazz Disney


As sideman[edit]

With Apostolis Anthimos

  • Days We Can't Forget (GOWI, 1994)

With Billy Cobham

  • Stratus (INAK, 1981)

With Eliane Elias

With Gil Evans

With Letizia Gambi

With Jim Hall

With Miho Hazama

With Pat Martino

With Romero Lubambo

With Tiger Okoshi

  • Echoes of a Note (JVC, 1993)
  • Two Sides to Every Story (JVC, 1994)

With Toninho Horta

  • Foot On The Road (Verve, 1994)

With Pat Metheny

With Wallace Roney

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Interview". Retrieved May 10, 2022.
  2. ^ Yanow, Scott. "Gil Goldstein". AllMusic. Retrieved 22 September 2018.
  3. ^ Archived at Ghostarchive and the Wayback Machine: "Blues Brothers Band - Peter Gunn Theme". YouTube.
  4. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (1992). The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD, LP & Cassette (1st ed.). Penguin. p. 420. ISBN 978-0-14-015364-4.
  5. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 565. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0.
  6. ^ "Gil Goldstein | Album Discography | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 20 November 2016.
  7. ^ "Introducing Letizia Gambi". Miles Davis. 2012-10-22. Retrieved 2022-05-11.
  8. ^ "Gil Goldstein | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2022-05-11.
  9. ^ Jazz, All About. "Introducing Letizia Gambi at All About Jazz". All About Jazz. Retrieved 2022-05-11.
  10. ^ "Letizia Gambi Blue Monday". JazzIz. 23 June 2016.

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