Gil Goldstein

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Gil Goldstein
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Photo by Alan Lee
Background information
Born (1950-11-06) November 6, 1950 (age 66)
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician, composer, record producer, professor
Instruments Accordion, cello, piano

Gil Goldstein (born 1950) is an American jazz pianist and synthesizer player who started on the accordion.


He began studying accordion at age 5, but later moved on to cello and piano. He studied at the Berklee College of Music and by 1973 was working with Pat Martino, Lee Konitz, and others. He started with the Gil Evans Orchestra in the early 1980s and also worked with Wayne Shorter. He has also worked in films including De-Lovely, where he performed "I Love Paris" and coached Kevin Kline, and in Little Buddha as an arranger.

He resumed doing occasional accordion work in the 1980s. The most notable of his accordion efforts in the 1980s might be when accompanying Michel Petrucciani and on his own. 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.

Goldstein has also composed music for films including the 1994 film Radio Inside.[1] 1999's Simply Irresistible called for rousing big-band ballroom music which goes from source music to programmatic during the climactic dance scenes.

He has won three Grammy Awards two of which came from his production and arrangement credits for Michael Brecker's Wide Angles.

In 2007 he co-released an album The Music of Elton John on ObliqSound with legends Steve Swallow, Paul Motian, and well known Italian saxophonist Pietro Tonolo. The quartet performed jazz arrangements of some of Elton John's most popular songs.

Goldstein is currently[when?] a professor at New York University.


As leader[edit]

  • 1978 Pure as Rain (Chiaroscuro)
  • 1980 Sands of Time (Muse)
  • 1980 Wrapped in Your Cloud (Muse)
  • 1991 City of Dreams (Blue Note)
  • 1992 Zebra Coast (World Pacific)
  • 1997 Longing (Sunnyside)
  • 2001 Piano Music of Paul Ben-Haim (Centaur)
  • 2001 Time Remembered (Melda C)
  • 2006 Under Rousseau's Moon (Half Note)
  • 2006 Disney Meets Jazz: Tribute to Wall Disney (Avex Trax)
  • 2008 Disney Adventures in Jazz (Disney)[2]

As sideman[edit]

With Billy Cobham

  • Stratus (INAK, 1981)

With Eliane Elias

With Gil Evans

With Jim Hall

  • All Across the City (Concord, 1989)
  • Dialogues (Telarc, 1995)

With Pat Martino

See also[edit]


  1. ^ IMDb Filmsite
  2. ^ "Gil Goldstein | Album Discography | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 20 November 2016. 

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