Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band

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Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band, or simply The Big Phat Band, is an 18-piece jazz orchestra that combines the big band swing of the 1930s and 1940s with contemporary music such as funk and jazz fusion. The band is led by Gordon Goodwin, who arranges, composes, plays piano and saxophone. Since its origin, the Big Phat Band has received several Grammy Awards and many Grammy nominations.

Its first album, Swingin' for the Fences, was the first recording released on DVD-Audio and the first DVD-Audio to be nominated for two Grammy Awards.[1]

When he founded the Big Phat Band in 1999, Goodwin was working in Hollywood as a composer for Warner Brothers cartoons. His first attraction to big band music was at the age of 13 when he heard Count Basie.[2]

Awards and honors[edit]

Grammy Awards[edit]

Grammy Award nominations[edit]

  • Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album – XXL (2003), Act Your Age (2008)
  • Best Instrumental Composition – "Hunting Wabbits", (2003), "Hit the Ground Running" (2008), "Hunting Wabbits 3 (Get off my Lawn)" (2012)
  • Best Instrumental Arrangement – "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes" (2006), "Yo Tannenbaum" (2007), "Yesterdays" (2008), "Rhapsody in Blue" (2012), "Party Rockers" (2015)
  • Best Instrumental Arrangement with Vocals – "Comes Love" with Brian McKnight and Take 6 (2003)

Other awards[edit]

  • Surround Sound Award, "Best Made for Surround Sound Title", XXL (2003)

Discography[edit]

As guest[edit]

Band members[edit]

Saxophones/Woodwinds[edit]

Trumpets[edit]

  • Wayne Bergeron – 1st trumpet
  • Dan Fornero – 2nd (split lead) trumpet
  • Bob Summers – 3rd trumpet
  • Dan Savant – 4th trumpet
  • Willie Murillo– 5th trumpet

Trombones[edit]

  • Andy Martin – 1st trombone
  • Charlie Morillas – 2nd trombone
  • Francisco Torres – 3rd trombone
  • Craig Ware/Craig Gosnell – bass trombone

Rhythm section[edit]

  • Gordon Goodwin – piano
  • Andrew Synowiec – guitar
  • Rick Shaw – bass
  • Bernie Dresel – drums
  • Joey DeLeon – percussion

Temporary players[edit]

Featured soloists[edit]

References[edit]

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