Vince Mendoza

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Vince Mendoza
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Background information
Born (1961-11-17) November 17, 1961 (age 54)
Norwalk, Connecticut, U.S.
Genres Jazz, pop
Occupation(s) Composer, arranger, conductor
Years active 1990–present
Labels Blue Note, Transparent, Geffen, Warner Bros.
Associated acts Joni Mitchell, Michael Brecker, Björk
Website www.vincemendoza.net

Vince Mendoza (born November 17, 1961) is a music arranger, conductor 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 at Ohio State University, where he participated in the Jazz Ensemble and the Concert Band. He graduated in 1983 with a degree in music composition.[1] 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.

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. From 2005 to 2013 he was chief conductor of the Dutch Metropole Orchestra.[2]

Discography[edit]

As leader[edit]

As arranger and conductor[edit]

With the Metropole Orchestra

With the WDR Big Band Cologne

Other works(with at least three credits)

As instrumentalist[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Biography: Vince Mendoza". AMG. Retrieved 14 May 2010. 
  2. ^ Metropole Orchestra: Conductors. Retrieved: 18 June 2011