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
Genres Pop, jazz
Occupation(s) Composer, Arranger, Conductor
Years active 1990–present
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. He graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree in music composition in 1983.[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.

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


  • 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


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