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Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, an 18-piece jazz ensemble, celebrates and personifies the best of the big band tradition with a very contemporary and original sound.  Through the writing genius of Gordon Goodwin, SRO audiences have enjoyed one of the most craftsman-like hard swinging
large jazz ensembles comprised of L.A.’s finest musicians. Gordon’s witty and insightful arrangements propel the listener on a journey through a myriad of styles:

hard-hitting jazz and even an homage to Looney Tunes !  

Gordon Goodwin is a three-time Emmy Award winner a five-time Grammy nominee, and recent winner of a 48th annual Grammy award for Best Instrumental Arrangement for his arrangement of “The Incredits” from Pixar’s “The Incredibles.”

Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band made their Hollywood Bowl debut in June 2005 as headliners in the Playboy Jazz Festival.

The Big Phat Band made its debut appearance on national TV on NBC’s “The Other Half,” hosted by Dick Clark.

“Swingin’ For The Fences” secured a prestigious spot on Air Force One’s onboard entertainment system.

The Big Phat Band has garnered excellent critical reviews and praise for its many appearances nationally and in the Los Angeles area.

Members of the Big Phat Band have performed and recorded with some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry, including Madonna, Celine Dion, Billy Joel, Quincy Jones, Diana Krall, Johnny Mathis, Ray Charles, Paul McCartney, Toni Braxton, Christina Aguilera, Diana Ross, Supertramp

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  • lindygal

    This HAS to be the best big band on the planet -- and you have NOTHING of theirs for listeners!! How can this be? Some of the best tracks from Goodwin's recorded repertoire aren't even listed above: Senor Mouse, with Chick Corea sitting in; Too Close For Comfort; with Dianne Reeves; Comes Love, with Brian McKnight and Take 6; Take 6 without McKnight, doing justice to It's All Right With Me; Patti Austin, Lee Ritenour and the band whooping it up on September; and the amazing, seamless amalgam of the late Art Tatum's solo work with the band's arrangement of Yesterdays that should have won Goodwin's group a Grammy nomination for best instrumental arrangement. You have to hear this band cook and have heard a lot of other modern big band to appreciate just how great these guys are. And you have NO tracks available? That needs to be remedied at once: Gordon Goodwin and the Big Phat Band are a treat for the ears that all jazz lovers deserve. So get with it, dudes! 'Nuff said.

    2 Sep 2009 Reply