Four-time Grammy and Emmy award winning composer Gordon Goodwin is returning to the Generations in Jazz festival in 2017.
Having amassed 20 Grammy nominations, four statues and three Emmy wins, Gordon Goodwin is the most decorated big band leader in the 21st century.
A well rewarded composer, arranger, keyboardist and woodwind player, Goodwin has built a larger-than-life reputation throughout the music industry for his composing, arranging and playing skills.
Goodwin’s cinematic scoring and orchestration craft can be heard on such films as Get Smart, Glory Road, National Treasure, The Incredibles, Remember The Titans, Armageddon, The Majestic, Con Air, Gone In 60 Seconds, Enemy of the State, Star Trek Nemesis, Avengers 2, Draft Day, Grudge Match, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Escape to Witch Mountain, and even the classic cult film Attack Of The Killer Tomatoes.
Born in Kansas, Goodwin wrote his first big band chart hit when he was in seventh grade.
At age five, Goodwin began writing down the music he heard in his head. This music didn’t consist of just snippets or melodic lines, but whole compositions from beginning to end. His first big band chart, Hang Loose was written at the age of 13. These preternatural talents made him stand out in the jazz world, and brought him to the attention of music supervisors and producers.
Throughout his career, Gordon Goodwin has built a larger-than-life reputation for his composing, arranging, and performance skills. Ray Charles, Christina Aguilera, Johnny Mathis, Alejandro Fernandez, Patti Austin, Toni Braxton, John Williams, Natalie Cole, David Foster, Sarah Vaughan, Mel Torme’, Simone’, Brian McKnight and Quincy Jones are just a few of the artists with whom he has worked. Goodwin has also conducted world-renowned symphony orchestras in Atlanta, Dallas, Utah, Seattle, Toronto and London.
Gordon Goodwin is humble when he looks back at where his career has taken him – he’s scored dozens of films and televisions shows from the late 1970’s to today and toured the world with his wildly successful Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band. The musician, composer, bandleader says he has achieved success beyond his wildest dreams.
“Listening to Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, I was immediately taken by Gordon’s contemporary musical viewpoint, the dynamics of his “Big Phat Band,” its bevy of superb soloists, and the exhilaration of its sound.” – Quincy Jones