Vince Mendoza has been at the forefront of the jazz scene as a composer and recording artist for the last 25 years. He has written scores of compositions and arrangements for big band, extended compositions for chamber and symphonic settings while his jazz composing credits read like a who’s who of the best modern instrumentalists, singers and composers.
His early solo albums on Blue Note Records, ‘Start Here’ and ‘Instructions Inside’, were critical triumphs that featured such artists as John Scofield, Joe Lovano, Ralph Towner, Bob Mintzer, Randy Brecker, Peter Erskine and others. ‘Start Here’ was voted one of Jazziz Magazine’s ‘Top Picks’ and Mendoza was recognized as ‘Best Composer/Arranger’ by Swing Journal’s critics poll in Japan. His latest CD Epiphany features the London Symphony Orchestra.
Mendoza’s alliance with the Metropole Orchestra of the Netherlands as principal guest conductor began in 1996 and is frequently seen working with the Metropole at concerts, festivals and recordings with the likes of Elvis Costello, Herbie Hancock, The Brecker Brothers and more.
Mendoza’s arranging has appeared on many critically acclaimed projects that include dozens of albums with song writing legends such as Bjˆrk, Chaka Khan, Al Jarreau, Bobby McFerrin and Joni Mitchell. He has 2 Grammy awards and 12 nominations. 2001 saw Mendoza collect the Grammy for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist for his beautiful arrangement of Joni Mitchell’s Both sides now and again in 2004 for the epoch-defining song ‘Woodstock’. The latter was one of many symphonic arrangements that Mendoza wrote for Mitchell’s ‘final’ studio album, ‘Travelogue’. He was the orchestral voice behind the score to Lars van Trier’s Dancer in the Dark featuring Bjˆrk, as well as the orchestrations on her recent CD titled Vespertine.
Mendoza’s work as an arranger can also be heard on many expansive jazzprojects from the mid-1980s onwards, that include work with the
Yellowjackets, Al DiMeola, Gino Vanelli, Joe Zawinul, Mike Stern, Kyle Eastwood, the GRP All Star Big Band among many others. His television music has also received nominations for an Emmy Award, while his music for the ‘World Cup’ closing ceremony was broadcast worldwide.
Mendoza has also written commissioned compositions and arrangements for the Turtle Island String Quartet, the Debussy Trio, the L.A. Guitar Quartet, the Metropole Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic, and the BBC. His music was featured at the Berlin Jazz Festival . He has performed major works at the Montreux and North Sea Jazz Festivals. He actively conducts concerts of his music in Europe, Japan, Scandinavia, and the UK.