Vince Mendoza

The broad scope of his works demonstrates an extraordinary understanding of many musical languages.

He has written dozens of compositions and arrangements for big band, extended compositions for chamber and symphony orchestra, and his jazz composition credits read like a who’s who of the best modern instrumentalists, singers, and composers.

Critically acclaimed as a master of contemporary idioms, composer and arranger Vince Mendoza has become a primary choice for the world’s most sophisticated contemporary musicians.

His musical influences range from Bach to Aretha Franklin to Henry Mancini. However, the discovery of Miles Davis, Gil Evans and, later, Igor Stravinsky and Alban Berg gave him a more complex perspective of the construction of musical forms and ideas.

After starting to play trumpet in high school, he majored in music composition at Ohio State University before moving to Los Angeles. The music of Joe Zawinul and Wayne Shorter exerts a strong influence on his big band writing.

His first solo albums for Blue Note Records, “Start Here” and “Instructions Inside,” were critical triumphs featuring artists such as John Scofield, Joe Lovano, Ralph Towner, Bob Mintzer, Randy Brecker, Peter Erskine and others.
“Start Here” was voted as one of Jazziz magazine’s “Top Picks,” and Mendoza was awarded “Best Composer/Arranger” by the Swing Journal’s critics’ poll in Japan.

Through his role as arranger and guest conductor of the WDR Big Band, based in Cologne, Germany, Mendoza has made a name for himself in Europe as a multifaceted composer-arranger with a deep understanding of contemporary styles.

His work on the CD “The Vince Mendoza / Arif Mardin Project: Jazzpa├▒a” with the WDR Big Band, earned him a Grammy nomination for ‘Best Instrumental Arrangement. Since then, Gary Burton, Pat Metheny, Michael Brecker, Charlie Haden, Andy Narell, Kurt Elling, and John Abercrombie have included compositions and arrangements by Vince Mendoza on their albums.

Vince Mendoza the masterclass

h 10:00 – 12:00
Saint Louis

Via cimarra, 19/b