Vince Arranges and Conducts "Jaco's World"

Vince Mendoza arranges and conducts “Jaco’s World” at the 2015 Monterey Jazz Festival featuring Will Lee, Christian McBride, Felix Pastorius, Peter Erskine, Tierney Sutton, Sonny Knight, Bob Mintzer, Alex Acuña, and others on Friday night in the Arena.

Left: Chick Corea, Vince, Peter Erskine. Right: Bassists Chrisitan McBride and Will Lee.
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From the Mercury News:

Grammy-winner Vince Mendoza conducted the big tribute ensemble, which featured some 20 musicians, including bassists McBride and Felix Pastorius (Jaco's son) as well as two former Weather Report members, percussionists Peter Erskine and Alex Acuna. The music was bold and beautiful, with a dash of daring for proper seasoning. The set featured some nice vocal work, such as when Tierney Sutton recounted the bizarre tale of "The Dry Cleaner from Des Moines" (a song off Joni Mitchell's album "Mingus," to which Pastorius famously contributed).

Though he primarily recognized as a giant in jazz, the tribute also served to remind fans of Pastorius' passion for R&B, as the crew blasted through the original "Come On, Come Over" (from the bassist's self-titled debut) and the blues cut "Fannie Mae," which is a tune that Pastorius was known to play in concert.

Tickets Now Available for August 8 Hollywood Bowl Show

Living legend Wayne Shorter and his Quartet open the evening, blazing through hard bop and fusion with the shining tone and angular lines that are Shorter’s trademarks. The late, brilliant bass pioneer Jaco Pastorius changed the instrument forever with fluid passages that leaped out of the rhythm section. The visionary player/arranger/composer/producer will be celebrated by a range of artists with music from the iconic Word of Mouth album reimagined by Grammy-winning arranger Vince Mendoza and clips from the new Jaco documentary.

Vince will musical director for this classic performance. Following is a list of artists scheduled to perform:

Jaco's World:

Alex Acuña
Manolo Badrena
Victor Bailey
John Beasley
Peter Erskine
Paul Jackson Jr.
Jerry Jemmott
Booker T. Jones
Bob Mintzer
Sam Moore
Felix Pastorius, special guest
Wayne Shorter
Tierney Sutton
Robert Trujillo
Vince Mendoza
Wayne Shorter Quartet




Hollywood Bowl Celebrates the Black Movie Soundtrack

(Left to right) Vince Mendoza, Louis Cato, Ramon Yslas,John Beasley, Kris Bowers, Marcus Miller, Craig Robinson, Paul Jackson Jr, Reginald Hudlin, Wah Wah Watson.

(Left to right) Vince Mendoza, Louis Cato, Ramon Yslas,John Beasley, Kris Bowers, Marcus Miller, Craig Robinson, Paul Jackson Jr, Reginald Hudlin, Wah Wah Watson.

On September 3rd, Vince Mendoza teamed up with legendary bassist Marcus Miller and a band of rhythm section superstars, along with the 80 piece Hollywood Bowl  Orchestra to play selections from films and black music spanning 70 years.  Arranged by Mendoza, Special guests for the evening included Bilal, Anthony Hamilton, Public Enemy, Maya Rudolf, Gretchen Lieberum, Lalah Hathaway, En Vogue and Craig Robinson as Host. 

Mendoza Arranges and Conducts "Orchestral Herbie" at the Hollyood Bowl

On August 6, Vince Mendoza teamed up with Jazz Legend Herbie Hancock, Drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, Bassist James Genus and a 60 piece orchestra for a set of his music arranged by Mendoza. According to Don Heckman of the International Review of Music, "The results were extraordinary, with the combination of Hancock’s arching melodies and lush harmonies with Mendoza’s masterful orchestrations…”

Mary Chapin Carpenter “Songs from the Movie” features orchestral arrangements by Vince Mendoza

Mary Chapin Carpenter’s debut orchestral record, Songs From The Movie, was released in January on Zoë/Rounder Records. Recorded at Air Studios in London, the album was arranged and conducted by Vince Mendoza. Featured on the album are Mendoza’s new interpretations of ten beloved songs by Carpenter, including “Between Here and Gone” and “Come On Come On.” Check the TOUR page for information on live perfomances of this music.

“…quietly spellbinding…the music of Ms. Carpenter is an unclassifiable hybrid of pop, folk and country…”
The New York Times

New Madeleine Peyroux Album Featuring Vince Mendoza String Arrangements Getting Rave Reviews

The noted French-American jazz singer has just released her latest album "The Blue Room" which features string arrangements by Vince Mendoza. The album is garnering rave reviews from critics and fans. Following is an excerpt from Slant Magazine:

"Vince Mendoza's string arrangements represent the album's defining element. At his best, Mendoza lends a mournful, almost hallucinogenic sheen to traditional country-jazz shuffles (think Henry Mancini via George Martin), evoking without words the despairing philosophy of the album. (Ray Charles was no fool: He knew country was about pain, perhaps even more than the blues.) Whereas cut-rate Nelson Riddle imitations too often cheapened a good Charles album, perhaps because it was such an obvious a play to the white market, Mendoza's strings offer a bittersweet bed for Peyroux's reliably well-phrased, discursive vocal style."

Read the complete Slate Magazine rreview

Vince Mendoza Nominated for GRAMMY

The 55th Annual Grammy Awards Nominees have been announced, with Vince Mendoza nominated for a GRAMMY for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s), for his arrangement work on "Spain (I Can Recall)." 

Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s):

Spain (I Can Recall)
Vince Mendoza, arranger (Al Jarreau And The Metropole Orkest)
Track from: Live

For a complete list of all category nominees and more information about the 55th Annual GRAMMY awards, click here.