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Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band Biography

Last updated: 08/05/2007 12:00:00 PM

Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band has established itself as one of the Los Angeles area's most exciting groups. Lead by Emmy-winning composer Gordon Goodwin, the Big Phat Band is comprised of some of the southland's finest musicians. Their debut album "Swingin' For The Fences" (Silverline Records) received two Grammy nominations and is a best-selling jazz item in the DVD 5.1 surround-sound format. L.A. Times jazz critic Don Heckman says, "The Big Phat Band provides potent testimony to the sheer exhilaration of big band jazz...a combination of crisp accuracy and fiery soloing." The Big Phat Band has appeared with such notable musicians as Arturo Sandoval, Eddie Daniels, Kevin Mahogany, Maureen McGovern, and brought the house down with James Moody at the International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE) Conference in Long Beach, and the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in 2002.

The Big Phat Band performs regularly to standing room only crowds at the world-renowned Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles. They have also appeared live at the Baked Potato in Hollywood, California State University, Northridge (CSUN) and Universal City, California. Their recent live concert recording at the Musicians' Institute in Hollywood will be airing soon on BETJazz. Most recently, Godon and the Band were featured on NBC's "The Other Half" with Dick Clark and Danny Bonaduce.

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, Diana Krall*, Johnny Mathis, Ray Charles, Paul McCarney, Toni Braxton, Christina Aguilera, Diana Ross, Supertramp, Patti Austin, Brian Setzer, Paul Anka, and many others.