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Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band

October 27 - 28

| $34 - $69
GORDON GOODWIN'S BIG PHAT BAND

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Gordon Goodwin aspired to lead a big band from a time before he can even remember. His position at the forefront of 18-piece Big Phat Band, one of the most innovative and versatile collectives of the past thirty years, speaks reams about his seemingly limitless talents as an instrumentalist, composer, arranger, conductor and bandleader.

“Every time we make a record or play a show, we’re trying to tap into that fundamental, universal rhythm of big band music that seems to transcend the generations,” says Goodwin. “We’ll get middle school and high school kids coming to our shows and buying our CDs, we’ll get their parents, and we’ll get their grandparents. What other kind of music has that range of demographic appeal?”

Born in Wichita, Kansas, he moved with his family to California when he was only two. At a very early age, so his mother told him, he would tune in to The Mickey Mouse Club on TV and stand in the middle of his living room, pretending to conduct the orch. It seemed innocent enough, but it was just the beginning.

By the time he reached grade school, he was studying piano and saxophone – two instruments on which he excels to this day. While his classmates in junior high and high school were tuning in to the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Motown and other iconic rock and pop artists of the ‘60s, Goodwin was charting his own big band compositions and vibing to icons of a different era: Duke Ellington, Buddy Rich and Thad Jones.

By the early ‘70s, he was able to establish a stronger connection to the soundtrack of his generation via bands like Earth Wind & Fire, Blood Sweat & Tears and others that grafted elements of jazz and swing to the basic components of rock and pop. During high school, he played in youth ensembles that came out on top of just about every competition in the region, including the Monterey Jazz Festival.

Details

Start:
October 27, 2019
End:
October 28, 2019
Cost:
$34 - $69
Event Categories:
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Website:
http://bit.ly/31iL4kj

Venue

Yoshi's Oakland
Phone:
510.238.9200
510 Embarcadero West, Oakland, CA 94607 United States
Website:
yoshis.com/oakland

Organizer

Yoshi’s Oakland
Phone:
510.238.9200
Website:
yoshis.com/oakland

Other

Additional Shows/Times?
Yes
Comments/Notes
3 shows

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