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Hollywood, Calif. – The 66th Grammy® Award Nominations were announced on November 10, 2023. The astonishing surprise was three new Nominations for Multi Grammy® Emmy Winning Composer/Arranger, Jazz Veteran Gordon Goodwin.

Nominations include:

• Best Jazz Vocal Album: Patti Austin Featuring Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band – For Ella 2.

• Best Instrumental Composition: Quartet San Francisco Featuring Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band – Cutey and The Dragon, Composed by Raymond Scott and Gordon Goodwin.

• Best Arrangement, Instruments, and Vocals: Patti Austin ft. Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band – April in Paris, Arranged by Gordon Goodwin.

Gordon is delighted that his current projects have been considered once again by The Recording Academy. He says, “25, I look at that number and it shocks me every time. I still find it difficult to believe that the members of the Recording Academy have given me 25 Grammy® nominations for my work. I don’t think you ever get used to it and the three most recent nominations seem somehow more precious than ever. I had the good fortune to be involved in two projects that were close to my heart in the past year, and happily, both were acknowledged by the Recording Academy.”

Gordon is grateful for being nominated twice for his collaboration with Jazz phenom Patti Austin. She is jazz royalty; Patti Austin’s keen interest in being a total entertainer likely started when she stepped onto the stage of the world-famous Apollo Theater in Harlem at the age of four at the urging of music legend Dinah Washington. After a series of much-acclaimed albums for CTI Records,  she signed with her godfather Quincy Jones’ Qwest label and began achieving mainstream success on an international level thanks to the GRAMMY® nominated hit “Baby Come To Me,” her now classic duet with James Ingram and the follow-up duet, the Oscar-nominated “How Do You Keep the Music Playing?” as well as her appearance on albums with Jones on his best-selling album Stuff Like That, his GRAMMY®–winning classic The Dude, and later, his From Q With Love Vols. 1& 2. The GRAMMY® nominated For Ella album opened new doors for Patti as a performer and her embrace by the jazz world was further cemented with her Grammy winning classic CD “Avant Gershwin: Now, after more than two decades of touring, her take on the classic American Song Book has expanded Patti’s appeal and garnered standing ovations all over the USA and Europe. Patti continues her philanthropic work with her mentoring organization, “The Over My Shoulder Foundation” and with Covid hopefully winding down she has resumed her touring schedule to the delight of fans all around the world.

Gordon is pleased to receive his composition nomination for “Cutey and The Dragon,” from the album Raymond Scott Reimagined, featuring Quartet San Francisco, Take 6 and the Big Phat Band. Goodwin took the unfinished work by Raymond Scott and completed it in a manner that honors Scott’s sophisticated yet playful style. Raymond neither received nor was nominated for a Grammy during his lifetime; the awards were launched in 1958, by which time Scott had largely stopped issuing commercial recordings. Raymond Scott was a composer, inventor, visionary, pianist, engineer, electronic music pioneer, control freak.

Gordon Goodwin was born in Wichita, Kansas, and Goodwin’s parents moved to Southern California when Goodwin was four. After completing his formal music education at Cal State University-Northridge, Gordon began working as a live performer at Disneyland and after a few years, he was commissioned to work on a musical that featured past and present Mouseketeers (including Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera). That exposure led to studio work with the likes of Quincy Jones, Mel Tormé, Ray Charles and legendary vocalist Johnny Mathis.

In 1999, Gordon founded the Big Phat Band for what he thought would be a single performance at his alma mater Cal State at Northridge. Since then, the Big Phat Band has recorded 10 albums, and in the process received 25 Grammy® nominations. Goodwin won a Grammy® for ‘Best Instrumental Arrangement’ for “Incredits” for the film The Incredibles and has been honored with 3 Emmy awards for his work on the Steven Spielberg-produced shows Animaniacs and Pinky and the Brain. His work has been featured/utilized in more than 80 film & TV productions spanning the gamut of pop culture: amplifying the likes of National Treasure, Star Trek: Nemesis, Snakes on a Plane, Get Smart, Remember the Titans, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, The Majestic (starring Jim Carrey), The Lion King, The Incredibles and Ratatouille.

Gordon has won four Grammy® Awards and three Daytime Emmy Awards and has received twenty-five Grammy® nominations for his compositions and arrangements.

Grammy® Awards include:

Best Instrumental Arrangement:

“The Incredits” (2005)

“Rhapsody in Blue” (2011)

 “On Green Dolphin Street” (2013),

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album: Life in the Bubble (2014)

Grammy ® Award nominations include:

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album:

XXL (2003)

Act Your Age (2008)

Best Instrumental Composition:

“Sing, Sang, Sung” (2000)

“Hunting Wabbits” (2003)

“Hit the Ground Running” (2008)

“Hunting Wabbits 3 (Get Off My Lawn)” (2011)

 “California Pictures for String Quartet” (2013)

 “Life in the Bubble” (2014)

Best Instrumental Arrangement:

“Bach 2 Part Invention in D Minor” (2000) “Attack of the Killer Tomatoes” (2006)

“Yo Tannenbaum” (2007)

“Yesterdays” (2008)

“Salt Peanuts! (Mani Salado)” (2012)

Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)

 “Comes Love” (2003)

Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella:

“Get Smart” (2014)

Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals:

 “Party Rockers” (2014)

“Do You Hear What I Hear?” (2016)

Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals:

 “I Loves You Porgy” / “There’s A Boat That’s Leavin’ Soon For New York” (2017) 

Daytime Emmy Awards:

Music Direction and Composition

Animaniacs (1998, 1999) 

Outstanding Music Direction and Composition

Histeria! (2000).

Gordon’s discography includes Swinging For the Fences, XXL,

The Phat Pack, Act Your Age, That’s How We Roll, Life in the Bubble, Wrap This, A Big Phat Christmas, An Elusive Man, Joyful, The Gordian Knot, The Reset, Raymond Scott Reimagined, For Ella 2, w/Patti Austin, Music for Two Pianos (2024).

Gordon is also the host of the popular long-running radio program, “Phat Tracks with Gordon Goodwin,” airing for 5 years on KJAZZ, America’s jazz and blues station, and finishing its 2nd year broadcasting and streaming from its new home on San Diego’s Jazz 88.3 FM (KSDS). The weekly 2-hour show is a mix of music and stories and commentary.  

Pianist, saxophonist, composer, arranger, and conductor – whatever it is Gordon Goodwin touches, it’s all about his love of music. The accolades and awards come, but for Gordon the feeling of gratitude for his life in music is strong, and he wouldn’t want it any other way.

“Listening to Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, I was immediately taken by Gordon’s contemporary musical viewpoint, the dynamics of his “Big Phat Band,” its bevy of superb soloists, and the exhilaration of its sound.” Quincy Jones.

Upcoming Shows:

Jan 25 – Winter NAMM Show Concert, Anaheim, CA.

Jan 29 – Catalina Jazz Club Patti Austin/BPB Grammy Celebration Concert, Hollywood, CA.

March 2 – Studio Channel Islands Art Center, Camarillo, CA.

March 16 – Bonita Center For the Arts, La Verne, CA.

April 27 – Thousand Oaks Performing Arts Center, Thousand Oaks, CA.

May 4 – The Grape, Ventura, CA.

June 1 – International Trumpet Guild Concert, Anaheim, CA.

June 7 – SF Jazz Concert, San Francisco, CA.

July 30 – Redlands Bowl, Redlands, CA.

August – Blue Note Tokyo.



Patti Austin Album Link:

Link for a new music video for Cutey and the Dragon: