Vince Mendoza (born November 17, 1961) is an American music arranger, conductor, and composer.

Vince Mendoza
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Background information
Born (1961-11-17) November 17, 1961 (age 58)
Norwalk, Connecticut, U.S.
GenresJazz, pop
Occupation(s)Composer, arranger, conductor
Years active1990–present
LabelsBlue Note, Transparent, Geffen, Warner Bros.
Associated actsJoni Mitchell, Michael Brecker, Björk

Mendoza was born in Connecticut and studied guitar as a child, influenced by classical music, soul and jazz. He then took up the trumpet, which he continued to play at Ohio State University, where he participated in the Jazz Ensemble and the Concert Band. He graduated in 1983 with a degree in music composition.[1] He did his graduate studies in composition at the University of Southern California.

He was signed to Blue Note Records, with whom he released Start Here and Instructions Inside. His compositions have been featured by Gary Burton, Pat Metheny, Michael Brecker and Charlie Haden. Mendoza has frequently provided arrangements for their work, as well as for Randy Brecker and Peter Erskine.

He has produced and arranged for singers as diverse as Robbie Williams, Björk, Elvis Costello, and six Grammy Award-winning albums, Travelogue, Both Sides Now with Joni Mitchell, Some Skunk Funk, Brown Street, El Viento and 54. From 2005 to 2013 he was chief conductor of the Dutch Metropole Orchestra.[2]


As leaderEdit

  • Vince Mendoza (Funhouse, 1989)
  • Start Here (World Pacific, 1990)
  • Instructions Inside (Blue Note, 1991)
  • Jazzpaña (ACT, 1993) as The Mendoza/Mardin Project
  • Sketches (ACT, 1994)
  • Caribbean Night (BHM, 1997) with WDR Big Band
  • Epiphany (Zebra Acoustic, 1999) with London Symphony Orchestra
  • Blauklang (ACT, 2008)
  • El Viento: The Garcia Lorca Project (ACT, 2009)
  • 54 (EmArcy, 2010)
  • Fast City: A Tribute to Joe Zawinul (BHM, 2010)
  • The Phoenix (Red Dot, 2010)
  • Nights on Earth (Horizontal, 2011)
  • Perfect Vision: The Esquivel Sound (Basta, 2013)
  • Homecoming (Sunnyside, 2017) with WDR Big Band[3]

As arranger and conductorEdit

With the Metropole Orchestra

With WDR Big Band Cologne

With others

As instrumentalistEdit


  1. ^ "Biography: Vince Mendoza". AMG. Retrieved 14 May 2010.
  2. ^ Metropole Orchestra: Conductors. Retrieved: 18 June 2011
  3. ^ "Vince Mendoza | Album Discography | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 25 February 2017.