“Smaller yet still Phat.” – Jazzcorner
With four Grammy wins and 21 total nominations, not to mention three Emmy Awards, composer and arranger Gordon Goodwin is the most decorated big-band leader of the 21st century. Goodwin has earned widespread acclaim for taking the big-band tradition into the new millennium with his chart-topping, 18-member Big Phat Band. Now, Goodwin condenses his approach to focus on show-stopping improvisation and spontaneity with his seven-member Little Phat Band, comprised of the most sought-after musicians in the world (all of whom also hail from the Big Phat Band).
Applying deft musicianship and fiery improvisation, this versatile ensemble of horns, percussion and guitars explores genres spanning swing, Latin, funk, pop and more. Audiences will enjoy each musician’s virtuoso solo stylings, as Goodwin formed this small-scale group to allow for more rich spontaneity than found with larger, more-scripted bands.
The group includes the music industry’s finest musicians, such as Grammy-winning saxophonist Eric Marienthal, as well as percussionist Bernie Dresel, who served as drummer for 15 years with the multi-Grammy Award-winning Brian Setzer Orchestra.
Trumpeter Wayne Bergeron has worked on over 400 TV and motion-picture soundtracks and recorded with top artists such as Ray Charles, Beyonce, Celine Dion and Christina Aguilera. Percussionist Joey De Leon regularly performs with world-renowned artists such as Poncho Sanchez and Arturo Sandoval.
Trombonist Andy Martin has performed at the Grammys, the Emmys, the Academy Awards and more, and played as lead trombonist on shows “Dancing with the Stars” and “American Idol.” Guitarist Rick Shaw has not only toured with legendary ‘60s group The Lettermen and jazz great Buddy Rich, but he also tours regularly with Johnny Mathis.
Grammy-winning guitarist Andrew Synowiec is a multi-faceted musician with credits including blockbuster film “Frozen” and recording with artists such as Rob Zombie, Michael Bublé and Barbra Streisand.
Beyond his acclaimed work as a band leader, Goodwin is the host of a popular new radio program called “Phat Tracks with Gordon Goodwin,” airing weekends on KJAZZ, America’s jazz and blues station.
He has composed and provided orchestrations for numerous feature films, including “The Incredibles,” “Remember the Titans,” “Armageddon,” “Get Smart,” “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” “National Treasure” and “Gone in 60 Seconds.”