Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band: Live At Monterey Jazz Festival

Jan 2, 2013
Originally published on June 23, 2014 9:20 am

The composer/arranger Gordon Goodwin, leader of the Big Phat Band, says he had the opportunity to play the Monterey Jazz Festival some "three or two or four decades ago." In 2012, Goodwin, who plays keyboards and reeds, returned with his large jazz orchestra. The Big Phat Band, brassy and slick, powers through Goodwin's charts from the Jimmy Lyons main stage at the 2012 Monterey Jazz Festival — including a performance of the Grammy-winning arrangement of George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue."


  • Gordon Goodwin, keyboards/tenor saxophone
  • Eric Marienthal, reeds
  • Sal Lozano, reeds
  • Brian Scanlon, reeds
  • Jeff Driskill, reeds
  • Jay Mason, reeds
  • Wayne Bergeron, trumpet
  • Dan Fornero, trumpet
  • Willie Murillo, trumpet
  • Dan Savant, trumpet
  • Andy Martin, trombone
  • Francisco Torres, trombone
  • Charlie Morillas, trombone
  • Craig Gosnell, bass trombone
  • Andrew Synoweic, guitar
  • Rick Shaw, bass
  • Bernie Dresel, drums
  • Joey Deleon, percussion

Set List

All compositions by Gordon Goodwin unless otherwise noted.

  • "That's How We Roll"
  • "How Diz Songo?"
  • "Rhapsody in Blue" (Gershwin)
  • "Race to the Bridge"
  • "Hunting Wabbits"
  • "Backrow Politics"


Ron Davis/Down to Earth Audio, recording engineer; Duke Markos, mix engineer. Recorded at the 55th Monterey Jazz Festival, Sept. 21, 2012.

Note: "Backrow Politics" is the last piece in the set, not "Race to the Bridge," as identified in the audio.

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