At age five, Mr. Goodwin began writing down the music he heard in his head. This music didn't consist of just snippets or melodic lines, but whole compositions from beginning to end. His first big band chart, Hang Loose was written at the age of 13. These preternatural talents made him stand out in the jazz world, and brought him to the attention of music supervisors and producers.
While working within the television and film industry, Mr. Goodwin's writing has garnered him three Emmy awards and a pair of Grammy nominations. His cinematic scoring and orchestrations can be heard on such films as Bad Boys II, The Majestic, Con Air, Gone in 60 Seconds, Enemy of the State, Remember the Titans, Star Trek: Nemesis, Armageddon, and the classic cult film Attack of the Killer Tomatoes.
Throughout his career, Gordon Goodwin has built a larger-than-life reputation for his composing, arranging, and performance skills. Christina Aguilera, Quincy Jones, Mel Torme, David Foster, Toni Braxton, Ray Charles, Sarah Vaughn, Brian McKnight and Johnny Mathis are just a few of the artists he has written for, recorded and/or performed with. Additionally, Mr. Goodwin has conducted with world-renown symphony orchestras in Atlanta, Dallas, Utah, Seattle, Toronto and London.
Currently, Mr. Goodwin utilizes all of these talents as the leader of L.A.'s most exciting big-band jazz ensemble, Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band. Established in 2000, the band's debut record, Swingin' for the Fences (Silverline Records), made history as the first commercially available DVD audio title ever released and the first DVD audio title to receive two Grammy nominations.
As a three-time Emmy Award winner and a multi-Grammy nominee, one would think that Gordon Goodwin had fulfilled his dreams and achieved all of his goals. But, that isn't the case-not by a long shot. His second album, XXL, received three Grammy nominations: Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album, Best Instrumental Composition (Hunting Wabbits) and Best Instrumental Arrangement with Vocals (Comes Love with Brian McKnight and Take 6).
Sold-out L.A.-area performances by Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band are testimony to the genius of Mr. Goodwin's music, and have earned the group high critical acclaim and praise: Writes Don Heckman of the L.A. Times: "The Big Phat Band has established itself as one of the Southland's most craftsman-like hard-swinging large jazz ensembles, galvanized by Goodwin's witty and insightful arrangements and compositions."