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Vince Mendoza

Vince Mendoza

This record is about that delicate dance between the improvised and the written music, and it’s also about inviting old friends and meeting new friends to interpret the music” says composer-conductor-arranger Vince Mendoza about his latest project, Epiphany (Zebra Acoustic Records), recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra and jazz ensemble in the sound-perfect space of Abbey Road Studio.

Mendoza has a strong foundation in both jazz and classical music that dates back to his childhood, when he listened to everything from Brahms to Zawinul. Born in Norwalk, CT in 1961, Mendoza began musical studies on classical guitar and piano before switching to trumpet by his early teens. He wrote for his high school jazz ensemble and went on to earn a degree in composition at Ohio State University. Moving to Los Angeles in 1983, he completed graduate studies at the University of Southern California.

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