Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band plays the Monterey Jazz Festival. i

Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band plays the Monterey Jazz Festival. Tomas Ovalle/Courtesy of the Monterey Jazz Festival hide caption

toggle caption Tomas Ovalle/Courtesy of the Monterey Jazz Festival
Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band plays the Monterey Jazz Festival.

Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band plays the Monterey Jazz Festival.

Tomas Ovalle/Courtesy of the Monterey Jazz Festival

JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater

Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band On JazzSetWBGO

Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band On JazzSet

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/255494419/255497203" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Closing his set at 92Y Tribeca, drummer Henry Cole — leader of the 11-player Afrobeat Collective from New York and Puerto Rico — told the audience, "Big groups are going to come again!" This show, which features Cole's young collective and a top big band playing the Monterey Jazz Festival, is a vote for that proposition.

Gordon Goodwin from Los Angeles won the Best Instrumental Arrangement Grammy in 2012 for "Rhapsody in Blue" (George Gershwin) for his Big Phat Band. As Goodwin says, arranging is great, but the notes are just scribbles on the page until someone plays them. The versatile and successful California-based arranger Clare Fischer (1928-2012) was a major influence on Goodwin, who also remembers playing in his high-school band at the Monterey Jazz Festival.

The Big Phat Band makes its Monterey Jazz Festival debut with "Rhapsody in Blue" and "Hunting Wabbits," inspired by Carl Stalling's 1940s scores for Warner Brothers cartoons — think Looney Tunes and Bugs Bunny. The music tumbles all over itself. We close their set with what Goodwin calls the greatest big-band flute section in the world, playing "Backrow Politics."

Goodwin is nominated for two more Grammy Awards — one in composing, one in arranging. Winners will be named early next year.

At the end of this week's show, Henry Cole's Afrobeat Collective puts Fela Kuti through a rhythm section with chekere and barril from the Caribbean, and the horn players include some of Brooklyn's best new and not-that-old talent. Percussionist/vocalist Obanilu Allende flew in for the show.

Big Phat Band Personnel
  • 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
Big Phat Band Set List
  • "That's How We Roll" (Goodwin)
  • "Howdiz Songo" (Goodwin)
  • "Rhapsody In Blue" (Gershwin, arr. Goodwin)
  • "Race To The Bridge" (Goodwin)
  • "Hunting Wabbits" (Goodwin)
  • "Back Row Politics" (Goodwin)
Henry Cole Afrobeat Collective Personnel
  • Henry Cole, drums/percussion
  • Philip Dizack, trumpet
  • John Ellis, tenor saxophone
  • Billy Carrion Jr., baritone saxophone
  • Ricky Rodriguez, bass
  • Soren Moller, keyboards
  • Matt Stevens, guitar
  • Beto Torrens, barril
  • Bryant Huffman, chekere
  • Hermes Ayala, voice
  • Obanilu Allende, percussion/voice
Henry Cole Afrobeat Collective Set List
  • "Solos dos Veces"
Credits

Henry Cole's set produced for broadcast by Josh Jackson, WBGO. Recordings by Ron Davis and David Tallacksen; Surround Sound mixes by Duke Markos. Thanks to Tim Jackson, the Monterey Jazz Festival and 92Y Tribeca.

[+] read more[-] less

More From Jazz

Jacky Terrasson. Philippe Levy-Stab/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

toggle caption Philippe Levy-Stab/Courtesy of the artist

Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Jacky Terrasson On Piano Jazz

Back in 1995, the young pianist demonstrated extraordinary talent on standards.

Jacky Terrasson On Piano Jazz

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/487065269/487071612" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Aaron Parks. Bill Douthart/Courtesy of ECM Records hide caption

toggle caption Bill Douthart/Courtesy of ECM Records

Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Aaron Parks On Piano Jazz

The prolific pianist was still in his teens when he joined Marian McPartland for this 2001 session.

Aaron Parks In The Studio

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/485228786/485229737" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Randy Weston. NPR hide caption

toggle caption NPR

Jazz Night In America

Randy Weston At 90

WBGO and Jazz At Lincoln Center

The eminent pianist was the guest of honor at this year's Panama Jazz Festival.

Randy Weston At 90

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/484419476/484422409" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Ray Charles and Marian McPartland. Courtesy of Vanguard hide caption

toggle caption Courtesy of Vanguard

Jazz Night In America

The Ray Charles Songbook

WBGO and Jazz At Lincoln Center

Trumpeter Kenny Rampton launched his career with the great performer. He presents that music live.

The Ray Charles Songbook

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/484407414/484419129" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Valerie Capers. David Katzenstein/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

toggle caption David Katzenstein/Courtesy of the artist

Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Valerie Capers On Piano Jazz

The pianist and educator shows off her classical chops in a solo during "It Could Happen To You."

Valerie Capers In The Studio

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/484230476/484313442" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Monty Alexander. Crush Boone/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

toggle caption Crush Boone/Courtesy of the artist

Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Monty Alexander On Piano Jazz

The Jamaican-born pianist, known for his rhythmic approach, joined Marian McPartland in 1991.

Monty Alexander In The Studio

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/482469803/482492744" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Brandee Younger and Edmar Castañeda. Courtesy of the artists hide caption

toggle caption Courtesy of the artists

Jazz Night In America: The Radio Program

Return Of The Jazz Harp

WBGO and Jazz At Lincoln Center

Brandee Younger and Edmar Castañeda are bringing the ancient instrument back to the music.

Return Of The Jazz Harp

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/482494560/482495987" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Alan Clare. Allan Warren/Wikimedia Commons hide caption

toggle caption Allan Warren/Wikimedia Commons

Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Alan Clare On Piano Jazz

In 1990, the British pianist joined host Marian McPartland from the BBC's London studios.

Alan Clare On Piano Jazz

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/480295874/480633264" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Dena DeRose. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

toggle caption Courtesy of the artist

Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Dena DeRose On Piano Jazz

In a 2001 session, the singer and pianist joined host Marian McPartland for a program of standards.

Dena DeRose On Piano Jazz

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/479740933/479741803" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
Back To Top