Single tickets are $250
(fmv is $150, Donation is $100)

Pairs of tickets are $500
(fmv is $300, Donation is $200)

KJazz Benefit at the Vineyard
Saturday, September 23rd at 6pm

Special evening with GRAMMY award-winning Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band and Sasha's Bloc

On top of one of the most picturesque properties in Beverly Hills, with panoramic views of downtown Los Angeles to the ocean

Tickets include a buffet dinner, catered by Wolfgang Puck's Chinois on Main

Open bar with wine and beer

Complimentary parking

Tax-deductible donation to KJazz

Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band

Even for a successful composer and arranger in Hollywood, Gordon Goodwin's numbers are impressive: A 2006 GRAMMY Award for his Instrumental Arrangement of "Incredits" from the Pixar film The Incredibles, three Emmy Awards, and thirteen GRAMMY nominations.

Here's another impressive number to add to the list: eighteen. As in the number of musicians in Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band, one of the most exciting large jazz ensembles on the planet. Populated by L.A.'s finest players, the Big Phat Band takes the big band tradition into the new millennium with a contemporary, highly original sound featuring Goodwin's witty, intricate, and hard-swinging compositions in a veritable grab bag of styles: swing, Latin, blues, classical, rock and more.
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Established in 2000, the Big Phat Band's debut recording, Swingin' For The Fences (Silverline Records), featured guest artists Arturo Sandoval and Eddie Daniels. It made history as the first commercially available DVD-Audio title ever released and the first DVD-Audio title to receive two GRAMMY nominations.

The band's second album, XXL (Silverline Records), was released on DVD-Audio and compact disc in 2003. Charting its first week, XXL garnered three GRAMMY nominations for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album, Best Instrumental Composition ("Hunting Wabbits") and Best Instrumental Arrangement with Vocals ("Comes Love" with Brian McKnight and Take 6), while winning the Surround Sound Award for "Best Made for Surround Sound Title." The Big Phat Band's third album, The Phat Pack (immergent Records), with guest stars Dianne Reeves, David Sanborn, Eddie Daniels and Take 6, received a GRAMMY nomination and spent 31 weeks on the Billboard jazz charts.

Released in September 2008, the Big Phat Band's fourth recording, Act Your Age, far outsold every other big band record in its path. Produced by acclaimed guitarist Lee Ritenour, it featured a host of terrific guests including Patti Austin, Chick Corea, Dave Grusin and even Ritenour himself, plus a special appearance by the late pianist Art Tatum on a stunning performance that had jaws dropping right and left. The critically acclaimed Act Your Age garnered three GRAMMY nominations.

A keyboardist and woodwind player, Goodwin has built a larger-than-life reputation throughout the music industry for his composing, arranging and playing skills. Ray Charles, Christina Aguilera, Johnny Mathis, Toni Braxton, John Williams, Natalie Cole, David Foster, Sarah Vaughan, Mel Torme, Brian McKnight and Quincy Jones are just a few of the artists with whom he has worked. Goodwin has also conducted world-renowned symphony orchestras in Atlanta, Dallas, Utah, Seattle, Toronto and London.

Goodwin's cinematic scoring and orchestration craft can be heard on such films as The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Escape to Witch Mountain, Get Smart, Glory Road, National Treasure, The Incredibles, Remember The Titans, Armageddon, The Majestic, Con Air, Gone In 60 Seconds, Enemy of the State, Star Trek Nemesis and even the classic cult film Attack Of The Killer Tomatoes. Goodwin's soundtrack to Looney Tunes' Bah HumDuck! - a wacky Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck riff on the classic A Christmas Carol - also features the Big Phat Band's patented sound.

Goodwin received his fourth GRAMMY Award for Best Large Jazz Ensemble for Life in the Bubble.

Sasha's Bloc

Sasha's Bloc is a soulful jazz collective that hearkens back to the big band jazz sound of the 1920's, 30's and 40's, and to a performance style that evokes Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald and more. An intriguing ensemble founded in 2012, Sasha's Bloc is an amalgam of varied artists, nationalities and experiences. This collective delivers a sound that is consistently big, boisterous, full of spirit and rich in everything that makes jazz linger as an American phenomenon. The group, with bassist/bandleader Alex Gershman at the helm, will perform their brand-new show entitled The Club Rendezvous at this special benefit event.
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"The Club Rendezvous" contains songs co-written and produced in conjunction with the legendary Charlie Midnight (James Brown, Chaka Khan, Barbra Streisand) and will be released as a studio album which is currently in the works. The Club Rendezvous features the vocal talents of the Miami-born and Los Angeles-based Nikki Lorenzo. "The Club Rendezvous is a joint where you leave your past outside, and the future is a mere bagatelle. The heartaches of the world never get past the entrance and time stands still as long you are there. No questions, no answers, no judgments… just good times." – Alex Gershman, Sasha's Bloc

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