About Victor Mendoza/MendozaVibe
Vibraphonist, producer, composer, and educator Victor Mendoza of Mexican origin, is considered by international critics as one of the finest artists in the Latin Jazz and Contemporary Jazz world, in addition to his reputation as an educator. As a Solo Artist, Victor Mendoza’s performances include appearances with the World Festival Orchestra under the direction of Paquito de Rivera, the Symphony Orchestra Carlos Chávez of Mexico, the Symphony Orchestra of the City of Granada, Spain, the renowned Symphonic Wind Ensemble of Llíria in Spain, and the prestigious Jazz Knights Big Band of West Point.
His recordings and concerts include collaborations with Paquito D’ Rivera, Claudio Roditi, George Garzone, Giovanni Hidalgo, Horacio “El Negro” Hernández, Antonio Sánchez, Jim Odgren, Lee Konitz, and flamenco jazz greats Perico Sambeat and Jorge Pardo.
International critique led Latin Beat Magazine to name Mendoza among the most outstanding artists in Latin jazz, and the recording Black Bean Blues was named one of the best recordings of the year by Modern Drummer Magazine.
Master classes around the world include the Superior Conservatory of Paris, Reina Sofia Conservatory of Madrid, Royal Northern College of Music, Lithuania Academy of Music and Theatre, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the International Association of Jazz Educators, and the Percussive Arts Society International Conference.
Mendoza served as Director of the Contemporary Performance Graduate Program at Berklee’s Valencia Campus in Spain and recently retired as Fulltime Professor. Currently, he maintains an active schedule as Artist/Clinician for Yamaha and Vic Firth/Zildjian, composing, recording, and performing around the globe.
“With his superior technique and imagination. Victor Mendoza is not settling for continuing the vibraphone tradition in Latin jazz; he is pushing it into the future.”
Fernando González, JazzWithAn Accent.com and JAZZIZ Magazine