Gil Goldstein, an instructor in Steinhardt’s Jazz Studies program, was honored by the Recording Academy at the 2014 Grammy Awards, held on January 26th in Los Angeles. The annual awards recognize the music industry’s best and brightest over the past year in 30 fields (eg. general, pop, rap, gospel) and 82 categories within those fields.
Goldstein received a Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s) for Swing Low, performed by Bobby McFerrin and Esperanza Spalding.
Goldstein’s Grammy marks the fifth of his career, having previously won in 2007 for Best Jazz Instrumental Album for Pilgrimage; in 2005 for Best Instrumental Arrangement for What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life?; and in 2003 in the categories of Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album for Wide Angles and Best Instrumental Arrangement for Timbuktu. An accomplished player of the accordion, cello, and piano, he started with the Gil Evans Orchestra in the early 1980s. During the 1980s and 90s he was a member of the group Elements. Goldstein has also composed music for films including the 1994 film Radio Inside, and 1999’s Simply Irresistible. In 2007 he co-released an album Your Songs: The Music of Elton John, consisting of jazz arrangements of some of Elton John’s most popular songs.