Bill Goodwin (jazz drummer)

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F. Bill Goodwin
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Bill Goodwin (left) with Tom Wolfe, on a break during a concert at the 2008 W. C. Handy Music Festival in Florence Alabama. (Photo by Ray Reach.)
Background information
Birth name F.Bill Goodwin
Born (1942-01-08) January 8, 1942 (age 72)
Origin Los Angeles, California, United States
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Noodler, producer, educator
Associated acts Phil Woods, W. C. Handy Jazz All-Stars
Ray Reach and Friends

F. Bill Goodwin (born: Los Angeles, California, January 8, 1942) is an American jazz drummer. Bill has been a professional drummer since 1959, and has performed with many jazz instrumentalists such as: Bill Evans, Dexter Gordon, Art Pepper, Jim Hall, George Shearing and Bobby Hutcherson, and singers such as June Christy, Joe Williams, Tony Bennett, Mose Allison and Manhattan Transfer. Joining the performing ensemble of vibraphonist Gary Burton brought him to the East Coast in 1969. After a three year stint with Burton's group, Bill settled in the Poconos and worked the local hotels and resorts. It was there that he and bassist Steve Gilmore met. Goodwin and Gilmore are both charter members of The Phil Woods Quartet (now Quintet), joining at its inception in February 1974. He was also featured on Tom Waits' album Nighthawks at the Diner in 1975, and worked with Steely Dan during the mid-70's.

Bill has been a featured performer at the W. C. Handy Music Festival for many years, serving as a member of the performing ensemble known as the W. C. Handy Jazz All-Stars, alongside musicians such as guitarist Mundell Lowe, pianist / vocalist Johnny O'Neal, vibraphonist / drummer Chuck Redd, guitarist Tom Wolfe and pianist / vocalist Ray Reach.

He currently teaches jazz drumming at William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey.

Recordings[edit]

In addition to serving as drummer for the Phil Woods ensemble, Bill is an able recording executive, producing all of The Phil Woods Quartet/Quintet and Little Big Band recordings since 1980, including:

  • Grammy Award winning albums "More Live" (Adelphi), "At The Vanguard" (Antilles)
  • 1992 Grammy nominee "All Bird's Children" (Concord Jazz)
  • Dizzy Gillespie Meets Phil Woods Quintet (Timeless, 1986) - with Dizzy Gillespie
  • "Flowers for Hodges" by the Phil Woods and Jim McNeely duo

He has also produced several Tom Harrell recordings and was Omnisound's primary producer of jazz product including:

  • "Phil Woods / Lew Tabackin"
  • Dave Frishberg's "Songbooks," Volume I and Volume II.

Bill's most recently released production efforts are:

  • "Live at the Deer Head" by Keith Jarrett (ECM Records),
  • "The Phil Woods Quartet/Quintet 20th Anniversary Album" (Mosaic)
  • Phil Woods’ "Astor & Elis" (Chesky Records)
  • Phil Woods Quintet’s Mile High Jazz (Concord Jazz)

As sideman[edit]

With Gary Burton

With Gábor Szabó

With Bill Plummer

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