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Bill Goodwin (jazz drummer)

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Bill Goodwin
Goodwin in 2014
Goodwin in 2014
Background information
Born (1942-01-08) January 8, 1942 (age 82)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation(s)Musician, record producer
Instrument(s)Drums, percussion
Years active1960s–present

F. Bill Goodwin (born Los Angeles, California, January 8, 1942) is an American jazz drummer.


Goodwin began his professional career at the age of seventeen with saxophonist Charles Lloyd.[1] During the 1960s, he worked with Mike Melvoin, Art Pepper, Paul Horn, Frank Rosolino, Bud Shank, George Shearing, and Gabor Szabo.[2]

Joining the performing ensemble of vibraphonist Gary Burton brought him to the East Coast in 1969. After three years with Burton, Goodwin settled in the Pocono Mountains and worked in hotels and resorts. In 1974, he became a founding member of the Phil Woods Quartet. He worked with Woods for forty years as a drummer and record producer, winning three Grammy Awards.[3]

Goodwin has performed with Bill Evans, Lee Konitz Dexter Gordon, Jim Hall, Bobby Hutcherson, June Christy, Joe Williams, Tony Bennett, Mose Allison, and The Manhattan Transfer. He has been a featured performer at the W. C. Handy Music Festival for many years, serving as a member of the W. C. Handy Jazz All-Stars with guitarist Mundell Lowe, guitarist Tom Wolfe, pianist and vocalist Johnny O'Neal, pianist and vocalist Ray Reach, and drummer Chuck Redd.

He was featured on Tom Waits's 1975 album Nighthawks at the Diner and played talking drum on the song "Crown of Creation" by Jefferson Airplane.[3]

Beginning in 2000, Goodwin has taught at William Paterson University in New Jersey.[3]

He currently leads a trio which features Jon Ballantyne on piano and Evan Gregor on bass, performing often in New York at jazz clubs such as Mezzrow and Smalls, as well as other club and concert venues on the East Coast. In late-2023, the trio recorded a follow-up to their acclaimed 2019 release "Trio", which will be released in the summer of 2024.

Goodwin is the son of Bill Goodwin, announcer and actor on the Burns and Allen radio program and The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show on television.


As leader[edit]

  • Solar Energy (1981)
  • Plays Cole Porter (1988)
  • No Method (Fresh Sound, 1989)
  • Three's a Crowd (TCB, 1994)[4]
  • Raise Four (Vectordisc 2014)
  • Live at the Lafayette Bar (Vectordisc 2017)
  • Trio with Jon Ballantyne and Evan Gregor (Vectordisc 2019)

As sideman[edit]

With Gary Burton

With Hal Galper

With Paul Horn

With others

As producer[edit]

With Phil Woods


  1. ^ Rozek, Michael (July 1980). "Bill Goodwin - Ultimate Sideman - Modern Drummer Magazine". Modern Drummer. Retrieved 10 May 2017.
  2. ^ Chadbourne, Eugene. "Bill Goodwin". AllMusic. Retrieved 10 May 2017.
  3. ^ a b c Gordon, William (18 February 2016). "Bill Goodwin at Lafayette: Greatest jazz drummer you've never heard of". themorningcall.com. Retrieved 11 May 2017.
  4. ^ "Bill Goodwin | Album Discography | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 11 May 2017.

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