Bill Goodwin (jazz drummer)

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F. Bill Goodwin
Bill Goodwin and Tom Wolf.jpg
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 75)
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. Goodwin has been a professional drummer since 1959, and has performed with many jazz instrumentalists including 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, Goodwin 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' 1975 album Nighthawks at the Diner , and worked with Steely Dan during the mid-1970s.

Goodwin 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.

Goodwin is the son of Bill Goodwin, long-time announcer and actor best known for his many years on the Burns and Allen radio program, and subsequently The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show on television. He currently teaches jazz drumming at William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey.


In addition to serving as drummer for the Phil Woods ensemble, Goodwin is an recording executive who produced the Phil Woods Quartet/Quintet and Little Big Band recordings dating back 1980, including:

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

Goodwin's other production efforts include:

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

As sideman[edit]

With Mose Allison

With Gary Burton

With Hal Galper

With Paul Horn

With Bill Plummer

With Gábor Szabó

With Phil Woods and Lew Tabackin

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