Bill Goodwin (jazz drummer)

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Bill Goodwin
Bill Goodwin and Tom Wolf.jpg
Bill Goodwin (left) with Tom Wolfe on a break during the W. C. Handy Music Festival, Florence, Alabama, 2008
Photo by Ray Reach
Background information
Born (1942-01-08) January 8, 1942 (age 76)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician, record producer
Instruments Drums, precussion
Years active 1960s–present
Associated acts Phil Woods, W. C. Handy Jazz All-Stars

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

Career[edit]

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]

He has performed with Bill Evans, 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, he taught at William Paterson University in New Jersey.[3]

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.

Discography[edit]

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)

As sideman[edit]

With Mose Allison

With Gary Burton

With Hal Galper

With Paul Horn

With Bill Plummer

  • Cosmic Brotherhood (Impulse!, 1968)

With Gábor Szabó

As producer[edit]

With Phil Woods

References[edit]

  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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