Bill Goodwin (jazz drummer)

Bill Goodwin ( born January 8, 1942 in Los Angeles ) is an American jazz drummer and producer.

Bill Goodwin began his career as a professional drummer in 1959 and worked in California with musicians like Bill Evans, Dexter Gordon, Art Pepper, Jim Hall, George Shearing, Leroy Vinnegar, Anthony Ortega and Bobby Hutcherson; He also played in the Begleitbands of June Christy, Joe Williams, Tony Bennett, Mose Allison and Manhattan Transfer. The Ensemble of vibraphonist Gary Burton in 1969 he came to the East Coast of the United States, where he remained in Burton's group for three years. The long -standing musical partnership began with bassist Steve Gilmore. In 1969 he worked with Stephane Grappelli Steve Swallow and Gary Burton album Paris Encounter with; 1974 Goodwin and Gilmore played for the first time in the Phil Woods Quartet.

In the 1980s he worked mostly with Phil Woods; he belonged until 1998 to its various formations and collaborated on albums such as Phil Woods / Lew Tabackin (1980 ), Full House (1991) and Plays the Music of Jim McNelly (1995 ) with. He also played - usually along with his longtime partner, bassist Steve Gilmore - with Al Cohn, Meredith D' Ambrosio, Dave Frishberg, Hal Galper, Dizzy Gillespie, Tom Harrell, Dave Liebman, Chuck Marohnic and Jimmy Amadie. In 1991 he worked with Chuck Israels (On Common Ground ); In 1996 he played at Howard Alden.

In 2000 he participated in Lee Konitz ' album with pride; In 2004, he met with Phil Woods, Bud Shank and Mike Wofford in Jazzcliub Yoshi's on ( Bouncing woith Bud and Phil ).

He participated also on Tom Waits ' album Nighthawks at the Diner (1975 ) and worked the mid-1970s with the formation Steely Dan. Bill Goodwin joined several years on the WC Handy Music Festival, a member of the WC Handy Jazz All-Stars.

Since 1980, Goodwin also works as a producer of Phil Woods albums as well as some albums by Tom Harrell gewesen.Seine most famous production is the ECM album At the Deer Hat Inn of Keith Jarrett Trio with Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette, which was created in 1992. He has taught percussion at the William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey.

Disco Graphical Notes

  • Solar Energy ( omniSound, 1981)
  • No Method ( Fresh Sound Records, 1989)
  • Three ia a Crowd (TCB, 1994)


  • Bielefeld catalog. 1988 & 2002.
  • Richard Cook, Brian Morton: The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings. 9th edition. Penguin, London 2008, ISBN 978-0141034010 ..