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Jazz: The Sound of Life!

Woodwind Section:

From left to right: Gary Edighoffer, Dan Carlson, Chris Moyer, David Fague, and Craig Landron

Trumpet Section:

From left to right: Bob McCurdy, Terry Lack, 
Keith LaMotte, and Craig Volosing
Not pictured: Andy Plamondon

Trombone Section:

From left to right: Tom Molter, David Stultz, 
Melinda Keberle, and William Foster
Not pictured: Rob Tapper

Rhythm Section:

From left to right: Scott Jones, Paul Landesberg, Brent Edstrom, and Eugene Jablonsky Not pictured: Nick Herman

The Spokane Jazz Orchestra has been bringing the sound of life to the
Spokane community for more than 40 years!

 

The SJO is a traditional big band orchestra that performs thrilling arrangements from classic big bands, jazz legends and modern jazz ensembles. For more than four decades, the SJO has featured performances and arrangements that highlight local artists and composers, as well as drawing inspiration from other genres.

Dating back to its early days as a jazz clinic in the 1960’s, the SJO has a deep musical history in the Inland Northwest. It is the longest, continuously performing, community supported jazz orchestra in the United States

The SJO is devoted to celebrating jazz, the volunteers who make our concerts possible and the community of fans that have loyally supported us and our musicians for decades. We are equally dedicated to inspiring a new generation to fall in love with jazz. We are committed to our organizational values.

 

  • Tradition
    A devotion to celebrating jazz and respecting the musical history of the art form.
  • Innovation
    A passion for exploring new arrangements, new directions, and new fans for the same great sounds.
  • Local
    A recognition that the SJO, and its many volunteers and performers, are a part of this community, perform for this community, and give back to this community.
  • Entertainment
    A dedication to providing a concert that will knock your socks off, every time you come through the door.
  • Experience

A commitment to serving as the highest-quality performers of our music that you will hear in the Inland Northwest.

STAFF

Director
Don Goodwin

Don Goodwin is a recent graduate of Eastern Washington University, where he received his Master of Arts in Composition (2007). Before returning to Eastern to pursue his degree in 2005, Goodwin lived and worked in Seattle for eight years, where he taught music theory at The Art Institute of Seattle, and performed with several touring groups around the country. His band, BeeCraft, recorded several albums, and was featured at many of the Northwest's premiere venues and festivals. Most recently, Goodwin can be heard as a keyboardist and as a composer featured on four separate Flowmotion albums. With Flowmotion, Don played, among many other venues, Bumbershoot in Seattle, and shared the stage with many influential recording artists such as Widespread Panic, G-Love and Special Sauce, Bill Frisell, and Critters Buggin'.

Currently Godwin teaches music theory, counterpoint, composition, jazz small groups, and jazz piano. In addition, he serves as Jazz Band Director at Lewis and Clark High School, and is an adjunct professor at Gonzaga University, where he teaches advanced jazz piano.

In the professional community Don is a sought-after pianist, composer, and clinician. He leads his own jazz trio (The Don Goodwin Trio), as well as several funk/jazz/rock small groups, including Freefire, Jungle Circus, and WE B-3. In addition, Don is the pianist for The Bob Curnow Big Band, and plays in several area groups as a sideman.

As a composer, Don is constantly working on many commissions. His piece, "Parallels" was performed in October of 2007 by the Spokane Symphony Orchestra at their Symphony On The Edge concert series, under the direction of Morihiko Nakahara.

Jim Kershner of The Spokesman Review had this to say about Goodwin's piece: "The entire evening would have been worth it merely for the world premiere of "Parallels," a jazzy, flashy juggernaut by Spokane composer, conductor and jazz pianist Don Goodwin. This piece, which closed the concert, was rich with bright washes of sound and flashes of brilliant complexity. Complexity was in plentiful supply at this concert, but Goodwin's piece managed to conjure up an entire jaunty world, like the soundtrack to a particularly wonderful movie cartoon."

Don has had several of his original big band charts published by Walrus Music Publishing.

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