Spokane Jazz Orchestra
From left to right: Gary Edighoffer, Dan Carlson, Chris Moyer, David Fague, and Craig Landron
From left to right: Bob McCurdy, Terry Lack,
Keith LaMotte, and Craig Volosing
Not pictured: Andy Plamondon
From left to right: Tom Molter, David Stultz,
Melinda Keberle, and William Foster
Not pictured: Rob Tapper
From left to right: Scott Jones, Paul Landesberg, Brent Edstrom, and Eugene Jablonsky Not pictured: Nick Herman
The Spokane Jazz Orchestra is the Nation's oldest, continually performing, professional community-supported 17 piece big band. For over 30 years, the "SJO" has been the flagship ensemble of Spokane Jazz Society, bringing both performances and education services to the Inland Northwest. Exciting guest artists headline each of the four annual concerts- and bring out the best in the top professional musicians who create the "swinging sound" of America's original art form- JAZZ!
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.