Posted Monday, February 4th, 2019

Music Legend, Jazz Drummer and Producer to Speak on Feb. 7 during Tech Talk 

 The Music Technology Program at County College of Morris has invited renowned jazz drummer and producer Bill Goodwin to speak at its next Tech Talk.

The Grammy award legend will talk about the industry and will perform some of his music. The discussion – free and open to the public – will be held on Thursday, February 7, at 12:30 p.m. in the Music Technology Center’s Performance Lab, Room 105. CCM is located at 214 Center Grove Road in Randolph.

Bill Goodwin at the drums

Renowned jazz drummer and producer Bill Goodwin will speak at CCM on Feb. 7

A faculty member at William Paterson University since 2000, Goodwin teaches drums and ensembles. He is also the artistic director of Deerhead Records and records on his own Vectordisk label.

Goodwin was born in Los Angeles and became a working musician in 1959 at age 17, when he joined the Charles Lloyd Quartet. He continued playing with numerous West Coast jazz artists, most notably Art Pepper, Leroy Vinnegar, Paul Horn and George Shearing. He has also worked with acclaimed vocalists Tony Bennett, Joe Williams and Anita O’Day, among others.

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Goodwin provided accompaniment for many major jazz names including Bill Evans, Dexter Gordon, Jim Hall, Al Cohn / Zoot Sims, Mose Allison and Bob Dorough (recording many segments of Schoolhouse Rock). In 1975, Goodwin recorded with Tom Waits on his “Nighthawks at the Diner” live record.

Goodwin co-founded The Phil Woods Quartet and did his first production work for that group. The ensemble earned two nominations from the Recording Academy for their first two albums and subsequent Grammys in 1976, 1980 and 1982 for best small group. Goodwin went on to produce sessions for countless musicians.

In November 2018, CCM’s Tech Talk invited Dave Derr, founder and senior engineer at Empirical Labs, to campus. The Tech Talk programs are partially funded by the State of New Jersey and the U.S. Department of Education.

All visitors must obtain a parking pass from the Public Safety office, which is located across from Parking Lot 10.  Attendees can park in Lot 6 or 7 for the Tech Talk.