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Dick Goodwin

aka Gordon "Dick " Goodwin


Composer & Jazz Guy

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"I used to wear two hats, 'Gordon Goodwin' for my classical work and 'Dick Goodwin' for the after-hours jazz character."

Over the years—under one hat or the other—Gordon Goodwin has written hundreds of works, from jingle to opera, jazz band to symphony orchestra.

Dick Goodwin is a composer, arranger, performer, and studio producer. He leads the Dick Goodwin Quintet and Dick Goodwin Big Band, and is a Yamaha Artist.

The State Newspaper declared "If a touring act or local performance needs musicians — strings, brass, rhythm, anything — there’s only one person to call: Dick Goodwin."

Gordon (Dick) Goodwin is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of South Carolina where he still teaches a handful of doctoral students. He was a recipient of USC's prestigious Educational Foundation Award, is the 2001 Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Individual Artist winner (the highest honor awarded in the arts by the State of South Carolina.) And he has received a number of writer awards from ASCAP (American Society of Composers and Publishers.)

“He’s kind of the goto person if an arrangement doesn’t exist for the orchestra,” says Rhonda Hunsinger, the South Carolina Philharmonic’s executive director.

"I grew up in Cape Girardeau, Missouri and El Paso, Texas and decided at a very early age that music would be my life's work. I loved teaching and I had a successful run of it. But I now have the time (and still have the energy) to concentrate full-time on my first love — composing, arranging, producing, and performing.

Prior to coming to the University of South Carolina he taught composition and theory and ran the jazz program (which he initiated) at the University of Texas. Before that he spent four long years as a band director in the US Coast Guard.

Updated: August 13, 2013

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Upcoming Gigs

August 15  at 7 pm
DG Quartet at the Richland Library on Assembly St.  A short (free) concert.

August 24 8:30 to 11:00
DG Big Band plays for listening and dancing at the Make-A-Wish Foundation Ball, Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center . http://sc.wish.org/  doors open at 6:00

August 25 
Winifred Goodwin (piano) and violinist Catherine Hazan perform an alumni recital in the USC School of Music Recital Hall. The program includes music from Russia (the great Prokofieff Sonata), Spain, and France. Free!  Dick gets to turn pages.

September 5  at 7:30 pm
Bishopville Opera House concert with the Dick Goodwin Big Band. Wine and cheese at 6:30. 803-484-5090 (Tickets are $15/students free.)

September 8 at 10:30 am
St. Martin’s in the Fields -- an original Jazz Mass with the DG Quintet

September 8 from 2:30 to 5:00
The Carolina Jazz Society kicks off their season of concerts, usually the first Sunday of each month through May. A traditional jazz series at the Lourie Center (Capital Senior Center).  The house band is Jim Hall (drums), Reggie Sullivan (bass), Aletha Jacobs (piano), Bruce Clark (trombone), Doug Graham (clarinet) and Dick on trumpet.  This month’s guest will be Dwight Spencer on banjo, and maybe a little guitar.

September 10 at 7:00 pm
Wood Auditorium Fine Arts Center in downtown Camden, a return concert by the DG Big Band ($15, students/seniors/military $12)

September 26 about 6:00 pm
Dick’s flowered shirt ensemble plays for the Still Hopes’ luau party.

September 27 about 7:30
Members of the Carolina Jazz Society house band will open the show for the Lake Murray Symphony’s fundraiser at Saluda Shoals Park.

November 14
DG Quartet Thursday evening at Seawell’s in a benefit concert for Killingsworth Home.

BIG SPLASH Nov. 19 & 20
The Dick Goodwin Big Band will play a show with vocalist Marjorie Barnes (former Fifth Dimension Singer who is currently based in the Netherlands) at Trustus Theater. Watch for more info from Trustus.  ($45, a benefit for the Theater)

November 24 8:30 & 11:00 am
DG Quintet Sunday services at Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church, Lexington

November 29
DG Big Band Friday for the Augusta (GA) Symphony Cotillion

New Year’s Eve
The Big Band at the Newberry Opera House for a concert, champagne, and more!


Compositions & Arrangements
Work as a Composer
GEM Recordings
Kerrville Music Festival
Article about Dick Goodwin in December 28, 2008, The State: PDF

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