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Dave Goodman is a drummer, composer, band leader, author & educator from Sydney, Australia specialising in jazz and new music. He is the drummer with some of Australia’s most important jazz ensembles - Ten Part Invention, the Kevin Hunt Trio, Warwick Alder’s Jazzgnostics and the Matt Keegan Trio. He has worked with a long list of luminaries - both Australian and international - including Joe Lovano, Bob Berg, Bernie McGann, James Morrison, Don Burrows, Vince Jones, Mike Nock and Mark Isaacs, and he also holds a PhD from Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney. If you'd like to keep in touch with Dave, please sign up to his mailing list and you'll also receive a free copy of his new track Entelechies.

 

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May 2015 

Dear friends,
I hope you enjoyed April and that it was a successfully productive month for you. If you're in Sydney, I hope you weren't adversely affected by the recent storms.

I celebrated the completion of my 38th orbit around the Sun in late April, which means I've now lived in Sydney for 20 years. What a great time it is to be alive, and it's great to be in Sydney. Birthdays sure are interesting times for reflection, but the future is so perennially brimming with new possibility that I find I'm much… Read more

Will to open DRUMscene Live - Sydney 2015 

Twelve-year-old drummer extraordinaire Will Harpur will open the DRUMscene Live - Sydney 2015 show on Sunday 24 May 2015 from 2:30 PM with a ten-minute drum solo. He'll share the bill that day with some of the most esteemed and original drummers alive today: Jojo Mayer, Todd Sucherman, Jason Heerah, and Dom Famularo. Prior to commencing his drumset studies with me at The Drummers' Hub in 2014, Will was initially taught by his father Mal before spending a few years with Gordon Rytmeister.

I asked Frank… Read more

April 2015 

Dear friends,
I hope you're well, and that life is good for you. It's been an unprecedentedly productive and successful month for me, which has made me extremely busy with work. As such, I'm extremely grateful for being able to enjoy the understanding and support of my very loving family, whom I love very much. It was very nice to have my parents staying with us here in Sydney over the weekend, and it was great to just hang with them and relax for a couple of days.
 
Review
There were many big events and… Read more

March 2015 

Dear friends,
I hope you, your friends and your families are well, and that life is good all around. Our gorgeous little Ella turned two years old in February. Patrice and I are still scratching our heads wondering how those two years slipped by so quickly. One thing's for sure, Ella certainly brings great perspective, clarity and joy to the purpose behind everything we do now, and we feel very privileged to be in the front seat, watching her grow into being more and more herself by the day, sometimes by… Read more

Download Dave's compelling new Zappa-Metheny-inspired track for free 

Dave is excited to announce that brand new track ‘Entelechies’ is now ready for the world’s ears. And, by way of thanking his growing fan base, he’s giving it away via free download to his mailing list subscribers.

"For a long time, I've wanted to create a platform that would allow me to give away some of my music to listeners,” Dave says. 

‘Entelechies’ is inspired by a number of sources – from Frank Zappa and Genesis to Vinnie Colaiuta and Pat Metheny. “I've been interested in playing drums along with my… Read more

Why jazz research is important 

I was invited by Drs Michael Webb and Christopher Coady to sit on a panel of eight Australian jazz PhDs at the inaugural Jazz Research Symposium, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Monday 8th December 2014. The following is the text from the five-minute talk I gave that day.
 
"Thank you very much Dr Webb. I’d like to begin by expressing my gratitude for the invitation to speak to this interesting community today. And I want to start by saying – in the words of Elvin Jones from 1979 – that 'this art form of jazz… Read more

Congratulations Abby! 

Drummer Abby Constable (pictured below) from Barker College, a student taking regular private lessons with me at The Drummers' Hub for the past two years, has been awarded a scholarship to return to the Jazz Workshop Australia 2016 Jazz Camp. Abby was selected from amongst a cohort of around 80 enthusiastic learners on a wide variety of jazz instruments at this year's camp.

Jazz Camp drum teacher and musical director John Morrison had this to say:

"For over 30 years the Sydney Jazz Camps have been a mecca for… Read more

February 2015 

Dear friends,
I hope you enjoyed a bit of a break over the summer and that you were able to spend some quality time with your family and friends. I also hope that 2015 has gotten off to a great start for you as it has for me.
    Jazz Research Symposium
I enjoyed participating on a panel of eight PhDs in Dr Michael Webb & Dr Christopher Coady's Jazz Research Symposium in December at Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Their research will be published in the future and I'll let you know once it's out.
   
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Review: Francesca Prihasti Quartet Live 

Colbourne Avenue, 4th December 2014

Reviewed by Lloyd Bradford Syke for Syke On Stage, published 22nd December 2014

It’d been too long since I’d had the opportunity to visit Colbourne Avenue, the unassuming jazz space in Sydney’s inner west, so I was very glad of the invitation from young, Indonesian-born pianist, Francesca Prihasti, to come and hear her quartet, featuring Dave Goodman, drums; David Groves, double bass; Nic Vardanega, guitar.

Nockturne certainly begins in romantic, candlelit style with a… Read more

Career highlight: Trio with Jann Rutherford and Paul Cutlan 

In early 2003, Jann Rutherford, Roger Manins, Paul Cutlan, Craig Scott and I went into Sony Studios in East Sydney where Ross A’hern recorded what would be Jann’s final album, The Scented Garden. Jann was one of the best and most interesting jazz pianists and composers I’ve ever met. Being blind since birth, her ability is all that much more remarkable.

At the time of this recording though, very ill from advanced cancer, Jann was unable to speak and was struggling to maintain physical strength, so we knew… Read more

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Dave Goodman Quartet

Venue 505, 280 Cleveland St, Surry Hills, NSW, Australia

 

Jazz critic John Clare has described Dave Goodman as ‘one of the leading drummers in the country’ and ‘[one of] the most intriguing drummers recording anywhere’. At just eighteen, Dave received an invitation to join the renowned Mike Nock Quartet and, at twenty, came second in the prestigious National Jazz Awards. Today, having worked with a long list of Australian and international luminaries - including Joe Lovano, Bob Berg, Bernie McGann, James Morrison, Don Burrows, Vince Jones, Ten Part Invention and Mark Isaacs - he is, undoubtedly, one of Australia’s most important jazz drummers.

Tonight Dave proudly launches the new Dave Goodman Quartet, for which he has been composing pieces for a handpicked selection of his favourite musicians, namely Peter Koopman (guitar), Matt McMahon (piano) and Cameron Undy (double bass).

‘I'm excited to be launching my new quartet at Venue 505,’ says Dave. ‘This combination of players feels perfect to me. The first time we played together was as magical and mystical as though it were a dream come true. I think Australian jazz audiences have been waiting to hear a voice like Peter Koopman on the guitar. He has such a sweet sound and his inventiveness is individual. I'm sure Matt McMahon and Cameron Undy are not unfamiliar to listeners. They've been friends and colleagues of mine for nearly 20 years, and I’m very pleased to entrust them with my new music at this time.’

Full $21 | Con. $16 Age limit: 18+ or w/adult

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Dave Goodman drum clinic

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Venue 505, 280 Cleveland St, Surry Hills, NSW, Australia

 

Frank Corniola, managing director of Drumtek, DRUMscene magazine and The Ultimate Drummers Weekend cited Dave in DRUMscene as one of the ‘brilliant and unique Australian drummers’ who has ‘contributed in [his] own way to the development of Australian drumming’. At just eighteen, Dave received an invitation to join the renowned Mike Nock Quartet and, at twenty, came second in the prestigious National Jazz Awards. Today, having worked with a long list of Australian and international luminaries - including Joe Lovano, Bob Berg, Bernie McGann, James Morrison, Don Burrows, Vince Jones, Ten Part Invention and Mark Isaacs - he is undoubtedly one of Australia’s most important drummers.

Dave will present a drum clinic on Saturday 20th June 2015, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM at Venue 505, following a performance by his new quartet in the same venue on the previous night.

Giveaways courtesy of Sonor Drums & Bosphorus Cymbals.

$25 Age limit: All ages

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Ten Part Invention

Foundry 616, 616 Harris St, Ultimo, NSW 2007, Australia

 

Warwick Alder (trumpet), Miroslav Bukovsky (trumpet & flugelhorn), James Greening (trombone), Andrew Robson (alto saxophone), Sandy Evans (tenor saxophone), Matt Ottignon (tenor saxophone & flute), Paul Cutlan (baritone saxophone), Paul McNamara (piano), TBA (double bass), Dave Goodman (drums)

Age limit: 18+ or w/adult

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