Dave Goodman is a drummer, composer, band leader, author & educator from Sydney, Australia specialising in jazz and new music. You can:

Dave would love to keep in touch with you directly, so be sure to join his mailing list and you'll also receive a free .wav file of his new piece 'Entelechies'. Enjoy your visit.


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.
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

The importance of jazz research 

Dave was invited by Drs Michael Webb and Christopher Coady to participate in their Jazz Research Symposium at Sydney Conservatorium of Music on Monday 8th December 2014. Dave sat on a panel of eight Australian jazz PhDs, each of whom talked for five minute on the topic of "why jazz research is important." Here is what Dave had to say.

Congratulations Abby! 


Drummer Abby Constable (pictured) from Barker College, a student taking regular private lessons with Dave 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.
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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New video lesson now available 

Dave has produced and made available The Magic of the Stick, the first in a series of video lessons he plans to produce. With this lesson, Dave helps drummers develop a deeper understanding and skill in fundamental principles of technique concerning the rebound, leverage point, grip and movement of the stick as he learned from Jim Piesse, Joe Morello and Jim Chapin. Visit The Magic of the Stick for more info.

Dave to participate in Jazz Research Symposium at Sydney Conservatorium of Music 

Dave will be taking part in a panel discussion of why jazz research is important. This will take place on Monday 8th December 2014 in Seminar Room 2174, Sydney Conservatorium of Music. The schedule for the day is as follows:
10:00 Welcome, announcements (Christopher Coady & Michael Webb)

10:15 Coffee & pastries

10:40: Panel discussion – ‘Why jazz research is important’
The panellists below will in turn deliver a five-minute presentation addressing the topic, ‘Why jazz research is important’; Dr Simon… Read more

Dave Goodman Quartet announced for 2015 

Dave recently formed the new Dave Goodman Quartet and plans for the band to be out playing live in 2015. The band features guitarist Peter Koopman, pianist Matt McMahon, double bassist Cameron Undy and Dave on drums. They will be playing new music composed by Dave throughout 2014 as well as rearrangements of some of his earlier works. There are plans afoot for the quartet to record an album in 2015. Visit Dave Goodman Quartet for more info.


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Nic Vardanega Trio (Jazzgroove featured artist for April/May)

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


“…a serious young man who may very well prove the next big thing in jazz guitar circles. Actually, I think he already has.”

  • Lloyd Bradford Syke, Syke On Stage, December 2014

“Vardanega proves himself to be one of an increasingly large stable of incredibly musical players coming out of Sydney.”

  • Daniel O’Rourke, jazz.org.au, 22 February 2015

Nic Vardanega (guitar), David Groves (bass) & Dave Goodman (drums)

Full $15 | Members $8 (one set only) Age limit: 18+ or w/adult

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