Biography

Clarinetist, saxophonist, and educator Victor Goines is one of the most respected and multi-faceted musicians in the jazz world today. He is a member of the Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra since 1993 and as well as a leader of his quartet. As a leader, Goines has ten recordings to his credit including his latest A Dance At The Mardi Gras Ball (2016, Rosemary Joseph Records). A gifted composer as well, he has more than 100 original compositions and 50 arrangements for jazz orchestra and small ensembles to his credit and a number of commissions to his credit including Untamed Elegance(2016, Jazz At Lincoln Center), Crescent City (2014, Jazz At Lincoln Center), Suite for Bird (2014 Music Institute of Chicago), Benny: Then, Now, Forever (2009, ASCAP/Louis Armstrong Foundations), Three Sketches for Band(2008, University of Scranton) and Base Line (2002, The Juilliard School) to name a few. Adept at a bevy of instruments, Goines has also collaborated, recorded, and performed with many noted jazz and R&B artists such as Terence Blanchard, Ruth Brown, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, Bo Diddley, Bob Dylan, Dizzy Gillespie, Freddie Green, Lionel Hampton, Freddie Hubbard, B.B. King, Lenny Kravitz, Branford Marsalis, Ellis Marsalis, James Moody, Willie Nelson, Dianne Reeves, Marcus Roberts, Diana Ross, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Chick Corea, Ahmad Jamal, Jimmy Heath, Benny Golson, Joe Henderson, Shirley Horn, Natalie Cole, Paul Simon, and a host of other renowned musicians and ensembles. 


Goines has been deeply committed to the field of music education. In November 2007, he was named Director of Jazz Studies and Professor of Music at Northwestern University. Before that appointment, he was Artistic Director of the Jazz Studies Program at the Juilliard School and a faculty member in jazz clarinet and saxophone. During his tenure at Juilliard, the department expanded from a collaborative program with Jazz at Lincoln Center to include bachelor’s and master’s degrees and artist diplomas. Goines has also served on the faculties of Florida A & M University, the University of New Orleans, and Loyola University in New Orleans and acts as an education consultant to Jazz at Lincoln Center. He has conducted clinics and workshops for the Greater New Orleans Suzuki Foundation, Cornell University, the Columbus Youth Jazz Ensemble, William Aberhart Music Association (Calgary, Alberta, Canada), the Horns To Havana Project (Havana, Cuba), and numerous performing arts centers worldwide.

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