Elsewhere: Interview with Victor Goines at Torontoist
I'm very much looking forward to the Jazz at Lincoln Center show at Massey Hall tonight! Here's a preview piece I wrote, an interview with the great reed-man Victor Goines.
Victor Goines instructs students during the 2009 Essentially Ellington competition. Photo by Frank Stewart for Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Victor Goines went to kindergarten with jazz superstar Wynton Marsalis and, forty-plus years later, they’re still making music together.
If you’re a jazz nerd, you’ve been listening to and admiring Victor Goines for years. Born in New Orleans in 1961, Goines’s talent on all manner of saxophone and on the clarinet has led him to play with some folks you may have heard of, like Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, B.B. King, Diana Ross, and Stevie Wonder. Tonight, he will be appearing with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra; we spoke with him on the phone after he wrapped a rehearsal in New York.