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Victor Goines [Jazz Series]

"Laconic yet agile, serious yet playful, studied and still hip, he creates straight-ahead jazz that neither kowtows to fads nor buckles under the weight of tradition."Times-Picayune

Oxford American logo8:00 PM—The Oxford American magazine is excited to welcome Victor Goines to the South on Main stage! This is the third show in our 2015 - 2016 Jazz Series! Doors open at 6:00 PM, with dinner and drinks available for purchase at that time. This series is made possible by presenting sponsor, the UCA College of Fine Arts & Communication. Additional partners include The Summer FoundationArkansas Arts CouncilCapital HotelPiano KraftRosen Music Company, and FM-89.1 KUAR


Single tickets to Victor Goines go on sale at noon on June 15. Tickets are $20 (General Admission), $30 (Reserved), and $32 (Premium Reserved). Please take a look at this very important ticketing and seating information before purchasing your tickets (view reserved seating chart). Full season ticket pricing and options are also available in a consolidated format, here.

Clarinetist, saxophonist, and educator Victor Goines is one of the most respected and multi-faceted musicians in the jazz world today. The New Orleans Times-Picayune described Goines as “laconic yet agile, serious yet playful, studied and still hip, he creates straight-ahead jazz that neither kowtows to fads nor buckles under the weight of tradition.” A native of the Crescent City, he began playing clarinet at age eight. He is a graduate of Loyola University (where he studied under Bill Huntington, now residing in Little Rock) and a prodigy of Ellis Marsalis, with whom Goines studied privately in the early 1980s. He received his Master of Music degree in 1990 from Virginia Commonwealth University, and in 1993 was recruited by Wynton Marsalis to join Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JLCO) and the Wynton Marsalis Septet with whom he still plays today. With these legendary ensembles Goines has toured worldwide and has performed on more than twenty releases, including Marsalis’s Pulitzer Prize-winning album Blood on the Fields (Columbia Records), Jazz at Lincoln Center’s CongoSquare (JALC), and the soundtracks for Ken Burns’ documentaries JAZZ, Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson, and The War. He’s currently Director of Jazz Studies at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, but previously served on the faculties of Julliard, Loyola University, Xavier University, and University of New Orleans.

Education and JLCO aside, Goines is a sought after solo artist who leads his own quartet and quintet. As a bandleader, he has eight records to his credit and more than seventy original compositions. He was commissioned by Julliard’s Dance Division to compose a musical work in celebration of their 50th Anniversary. The composition, Base Line, was premiered in 2002 to support the original choreography by Juilliard alumni Robert Battle. Additional commissions have come from Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Among the many noted jazz and popular artists with whom he has collaborated are Terence Blanchard, Ruth Brown, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Dizzy Gillespie, Marcus Roberts, Diana Ross, and Stevie Wonder. Goines can be heard on the film scores for the motion pictures Undercover Blues, When Night Falls On Manhattan, and Rosewood, as well as on music videos featuring Chick Corea, Garth Fagan, Bobby McFerrin, Wynton Marsalis, and Linda Ronstadt.

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