Dick Goodwin Big Band in Columbia Oct. 18, 2017

posted Sep 19, 2017, 12:36 PM by Stephen Hait   [ updated Sep 19, 2017, 12:43 PM ]

Dick Goodwin Big Band
This just in from Dick:

Carolina Jazz Club friends,

One of my greatest thrills is listening to the big band at the Village Vanguard in NYC.  It is a small room and there are no bad seats in the house.  I think that we can reproduce that kind of experience here in Columbia at Chayz Lounge.

I’m sending this out before we release it to the various media outlets.  (There are only 80 seats in Chayz Lounge.) 
My Big Band will perform Wed. evening, Oct. 18th from 7:00 to 9:00.  Will it be too loud?  The loudest group I ever heard was a three-piece rock band … and I’ve heard a single DJ make even more noise than that.  Yes, it can be thrilling to be bathed in full sound, but it is also equally exciting to be able to hear nuances at a whisper dynamic. Our 12 players/singers are sensitive musicians who enjoy sharing their passions for the different  kinds of music that the group always features.

Here are some particulars:
Chayz Lounge at Nonnah’s
923 Gervais St. in Columbia … phone:  (803) 563-8275  ...
Entrance & parking are located on Park Street between Lady and Gervais.  Show your ticket and the $5 charge will be waived.
Tickets are $15 in advance $20 at the door … great food and bar menus are available.

WHY I LOVE JAZZ, by Bob Hickman

posted Aug 28, 2017, 10:07 AM by Stephen Hait   [ updated Aug 28, 2017, 10:08 AM ]

On Sunday, September 10, 2017, the Carolina Jazz Society will begin its 59th concert season of jazz and Dixieland entertainment by Dick Goodwin and a distinguished ensemble of jazz musician regulars, plus intermittent appearances of renowned guest artists from all over the globe throughout the year.

Whether you already love this truly American art form or you just love good music, you will be impressed  by the improvisational skills of Dr. Goodwin and every member of the band and their collective talent. 

I’ve been a fan (and a member) of the Jazz Society for 50-plus years, and I’m looking forward to renewing my membership as we begin our new season.  And the price is right!!!  For a nominal yearly membership fee, plus $5.00 per event, members are provided a  once-monthly two-and-a-half hour concert (from September through May) that is unsurpassed in quality and appeal. For folks who want to just try us out without membership, it’s just $10.00 per concert, but you’ll probably want to join after the first five minutes. The Jazz Society meets the first Sunday of each month, except for an occasional change to the second Sunday in order to avoid a holiday.

  It’s a great place to enjoy the arts with friends, the food is good (pot luck snack food), and everybody there has a great time.  There’s even a place to dance along the edges of the room.  Our meetings are held at the Lourie Center in Columbia, but don’t expect an older crowd just because it functions as a Senior center.  You kids under 50 will be well-represented in the audience, and you’ll have a great time.  There’s no age limit on the enjoyment of good music, and the rooms are usually packed with people of all ages.  

Everything is warm and informal and it’s a great place to meet new friends and visit with old ones, while everybody is exposed to some of the best music in this country.  There will be couples, whole families, and singles, which brings me to the most exciting part of my story.  

There are always some real nice ladies and gents there, and some of them are not married!  In fact, that’s where I met my bride, two and a half years ago.  We had both lost our beloved spouses (who had also loved jazz music), and after many years alone, we didn’t think we’d ever love again.  That all changed when we attended a Jazz Society meeting in December, met in the embrace of the music, fell in love, and were married in August.

Now I’m not saying everyone will meet their forever someone just by joining the Carolina Jazz Society but, it happened for me, so what can I say?  It’s an enchanting place, with lots of nice people.  I can’t wait to see what new faces will be joining us this year, and what new couples might happen.  

Please join us at 2:30 PM on Sunday, September 10, for a wonderful concert, and bring your friends and family.  Or come alone, like I did.  You’ll never regret it.

 (Bob Hickman is a jazz musician, and former News Director and News Anchor at WIS-TV.)

Dick Goodwin Big Band plays two dates in Columbia in July!

posted Jul 6, 2017, 4:16 PM by Stephen Hait   [ updated Jul 6, 2017, 4:25 PM ]

This from Good Dr. Goodwin, himself:

The Dick Goodwin Big Band gives few public performances in town -- but look at July! There are two very different events.
Wednesday July 19th we will be at the Main Street Public house from 7:00 to 10:00 – no cover but there is food (which is really pretty good) and drink available. And we’ll be doing a wild mixture of pieces … including some of your favorites and selections that we just love to play. 
Sunday July 23rd we will be in concert at the Lourie Center … a nice sit-down-and-listen event at 3:00. This program will include some traditional jazz selections often featured at the Carolina Jazz Society’s monthly concerts from Sept. through May, but will have plenty of big band era and beyond songs as well. 
The Big Band’s long time guitarist Dwight Spencer will be in town for both events and will be featured – along with our wonderful brass section, Doug Graham on clarinet & sax, Terry Trentham (bass – who also contributes some engaging arrangements for the group), masterful drummer Mr. Jim Hall, and our fine vocalists John Wilkinson and Kristi Hood. Plus, expect a surprise guest performer that I know you’ll enjoy.

Summer Concert Sunday July 23!

posted May 17, 2017, 2:11 PM by Stephen Hait

Last Concert of the Season Coming Up!

posted May 1, 2017, 7:28 AM by Stephen Hait   [ updated May 1, 2017, 7:29 AM ]

This time, everybody gets to take a turn at being the leader. Come join us Sunday, 5/7/2017 at 2:30 p.m. It's sure to be a lot of fun!

The Saluda Shoals Jazz Series will feature two of our musicians

posted Apr 6, 2017, 10:32 AM by Stephen Hait   [ updated Apr 6, 2017, 10:38 AM ]

The Dick Goodwin Quartet will play Fri Apr 7, from 7:30 to 9:30. 

And Reggie Sullivan’s Group will play on Fri Apr 21 from 7:30 to 9:30. 

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online at

Dick Goodwin premiers his new composition in Missouri

posted Mar 9, 2017, 6:56 AM by Stephen Hait   [ updated Mar 9, 2017, 6:58 AM ]

Dr. Gordon "Dick" Goodwin stands on the ten-year-old stage in Bedell Performance Hall at the River Campus.
If you came to the concert last Sunday, you may have noticed one of our mainstays, Dick Goodwin, was absent. Dick was in Cape Girardeau, Missouri for the premiere of a new choral and orchestral composition he'd written for Southeast Missouri State's River Campus. You can learn more about it by following the link which includes a short interview with Dick

Aletha is Back for February Concert!

posted Jan 30, 2017, 6:28 AM by Stephen Hait   [ updated Jan 30, 2017, 6:29 AM ]

After having to cancel our January concert we are back for our February 5th concert and our talented pianist, Aletha Jacobs, will be back with us. Aletha teaches at USC and Columbia College and she's also a fine vocalist. Make a point to come to the show this Sunday at the Lourie Center from 2:30-5:00 p.m. You're sure to have a wonderful time!

January Concert Cancelled!

posted Jan 6, 2017, 3:36 PM by Stephen Hait   [ updated Jan 30, 2017, 6:52 AM ]

Hello everyone. 

The Lourie Center had problem with the water heater in the ceiling.  A pipe burst causing extensive damage.  It is estimated the Center will be closed for a couple of weeks. 

We have cancelled the concert Sunday, January 8, 2017.  

We'll post updates as they become available.

The Dick Goodwin 4tet feat. Dwight Spencer at Public House

posted Nov 20, 2016, 10:56 AM by Stephen Hait   [ updated Nov 20, 2016, 10:56 AM ]

Hello friends.  Dwight’s in town!

Our longtime guitarist, Mr. Dwight Spencer is in town for the Thanksgiving holidays and will be joining bassist Terry Trentham, drummer Jim Hall, and me Wednesday evening from 8:00 to 11:00 at Main Street Public House at 1556 Main.

This from promoter Mark Rapp … We are beyond excited to have one of Columbia’s most legendary jazz performers and educators Dick Goodwin heading up the ColaJazz Artists Series at the Main Street Public House! He will be featuring Dwight Spencer on guitar!

With a Masters Degree in Jazz Studies from USC, Dwight Spencer has recorded with members of the ZODIACS and the TEMPTATIONS. He has performed with MARIAN McPARTLAND and LOUIS BELLSON and he is a member of the DICK GOODWIN QUINTET.  He currently teaches at Liberty University in Virginia. 

The food is good and I think that you’ll enjoy the program.  I hope that you can join us.


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