Born: August 6, 1961 Primary Instrument: Reeds
Victor Goines has played the clarinet since the age of eight and continued his studies with Carl Blouin, Sr., who introduced him to the saxophone at St. Augustine High School. In 1980, he entered Loyola University in New Orleans where he studied clarinet and saxophone, receiving a Bachelor of Music Education Degree in 1984.
As Mr. Goines' interest in jazz increased, he contacted Ellis Marsalis in 1983 to take private lessons. Eight months later, Mr. Marsalis selected Mr. Goines to play saxophone as a member of his quartet. Mr. Goines left New Orleans in 1987 to pursue his graduate studies at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, receiving his Master of Music Degree in 1990.
During time off, Mr. Goines traveled to New York City to perform. While living there, he worked with Ruth Brown, Lionel Hampton, Bobby Watson, Jack McDuff, and others. He also joined the orchestra of the Broadway musical Black and Blue, where he played alto, tenor, and baritone saxophones, and clarinet. In 1991, after his return to New Orleans, Mr. Goines won both the New Orleans City-Wide Jazz Saxophone Competition and the Best of New Orleans Jazz competition. Later that year he was selected to compete in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition, outperforming nearly 300 musicians from around the world to make it to the semifinals.
Mr. Goines released his first recording in 1992 entitled Genesis (AFO Records). His second recording entitled Joe's Blues was released March, 1998 ( Rosemary Joseph Records) and his third entitled To Those We Love So Dearly was released August, 1999 (Rosemary Joseph Records). He has also recorded with Wynton Marsalis (Pulitzer Prize Recipient) on Blood On The Fields (Columbia Records, 1997), Joe Cool's Blues (Columbia Records, 1995), Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra on Big Band Treasures Live (Smithsonian Institution, 1996), Ellis Marsalis on The New Orleans Music: Vocal Jazz (Rounder Records, 1985), Marcus Roberts on Portraits In Blue (Sony Classical, 1996 - nominated for 1996 Grammy - Best Large Ensemble Performance) and Swing Into Christmas (Columbia Records, 1995), the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra on They Came To Swing (Columbia Records, 1994) and Live In Swing City (Columbia Records, 1999), Donald Harrison on Modern Brass Band, Damon Short on The Penguin Shuffle (Blue Room Records, 1986), Germaine Bazzle on Standing Ovation (AFO Records, 1993), Ruth Brown on Fine And Mellow (Fantasy Records, 1992), The George French Trio on See What I'm Sayin' (Lou Nat Records), Marlon Jordan on Marlon's Mode (Arabesque Records, 1997), Contemporary Arts Center Jazz Orchestra, conducted by David Torkanowsky, on Mood Indigo featuring Johnny Adams, Germaine Bazzle and George French (Rounder Records, 1997), Don Vappie and the Creole Jazz Serenaders on Creole Blues (Vappielle Records, 1997), Ruth Brown on R + B = Ruth Brown (Bullseye Blues, 1997), Jump Start And Jazz - Two Ballets by Wynton Marsalis (Sony Classical, 1997), Edward Anderson on Fertile Crescent (AFO Records, 1998), Irma Thomas, Marcia Ball and Tracy Nelson on Sing It! (Rounder Records, 1998), among others.
Mr. Goines appeared on the music score for the motion picture Undercover Blues, performed on the music scores for the motion pictures When Night Falls On Manhattan and Rosewood, performed on the music scores for the television productions of Moonlight Over Miami and The Big Easy (USA Cable Network, 1996), appeared on the music video When Something's Wrong With My Baby (Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville - 1990), and appeared and performed on the music videos The 1991 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (Various artists - 1991), The New Orleans Concert (Dianne Reeves - 1992), Accent On The Offbeat (Wynton Marsalis and the New York City Ballet - 1993), Citi Movements (Wynton Marsalis and Garth Fagin - 1994), The City of Jazz, Classical Jazz Series (Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra - 1994), In This House, On This Morning (Wynton Marsalis for Jazz Central BET Cable - 1994), Marsalis On Music (Wynton Marsalis with Seiji Ozawa - 1995), Loosely Mozart (Bobby McFerrin, Chick Corea, and Marcus Roberts - Sony Classical/Channel 13 Production - 1996), Sessions At West 54th Street: The Jazz @ Lincoln Center Production of Wynton Marsalis' Blood On The Fields, 1997, and the PBS Great Performances Production of Swingin' with Duke, 1999. Mr. Goines also performed with the Wynton Marsalis Septet on the December 31, 1999 TODAY show.
During his career Mr. Goines has also performed with Terence Blanchard, Bo Diddley, Freddie Hubbard, Branford Marsalis, Freddie Green, James Moody, Dizzy Gillespie, The Temptations, The Four Tops, and many others.
In addition to Mr. Goines' performing schedule, he is also committed to the field of jazz education. He serves as an education consultant to Jazz At Lincoln Center and in 1998 concluded an Assistant Professorship of Jazz Saxophone/Woodwinds and Jazz Studies at Florida A & M University. He has also conducted clinics and workshops for the Greater New Orleans Suzuki Foundation, Cornell University, the Columbus Youth Jazz Ensemble, and numerous performing arts centers (while touring with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra), to mention a few, as well as an Adjunct Professor at the University of New Orleans and adjudicating at the Loyola University Jazz Festival.
Mr. Goines was born in 1961 in New Orleans, Louisiana and is currently a resident of Fayetteville, Georgia. He travels frequently to New Orleans to perform and teach and was formerly a mathematics instructor at St. Augustine High School, an Adjunct Professor at Xavier University and a member of the faculties of Loyola University and the University of New Orleans. He joined Wynton Marsalis' Septet in the fall of 1993 and toured with the band through the fall of 1994. Mr. Goines performed with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra at the 1999 Grammy Awards, with Wynton Marsalis' group accompanying the Alvin Ailey Dance Company at the debut of Mr. Marsalis' piece Sweet Release, toured nationally with Marcus Roberts and The Academy Of The Ascension and toured nationally and internationally with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. Mr. Goines continues to tour nationally and internationally as a guest soloist, with his quartet, and with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. Mr. Goines recently completed his fourth recording Sunrise to Midnight to be released in the fall of 2000 under the Rosemary Joseph Records label.