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The Dave Goodman Quartet

Drummer/composer Dave Goodman has been prominent on the Sydney jazz scene since he joined the Mike Nock Quartet as an 18-year old, in 1995. He was runner-up in the National Jazz Awards two years later (and also won the third prize in 2004 and 2011).

Dave has performed with jazz luminaries like Joe Lovano, Paul Bollenback, Bernie McGann, James Morrison, Don Burrows, Kevin Hunt, Warwick Alder and Matt Keegan, and has regularly deputised for John Pochee with Ten Part Invention. Jazz critic John Clare has described Dave Goodman as ‘one of the leading drummers in the country’ and ‘[one of] the most intriguing drummers recording anywhere’.

As a bandleader and composer, Dave has previously led bands including Strange Loop, Game 1A: Chess and Ad Infinitum. For the Dave Goodman Quartet, Dave has written music specifically for some of his favourite musicians : Peter Koopman (guitar), Matt McMahon (piano) and Cameron Undy (bass).

Dave says, 'This combination of players feels perfect to me. The first time we played together was as magical and mystical to me as though a dream had come true. I think Australian jazz audiences have been waiting to hear a voice like Peter Koopman on the guitar. He has such a sweet sound and his inventiveness is individual. Matt McMahon and Cameron Undy have been friends and colleagues of mine for nearly 20 years. I’m really happy to be able to call on these guys and to entrust them with my music at this time’.