VICTOR GOINES QUINTET
Two Saxes, One Sound:
The Music of
Victor Goines and Sherman Irby
“At last! We have a genuine New Orleans clarinetist recording American Jazz music. With the passing of clarinetist Alvin Batiste there has been a dearth of authenticity on that instrument. I think those of us who are Jazz performers are truly blessed that Victor is with us. Let’s hope he continues well into the future.”
– Ellis Marsalis
Victor Goines - saxes and clarinet
Sherman Irby - saxophone
Jo Ann Daugherty - piano
Christian Dillingham - bass
Alvin Cobb - drums
Clarinetist, saxophonist, and educator Victor L. Goines has been a member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and the Wynton Marsalis Septet since 1993. With these legendary ensembles he has toured worldwide and has performed on more than 20 releases, including Marsalis' Pulitzer Prize-winning 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.
Goines is also an acclaimed solo artist. He leads his own quartet and quintet, having made with them seven recordings, including New Adventures and Love Dance, both on Criss Cross Records. Among the many noted jazz and popular artists with whom he has collaborated are Terence Blanchard, Ruth Brown, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Ray Charles, Bo Diddley, Bob Dylan, Dizzy Gillespie, Freddie Green, Lionel Hampton, Freddie Hubbard, B.B. King, Lenny Kravitz, Branford Marsalis, Ellis Marsalis, James Moody, Dianne Reeves, Marcus Roberts, Diana Ross, and Stevie Wonder. Additionally, 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 Fagin, Bobby McFerrin, Wynton Marsalis, Marcus Roberts, and Linda Ronstadt.
A gifted composer as well, Goines has more than 50 original works to his credit. He was commissioned by the Juilliard School's Dance Division for Base Line, which was premiered in 2002 and supported original choreography by Juilliard alumna Robert Battle. Additional commissions have come from Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Throughout his career, Goines has been deeply committed to the field of jazz education. In November 2007 he was named director of jazz studies and professor of music at Northwestern University. Prior to that appointment he was for seven years artistic director of the jazz program at the Juilliard School, and a faculty member in jazz clarinet and saxophone. During his tenure at Juilliard, the department expanded from a collaborative program with Jazz at Lincoln Center to include formal bachelor and master degree programs. He has also served on the faculties of Florida A & M University, the University of New Orleans, Loyola University in New Orleans, and Xavier University.
A native of New Orleans, Goines began clarinet studies at age eight. He received a bachelor of music education degree from Loyola University in New Orleans in 1984, and a master of music degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond in 1990. He is a Buffet Crampon and Vandoren Artist.
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Born and raised in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Sherman began playing music at the age of 12, almost immediately recognizing that it was his life’s calling. During high school he had the opportunity to play and record with Gospel immortal James Cleveland. After completing high school in 1986, Sherman attended Clark Atlanta University, graduating with a B.A. in Music Education. After college, he joined Atlanta-based piano legend Johnny O’Neal’s quintet for a time before moving to New York City in 1994.
After moving to New York, Sherman quickly connected with the fertile and vital scene at Smalls Jazz Club, where he was a regular until 1997. It was while playing at Smalls that Sherman caught the attention of Blue Note Records, the label for which he recorded his first two albums, Full Circle and Big Mama’s Biscuits, released in 1996 and 1998 respectively.
During the period in which he was performing at Smalls, Sherman also toured the U.S. and the Caribbean with the Boys Choir of Harlem in 1995; was a member of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra from 1995 to 1997; recorded/toured with Marcus Roberts, and participated in the incomparable Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead Program. At the end of this prolific period, Sherman began a four-year stint with the Roy Hargrove quintet in 1997. After departing Roy Hargrove’s ensemble, Sherman shifted his primary focus to his own group. Although this was his primary commitment, Irby took the opportunity to join the final ensemble of the peerless Elvin Jones in 2004, and after Elvin’s passing, performed with Papo Va’zquez’s Pirates Troubadours.
From 2003-2011, Sherman was a regional director for JazzMasters Workshop, a mentoring program for young children. He has served as Artist-in-Residence for Jazz Camp West, and as an instructor for the Monterey Jazz Festival Band Camp. He was also a board member for several years for the CubaNOLA Collective.
Recognizing the shift in economics of the record industry, Sherman left Blue Note to form his own label, Black Warrior Records. Thus far, he has released Black Warrior, Faith, Organ Starter, Live at The Otto Club, and Andy Farber’s “This Could Be the Start of Something Big”.
Currently, Sherman is a member of the newly renamed Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. Since rejoining the orchestra in 2005, Sherman, along with most members of the orchestra, has arranged much of the vast library of music that they have performed over the last eight years. He has also been commissioned to compose new works, including “Twilight Sounds”, and his Dante-inspired ballet, “Inferno”.