May 26-27, 2018 // memorial day weekend
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Richie Goods & The Goods Project

Sunday, May 27 | 3:30pm | Contemporary Stage

Richie Goods truly has music in his DNA – “a master musician whose tenure with many of music’s greatest names clearly has worn off on him…” One of the most versatile and accomplished bass players on the scene today, Richie, a native Pittsburgher, graduated from the Pittsburgh High School for Creative and Performing Arts and the prestigious jazz program at Berklee College in Boston and holds among his distinctions being the youngest person ever inducted into the Pittsburgh Jazz Hall of Fame. He studied with such luminaries as Ron Carter and Ray Brown and as his discography reflects, he is equally adept at jazz, R&B, rock, pop and gospel. Noted for playing with an infectious energy and passion, Richie came to prominence while touring and recording with the late Mulgrew Miller and credits him for much of his success. He’s gone on to make a name for himself through recording and touring with a variety of jazz and popular artists including Sting, The Headhunters, Louis Hayes and the Cannonball Adderley Legacy Band, Lenny White, Antonio Hart, Milt Jackson, Russell Malone, Jeremy Pelt, Vincent Herring, Whitney Houston, Christina Aguilera and most recently a five year stint with popular jazz trumpeter, Chris Botti. His lengthy discography also includes Grammy award-winning and platinum albums of Alicia Keys and Common.

Richie tours the US and internationally extensively with his straight ahead and his fusion bands. Notable performances include the Monterrey, Montreal, Detroit and Jakarta Java Jazz Festivals, and the Punta del Este International Jazz Festival.

Richie’s individual CD efforts, “RICHIE GOODS & NUCLEAR FUSION LIVE AT THE ZINC BAR” (2009) and “THREE RIVERS” (2015), won critical acclaim. He describes writing and producing as a labor of love and credits his hometown, Pittsburgh, as the inspiration for “THREE RIVERS”.

MULGREW MILLER, pianist, wrote this about Richie – “Richie Goods knows about groovin’. He knows that playing music is about feeling. Moreover, he knows that playing the bass is about grooving and…he grooves! He has been a great contributor to my efforts in the recent past. I always refer to him as my fantastic “left hand man”. Equipped with a superb musicianship and immense talent, that makes him a very significant man on the scene and in music-making.”

WALTER BEASLEY, saxophonist, wrote this about Richie – “Solid, steady, inquisitive, seasoned. These are the words that come to mind when I think about the career of Richie Goods. As a bassist Richie is as comfortable laying down a moving yet anchored bass line on electric as he is playing a nice, well conceived blues solo on acoustic (the gift). He is one of the most sought after bassists in both R&B and traditional jazz, an accomplishment that speaks to his brilliance, tenacity, hard work ethic, and commitment to excellence…

Richie Goods’ new acoustic jazz band, “THE GOODS PROJECT”, is in the studio working on a new record scheduled to be released summer of 2018. Coming off a 5 year run with trumpeter Chris Botti and several years with the Manhattan Transfer and Mulgrew Miller he is back doing his eclectic mix of high energy jazz. Richie’s name is synonymous with Groove and this new acoustic project grooves harder than ever!