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Welcome to the website of drummer, composer, band leader, author & educator Dave Goodman from Sydney, Australia. Dave specialises in new music and you can visit his music and videos pages for examples of his work. Visit the events page for the latest info on upcoming gigs and clinics. You can access Dave's academic writing from his PhD page, and you can read more informal stories in his blog updates. If you're a drummer and you want to learn to be the best that you can be, The Drummers' Hub is just for you! Dave would love to keep in touch with you directly, so be sure to join his mailing list - you'll also receive a free WAV file of his new piece 'Entelechies'. If you have any questions or booking enquiries, please go to the contact page. Be sure to drop back in again often as the site is being constantly updated. Enjoy your visit!

News

Download Dave's compelling new Zappa-Metheny-inspired track for free 

Dave is excited to announce that brand new track ‘Entelechies’ is now ready for the world’s ears. And, by way of thanking his growing fan base, he’s giving it away via free download.

"For a long time, I've wanted to create a platform that would allow me to give away some of my music to listeners,” Dave says. 

‘Entelechies’ is inspired by a number of sources – from Frank Zappa and Genesis to Vinnie Colaiuta and Pat Metheny. “I've been interested in playing drums along with my own sequenced compositions,… Read more

The importance of jazz research 

Dave was invited by Drs Michael Webb and Christopher Coady to participate in their Jazz Research Symposium at Sydney Conservatorium of Music on Monday 8th December 2014. Dave sat on a panel of eight Australian jazz PhDs, each of whom talked for five minute on the topic of "why jazz research is important." Here is what Dave had to say.

Congratulations Abby! 

 

Drummer Abby Constable (pictured) from Barker College, a student taking regular private lessons with Dave at The Drummers' Hub for the past two years, has been awarded a scholarship to return to the Jazz Workshop Australia 2016 Jazz Camp. Abby was selected from amongst a cohort of around 80 enthusiastic learners on a wide variety of jazz instruments at this year's camp.

Jazz Camp drum teacher and musical director John Morrison had this to say:

"For over 30 years the Sydney Jazz Camps have been a mecca for… Read more

New video lesson now available 

Dave has produced and made available The Magic of the Stick, the first in a series of video lessons he plans to produce. With this lesson, Dave helps drummers develop a deeper understanding and skill in fundamental principles of technique concerning the rebound, leverage point, grip and movement of the stick as he learned from Jim Piesse, Joe Morello and Jim Chapin. Visit The Magic of the Stick for more info.

Dave to participate in Jazz Research Symposium at Sydney Conservatorium of Music 

Dave will be taking part in a panel discussion of why jazz research is important. This will take place on Monday 8th December 2014 in Seminar Room 2174, Sydney Conservatorium of Music. The schedule for the day is as follows:
 
10:00 Welcome, announcements (Christopher Coady & Michael Webb)

10:15 Coffee & pastries

10:40: Panel discussion – ‘Why jazz research is important’
The panellists below will in turn deliver a five-minute presentation addressing the topic, ‘Why jazz research is… Read more

Dave Goodman Quartet announced for 2015 

Dave recently formed the new Dave Goodman Quartet and plans for the band to be out playing live in 2015. The band features guitarist Peter Koopman, pianist Matt McMahon, double bassist Cameron Undy and Dave on drums. They will be playing new music composed by Dave throughout 2014 as well as rearrangements of some of his earlier works. There are plans afoot for the quartet to record an album in 2015. Subscribe to Dave's newsletter to get news as it comes to hand.
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Events

Nic Vardanega Quartet

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The Grand Hotel Underground, Cnr Bolton and Church Street, Newcastle, NSW, Australia

 

"Inervo" Album Launch Tour April/May 2015

“Talented guitarist/composer Nic Vardanega’s debut CD features his outstanding Sydney based quartet, in an attractive collection of well crafted originals that is a great introduction to his music, of which I’m sure we’ll be hearing much more in the years to come.”

  • Mike Nock, November 2014

“This album (Inverno) launches Vardanega as an accomplished leader, guitarist and composer, capable of taking a subject and illustrating it musically with skill and originality.”

  • John McBeath, The Weekend Australian, 21 February 2015

Nic Vardanega (guitar), Steve Barry (piano), David Groves (bass) & Dave Goodman (drums)

Full $15 | Concession/members $10 Age limit: 18+ or w/adult

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Nic Vardanega Quartet

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Smith’s Alternative, 76 Alinga Street, Civic ACT, Australia

 

"Inervo" Album Launch Tour April/May 2015

“Talented guitarist/composer Nic Vardanega’s debut CD features his outstanding Sydney based quartet, in an attractive collection of well crafted originals that is a great introduction to his music, of which I’m sure we’ll be hearing much more in the years to come.”

  • Mike Nock, November 2014

“This album (Inverno) launches Vardanega as an accomplished leader, guitarist and composer, capable of taking a subject and illustrating it musically with skill and originality.”

  • John McBeath, The Weekend Australian, 21 February 2015

Nic Vardanega (guitar), Steve Barry (piano), David Groves (bass) & Dave Goodman (drums)

Full $15 | Concession $10 Age limit: 18+ or w/adult

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Nic Vardanega Quartet (Jazzgroove featured artist for April/May)

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Foundry 616, 616 Harris St, Ultimo, NSW 2007, Australia

 

"Inervo" Album Launch Tour April/May 2015

“Talented guitarist/composer Nic Vardanega’s debut CD features his outstanding Sydney based quartet, in an attractive collection of well crafted originals that is a great introduction to his music, of which I’m sure we’ll be hearing much more in the years to come.”

  • Mike Nock, November 2014

“This album (Inverno) launches Vardanega as an accomplished leader, guitarist and composer, capable of taking a subject and illustrating it musically with skill and originality.”

  • John McBeath, The Weekend Australian, 21 February 2015

Nic Vardanega (guitar), Steve Barry (piano), David Groves (bass) & Dave Goodman (drums)

Full $15 | Members $8 (one set only) Age limit: 18+ or w/adult

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Nic Vardanega Trio (Jazzgroove featured artist for April/May)

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Foundry 616, 616 Harris St, Ultimo, NSW 2007, Australia

 

“…a serious young man who may very well prove the next big thing in jazz guitar circles. Actually, I think he already has.”

  • Lloyd Bradford Syke, Syke On Stage, December 2014

“Vardanega proves himself to be one of an increasingly large stable of incredibly musical players coming out of Sydney.”

  • Daniel O’Rourke, jazz.org.au, 22 February 2015

Nic Vardanega (guitar), David Groves (bass) & Dave Goodman (drums)

Full $15 | Members $8 (one set only) Age limit: 18+ or w/adult

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