The Funky Biscuit Presents The 1st Annual John Goodwin-Fallstrom Music Scholarship Benefit Concert Featuring The Music & Arrangements of John Goodwin – Fallstrom. Special Musical Guests Include: Jimi Ruccolo, Keith Cronin, Melton Mustafa and Many More
Monday, July 14, 2014 at 8:00 PM (EDT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
All proceeds to benefit the John Goodwin-Fallstrom Memorial Music Scholarship Fund at Florida Memorial University.
Influenced by the convergence of cultures around him, John Goodwin was a prominent member of the South Florida jazz scene, renowned for his work on the fretless bass and relationship to one Jaco Pastorius. However, he was a student of Mark Trail first, well known in North Miami for locating and nurturing upcoming musicians, as well as creating a rehearsal band where composers and arrangers would hear their music performed in a large orchestra environment.
Then, “In the early 1970’s, seeing and hearing Jaco play initially, experientially, was nothing short of surreal and stupefying,” revealed Goodwin in the 90s. After that show, music could no longer be a hobby. Within a few years, Goodwin was playing with big names like Melton Mustafa, Mark Colby and the Impact of Brass, Bobby Economou, Othello Molineux, Randy Bernsen, Mike Stern, Mike Gerber, and Eric Clapton. Like most working musicians, he ended up playing in many bands outside of jazz. Reggae, funk, R&B, and blues were an important part of his musical journey. Goodwin was also a frequenter of the Musician’s Exchange, where he played with a variety of South Florida musicians including John Alexander, Gary Mayone, and Rich Franks.
From the late 70s through the 80s he was composing his own music in bands like Houdini, and also had a particular interest in unaccompanied bass arrangements of standards like “Giant Steps” and “Stella by Starlight.” Many gems from this period were recorded with all-star lineups and have been played in a host of John’s bands throughout his career. His music spanned decades, but every project sounded connected in some way, all with powerhouse bass playing, all with a unique approach to harmony, and all with the same key musical partners: Melton Mustafa, Gary Mayone, and – in his heart and mind – John’s two greatest early influences Jaco and Scott Kirkpatrick .
Throughout his immersion in the study of improvisation and sight reading, he simultaneously studied classical orchestration, composition, and arrangement. In 1985, John Goodwin opened the doors to an international sheet music engraving and manufacturing company in downtown Hollywood, Florida called Fallstrom Ltd, citing his mother’s surname. At this point he employed twenty musicians in the art of engraving sheet music, producing the first prints for Warner Bros. Publications Inc. and Columbia Pictures Publications. The Sun-Sentinel, Miami Herald, and several other local magazines took notice and wrote about the business and how it stood as a magnet for aspiring young musicians as well as the more experienced talents working in local orchestras. Eventually, he and twenty-nine others formed the American Chamber Ensemble performing 20th Century works from American composers such as Aaron Copland and Charles Ives. In 1989, John Goodwin-Fallstrom had excerpts from his own compositions The October Sonatas performed at Barry University in Miami Shores.
Classical composition had been his main focus for a long time. He had abandoned the bass after Jaco’s untimely and tragic death, and only picked it up again when he had a very clear statement to make during the following decade; he formed a fusion band called The Appetizers. The name was a tongue-in-cheek reference to the band’s penchant for opening for more popular rock and metal acts at the Button South, but don’t be fooled; The Appetizers were John Goodwin at his most focused, powerful, and imaginative. From night to night sets would be turned completely inside out and musicians from all across the world needed a guest spot on The Appetizers bill. The Appetizers even got to open for their Weather Report comrade Joe Zawinul when The Zawinul Syndicate came to town. John Goodwin and The Appetizers were and are a musicians’ band, as you will come to understand at this first annual event. As a legacy to the man and his work, all proceeds from tonight’s concert and silent auction will be passed on to one or several worthy young musicians attending the Florida Memorial University Jazz Studies program.