Henry Goodwin

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b. Henry Clay Goodwin, 2 January 1910, Columbia, South Carolina, USA, d. 2 July 1979, New York City, New York, USA. While still a young teenager Goodwin played several instruments with sufficient ability…
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b. Henry Clay Goodwin, 2 January 1910, Columbia, South Carolina, USA, d. 2 July 1979, New York City, New York, USA. While still a young teenager Goodwin played several instruments with sufficient ability to secure a place in a band Claude Hopkins took to Europe. Back in the USA he played with several bands, mostly in New York, during the late 20s, by now playing the trumpet. In the early 30s he was in Europe again, this time with the Lucky Millinder band. On his return to the USA he worked with many bands including those of Cab Calloway and Sidney Bechet, then visited Scandinavia with a band that included Edgar Hayes and was led by Kenny Clarke. In the mid-40s he played with Cecil Scott, Art Hodes, Mezz Mezzrow and Bob Wilber. The 50s found Goodwin playing with Earl ‘Fatha’ Hines and many other band leaders, usually in bands specializing in the more traditional areas of jazz. An inventive soloist with a penchant for the effects created by plunger mute, he was a stalwart of the dixieland revival without ever becoming bogged down in the repetitiveness that afflicted many of his colleagues.