Multi-instrumentalist, improviser, composer, and educator Denney Goodhew has traveled the globe teaching, performing, and recording. He has performed and/or recorded (over 50 CDs) with Charlie Haden, Gary Peacock, Buster Williams, Dave Holland, Marc Johnson, Jimmy Garrison, Ralph Towner, Oregon, Etta James, Big Joe Turner, Albert King, Robert Cray, Ernestine Anderson, Johnny Mathis, Lou Rawls, The Temptations, Buddy Miles, The Dells, Bill Frisell, Gil Evans, Jack DeJohnette, Adam Nussbaum, Ed Blackwell, Andrew Cyrille, Mike Clark, Anthony Braxton, Sam Rivers, Art Lande, The Reputations, Composer’s and Improviser’s Orchestra, the International Creative Music Orchestra, First Avenue, the New York Composers Orchestra West, John Cage and Soundgarden (among others), playing in Japan, Poland, Norway, Germany, Israel, Canada and Taiwan. He can be heard on the CBS, Sony, Elektra, Traumton, hepJazz and ECM labels. Goodhew served as Professor of Saxophone and Music Science at Berlin University of the Arts in Berlin, German from 1993-1999. During his tenure in Berlin he studied the Asian Healing Art, Reiki, receiving the Reiki Master/Teaching Degree. He also presented a show of his paintings at the Crawl Space in Amsterdam, Netherlands in 1996. Since his return stateside, he has taught at Cornish College of the Arts.
Mr. Goodhew has served as a designer and consultant for Claude Lakey Mouthpieces (1988-93) and has composed more than forty pieces for CurrentRutledge Productions. He has been the recipient of a “Talent Deserving Wider Recognition” award in Downbeat magazine’s critics’ poll (1972), and five Earshot Jazz Golden Ear awards, including “Best Instrumentalist” (1990-93) and “Best Electric Jazz Group” (Towner/Goodhew duo, 1990) as well as many composition commissions.
Recent and current projects include composing and conducting “New Moon Suite,” a forty-minute orchestral Big Band piece presented at Benaroya Hall, Seattle, WA; the Qhromatics, a sextet for which Mr. Goodhew composed all the music and played saxophone, alto flute, piano and percussion; percussion with the impromptu group Synthesis; piano and percussion with the dynamic improvisation trio Mouth of Gravity.