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Dr. Wayne E. Goins, Professor of Music and Director of Jazz Studies at Kansas State University, has performed with such greats as legendary guitarist Kenny Burrell, saxophonist Bobby Watson, organist Jimmy McGriff and many others. Goins completed his Ph.D. at The Florida State University, with teaching experience in Boston, Chicago, and Atlanta, Georgia, where he conducted jazz ensembles and taught guitar at Morehouse College, Emory University, and Kennesaw State University. Dr. Goins authored the award-winning book, A Biography Of Charlie Christian: Jazz Guitar’s King of Swing (2005). Two of his other books, The Jazz Band Director’s Handbook: A Guide To Success (2003), and Emotional Response to Music: Pat Metheny’s Secret Story (2001), are also published by The Edwin Mellen Press. In 2006 Goins finished his fourth book, The Wise Improvisor, a college textbook for all levels jazz improvisation. Goins is also the founder of Little Apple Records, his independent jazz label that has already released five albums featuring his guitar performances: West Coast Swing, Standard Fare, Smokin’ at The Oak Bar, Bluesin’ With The B3, and Home…Cookin! Goins writes regularly for Jazz Ambassador magazine, and is a feature columnist for Jazz Improv magazine, where he has written extensive articles and interviews on guitarists Charlie Christian, Will Matthews, Kenny Burrell, Charlie Hunter, saxophonist Bobby Watson, and others. Dr. Goins is currently working on his fifth book, That’s All Right: The Jimmy Rogers Story, to be published by University of Illinois Press.

WAYNE GOINS joined the JazzTimes community on Jul 23, 2010