The Jazz St. Louis organization has just announced the appointment of Victor Goines as its new President and CEO, as of September 19, 2022. The saxophonist, composer, and educator had served as Director of Jazz Studies and Professor of Music at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., for the last 14 years. Before that, he was the Artistic Director of Jazz Studies at The Juilliard School, where he created the curriculum and vision for what is now the Juilliard Jazz Studies program. He has served as Education Consultant to Jazz at Lincoln Center since 1995. Goines’ ties to Jazz at Lincoln Center go way back as a member of the JLCO with Wynton Marsalis and of Marsalis’ Septet since 1993. Goines succeeds Gene Dobbs Bradford, who led Jazz St. Louis for 23 years before going to the Savannah Music Festival as its executive director earlier this year.
Born and raised in New Orleans, Goines has composed more than 200 works and has recorded 10 albums as a leader. Over the years he performed many times at the Jazz Bistro and the Majestic, early venues in Jazz St. Louis’ history; he also performed with Marsalis for the grand opening of the Harold and Dorothy Steward Center for Jazz. “St. Louis’ connection to jazz runs deep and I look forward to working with the musicians and institutions of St. Louis to promote that fact to national audiences,” Goines said in a press release received by JazzTimes. “Jazz is alive and everywhere, and we want people to see this city for what it is. It’s up to us to push the boundaries by listening to the various communities and meet them where they are with music.”
Goines will be a part of Jazz St. Louis’ annual fundraiser, Homecoming, on Friday, October 14, hosted by former St. Louis Cardinal Ozzie Smith and Yolonda Lankford, executive director of the Kwame Foundation. General admission tickets and sponsorships with VIP access are available at jazzstl.org/homecoming.