NEXT WENDY GOODWIN SHOW: THURSDAY, AUGUST 5th at Sherman Clay Moe’s Pianos 7-8:30 PM
I’m struggling to find the right adjectives to properly convey how much I loved singing and playing with George Mitchell, Kevin Deitz and Ron Steen last night at Wilfs. For one thing, it’s as if these three gentlemen of jazz share a collective brain when they are playing-each giving authoritative pizzazz yet always playing as a team. As a guest artist, it’s the musical equivalent of being supported by 3 pairs of strong arms… not so scary to lean out over the edge when you’re in such secure company!
I was also blessed to have such a great group of friends come out for the show. Looking out and seeing the familiar faces dotting the landscape who support and encourage me in so many ways was awesome.
To top it off, some other fantastic jazz artists were at the show and performed a few tunes—the iconic drummer Dick Berk and smashingly talented vocalist and pianist Laura Cunard.
If you are just getting acquainted with me, and wondering why you haven’t seen me around town, it has to do with a few things-
1. I tend to play in unrelated genres—right now, I’m working with Celtic/Contemplative Seattle based artist Jeff Johnson and Puck Fair Flutist Brian Dunning. While these two gentlemen actually have plenty of connections to the Portland Jazz Scene, the Celtic trio performs in churches and concert venues and tours seasonally.
2. I play a LOT of private events—after finishing school, I started Effesenden Music, a wedding and event music company. Effesenden gives me the opportunity to play lots of styles of music with a variety of musicians. It gives me an excuse to do a lot of arranging of pop music for strings, and it gives me the chance to help people with a special day in their lives. And to be totally honest… I LOVE weddings!
3. I have played in bands and appeared as a side woman with many different artists including Rising Violet, Lori Willcuts, Drew Grow, Kelly Jones, Nate Macy, Michael Allen Harrison, Michelle Tumes, Laura Gibson, Tasha Miller, Adam Sweeney, Bryan Clark and more, but have only recently begun appearing under my own name. Though I love performing, I have always been sort of embarrassed about drawing attention to myself. In the past I’ve often appeared under the name Effesenden. When I started writing music though, it seemed natural to start appearing… well…as myself!
I’m looking forward to what lies ahead—in a couple of weeks I’ll be at Sherman Clay Moe’s Pianos (August 5th 7-8:30 p.m.) If you’d like to be kept in the loop of future shows, drop me a line.