The Sacramento Jazz Cooperative welcomes two new members to its Board of Directors. Allen Goodman is an American drummer. He was born in Brooklyn in a working-class family. A founding member of the Beverly Hills Unlisted Jazz Band, his career has spanned from his early beginnings in New York to perform with Jazz, Rock and Pop legends as a staff musician for NBC Television. He has performed and recorded for such entertainers as Red Skelton, Bob Hope, Vicky Carr, Bobby Troup, Johnny Mathis, Peggy Lee, Red Norvo, Al Hirt, Margaret Whiting, Anthony Newly, Dinah Shore, Matt Monroe, and the Hi-Los.
Sharing his workload with NBC drummer Jack Spurling, Allen played on the Dean Martin Show, Laugh-In, The Flip Wilson Show, Name that Tune and many others. Asked to play with Johnny Mathis, he continued to work with the singer for five years moving to Los Angeles where the work was, at the time, more plentiful. Moving to the Coachella Valley in 2015 to semi-retire, Goodman formed the Desert Cities Jazz Band with some of his musician friends and had performed every Sunday afternoon in LaQuinta at Vicky’s Jazz Support Club where he, along with his wife Bobbi, booked jazz shows for twelve years. He was nominated for an Emmy with Oscar Castro-Neves for Reflections Through A Brazilian Eye and has played drums on numerous Johnny Mathis recordings from 1952 to 1963.
Bobbi Goodman grew up in Sacramento and worked for a time in state government for the first Governor Brown. As a member of the L.A. Jazz Society, she has produced numerous jazz shows including the 2015 season at Coachella Valley, and has brought in national and international talent to the Living Desert, as well as other great headliners throughout the season. She served on the Advisory Board of the American Jazz Institute for a number of years.
The Goodman’s now reside in Sacramento and as Program Development and Outreach Coordinators will assist in taking the Sacramento Jazz Coop line up of artists to new heights, in addition to other duties.