Will Goble Group

Will Goble Group


We are young jazz musicians who play with fire (I mean that figuratively!). Original music, standards, and newer jazz compositions are all fair game. We try to play with spirit, BLUES, and spontaneity. Our hope is that if we enjoy the music enough, so will anyone who listens.


I grew up in Durham, North Carolina, playing with rock bands since I was 11 years old. It seems like I was raised in bars, gradually damaging my hearing. Later in my teenage years, I was introduced to jazz and the upright bass. When I graduated from high school, I moved down to Tallahassee, FL to study jazz at FSU. Here, I met the majority of the musicians I play with today as a 22 year old college grad. We enjoy a friendly musical community, playing in such out-of-the-way places as hookah bars, Irish pubs, discos, law firms, and when the stars align, venues that like to sometimes pose as Jazz clubs. Since I’ve been in Talle, I have studied with the pianist Marcus Roberts and bassist Rodney Jordan, along with Kevin Bales, Leon Anderson, and others. I was a member of the FSU jazz group that performed at the 2005 IAJE conference in Long beach, CA, the new Lincoln Center facility in NYC, and the 2005 North Sea Jazz Festival in Den Haag, Holland. Other notable performances include the Jazz at the Gray series in Tallahassee with the Marcus Roberts trio, and an engagement with the Marcus Roberts Quartet in Hampton, VA (April 2005, and April 2006, respectively). I have also been fortunate enough to perform with Jason Marsalis, Philip Harper, Stephen Riley, Marcus Printup, Kevin Bales, Inga Swearingen, Scotty Barnhart, Leon Anderson, and others in and around the southeast and New Orleans. In December of 2005, I performed at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at Lincoln Center with the David Guidi Quartet as a part of the ASCAP Young Jazz Composers Series. Here in Tallahassee, I lead groups and freelance as a sideman around the area.

Our influences include John Coltrane, Louis Armstrong, Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, Ornette Coleman, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Branford Marsalis, Marcus Roberts, Wynton Marsalis, David Sanchez, Ray Charles, Ribet Johnson, Soon House, Sidney Bechet, Wayne Shorter, Viento De Agua, Joe Lovano, Miguel Zenon, Robert Hurst, Jeff "Tain" Watts, Sonny Rollins, Ben Webster, Letser Young, and plenty more.


Black Codes

Written By: Wynton Marsalis

Live at Dizzy's, Lincoln Center, NYC. May 2005.

A Lot Can Change

Written By: Will Goble

This is an original ballad, recorded live at Dizzy's- Lincoln Center, NYC

Puerto San Juan

Written By: David Sanchez

This is a "plena", which is a Puerto Rican groove, written by David Sanchez. Also recorded at Dizzy's in Lincoln Center.


Tracks available for streaming/download at www.myspace.com/willgoblemusic

Set List

Repetoire is too extensive to list. Sets include originals, standards, and other compositions. May be anywhere from 45-90 minutes.

Well known pieces include- They Can't Take That Away From Me, A Foggy Day, Bye-Ya, Passion Dance, I Thought About You, Preachin' Blues, Drown In My own Tears, I Got a Woman, Memories of You, Love For Sale, Peace, Donna Lee, Just a Closer Walk With Thee, Bourbon Street Paradeetc.