I never had the good fortune to meet the “spitfire” cornetist Jim Goodwin, but he is very much alive in my aural memory. If you ever heard him live or on records, you will know what I mean. He was a daredevil with great passionate intensity, wit, and emotion — and it all came through his horn.
If Jim is new to you, it’s not too late to share in the experience: here is one place to start. Another, more audible, is Retta Christie’s radio program — wishing Jim happiness on what would have been his birthday, March 19. Retta (a wonderful forthright singer you also should know about) took loving care of Jim . . . and she treasures him, his music, and wants to make sure more people know him.
Retta writes, “On Monday, March 19th on my radio show the Noontime Jamboree I will be featuring the music of the late Mr. Goodwin. Tune in from 12 – 2 pm on KBOO Portland, 90.7 FM for this special. Two new CDs with Jim playing horn have come out this last year. They will be featured along with music that Jim enjoyed listening.”
And since only a few people reading this can pick up KBGO on their car radios, click here to listen online.
I think that no one is dead as long as he or she is remembered . . . so Jim Goodwin lives on.
May your happiness increase.