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Bassist who loves swing, the blues, and creativity.
Born in Durham, North Carolina in 1983, Will Goble followed an unusual path prior to becoming an upright bassist and jazz musician...
At the age of eleven, Will received his first electric bass as a gift, and he soon found himself performing in local clubs, bars, and other venues with rock and roll bands made up of his peers. This continued until his junior year of high school, when the arrival of jazz educator Andrew Sioberg to Durham School of the Arts piqued Will’s interest. Under Sioberg’s direction, Will took up the acoustic bass, and began his lifelong study of jazz.
Following high school graduation, Will received a music scholarship to Florida State University, where he studied with bassist Rodney Jordan, as well as the renowned pianist Marcus Roberts. This relationship with Roberts proved especially important during Will’s formative years, as Marcus included him in a number of performances and educational workshops. In April of 2006, Marcus featured Will as a member of his quartet for a performance at Hampton University.
Upon graduation, Goble accepted an offer to return to Florida State as a special graduate assistant to Roberts in 2006. This latest stint in Florida enabled Will to work frequently with his newly formed trio, which includes drummer David Potter and pianist Austin Johnson. On many Saturday nights, Will’s trio performed at Paradigm, an under the radar jazz venue that has seen artists such as Wessell Anderson, Marcus Roberts, Wycliffe Gordon, and Roland Guerin, among others, join the group as special guests. After extensive development as a unit in Tallahassee, the trio joined Jason Marsalis as the rhythm section for his Vibes Quartet in 2007. They have been touring since. In the last four years of extensive traveling with Marsalis, Will has logged performances at the St. Bart’s Music Festival, Harris Theater and the Jazz Showcase in Chicago, Barquisimeto Jazz Festival in Barquisimeto, Venezuela, Sculler’s Jazz Club, Boston, Anthology, San Diego, and The Iridium, New York City. In addition to extensive appearances with Jason Marsalis and Marcus Roberts, Will has performed with Marcus Printup, Wessell Anderson, Marcus and Joan Belgrave, Eric Reed, Martin Bejerano, Vincent Gardner, Lew Soloff, Stephen Riley, Fred Wesley, Scotty Barnhart, and Kevin Bales.
Now located in Phoenix, AZ, Will spent the past 3 years in Atlanta, GA where he free-lanced alongside some of the city’s best musicians; in addition to leading groups around the southeast and beyond. Will was the High Museum’s featured artist for October 2010 (and will be again in January of 2013), and his trio and quartet are commonly showcased at Churchill Grounds, Atlanta’s oldest jazz club. His trio featuring Kevin Bales and Dave Potter enjoyed two year run at Party Chic in Roswell, GA, where they explored trio playing in an appreciative listening environment.
Aside from his work as a bandleader or sideman, Will is active in educational settings. He has taught at FSU’s summer jazz camp for a number of years, and was an artist in residence for 2011. In spring of 2010, he was the artist in residence, along with his quintet, at Clayton State University for the Spivey Jam, just outside of Atlanta.