For more than three decades, drummer Bill Goodwin has provided the drive for the superb quintet led by alto saxophonist Phil Woods. On Saturday, Denver has the chance to hear Goodwin in a different setting, as he leads a trio featuring Adam Niewood on tenor saxophone and Pat Bianchi at the Hammond B-3 organ at Dazzle, 930 Lincoln St.
Goodwin got his start in his native Los Angeles, wading into music working with saxophonist Charles Lloyd and all the major names of the West Coast jazz scene before moving to New York as the 1970s unfolded.
Before that decade ended, he played with vibraphonist Gary Burton, singer/pianist Mose Allison, bassist Chuck Israel's National Jazz Ensemble and, of course, saxophonist Woods.
Known as a propulsive player who also understands nuance, Goodwin received initial guidance from noted bop drummer Stan Levey. In turn, Goodwin has played a mentor role to saxophonist Niewood - the son of Gerry Niewood, the longtime sidekick of trumpeter Chuck Mangione.
Before he was five, the young Niewood accompanied his dad when the elder Niewood was performing with folks like Simon and Garfunkel and Liza Minnelli. After that, he had to adjust to real life and kindergarten. No easy task.
The younger Niewood eventually connected with Goodwin, who produced his 2004 CD, Introducing Adam Niewood, and with whom the saxophonist frequently plays. It should be a strong night of music, with sets at 7 and 9 p.m. ($12, 303-839-5100).
Following the date at Dazzle, Goodwin and Niewood will spend the week hitting other spots around the area, starting at Herb's, 2057 Larimer St. on Tuesday, followed by the Meadowlark Bar 2701 Larimer St. on Wednesday, Boulder's St. Julien Hotel, 900 Walnut St. (720-406-2591) on Thursday. They wrap up their visit on Dec. 8 and 9 at Bliss and the Robusto Room, 9535 Park Meadows Drive in Lone Tree (303-790-7383), respectively.