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Victor Louis Goines Edit Profile

university professor , jazz musician

Victor Goines is a jazz saxophonist and clarinetist and received his Masters in Music at Virginia Commonwealth University.


Goines, Victor Louis was born on August 6, 1961 in New Orleans. Son of Joseph and Rosemary Goines.


Bachelor of Music in Education, Loyola University, New Orleans, 1984. Master of Music, Virginia Commonwealth University, 1990.


Goines has served as the director of jazz studies and professor for the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University since 2008. He previously served as first artistic director of the Juilliard School's jazz program from 2000 until 2007. Goines has collaborated with such artists as Terence Blanchard, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Ruth Brown, Ray Charles, Bo Diddley, Bob Dylan, Dizzy Gillespie, Freddie Green, Lionel Hampton, Freddie Hubbard, B.B. King, Lenny Kravitz, Branford Marsalis, Ellis Marsalis, James Moody, Dianne Reeves, Marcus Roberts, Diana Ross, Eric Clapton, Wycliff Gordon and Stevie Wonder.

He has performed on more than 20 recordings, including the soundtracks for three Ken Burns documentaries and the films Undercover Blues, When Night Falls on Manhattan, and Rosewood. He has composed more than 75 original works, including Jazz at Lincoln Center and ASCAP commissions. He has also served on the faculties of Florida A&M University, University of New Orleans, Loyola University of New Orleans, and Xavier University of Louisiana.

Goines is an artist for Buffet Crampon and Vandoren.



He has been a member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and the Wynton Marsalis Septet since 1993. He is a member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and leads his ensemble the Victor Goines Quartet.


Married Renee Denise Goines, January 4, 1964.

Joseph Goines

Rosemary Goines

Renee Denise Goines