Jazz Guitarist Brings 30 Years Of Stage Time To Payson


The Ted Goddard Jazz Trio will perform at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14 at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St. in Payson.

The performance is co-sponsored by The Payson Friends of Jazz and the Community Presbyterian Church.


Ted Goddard

During his 30-year career as a professional musician, Ted Goddard has performed as a solo guitarist, lead his own ensembles, backed top-named artists, played touring Broadway shows and performed with the Phoenix Symphony.

Goddard first studied jazz guitar with Barry Galbraith, followed by tutoring sessions with other favorites: Joe Pass, Tal Farlow, Herb Ellis, Barney Kessel, Howard Roberts, Tommy Tedesco and Joe Diorio among them.

At his Payson performance, he will be supported with a rhythm section consisting of Jack Radavich on upright bass and Gerry Reynolds on drums.

After working as a freelance musician for many years, he joined Arizona State University as a graduate teaching assistant and was later appointed director of jazz guitar studies. He is currently a faculty member at Chandler-Gilbert Community College where he teaches music theory, composition, music business, music humanities, combo performance and jazz improvisation. Goddard's big band, jazz and orchestra performances include work with Louie Bellson, the Eastman Studio Orchestra, Les and Larry Elgart, Herb Ellis, Terry Gibbs, Jeff Hamilton, Joe LaBarbera, Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, Judy Roberts, Diane Schuur, Clark Terry, and Bill Watrous.

He has backed individual artists such as Perry Como, Vic Damone, Robert Goulet, Lena Horne, The McGuire Sisters, Bernadette Peters, Charlie Pride, Debbie Reynolds and Dinah Shore to name a few.

While there is no charge for the Jan. 14 performance, a donation of $5 or more at the door will help assure that top-name jazz artists continue coming to Payson each month to perform.

RSVP to Gerry Reynolds at (480) 785-1278 or at gerryr@cox.net to confirm attendance. This is encouraged, as it helps in planning.

Future jazz performances at the Community Presbyterian Church are set for:

Sunday, Feb. 11, with saxophonist Steven VonWald and his jazz quartet.

Saturday, March 10, with jazz vocalist and pianist Judy Roberts and saxophonist Greg Fishman.

Sunday, April 15, with jazz pianist Keith Greko and trio.

"They are all dynamite performers," said Reynolds, who coordinates the concerts. "Judy Roberts is bringing her husband Greg Fishman, an award-winning sax player from the east coast. She was a Grammy nominee. Keith Greko is a very famous and popular piano player, having made many recordings over the years. And sax player Steven VonWald has a master's degree in music and was in the top lab band at North Texas State. He is a truly killer performer."

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