CORVALLIS, Ore. – Jazz and blues guitarist, recording artist and author Wayne Goins will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, at the Majestic Theatre, 115 SW 2nd St., Corvallis.

The event is presented by the Oregon State University College of Liberal Arts. For the Corvallis show, Goins will team up with mid-valley jazz artists Joe Manis, saxophone; Sean Peterson, bass; Torrey Newhart, piano; and Ryan Biesack, director of the OSU jazz band, on drums.

Goins is a University Distinguished Professor of Music and director of jazz studies at Kansas State University. He has performed with guitarist Kenny Burrell, vibraphonist Lionel Hampton, saxophonists Bobby Watson and Joe Lovano, trumpeter Clark Terry, organist Jimmy McGriff and many others.

Goins is also the founder of Little Apple Records, an independent jazz label that has released six albums featuring his guitar performances: “Chronicles of Carmela,” “West Coast Swing,” “Standard Fare,” “Smokin’ at The Oak Bar,” “Bluesin’ With The B3” and “Home…Cookin!”

Goins produced his latest release on his Little Apple Records label, “Last Call” by Rick Smith, who served as the second guitarist in Goins’ della Voce Quartet and currently performs as a duo with Goins.

Goins is the author of “Blues All Day Long: The Jimmy Rogers Story,” published by University of Illinois Press in 2014. His other books include “A Biography of Charlie Christian: Jazz Guitar’s King of Swing,”  “The Jazz Band Director’s Handbook: A Guide to Success” and “Emotional Response to Music: Pat Metheny’s Secret Story.” Goins also wrote “The Wise Improviser,” a college textbook for all levels of jazz improvisation.

Goins writes regularly for Living Blues magazine, Positive Feedback magazine and Jazz Ambassador magazine, and was a feature columnist for Jazz Improv magazine, where he wrote extensive articles and interviews on guitarists Charlie Christian, Will Matthews, Kenny Burrell, Charlie Hunter, saxophonist Bobby Watson, and others. He is currently writing the definitive biography on the GRAMMY Award winning blues musician Taj Mahal.

Goins completed his doctorate at Florida State University. He also conducted jazz ensembles and taught guitar at Morehouse College, Emory University and Kennesaw State University in Georgia.

Tickets for the Majestic show are $20 in advance or $25 at the door, and all seats are reserved. Tickets may be purchased online at or in person at the Majestic Box Office, 115 SW 2nd St. The box office is open from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and one hour before the performance. Tickets may also be purchased by phone at 541-738-7469.

The Majestic Theatre participates in Corvallis Arts for All, making $5 tickets available to people with an Oregon Trail Card. These tickets much be purchased in person at the box office and are limited to two per person.

For more information and for accommodations for people with disabilities, call 541-738-4769.

College of Liberal Arts

About the OSU College of Liberal Arts: The College of Liberal Arts encompasses seven distinct schools, as well as several interdisciplinary initiatives, that focus on humanities, social sciences, and fine and performing arts. Curriculum developed by the college’s nationally and internationally-renowned faculty prepares students to approach the complex problems of the world ethically and thoughtfully, contributing to a student's academic foundation and helping to build real-world skills for a 21st century career and a purposeful life.


Erin Sneller, 541-737-5592, [email protected]


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