I’m delighted to perform “Reaching for the Moon” at Junction City’s C.L. Hoover Opera House. The dilapidated movie theater of my childhood was renovated most recently beginning in 2007; the house, built in 1882 upon a foundation of the state's native limestone, suffered financial setbacks, fires and the vagaries of fashion, but this cultural treasure is beautifully renovated and resides safely on the Kansas State Historic Register. The Opera House is a vibrant and productive home to Junction City and Geary County’s arts organization, agencies and artists -- a multi-use facility with a state of the art sound system designed for performingand visual arts presentation, business and professional events, educational and cultural opportunities and civic activities. [visit the Opera House for more!]
Wayne Goins, Director of Jazz Studies at Kansas State University, has performed with guitarist Kenny Burrell, saxophonist Bobby Watson, organist Jimmy McGriff and many others. Goins has experience in Boston, Chicago, and Atlanta, conducting jazz ensembles and teaching guitar at Morehouse College, Emory University, and Kennesaw State University. Goins authored the award-winning book, A Biography Of Charlie Christian (2005), The Jazz Band Director’s Handbook (2003), and Emotional Response to Music: Pat Metheny’s Secret Story (2001) [Edwin Mellen Press.] In 2006 Goins published The Wise Improvisor, a college textbook on jazz improvisation. Goins founded Little Apple Records, his own record label, and released West Coast Swing, Standard Fare, Smokin’ at The Oak Bar, Bluesin' With The B3, Home...Cookin!, and Chronicles of Carmela, released in early 2011. Goins writes for Jazz Ambassador and Jazz Inside magazine, where he has written extensive articles. Goins’ fifth book, That’s All Right: The Jimmy Rogers Story will be published by University of Illinois Press.