Sofia Goodman Group

The Sofia Goodman Group appears Friday, July 14 in the Jazz Cave at the Nashville Jazz Workshop.  The concert begins at 7:30pm (doors at 7).

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The concert marks the release of the group’s new album, Secrets of the Shore. With bandleader Sofia Goodman on drums, the album also features trumpeter Matt White, trombonist Roy Agee, saxophonists Joel Frahm and Dan Hitchcock, clarinetist Max Dvorin, keyboardist Alex Murphy, guitarist Rheal Janelle, bassist Leland Nelson, and percussionist Carlos Duran.

The group made an impressive debut in NJW’s Jazz Cave in 2019, and since then Sofia has been a frequent presence on NJW’s stage. This concert showcases a major evolution for the group and for Sofia as a composer, and is not to be missed!



Drummer-composer Sofia Goodman pursues an increasingly sophisticaed and multidimensional vision with the July 14 release of Secrets of the Shore on Joyous Records. The Nashville-based Goodman’s sophomore album with her eponymous Group . . . finds her changing direction from the jazz-funk fusion of her debut album—though still retaining aspects of that style—and exploring thoughtful and often tender post-bop.

That exploration encompasses a diversity of styles, grooves, emotions, and compositional and improvisational shapes across the album’s ten original tunes. But it also includes a remarkable, expansive new approach to colors and textural possibilities, not least on Goodman’s drum kit. It’s a tremendous leap forward from her 2018 debut, Myriad of Flowers.All About Jazz

Goodman’s work strives for lofty goals, takes big musical risks and aspires for the freedom to manifest itself fully. It is truly progressive and fundamentally jazz — and a reason to be excited about the continuing evolution of jazz in Music City.  – Nashville Scene, May 19, 2023


Sofia Goodman was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan and began taking piano lessons in elementary school, but an encounter with a young friend’s drum kit reoriented her musical interests. Initially that meant blues, rock, and punk, reflecting a teenage defiance that she took with her to Berklee College of Music in Boston. While still in high school, Sofia attended a summer workshop at Berklee taught by Esperanza Spalding, inspiring her to return to Berklee for further studies.

Not long after graduating from Berklee with a degree in Drum Set Performance, Goodman’s Boston apartment was decimated by fire. Fate, and some friends, drew her to Nashville, Tennessee, the country music mecca that also nourishes a rich jazz scene. What Goodman thought was a short-term summer residence developed into more than a decade of enthusiastic embrace of, and by, the community of artists that make up the aptly styled Music City.

Goodman plied her skills with musicians of all stripes, at the same time studying composition for a master’s degree from Belmont University. It was only a short time before she was ready to form her own band. Those early efforts would evolve into what is now The Sofia Goodman Group, building a following throughout the South and into the Midwest. Her first album, 2018’s Myriad of Flowers, received a nomination for Best Jazz Album from the Nashville Industry Music Awards. Secrets of the Shore is the Goodman Group’s follow-up to that acclaimed debut.

Policies: The Jazz Cave is a BYOB establishment, with no alcohol or food service. You are free to bring alcoholic beverages and snacks. We sell soft drinks  bottled water. Charcuterie boxes are available for advance order. The Jazz Cave is a listening room, and we ask patrons to keep conversation to a minimum and silence cell phones. Audio and video recording is prohibited. TICKET SALES ARE FINAL. We do not issue refunds.