Hailing from Durham, NC and beginning his musical career in communities rich with mentorship, Will Goble is steadily carving out a unique space for himself as a bassist, composer, bandleader, and educator.
Will became interested in Jazz and related art forms after effectively growing up within the creative music scene that still thrives around the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area in North Carolina. Upon departing Durham for Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL in the early 2000s, Will quickly flourished under the tutelage of bassist Rodney Jordan and famed pianist Marcus Roberts. His relationship with Roberts extended onto the bandstand as Marcus invited Will to perform with his trio on a number of performances through the years. Through Roberts, Will met drummer and vibraphonist Jason Marsalis, eventually joining Jason’s quartet in 2008. He can be heard on three of Jason’s most recent studio releases, Music Update (2009), In a World of Mallets, (2013), and The 21st Century Trad Band (2014).
Upon relocating once again, this time to Atlanta, GA, Will set about documenting his work as a bandleader. His first album, Some Stories Tells No Lies (2012), features his own trio (drummer Dave Potter and Pianist Austin Johnson) joined by trumpeter Marcus Printup and saxophonist Chad Eby. His second album, “Consider The Blues” was released in 2016 on OA2 Records (Origin Arts). Consider The Blues highlights Will’s growth as a composer and is bolstered by strong performances from Potter, pianist Louis Heriveaux, and saxophonist Gregory Tardy. Currently based in Phoenix, AZ, Will continues to tour with Marsalis and perform frequently as a sideman and bandleader. Along with Marsalis and Roberts, Will has performed with Marcus and Joan Belgrave, Wessell Anderson, Martin Bejerano, Eric Reed, Gregory Tardy, Eric Rasmussen, George Colligan, Lew Soloff, Etienne Charles, Michael Kocour, Fred Wesley, and many others. An active educator, Will is on faculty at Scottsdale Community College in Scottsdale, AZ. He is the coordinator of the College Prep Program at the Phoenix Conservatory of Music where he teaches bass, jazz ensemble, and music theory. Will has taught at clinics, camps, and masterclasses around the USA through the past decade and he often conducts workshops and private lessons at The Nash, the performance and education home of Jazz In Arizona.