Essential Expression

“Look to art and see what genius emerges in turbulent times.”
Emmett Goods, trombonist and URI music lecturer

Emmett Goods teaches jazz, trombone, and music history in URI’s music department, including the courses: Music as a Form of Social Protest, and the History of Hip-Hop and Black American Culture. He comes from a rich musical background and has shared stage and studio with world-renowned jazz, Latin, and Motown artists.

“You can say something in a song that you wouldn’t necessarily say with your regular voice in a crowd,” Goods says. “If you put your deepest, most heartfelt feelings to some chords and apply a melody to it, now you’ve provided this palette by which you can express what it is that you really feel.” •

What’s Emmett Goods listening to this summer? Read our story on what URI professors recommend for your summer reading, watching, and listening.

Photo: Brandon Fuller