Charles Goold

Last updated: December 27, 2023


Charles Goold is one of New York City’s hardest working jazz drummers of his generation. After briefly pursuing in collegiate track and field, Goold transferred to the Berklee College of Music where, unfortunately, after one semester, he had to withdraw for financial reasons. Deciding not give up on his dream of becoming a jazz musician, Goold moved back to New York City at the age of 19 and began playing in any musical situation possible. Finding success after years of hard work through teaching and performing, Goold auditioned and received a full scholarship, subsequently graduating from the Juilliard School along with being awarded the JCAF grant. Goold has performed with a wide variety of acts across varying styles from Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, John Hendricks and Johnny O’neal to rap icons Cam’ron, Talib Kweli, and Ghostface Killah.  Goold uses these experiences to propel the sound of his group Nubopcity, a blend of hard bop, hip hop, funk and Afro-Caribbean influences.