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Phil Woods

Philip Wells Woods (born November 2, 1931) is an American jazz bebop alto saxophonist, clarinetist, bandleader and composer. He also performed in other jazz mediums, such a Progressive jazz, post bop and hard bop. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 786 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (2928 × 2233 pixel, file size: 2. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 786 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (2928 × 2233 pixel, file size: 2. ... is the 306th day of the year (307th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1931 (MCMXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1931 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Bebop is a form of jazz characterized by fast tempos and improvisation based on harmonic structure rather than melody. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... A clarinetist (also spelled clarinettist) is a musician who plays the clarinet. ... A bandleader is the director of a band of musicians. ... A composer is a person who writes music. ... CD reissue of Daviss 1957 LP Birth of the Cool, collecting much of his 1949 to 1950 work. ... Post-bop is a term for a form of small-combo jazz music that evolved in the early-to-mid sixties. ... Hard bop is an extension of bebop (bop) music which incorporates influences from rhythm and blues, gospel music, and blues, especially in the saxophone and piano playing. ...

Woods was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, and studied music with Lennie Tristano, who influenced him greatly, at the Manhattan School of Music and at The Juilliard School. His friend, Joe Lopes, coached him on clarinet as there was no saxophone major at Juilliard at the time. Once graduated, he quickly acquired a reputation as the pre-eminent bop saxophonist of the day; although he did not copy Charlie "Bird" Parker, bop's greatest saxophonist, he was known as the New Bird, a label which was also attached to other alto players such as Sonny Stitt and Cannonball Adderley at one time or another in their careers. Nickname: Location in Massachusetts Coordinates: , Country United States State Massachusetts County Hampden County Settled 1636 Incorporated 1852 Government  - Type Mayor-council city  - Mayor Charles Ryan (D) Area  - City  33. ... Leonard Joseph Tristano (19 March 1919 - 18 November 1978) was a jazz pianist and composer. ... The Manhattan School of Music is one of Americas leading music conservatories located in New York City that offers degrees on the bachelors, masters, and doctoral levels in the areas of classical and jazz performance and composition. ... The Juilliard School is a performing arts conservatory in New York City, informally but definitively identified as simply Juilliard, and most famous for its musically-trained alumni. ... Bebop is a form of jazz characterized by fast tempos and improvisation based on harmonic structure rather than melody. ... Charles Bird Parker, Jr. ... Sonny Stitt, a quintessential bop saxophonist. ... Julian Edwin Cannonball Adderley (September 15, 1928 – August 8, 1975), originally from Tampa, Florida, was a jazz alto saxophonist of the small combo era of the 1950s and 1960s. ...

Since 1955 Woods has worked mainly with groups he has led, but he has also worked for or with Charlie Barnet, Jimmy Raney, George Wallington, Gene Quill, Dizzy Gillespie, Buddy Rich, Quincy Jones, Benny Goodman, Sonny Rollins, Benny Carter, Thelonious Monk, Billy Joel, Paul Simon, Stephane Grappelli, Louis Bellson, Steely Dan,and Michel Legrand. Charles Daly Barnet (October 26, 1913 – September 4, American jazz saxophonist and bandleader. ... Jimmy Raney (20 August 1927-10 May 1995) was an American jazz guitarist born in Louisville, Kentucky most notable for his work from 1951-1952 and 1962-1963 with Stan Getz and for his work from 1953-1954 with the Red Norvo trio, replacing Tal Farlow. ... George Wallington (1924–1993) was a highly regarded American bop pianist and composer. ... Daniel Eugene Quill (December 15, 1927 – December 8, 1988) was an American alto saxophonist known for his bebop jazz records with Phil Woods. ... John Birks Dizzy Gillespie (October 21, 1917 – January 6, 1993) was born in Cheraw, South Carolina. ... Bernard Buddy Rich (September 30, 1917 Brooklyn, New York – April 2, 1987) was an American jazz drummer and bandleader. ... Quincy Delightt Jones Jr. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Theodore Walter Sonny Rollins (born September 7, 1930 in New York City) is an American jazz tenor saxophonist. ... Bennett Lester Carter (August 8, 1907 – July 12, 2003) was an American jazz alto saxophonist, clarinetist, trumpeter, composer, arranger, and bandleader. ... Thelonious Sphere Monk (October 10, 1917 – February 17, 1982) was a jazz pianist and composer. ... William Martin Billy Joel (born May 9, 1949) is an American singer, pianist, songwriter, composer and musician. ... Paul Frederic Simon (born October 13, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist, half of the folk-singing duo Simon and Garfunkel who continues a successful solo career. ... Stephane Grappelli (January 26, 1908 - December 1, 1997) was a pioneer jazz violinist who founded the quintet of the Quintette du Hot Club de France with Django Reinhardt. ... Luigi Paulino Alfredo Francesco Antonio Balassoni (born in 1924), who performed as Louie Bellson, is an American jazz drummer. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Michel Legrand (born February 24, 1932 in Paris) is a French musical composer, arranger, conductor and pianist. ...

After moving to France in 1968, Woods led The European Rhythm Machine, a group which tended toward avant-garde jazz. He returned to the United States in 1972 and, after an unsuccessful attempt to establish an electronic group, he formed a quintet which was still performing, with some changes of personnel, in 2004. As his theme, Woods uses a piece titled "How's Your Mama?". Avant-jazz (also known as avant-garde jazz) is a style of music and improvisation that combines elements of avant-garde art music composition with elements of traditional jazz. ...

Woods has also recorded extensively, both as a leader and sideman. In 1979, Woods made the recording, More Live, at the Armadillo World Headquarters in Austin, Texas. Perhaps his best known recorded work as a sideman is a pop piece, his alto sax solo on Billy Joel's "Just the Way You Are." He also played the alto sax solo on Steely Dan's "Doctor Wu," from their critically acclaimed 1975 album Katy Lied. The Armadillo World Headquarters (usually called simply The Armadillo) was the premiere music hall and entertainment center in Austin, Texas between 1970 and 1980. ... For popular forms of music in general, see Popular music. ... Just the Way You Are is a love song from Billy Joels 1977 pop rock album, The Stranger. ... Originally released in March 1975, Katy Lied was the fourth album to be released by rock group Steely Dan. ...

Woods' recordings have been nominated for seven Grammy awards and have won four of them. Grammy Award statuette The Grammy Awards, presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music...

Phil Woods married Chan Parker, the widow of Charlie Parker, and was step-father to Parker's daughter, Kim, and his son, Baird. Chan Parker (born Chan Richardson) is best known as the common-law wife of jazz legend Charlie Parker. ... Charles Bird Parker, Jr. ...

Woods, along with Rick Chamberlain and Ed Joubert founded the organization Celebration of the Arts (COTA) in 1978 late one night in the bar at the Deerhead Inn in Delaware Water Gap. The organization would eventually become the Delaware Water Gap Celebration of the Arts. Their initial goal was to help foster an appreciation of jazz and its relationship to other artistic disciplines. Each year, the organization hosts the Celebration of the Arts Festival in the town of Delaware Water Gap in September. Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... Delaware Water Gap is a borough located in Monroe County, Pennsylvania. ... Image:COTA stage. ... Delaware Water Gap is a borough located in Monroe County, Pennsylvania. ...


  • Gonzalez, Henry (1990). The Armadillo Years: A Visual History
  • Nisenson, Eric (1996). Round About Midnight — A Portrait of Miles Davis (2nd ed.). Da Capo: Printing Press. ISBN 0-306-80684-3.

External links

  • Official site

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The Official Phil Woods Web Site - Reviews (7729 words)
Woods carries the lion's share of the solos, and while the rhythm section is competent, the reeds and brass have problems consistently staying in tune on several of the songs.
Phil Woods has recorded with many different musicians for the Philology label, but this meeting with the Big Bang Orchestra, led by Mario Raja, had to overcome the lack of suitable studios to come to fruition, finally ending up in an empty disco that was closed to the public.
Phil Woods and Quincy Jones have shared a personal friendship and musical camaraderie for almost half a century, and Woods' newest album, This Is How I Feel About Quincy, is neither a spurious nor spur-of-the-moment homage but one whose sincerity is as clear as its meticulous planning and execution.
Phil Woods - Music Downloads - Online (564 words)
Woods' first alto was left to him by an uncle, and he started playing seriously when he was 12.
Woods studied with Lennie Tristano, at the Manhattan School of Music, and at Juilliard, where he majored in clarinet.
Woods contributed the famous alto solo to Billy Joel's hit recording of "Just the Way You Are" and has been one of Michel Legrand's favorite artists, guesting with Legrand on an occasional basis; he has made dozens of rewarding recordings himself through the years.
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