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Phil Woods

Phil Woods

 

 

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BIOGRAPHY & SELECTED DISCOGRAPHY


EDUCATION

Studied with Harvey LaRose in Springfield, Massachusetts

Studied with Lennie Tristano in New York City

One semester at Manhattan School of Music (1948)

Juilliard Conservatory (1948-1952)

 


PERSONAL APPEARANCES

(WITH BANDS, AS FEATURED PERFORMER AND WITH OWN GROUP - A PARTIAL LIST

Charlie Barnet Orchestra
Claude Thornhill
Benny Goodman
Buddy Rich Band
Phil and Quill
Quincy Jones
Thelonious Monk
Gerry Mulligan Concert Band
Oliver Nelson
Clark Terry Big Bad Band (co-founder)
The European Rhythm Machine
(his European Group from 1968-1973)
Michel Legrand
Dizzy Gillespie/Phil Woods All-Stars
Philip Morris Superband
The Phil Woods Quartet (1974-1983)
The Phil Woods Quintet
featuring Brian Lynch, Bill Mays, Steve Gilmore, Bill Goodwin
(current working group: 1983 - present)

 


RECORDINGS WITH OTHERS

(A PARTIAL LIST - PLEASE REFER TO DISCOGRAPHY FOR COMPLETE DISCOGRAPHY)

Quincy Jones

STOCKHOLM SWEETENIN'; BIRTH OF A BAND; GREAT WIDE WORLD OF...; and several others

Dizzy Gillespie
WORLD STATESMAN; DIZZY IN GREECE; LIVE FROM BIRDLAND; and several others

Clark Terry
HAPPY HORNS; DEFINITIVE JAZZ SCENE; WHAT MAKES SAMMY SWING; and several others

Michel Legrand
LEGRAND JAZZ; LIVE AT JIMMY'S; IMAGES

John Lewis
ORCHESTRA U.S.A

Hank Jones
HAPPENINGS

Thelonious Monk
MONK AT TOWN HALL; STRAIGHT, NO CHASER

Manny Albam
THE BLUES IS EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS

Neal Hefti
PARDON MY DO-WAH

George Russell
NEW YORK, NY

Clark Terry & Ben Webster
HAPPY FACES

Oliver Nelson
FULL NELSON; MORE BLUES & THE ABSTRACT TRUTH; THE KENNEDY DREAM; and several others

Bill Potts
THE JAZZ SOUL OF PORGY & BESS

George Wallington
JAZZ FOR THE CARRIAGE TRADE

Bob Brookmeyer
GLOOMY SUNDAY AND OTHER BRIGHT MOMENTS

Sonny Rollins
ALFIE

Benny Carter
FURTHER DEFINITIONS; MY MAN BENNY, MY MAN PHIL; ANOTHER TIME, ANOTHER PLACE

Morgana King
WITH A TASTE OF HONEY

Billy Joel
JUST THE WAY YOU ARE

Stephane Grappelli
MASTERS SESSION, VOL. 1

Steely Dan
DR. WU

Paul Simon
HAVE A GOOD TIME

Carly Simon
TORCH

Bill Evans
SYMBIOSIS

Lena Horne
A NEW ALBUM

American Jazz Philharmonic
AMERICAN JAZZ PHILHARMONIC
(Grammy Nominee: Best Jazz Instrumental Solo 1994)

Patrick Williams and His Big Band
SINATRALAND

Tony Bennett
THE ART OF ROMANCE

Bill Charlap
PLAYS GERSHWIN: THE AMERICAN SOUL

Grace Kelly
MAN WITH THE HAT (Pazz 18-11)

Also, Phil Woods has been featured on the sound track scores of THE HUSTLER, BLOW-UP, TWELVE ANGRY MEN, BOY IN A TREE and IT'S MY TURN


RECORDINGS AS FEATURED ARTIST AND WITH OWN GROUPS

(A PARTIAL LIST - PLEASE REFER TO DISCOGRAPHY FOR COMPLETE DISCOGRAPHY)

PAIRING OFF
with Donald Byrd and Kenny Dorham

Phil and Quill (three albums)
with Gene Quill

SUGAN
with Red Garland

EARLY QUINTETS; POT PIE; WOODLORE;
WARM WOODS; RIGHTS OF SWING

The European Rhythm Machine (six albums)
including AT THE FRANKFURT JAZZ FESTIVAL
(Grammy Nominee - 1972: Best Jazz Performance by a Soloist & Best Jazz Performance by a Group)

IMAGES
with Michel Legrand
(Grammy Winner - 1976: Best Jazz Performance, Big Band)

THE PHIL WOODS SIX LIVE FROM THE SHOWBOAT
(Grammy Winner - 1977: Best Instrumental Jazz Performance, Group)

I REMEMBER
featuring The Phil Woods Quartet (1979)

MORE LIVE
(Grammy Winner - 1982: Best Instrumental Jazz Performance, Group)

AT THE VILLAGE VANGUARD
by The Phil Woods Quartet
(Grammy Winner - 1983: Best Instrumental
Jazz Performance, Group; Winner Grand Prix du Disc, France)

DIZZY GILLESPIE MEETS THE PHIL WOODS QUINTET

HERE'S TO MY LADY
with Tommy Flanagan, George Mraz, Kenny Washington

ALL BIRD'S CHILDREN
by The Phil Woods Quintet

REAL LIFE
by Phil Woods' Little Big Band

FLOWERS FOR HODGES
by Phil Woods & Jim McNeely

THE PHIL WOODS QUARTET/QUINTET
20th ANNIVERSARY ALBUM
(Mosaic MD5-159 & MQ5-159)

AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER
The Phil Woods Quintet

THE PHIL WOODS QUINTET PLAYS
THE MUSIC OF JIM McNEELY

ANOTHER TIME, ANOTHER PLACE
with Benny Carter

ASTOR & ELIS

MILE HIGH JAZZ
by The Phil Woods Quintet

CELEBRATION
by Phil Woods and the Festival Orchestra
(Grammy Nominee - 1997: Best Large Ensemble Jazz Performance)

THE REV & I
by Phil Woods with special guest Johnny Griffin

VOYAGE
by Phil Woods with the Bill Charlap Trio

GIANTS AT PLAY; GIANTS AT WORK SET 1
by Phil Woods and John Coates, Jr.

PLAY HENRY MANCINI
Phil Woods and Carl Saunders

THIS IS HOW I FEEL ABOUT QUINCY
Phil Woods' Little Big Band Plus

IN HER EYES; LIVE AT THE JAZZ SHOWCASE
Bob Lark/Phil Woods Quintet

AMERICAN SONGBOOK AND AMERICAN SONGBOOK II
Phil Woods Quintet

THE CHILDREN'S SUITE
Inspired by the poetry of A. A. Milne



AWARDS

New Star Award (alto sax): 1956
down beat Magazine

Playboy Poll: 1972

down beat Magazine Talent Deserving of Wider Recognition (clarinet): 1963

down beat Magazine Critics' Poll Winner (alto saxophone): 1975-1979,
1981-1985, 1988-1990, 1992, 1996-2001, 2008

down beat Magazine Readers' Poll Winner (alto saxophone):
1975-1995, 2000-2008, 2011

down beat Magazine Critics' Poll Winners (Phil Woods Quintet):
1988-1991

down beat Magazine Readers' Poll Winners (Phil Woods Quintet):
1985, 1988-1989, 1991

Leonard Feather's Golden Feather Award
(Phil Woods Quintet): 1985

Grammy Award for IMAGES with Michel Legrand: 1976

Grammy Award for The Phil Woods Six, Live from the Showboat: 1977

Grammy Award for More Live
by The Phil Woods Quartet: 1982

Grammy Award for At The Vanguard
by The Phil Woods Quartet: 1983

Grammy Award Nominations as soloist and/or group: 1971, 1980, 1994 (Big Band)

National Association of Jazz Educators Poll Winner (alto saxophone): 1987

National Association of Jazz Educators Poll Winners (Phil Woods Quintet): 1987

Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters, France: 1989

Jazz Times Readers' Poll (Phil Woods Quintet)
(tied with the Modern Jazz Quartet and Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers 1990; winners 1991)

East Stroudsburg University Honorary Doctor of Letters Degree: 1994

Induction into the American Jazz Hall of Fame: 1994

Induction into Omicron Kappa Delta: 1997

Beacons in Jazz Award: 2001

Jazz Times Readers' Poll (alto saxophone):
1990-1995, 2004-2006, 2008

Swing Journal Readers' Poll (alto saxophone): 2004

Jazz Journalists Association Jazz Awards
(Alto Saxophonist of the Year) 2005 - 2006

National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Fellowship: 2007

President's Merit Award from the Grammy Foundation: 2007

Kennedy Center Living Legends in Jazz Award: 2007

Governor's Awards for the Arts - Creative Community Award (with COTA): 2008

DePaul University Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree: 2009



COMPOSITIONS

Three Improvisations (Saxophone Quartet)
performed and recorded by The New York Saxophone Quartet, Quatuor de Saxophones de Montreal, Quator Gabriel Pierne and others.

Sonata for Alto and Piano (Four Moods)
performed and recorded by Victor Morosco, Neal Ramsey and others.

Rights of Swing

The Sun Suite
written under a grant from The National Endowment for the Arts - 1974

I Remember
a group of remembrances of great jazz musicians.

Deer Head Sketches
performed by the New York Saxophone Quartet and others

Piece for Piazzolla
written for the occasion of East Stroudsburg University Commencement
May 21, 1994

Fill the Woods with Light (formerly Triads)
commissioned by the American Dance Festival and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts through the Doris Duke Millennium awards for Modern Dance & Jazz Music Collaborations, with additional funding from the National Endowment for the Arts (for the David Parsons Dance Company) - 1997

The Children's Suite
(inspired by the poems of A. A. Milne from "Now We Are Six")

Phil Woods has also composed more than 200 additional songs, instrumental pieces and arrangements.



CURRENTLY

Residing in Monroe County, Pennsylvania since 1974, Phil Woods is a founder and advisory board member of the Delaware Water Gap Celebration Of The Arts ("C.O.T.A." founded in 1978), Co-Director of COTA CampJazz (with Richard Chamberlain), is a member of the Board of Directors of the Al Cohn Memorial Jazz Collection (at East Stroudsburg University), the East Stroudsburg University Regional Jazz Coalition, and has participated and/or directed numerous benefits and fund-raisers over the years for the Delaware Water Gap Fire Department in particular and worthy causes in general. He is active as a bandleader, composer, arranger and soloist worldwide, and at his home in Delaware Water Gap where he has lived since 1976.
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