Five-time Grammy winner Phil Woods is without a doubt one of the most influential Jazz artists in history. The list of musicians and singers with whom Phil has performed and/or recorded reads like Who's Who of Jazz: Benny Goodman, Clark Terry, Bill Evans, Thelonious Monk, and Dizzy Gillespie are but a few.
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Phil Woods began saxophone lessons at age 12 with Harvey LaRose in Springfield, Massachusetts. After graduation from high school at age 16, he went to New York City and spent one summer at Manhattan School and four years at Juilliard Conservatory. “My first influences were Benny Carter, Johnny Hodges, and Charlie Parker.”
Mr. Woods is a staple at the Delaware Water Gap Celebration of the Arts Jazz Festival. He is an extremely active clinician giving workshops throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia.
In the 50’s and 60’s he performed with his own working bands, some co-led by altoist Gene Quill. In the mid-1950’s Quincy Jones hired Phil to play lead alto in the big band that Dizzy Gillespie took to the Middle East for the State Department and in 1959, Quincy himself would hire Woods in the same capacity for the musical show “Free and Easy,” which folded in Europe. The band stayed on the tour there for a year.
The list of musicians and singers with whom Phil Woods has performed and/or recorded leads like a Who’s Who of Jazz: Benny Goodman (with whom he toured the Soviet Union in 1962, again for the State Department), Benny Cater, Clark Terry (with whom he founded the “Big Bad Band” with Clark and Melba Liston), Bill Evans, Michael Legrand, Oliver Nelson, Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, and Charlie Barnet are just a few of those stars.
In 1968, Phil went to live in Europe where he formed the European Rhythm Machine. Together they played all over the world until 1973 when Woods returned to the United States. After a brief stay in Los Angeles, Phil moved back to the New York area and formed The Phil Woods Quartet (now Quintet). Two of the original members of that group, Steve Gilmore and Bill Goodwin, are still with him more than twenty years later.
The recipient of an honorary Doctorate of Letters Degree from East Stroudburg University, a 1994 inductee in The America Jazz Hall of Fame and a consistent poll winner, Phil is proudest of his accomplishments as a leader of The Phil Woods Quintet.