Section Navigation

Jazz saxophonist Phil Woods performs Oct. 14 at Appalachian

BOONE—Award-winning jazz saxophonist Phil Woods will perform Tuesday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m. at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts at Appalachian State University.

View larger image

Woods will be joined by jazz faculty and Jazz Ensemble I from the Hayes School of Music. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for the general public and are available at the Schaefer Center box office and online at

A Yamaha artist, Woods has been nominated for seven Grammy Awards and has won four.

He also is known for his alto sax solo on Billy Joel’s “Just the Way You Are,” Steely Dan’s “Doctor Wu” from the “Katy Lied” album and Paul Simon’s “Have a Good Time” from the album “Still Crazy After All These Years.”

Performing since the mid-1950s, Woods worked with the late Benny Goodman, Buddy Rich and Dizzy Gillespie and with Quincy Jones, Thelonious Monk, Michel Legrand, Tony Bennett and Carly Simon.

The Oct. 14 program will be chosen from the following:

  • “Not you again” by John Scofield
  • “Wee” by Denzil Best
  • “Children of the Night” by Wayne Shorter
  • “Souvenir” by Benny Carter
  • “Pairing Off,” “My Man Benny,” “And it Was Nowhere” and “Bop’n Bob Don’t Stop” by Phil Woods

About Phil Woods

Woods began saxophone lessons at age 12 with Harvey LaRose in Springfield, Massachusetts. After graduating from high school at age 16, he went to New York City and spent one summer at the Manhattan School of Music and four years at Juilliard Conservatory. His first influences were Benny Carter, Johnny Hodges and Charlie Parker.

In the ’50s and ’60s, Woods performed with his own working bands; some co-led by alto saxophonist Gene Quill. In the mid-50s, Quincy Jones hired Woods to play lead alto in the big band that Dizzy Gillespie took to the Middle East for the State Department. In 1959, Jones hired Woods for the musical show “Free and Easy,” which ended in Europe. The band stayed on the tour there for a year.

In 1968, Woods moved to Europe where he formed the European Rhythm Machine. Together, the band played around world until 1973 when he returned to the United States. After a brief stay in Los Angeles, Woods returned 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 20 years later.

Woods received an honorary Doctorate of Letters Degree from East Stroudsburg University and honorary doctorate degree from DePaul University. He is a 1994 inductee into The America Jazz Hall of Fame and a 2007 National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master.