Tomorrow Debut of Natalie Wood Plays Roland Kirk

Natalie_wood_plays_roland_kirkThursday I and Natalie Scharf and Natalie Lande will debut our new group “Natalie Wood Plays Roland Kirk” (I’m the wood) at the Constellation Chicago at 3111 N Western Avenue at 9:30 PM. There is a $10 Cover. See you there.

We are excited to play with our great rhythm section; Brian O’Hern – piano, Matt Furguson – bass, and Mike Schlick – drums ! We are playing some great tunes like  No Tonic Press, Black and Crazy Blues, A Handful of Fives and Stompin’ Grounds.



Bob Dogan Quintet at the Jazz Showcase April 2nd – 5th

FE_Bob-Dogan2_Bill-KlewitzHope you can catch us at the Showcase on the first weekend in April. It’s always great to play with jazz veteran pianist , Bob Dogan and the guys !

Here are two links to articles written about Bob’s quintet the last time we played at the Showcase.


Neil Tesser Article

Howard Reich Article

At the Jazz Showcase with Morris in April

I’ll be performing 2 shows on Tues. April 7 and 14 at the Jazz Showcase in a tribute to Oscar Brown jr.


Women in Jazz

juli_women_jazz_oak_park1Women in Jazz is a weekly series in the month of March in Oak Park. It was so wonderful to be able to showcase my own work, Goofy Blues, Pessoa, Salty Waltz and to perform Kelly Brand’s Fall Spring, Yellow Blues, and Bitter Blew the Winds of March, as it doesn’t happen that often. So often when performing, especially in clubs and restaurants, we showcase jazz standards. The opportunity to be able to highlight our own work as women was something specjuli_women_jazz_oak_park2ial. Thanks to the Linda Solitaire of True Muse productions and Open Door Theatre.

SHE- An all Female Jazz Band

SHE_Jazz_ShowcaseLed by Bobbi Wilsyn, vocalist, Audrey Morrison trombone, Juli Wood sax, Kelly Brand piano, Katie Ernst, bass, Sarah Allen Drums.

At the Jazz Showcase, for the Chi-town Jazz Fest that was for Catholic Charities. John Moulder guitarist and priest started this fest a few years ago and we donate our time and the proceeds go to Catholic Charities. Always a worthy event.

What a great set for an enthusiastic audience of jazz lovers. We played my original tune Two Buck Chuck, however, the drinks at the Showcase were $10 bucks. 🙂

It is a shame that SHE only gets a chance a couple times a year to perform. Such a group of talented women!

Ladies let’s do this more often!

Jammin’ at Room 43

Howard Reich wrote ;
Saalik Ziyad is best known in Chicago for his work with experimental artists, particularly those of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM). Indeed, Ziyad improvised compellingly alongside his father, Taalib-Din Ziyad, and the AACM’s Great Black Music Ensemble at the Englewood Jazz Festival in 2013.
But Ziyad also can convey the essence of a romantic ballad quite well, as he proved during the Chicago Jazz Festival in 2012. Duetting with Chicago singer Sarah Marie Young in the venerable “Teach Me Tonight,” Ziyad’s plush lines persuaded Young to temporarily desist from the screaming that marked much of the rest of her set, no small feat.
Ziyad will sing a tribute to Johnny Hartman with saxophonist Juli Wood’s Chicago Calling band, featuring pianist Leandro Lopez Varady, bassist Harrison Bankhead and drummer Avreeayl Ra, 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Sunday in a session presented by the non-profit Hyde Park Jazz Society at Room 43, 1043 E. 43d St.; $10;