“Saxophonist Juli Wood and her “Chicago Calling” really know how to speak to its audience. Completed by pianist Leandro Lopez Varady, bassist Harrison Bankhead, and drummer/percussionist Avreeyal Ra, Juli’s homage to Chicago musicians presents some of Chicago’s best musicians playing some of the coolest sounds to have come out of Chicago.”
Judith Stein – HYDE PARK JAZZ SOCIETY,
CHICAGO JAZZ INSTITUTE & HYDE PARK JAZZ FEST
Wood, after all, owns a big and burly tone on tenor, her husky sound, deep rhythmic accents and prolific phrasemaking consistently commanding attention.
– Howard Reich, CHICAGO TRIBUNE please read the article. . .
One of the pleasures of attending the Chicago Jazz Festival over Labor Day weekend each year is being able to hear the bevy of local players who make up the windy city jazz scene. Last year’s treat was Juli Wood, a gutsy tenor and baritone saxophonist who also sings with the earthy gusto of an R&B diva filtered through a hard bop sensibility.
– Bill Milkowski, JAZZTIMES
Innovative and Traditional (review of the 2007 Arlandia Jazz Festival )
A really positive surprise was Juli Wood, who showed she was a superb saxophonist with a taste for long blues-drenched solos and a sterling feeling for tradition and what great saxophonists from the past have done. She wove her own straight forward statements from the horn with a great deal of heart and a real heaping helping of soul. She sings with great heart and her voice sounds deep and African-American.
– Jan-Erik Holmberg, HUFVUDSTADSBLADET/HELSINKI (Jul 30, 2007)
At first glance, Wood , an affable sort, doesn’t strike one as the feisty saxist she is. In this world where labels take a strong hold of peoples’ predetermined images like a gripping vice, it’s awfully good to know that there are people like Juli Wood… Wood’s playing that night at Andy’s made believers out of the packed house.
– Lofton Emenari III, CHICAGO WEEKEND NEWSPAPER
For music of a higher distinction, stick with sax ma’ am Juli Wood. This rhythmic quintet specializes in straight-ahead classic jazz from the Blue Note bible of bop…
– MINNEAPOLIS CITY PAGES
Saxophonist Juli Wood now fronts her own jazz group, playing and singing with startling gusto and soul…
– Tom Surowitz, TWIN CITIES READER
” The band was great and you amazed me, especially on alto. But you know I’m E-flat. I hope to see you soon again.”
– Chan Parker, Charlie Parker’s widow
Juli Wood didn’t invent the idea of the singing saxophonist but she works hard to uphold the tradition.
– Neil Tesser, AUTHOR-PLAYBOY GUIDE TO JAZZ – CHICAGO READER
“Thanks so much for sending the CD, ( Movin’ and Groovin’ The Juli Wood Quintet ). I’ve been digging it the past few days, and as I am a fan of both Mel Rhyne and Mike Plogand now of yours- it’s been a pleasure. ”
– Ben Sidran, GO JAZZ
Juli’s not only a talented saxophonist and vocalist, she’s proven to be a band leader who enjoys the hell out of making music, and she has a knack for inspiring others to do the same.
– Carol Klein, HOST OF JAZZ IMPRESSIONS WMSE FM
“At these festivals, the first act just starts burning down the house right away!” “Yeah! Mel Rhyne is quite an organist and you know Juli Wood is not short stopping there. There’s not a lot of women I’ve seen playing baritone saxophone, and she’s very good at it!”
– Chris Heim and Richard Steele – HOSTS OF THE WBEZ