Really had fun with these great players in Baltimore. Tom Williams – trumpet, Lenny Robinson-drums, Tim Murphy – piano, Geoff Harper-bass. Here’s a review of the gig from an enthusiastic jazz fan, Mr Gregory Lewis.
Great write up in the Chicago Tribune. This is a great band !! We play the amazing music of jazz genius , Rahsaan Roland Kirk !! Natalie Lande – saxes and flute, Natalie Scharf – saxes and flute, Juli Wood – saxes, flute and vocals, Brian O’Hern – piano, Matt Furguson – bass, Mike Schlick – drums Shows at 8:00 and 10:00 nightly. Also child friendly matinee on Sunday at 4:00 pm.
Great performance at Millennium Park on August 27th. Even better write up in the Chicago Tribune.
Check out what the Chicago Reader had to say about my new album!
Chicago saxophonist Juli Wood is clearly a fan of that Farmer album as well. Today is the release date of an impressive quartet album called Synkkä Metsä(OA2)—the title is Finnish for “dark forest”—which was inspired by the Farmer album. The mixture of Finnish, Karelian, and Aland Islands traditional songs are probably more ingrained in Wood’s makeup than those Swedish melodies were for Farmer, though—her grandparents were all Finnish immigrants.
Chicago’s Juli Wood—who plays multiple reeds, but sticks to the tenor saxophone here—explores her Finnish heritage on Synkka Metsa, a collection of Finnish folk songs. Inspired by trumpeter Art Farmer’s Scandinavian foray, To Sweden with Love (Atlantic Records, 1964), that featured quartet with Jim Hall on guitar, Wood employes her own quartet here, with bassist Clark Sommers sitting in on bass, Alejandro Urzagaste on guitar and Mike Schlick on drums.
Got a nice review for my CD ” 5 4 3 2 1 ” in the Chicago Jazz mag.
See what the Chicago Tribune said about “Chicago Calling”
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