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Juli Wood Quintet

Juli Wood Quintet

  • Festival Performance Date: Sunday, September 1, 2013
  • Festival Performance Time: 1:10 – 2:05pm
  • Festival Performance Location / Address: Millennium Park - Von Freeman Pavilion (South Promenade), 201 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601

"5 4 3 2 1 " is the new CD from Juli Wood out in 2012. This new project features some of Chicago's finest musicians grouped as quintet, quartet, trio, duo, and solo saxophone. Juli is featured on alto, tenor, and bari saxes and vocals ! The CD contains hard bop swinging arrangements of " Without a Song " and " Full Moon and Empty Arms "; Juli's soulful vocal renditions of Bobby Timmons' " Moanin' " and standards, " Bye Bye Blackbird " and " You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To "; Juli's original tunes - " Pessoa ", " Goofy Blues ", "2 Buck Chuck" and "From Moscow to Buenos Aires "; also some great tunes from Thelonious Monk, " Ask Me Now ", " Played Twice " and " Light Blue ". The CD is available at CDBaby.com

"5 4 3 2 1 " is the new CD from Juli Wood out in 2012. This new project features some of Chicago's finest musicians grouped as quintet, quartet, trio, duo, and solo saxophone. Juli is featured on alto, tenor, and bari saxes and vocals ! The CD contains hard bop swinging arrangements of " Without a Song " and " Full Moon and Empty Arms "; Juli's soulful vocal renditions of Bobby Timmons' " Moanin' " and standards, " Bye Bye Blackbird " and " You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To "; Juli's original tunes - " Pessoa ", " Goofy Blues ", "2 Buck Chuck" and "From Moscow to Buenos Aires "; also some great tunes from Thelonious Monk, " Ask Me Now ", " Played Twice " and " Light Blue ". The CD is available at CDBaby.com

Wood has been blessed with the opportunity to make music her passion and her life for the last 25 years. Juli plays alto, tenor, and baritone saxes, and she loves to sing !She has been lucky enough to play with some great jazz veterans including Melvin Rhyne, Earma Thompson, Jodie Christian, Ira Sullivan, Barry Harris, and Ted Curson. She has entertained around the world at jazz festivals and clubs. A few of her favorites were: Skansen Jazz and Blues fest in Stockholm; Pori Jazz in Finland; Bent J's club in Aarhus, Denmark; Elo Jazz and Blues in Oulu, Finland;Arlandia Jazz fest - Aland Islands;Paappa's Music Pub in Tampere and Storyville Jazz Club in Helsinki. Late night gigs in Fuengirola, Malaga, Grenada,and Barcelona in Spain were a blast ! The gigs in January 2009 on Crete and Bar Guru in Athens were fabulous ! Stateside she has played extensively throughout the midwest. Her home is now in Chicago where she has led her own groups at : Andy's, Green Mill, Room 43, Pete Miller's, and Katerina's. Juli has been featured at the Chicago Jazz Fest in her own quintet with Mel Rhyne; with Jeru, a Gerry Mulligan tribute; and with an all female jazz band, SHE. Juli played the 2010 Chicago Jazz fest with veteran Chicago jazz pianist, Jodie Christian and again in 2012 with Ken Chaney's group in a tribute to Jodie Christian. Juli's trio was featured at the 2012 Hyde Park Jazz Fest playing music from Chicago tenor greats. Juli has two more swinging CD's out. The first one features Melvin Rhyne on the organ - "Movin' and Groovin' The Juli Wood Quintet". The second one was done with Chicago's legendary pianist, Earma Thompson. This disc, "Blues for Earma Jean" features a quartet of Chicago All-Stars swinging the blues ! Both CD's are available at CD Baby.com.

For the past twenty years Juli has led a jazz quartet for the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra's ACE program ( Arts and Cultural Education ) The quartet goes into the schools and performs for third graders. They also perform classic jazz tunes at Family Night concerts in the schools. Juli is also a member of the Prohibition Orchestra. This group plays authentic arrangements of tunes from the 20's and 30's.

Lots of fun! Juli is featured in the fabulous all women jazz group - SHE, led by singer Bobbi Wilsyn. Juli also gets her soul renewed every Sunday as a member of the Christ Universal Temple Ensemble.

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