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Phil Woods

Phil Woods

1931 - 2015

Origin: United States

Main instrument: Saxophone

Genre: Jazz

Legendary saxophonist Phil Woods follows in the tradition of Charlie Parker. A talented musician, he also excels on clarinet. His career got started in New York, at the end of the 1940s. During the following decade, he worked with Charlie Barnett, Buddy Rich, and Dizzy Gillespie, among others, and formed a duo with Gene Quill. In 1954, he released his first disc as leader, and over the years would head a number of quartets and quintets, in addition to collaborating with musicians from all genres. Even though he experimented with avant-garde music at the end of the 1960s, Woods remained faithful to bop. Still going strong after 60 years in the business, he continues to tour and record with the energy and verve of a young go-getter. Man With the Hat, a collaborative effort with Grace Kelly, came out in 2011. On September 4, 2015, Woods performed a tribute to Charlie Parkerat the Manchester Craftsmen's Guild, and announced at the end of the show that he would be retiring. He died less than a month later on September 29, at the age of 83.



  • Grace Kelly with special guest Phil Woods - 2011 Concert
  • Dorothy Donegan - Phil Woods - Memories of André Ménard 1988

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