RIP Phil Woods

“I have no illusions about being a genius musician. I pride myself on being a soldier, a warrior for jazz. I trained a lot of young people, and I’ve learned my lessons well. I’d like to keep the flame burning.” ~ Phil Woods


A saxophone hero of mine died today. I last saw him in 2007 when he ran a master session in Seattle, a master session full of wonderful stories of his life and guidance for the musician. We talked to him for an hour after the gig. He played my sax. He will be missed and his music will live on forever.

So this is what I’ve been listening to this evening. (Click on the picture below.) He, it, jazz … is so hawt. Play on Phil.


About Gandalfe

Just an itinerant saxophonist trying to find life between the changes. I have retired from the Corps of Engineers and Microsoft. I am an admin on the Woodwind Forum, run the Seattle Solid GOLD Big Band (formerly the Microsoft Jumpin' Jive Orchestra) a GOLD sax quartet, and enjoy time with family and friends.
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1 Response to RIP Phil Woods

  1. Tom Zappe/St Louis says:

    I had the honor of playing with Phil,learning from him, interviewing him for my radio show and also the great pleasure of just hanging out with him. He was a generous and encouraging man who understood the reality of the situation but kept on nonetheless.

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