“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 Festival
Juli Woods - saxophone
Leandro Lopez Varady - piano
Harrison Bankhead - bass
Avreeayl Ra - drums
For the past twenty years with four albums as a leader, several studio projects as a side man, and countless worldwide performances, saxophonist, vocalist and composer Juli Wood has established herself as a soli, swinging, lyrical and entertaining performer on Chicago’s music scene.
Juli has played many jazz clubs and festivals nationally and internationally; Chicago Jazz Fest, Hyde Park Jazz Fest, Milwaukee’s Summeriest, Chicago’s main jazz clubs – Jazz Showcase, Green Mill, Andy’s and Katerina’s. Skansen Jazz and Blues (Stockholm , Sweden), Pori Jazz Fest (Finland), Bent J’s club (Aarhus, Denmark), Storyville (Helsinki Finland), Arlandia Jazz Fest (Aaland Islands, Finland) to name a few.
Juli is in the tradition of saxophonists who were also great vocalists; Cleanhead Vincent, Eddie Harris, and Louis Jordan. Never has that been more apparent than in “5 4 3 2 1 Juli Wood,” her latest recording and most ambitious project to date.