"Katie Ernst is a great bassist, composer, and lyricist, she has an uncanny ability to mix traditions... following her voice is like reading a great novel."
-- Jason Moran, Artistic Director for
Jazz at the Kennedy Center
Lloyd Sachs of the Chicago Sun Times wrote "Kelly Brand has a flowing winsome style as a pianist and an even more impressive harmonic sense as a composer. Her arrangements are both soulful and deeply involved.”
"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
Juli Wood - saxophone
Kelly Brand - piano
Katie Ernst - bass, vocals
Juli Wood - sax and vocals , Katie Ernst - bass and vocals, and Kelly Brand - piano form a dynamic trio that plays jazz standards, tunes by classic jazz composers like, Monk, Wayne Shorter, Horace Silver, Eddie Harris and some of their own compositions. Each woman is a master of her instrument and has been playing and teaching in Chicago for many years. They have all recorded with their own bands to critical acclaim. There will be lots of great CDs for sale !
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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.