124 W. Broadway Eugene Or.
Roger Woods returns tor only the second time to perform at The Jazz Station, joined by Portland’s Dan Gaynor on keyboards and Ed Pierce on drums.
Tonight’s performance will focus on organ trio aspects of two saxophone giants.
Sonny Stitt and Stanley Turrentine, two of the greatest saxophonist in Jazz history, are also two of the most under-appreciated saxophonists. Both had a major influence on many better-known, great saxophonists, including John Coltrane, Michael Brecker, and John Jenkins, to name a few.
What’s also under-appreciated is the period that both Sonny Stitt and Stanley Turrentine spent performing in classic organ trios (saxophone, organ and drums) during the late 50′s and much of the 60′s. The organ players that both Stitt and Turrentine used in their groups, Don Pattern and Shirley Scott, respectively, were also under-appreciated during their careers.
ABOUT ROGER WOODS
Roger Woods, saxophonist, composer and arranger, is a performance artist who hails from Baltimore, MD and currently resides in Eugene, OR. He attended Howard University in Washington, DC (from 1979-1982) where he attended college mates with noted Trumpeter Wallace Roney, saxophonists Greg Osby and Gary Thomas, and drummer Winard Harper.
While living in Washington, DC (1980-1997), Roger performed with many Jazz musicians, including Freddie Hubbard, Sonny Stitt (in Baltimore actually), Pepper Adams, James Williams, and other top local musicians.
Since moving to Oregon in late 1997, Roger has performed primarily in Portland with many of that city’s top jazz players. From 2002-2004, he co-led a nine piece group, The St. James/Woods Nonet, with Portland bassist Andre St. James. That group performed music of John Coltrane, Cedar Walton, George Gershwin, and others, as well as original arrangements and compositions by Roger and other band members.
Woods has also been a featured performer with the Alan Jones Trio and Quartet, the Andre St. James Quintet and his own small groups, featuring pianists Randy Porter and Dan Gaynor, Bassist Andre St. James, drummer Ed Pierce, and others. He has performed in venues such as The Blue Monk, Jimmy Mak’s, the Cathedral Park Jazz Festival, and on Portland’s KHMD’s “Homegrown Jazz.”