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 solid, 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 Summerfest, and Chicago's leading 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), and the" Made in Chicago" jazz festival in Poznan Poland 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.
Every year for the last twenty years, the Juli Wood Quartet has performed in elementary schools in the greater Milwaukee metropolitan area as part of the ACE (Arts in Community Education ) program run by the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. The group plays songs that the children recognize and introduces the students to jazz music's rhythms, harmonies, and melodies of jazz music. She is also involved in the mentoring program affiliated with the Jazz Institute of Chicago called" The Women's Leadership Initiative" The mentors teach workshops and host jam sessions for young women who are learning jazz improvisation skills.
Juli is now a faculty member teaching saxophone and jazz improv at the prestigious Music Institute of Chicago. She is also a teacher for the North Shore Music – Wilmette music store.
Juli has 35 years of private lesson-teaching experience. Please contact Juli for Skype, Zoom, or FaceTime lessons! Learn to work the saxophone!!