Josef Woodard

Josef’s Contributions

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11/26/09    Concerts

JazzFest Berlin

Blue Note tributes, European masters impress at this Nils Landgren-programmed fest

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November 2009    Albums

Think Free
Ben Allison

Josef Woodard looks at how Ben Allison's newest combines pop and jazz sensibilities.

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November 2009    Albums

Double Booked
Robert Glasper

Formidable pianist Robert Glasper joins the ranks of jazz bandleaders and project-makers, alongside Christian McBride, Roy Hargrove, Stefon Harris and others, who deftly juggle acoustic “mainstream” jazz with more plugged-in and groove-lined sounds. But...

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November 2009    Albums

Emergence
Roy Hargrove

Roy Hargrove thinks big (band) on latest. Critic Josef Woodard approves.

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November 2009    Albums

Esta Plena
Miguel Zenon

Fresh off of garnering his mantelpiece-polishing Guggenheim and MacArthur awards, alto saxophonist and composer Miguel Zenón gets back down to the business of making some serious music. No, what we hear on Zenón’s impressive new project isn’t steeped in...

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10/18/09    Concerts

Big-Band Bash at the Hollywood Bowl

Roberta Gambarini shines at all-star L.A. show

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10/06/09    Concerts

Monterey Jazz Festival

Versatile programming (and a surprise Sco-Lo set) at the world’s oldest continuous jazz fest

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October 2009    Albums

Urbanus
Stefon Harris & Blackout

Stefon Harris and his group Blackout keep their jazz muse on while exploring a contemporary groove.

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09/25/09    Concerts

Angel City Jazz Festival

“West Coast jazz” means musical daring at this L.A. fest

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09/15/09    Albums

Live In Europe
Rashied Ali Quintet

The late drummer Rashied Ali was probably best known for his role as a ripe drum foil in the last, exploratory phase of John Coltrane’s career. But the fervent and imaginative drummer’s musical life went in intriguing directions and surfaced in various locales...

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09/13/09    Concerts

Corea, Clarke & White

Classic fusioneers with some very special guests

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August/September 2009    Albums

Spirit Moves
Dave Douglas & Brass Ecstasy

Dave Douglas has long shown a dominant innovator’s gene in his varied work, right down to the dizzying diversity of projects he concocts and pursues. Simultaneously, though, Douglas is prone to paying affectionate tribute to influential masters. Both instincts...

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May 2009    Albums

He and She
Wynton Marsalis

Music trumps poetry on his latest thematic project

04/17/09    Concerts

Vossa Jazz Festival

More dynamic sounds from the Land of Fjords

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April 2009    Features

Behind the Music: The Jazz Arrangers

Four master arrangers discuss their unheralded role

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April 2009    Albums

Peter Bernstein Trio
Monk

A guitarist rescues the Monk songbook from predictability

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About Josef Woodard

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Josef Woodard has covered jazz for JazzTimes and other magazines since the late 1980s, classical/contemporary music for the Los Angeles Times since 1993, opera for Opera Now, and pop and jazz for Rolling Stone, among countless other associations. At the moment, he is working on a book on Charles Lloyd. Also a guitarist, songwriter, co-owner of the 20-year-old Household Ink Records label (householdink.com) and general “situationist,” Woodard tries to maintain a balance between looking at music from the outside and burrowing into creative machinery.