Josef Woodard

Josef’s Contributions

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05/09/14    Concerts

Festival Review: jazzahead!, in Bremen, Germany

European innovation at the fore

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11/12/13    Concerts

Review: The 2013 Umeå Jazz Festival

At 45, one of Europe's most durable and diverse festivals

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09/28/13    Concerts

Review: The Monterey Jazz Festival, 2013

The venerable institution still balances tradition and daring

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09/24/13    Concerts

Review: Guelph Jazz Festival, Ontario, September 4-28, 2013

Canadian event celebrates its 20th in high and heady style

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09/05/13    Concerts

Concert Review: Wayne Shorter Quartet at the Hollywood Bowl, 8-28-13

At 80, the enigmatic giant is still looking forward

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04/04/13    Concerts

Review: Vossa Jazz Festival, Norway, March 22-24

Scandinavian jazz culture showcased in a small-town atmosphere

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02/15/13    Concerts

Concert Review: Wayne Shorter Quartet and the LA Phil, 2-9-13

Esperanza Spalding helps unveil a new epic piece in L.A.

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09/26/12    Concerts

Review: Monterey Jazz Festival 2012

55th annual event featured an all-star lineup

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09/11/12    Features

Five Years Beyond: Musicians Reflect on 9/11

For many in the jazz community, the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks hit close to home. Several people, including Sonny Rollins and Vijay Iyer, relied on music to help make sense of the tragedy. Josef Woodard spoke with various musicians about their memories of...

12/01/11    Concerts

Keith Jarrett Trio at UCLA Royce Hall, 10-26-11

The "Standards Trio" plays it straight, more or less

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09/23/11    Concerts

Monterey Jazz Festival 2011

A full menu highlighted by Sonny Rollins, Terence Blanchard, Hiromi, Steve Coleman and more

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09/17/11    Concerts

Guelph Jazz Festival & Colloquium

Henry Threadgill and other avant-masters rule at this Canadian marathon

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04/24/11    Concerts

Jazz Nordic Style at Vossa Jazz Festival

Josef Woodard reviews jazz festival held in Vossa, Norway, on April 15-17, 2011

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April 2011    Albums

Lágrimas Mexicanas
Vinicius Cantuária & Bill Frisell

This sometimes intoxicating collaboration between mild-mannered guitar hero Bill Frisell and guitarist-singer Vinicius Cantuária, a Brazilian living in Brooklyn, might come as a surprise for anyone following Frisell’s discography. Then again, it might not...

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April 2011    Albums

Pursuit of Radical Rhapsody
Al Di Meola

Josef Woodard reviews latest album from guitarist Al Di Meola

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December 2010    Albums

The Rub and Spare Change
Michael Formanek

While alto-sax firebrand Tim Berne hasn’t officially recorded as a leader for ECM, he has been slipping in the side door in provocative ways in recent years. David Torn’s Cloud About Mercury was essentially a more ambient reworking of Berne’s Science Friction...

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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.