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Juli Wood Quintet: Movin’ and Groovin’

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One of the pleasures of attending the Chicago Jazz Festival over Labor Day weekend each year is being able to hear the bevy of local players who make up the Windy City jazz scene. Last year’s treat was Juli Wood, a gutsy tenor and baritone saxophonist who also sings with the earthy gusto of an r&b diva filtered through a hard bop sensibility.

On her debut as a leader, Wood is accompanied by the same band that rocked the big stage in Bryant Park in 1997-trumpeter Mike Plog, drummer Dave Bayles, percussionist Dumah Saafir and Hammond B-3 organ legend Melvin Rhyne (a member of the original Wes Montgomery trio).

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