Hamilton College Presents Music of Michael Woods on September 12


Hamilton College will present a concert featuring small jazz ensemble music by “Doctuh” Michael Woods on Wednesday, September 12, 9 PM at the Filius Events Barn on the Hamilton campus, 198 College Hill Road in Clinton, New York.

Bassist “Doctuh” Michael Woods will join trumpeter Jeff Stockham, vocalist Ronnie Leigh and others for a program of his original compositions for small jazz ensemble.

This concert is free and open to the public. For more information, please call the Hamilton College box office at 315-859-4331 or visit the school online at http://www.hamilton.edu/.

Associate Professor of Music “Doctuh” Michael Woods is the Director of Jazz Studies at Hamilton College.  Born in Akron, Ohio in 1952, he grew up listening to Black gospel music and rhythm and blues. Woods studied music formally at Akron University where he finished with a B.M. degree in composition. He went on to obtain two masters degrees from the Indiana University. Woods received his doctorate degree in music composition at University of Oklahoma in 1991. Woods also studied jazz arranging and film scoring at Berklee College of Music in Boston and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Arts Administration.  As a composer, Woods was awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. He has written over 500 pieces in all styles. His compositions have been performed by the Albany Symphony,  the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, the Little Rock Symphony, the Tulsa Philharmonic, the Lafayette Symphony (Indiana), the Pro Musica Orchestra (Columbus, Indiana), the Central New York Jazz Orchestra, and the Salt City Jazz Collective.

You can read more about Michael Woods and the Albany Symphony Orchestra premiere of his Places of Light in Music & Vision Daily’s feature Three Questions Before the First Night by Carson Cooman at http://www.mvdaily.com/articles/2005/12/woods.htm. You can also read a new The Whole Truth article About “Doc” Woods at http://www.jamesarts.com/releases/jan07/woods_truth.pdf and his Places of Light blog at http://www.sequenza21.com/places.html.

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