The Tony Woods Project
LONDON Lauderdale House
The Tony Woods Project has been one of the most original and accessible bands on the British scene for over 20 years, performing the ever fresh compositions of its leader whose stunning jazz saxophone is underpinned by strong English roots.
The Tony Woods Project has toured the UK many times with the support of Jazz Services, and has performed at numerous jazz festivals including Swanage, Richmond, Ealing, Manchester, Croydon, Ascot, Teignmouth and London venues including the Vortex, Pizza Express Dean St., The Crypt, the 606 Club, and Lauderdale House. The Project has had frequent air play on BBC Radio 3, Jazz FM, UK Jazz Radio and has released four albums (High Seas-FMR- in 1997, Lowlands-Basho in 2004, Wind Shadows-33 Records-in 2009 and Hidden Fires-Marquetry Records- in 2017) all of which have received great reviews.
The albums all feature melodic, folk inspired, quirky and uplifting compositions from Tony Wood and exciting solos from the whole band. One aspect of the music is the way collective improvisations (reminiscent of early forms of jazz where the instrumentalists weaved their lines around each other) are incorporated into bigger structures. The band features Mike Outram on guitar and Milo Fell on drums, and long time associates Robert Millett on vibes and Andy Hamill on bass, all of whom play with wonderful group empathy and respect for each other and the music.