Dr. Woody Witt is a renowned saxophonist, composer, and educator, currently based in Houston, Texas. He began his professional music career at the age of 16 and holds an impressive educational background, including a Bachelor of Music in Performance from the University of Houston, a Master’s degree in Jazz Studies from the University of North Texas, and a Doctor of Musical Arts from Moores School of Music at the University of Houston, which he obtained in 2000.
Witt is a Professor of Music at Houston Community College and serves as an Affiliate Artist and Instructor of Saxophone at the University of Houston School of Music. His contributions to music education are vast, with a multitude of workshops and master classes conducted throughout the United States, France, and Asia. Witt’s accolades include being the grand-prize winner of the Taichung International Jazz Saxophone Competition in Taiwan in 2014.
As a jazz artist, Woody Witt has made significant contributions, recording over as both a sideman and leading several CDs of his own, including “Seasons Ago.” He has collaborated with eminent jazz artists like Randy Brecker, Tim Hagans, James Moody, and David Liebman. His work with the Houston Symphony and performances with artists such as Ray Charles, Kenny Rogers, and Tony Bennett highlight his versatile musical abilities. He has also been involved in premiering new works that bridge the gap between classical and jazz genres.
His course offerings at Houston Community College cover a wide range of topics, including saxophone, improvisation, jazz history, music fundamentals, music appreciation, jazz ensemble, and small ensemble. These courses demonstrate his commitment to nurturing the next generation of musicians.
Overall, Woody Witt’s career encapsulates a deep commitment to both performance and education, making him a respected figure in the jazz community.
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