Woody Witt has been an increasingly significant musical force during the past decade as a tenor-saxophonist, a composer and as an educator. Born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, Woody started on the clarinet in fourth grade, switching his focus to saxophone the following year. A professional musician from the age of 16, he studied at the University of Houston, earned a Master’s degree in Jazz Studies from the University of North Texas, and a doctorate from the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music. He has taught at Houston Community College since 2000, is an Affiliate Artist at the University of Houston, and has conducted a countless number of workshops and master classes throughout the United States, France, Romania, Germany and Asia. As a saxophonist, Woody Witt has recorded over 25 CDs as a sideman and led ten CDs of his own (Woody Witt, Square Peg Round Hole, Live at Cezanne’s, A Conversation, Willows, Seasons Ago, First Impression, Pots and Kettles, Absinthe: The Music of Billy Strayhorn and Presence). He has collaborated with such major jazz artists as trumpeters Randy Brecker, Tim Hagans and Jim Rotondi, saxophonists James Moody, David Liebman and Tim Armacost, trombonist Conrad Herwig, pianists Larry Ham, Joe LoCascio and Mark Levine, drummers Louis Hayes, Adam Nussbaum, Billy Hart, and singer Nancy King, has worked with the Houston Symphony and Houston Ballet, and has been featured on major third-stream works that blend together jazz and classical music. The winner of the 2010 Chamber Music America French American Cultural Exchange grant and the 2014 International Jazz Saxophone Competition in Taiwan, Woody is the booker and the artistic director at Houston’s top jazz club, Cezanne. Currently involved in several different group projects, Woody Witt is a consistently creative musician who is at the peak of his powers.
For Your Musical Needs
Top level professional
As an experienced musician, having performed with the Houston Symphony Orchestra (since 1996), the Houston Ballet, and countless rock, classical and jazz ensembles, Woody Witt is able to offer clients a wide range of services in many genres. Whatever your musical needs and requirements, you can count on Woody Witt to get the job done in the most efficient way. Get a taste of the Woody Witt sound, and feel free to get in touch to schedule a personal meeting.
A Musical Experience
Woody Witt loves collaborating with other musicians as well as performing solo for individuals and companies. If you’re looking for a top musician who will be a pleasure to work with on Recording Sessions, look no further. Whatever your musical need, Woody Witt is here to make sure yours are met in the most professional way.
A Distinctive Sound
You can rest assured knowing that you’ve found a top musician to work with. With an ability to bring a distinctive sound to every project they work on, you’ll love working with Woody Witt. If you’re looking for a professional musician to collaborate as part of your Music Arrangements, feel free to get in touch.
Woody with Banda Urbana
An original tune of Woody's, arranged by Aaron Lington. From a performance at EMESP with Sao Paulo's, Banda Urbana. Also featuring Daniel D'Alcantara (trumpet).
The Edge of Uncertainty
Woody with Sorin Zlat
An original composition of Woody's from a performance at Birdland (NYC) with Romanian pianist Sorin Zlat, Jim Donica (bass) and Peter Grant (drums).
Woody Witt Quartet
An original composition of Woody's, from a session with Joe LoCascio (piano), David Craig (bass) and Sebastian Whittaker (drums)
Duo with Joe LoCascio
The title track from our duo CD, "Absinthe," on the Blue Bamboo label.