Joe Woodard (USA)

Josef Woodard is a longtime journalist-critic on jazz, other genres of music and other disciplines in the arts. Though based in Santa Barbara, Calif., her often travels internationally to cover jazz festivals. He has written for DownBeat and the Los Angeles Times for many years, and a list of publications include Jazz Times, Jazziz, Cadence, All About Jazz, Entertainment Weekly, Opera Now, Artweek, and various newspapers. He won an ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for stories in Jazz Times. He has penned many album liner notes, and has two books published, to date, on Charles Lloyd (A Wild Blatant Truth, 2016) and Charlie Haden (Conversations with Charlie Haden, 2017), published by Silman-James Press, as well as the chapter “ECM and U.S. Jazz,” for Horizons Touched: The Music of ECM (Granta) (2007).

Joe Woodard (USA)

Feature stories and music, film and art criticism for:

Los Angeles Times (1990-2015), Entertainment Weekly, Down Beat (1988-present), Santa Barbara Independent and Santa Barbara News-Press, Artweek, Musician, Rolling Stone, Option, Launch, Jazz Times (World Music column, “Spheres”), Jazziz (column, “Fission”), Jazz Hot (French magazine), High Performance, Visions, Santa Barbara Magazine, and others;1980 to present. 

Books:

Biographies of Charles Lloyd (A Wild Blatant Truth, 2016) and Charlie Haden (Conversations with Charlie Haden, 2017), published by Silman-James Press.

Wrote the chapter “ECM and U.S. Jazz,” for Horizons Touched: The Music of ECM (Granta) (2007)

Biographical essay in art book on Symeon Shimin (Mercury Press, 2019)

Musical Experience:

Running the independent “regional, eclectic” label, Household Ink Records. Recorded CDs with original groups Headless Household, flapping, Flapping, Dudley, Lean-To and other projects. Composed musical for the original musical, Turnip Family Secrets.

Discography:

Jumpspace (Discovery), 1983; guitarist-songwriter

Headless Household (all albums on Household Ink), guitarist-songwriter

Headless Household, 1987, vinyl

Inside/Outside USA, 1993

Items, 1996

Free Associations, 1998

Mockhausen, 2000

post-Polka, 2003

Blur Joan, 2006

Basemento, 2010 (double album)

Balladismo, 2015

flapping, Flapping, FLAPPING, TEX (Household Ink), 1995; guitarist, songwriter,  vocalist

                     Montgomery Street, (Household Ink), 1996

                     seeyoutonite, 2019

Joe Woodard, Between (Household Ink), 2002; singer-songwriter, guitarist

Dudley, Public Nudism, 1994; guitarist

Are Our Oars Out? (Household Ink), 1995; guitarist

doin’ jack (Household Ink), 1998; guitarist

Lean-To, Malarchitecture (Household Ink), 1998; guitarist-composer 

Steal Big, Steal Little Soundtrack, 1995; guitarist

Flora Purim, Speed of Light (B+W), 1995; guitarist on "O Canto Da Sereia" 

Performances:

Various concerts with Headless Household, including as part of the Olympic Arts Festival, 1984, and 20 concerts at the Center Stage Theater in Santa Barbara starting in 1990, and at Alligator Lounge in Santa Monica in July, 1995, Knitting Factory in Hollywood, 2003

Work with assorted groups, including Lucinda Lane, Lean-To, Dudley, flapping, Flapping, FLAPPING, Cutting Room, and the Avant Gardeners

Improvising guitar soloist on Paul Lansky's Dancetracks, part of the Ensemble for Contemporary Music concert at UCSB, November 7, 1995

Performed the improvised original piece “Guitarchitecture” at Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, as part of “End of Standard Time” three-person performance, 1994

Improvised performance at Contemporary Arts Forum, with guitarist Ted Killian and percussionist John Bergamo, April, 1994

 

 

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