Steve Wood

Steve Wood started his professional training at Oakland University where he studied with Marvin “Doc” Holladay and Sam Sanders. He also studied with legendary trumpeter, Marcus Belgrave in his Jazz Development Workshop. In 1990 Steve won a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship to study with jazz great, George Coleman. In his professional career Steve has performed with many of the world's finest jazz musicians. He has released two CD's as a leader, “Unanswerable Questions” on Alembic records in 1993 and “Deep Woods” on Corridor Records in 2000. A quintet co-led with tenor saxophonist Carl Cafagna released the CD “Detroit Tenors” on the Detroit Music Factory label in 2019. As a sideman, he has appeared on recordings with Don Mayberry, Ron English, Bill Heid, the Toledo Jazz Orchestra, Paul Keller, Scott Gwinnell, and others. He has toured Europe twice with the Paul Keller Orchestra, and maintains an active performance schedule at jazz clubs, concerts, and festival throughout Michigan and Ohio. Steve is currently teaching at the Cranbrook Academy in Bloomfield Hills MI and at Michigan State University Community Music School in Detroit.


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”You are a great musician, teacher, and friend! Thank you so much for all the wisdom and knowledge you have shared with me over the years.” —James Hughes, former student and professional musician

“I hope you know how much I appreciated the time we spent together in assessing & upgrading my musical abilities. Without a doubt your personality & ability to communicate put you among the elite teachers.” —Dennis Furman, former student and financial planner

“Steve is a consummate musician. His knowledge of the history of the art form, the dramatis personae and the repertoire is formidable

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Primary Instrument

Saxophone, tenor



Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced


EDUCATION Steve has studied music at Oakland University and at the University of Michigan where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1975. At Oakland, he was a student in one of the country’s first jazz education programs which was directed by jazz great Marvin “Doc” Holiday. In addition to his university training, Steve studied with world famous trumpeter Marcus Belgrave and performed in his Jazz Development Workshop

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Self Produced



From: Improkofiev
By Steve Wood



Tab Benoit
guitar, electric

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