Woody Parker Woody Parker

Woods cajoled piano lessons while singing harmonies with gifted siblings each Sunday, learning the art of whistling from his father, introduced to woodwinds during a third-grade music appreciation class during summer school, playing recorder, which he plays to this day. This lead to clarinet in public school bands, all the way to first-chair, first clarinet in twelfth grade Concert Band. He started at lead tenor sax a year before in the jazz ensemble ( Reno Invitational winners, 1970 ) by way of inspiration of Stan Getz, which required classical training with marching band endurance. Big-band experience occupied his teen years, with a Kenton alumni professor, which fueled hands-on experience with small self-promoted combos through college, playing blues, folk, swing, funk, Latin ensembles, creating enduring associations. Woods' Woodtones' tenor saxophone generates a 'positive vibration' for listeners and players. Guidance from house masters on vinyl, tape, CD's, now mp3's; leads 'instant bands' thru chart challenges, working the art-scape of Northern California, and engaging the talented folk of Sacramento, Mendocino, and Santa Cruz, California. Singing and whistling are known to occur spontaneously.

Primary Instrument

Saxophone, tenor

Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced


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