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  • Born

    29 October 1934 (age 83)

Jimmy Woods (b. October 29, 1934 in St. Louis, Missouri - d. March 29, 2018) in Anchorage, AK) was an American jazz alto saxophonist.

Woods played with the rhythm and blues band of Homer Carter in 1951, and served in the Air Force from 1952 to 1956. He played with Roy Milton after his discharge, and was with Horace Tapscott in 1960 and Joe Gordon in 1961. Following this he played with Gerald Wilson (1963) and Chico Hamilton (1964-1965).
Woods is remembered primarily for two albums he released on Contemporary Records in the early 1960s. The second of these albums, Conflict, featured Elvin Jones, Harold Land, Carmell Jones, Andrew Hill, and George Tucker.
Little has been heard from him since the end of that decade.


As a leader

Awakening (Contemporary, 1961)
Conflict (Contemporary, 1963)

As a sideman

with Teddy Edwards Back to Avalon (Contemporary, 1960 )
with Joe Gordon Lookin' Good! (Contemporary, 1961)
with Gerald Wilson Portraits (Pacific Jazz, 1963)
with Chico Hamilton Chic Chic Chico (Impulse, 1965)
with Chico Hamilton The Dealer (Impulse!, 1966)

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