Spokane Falls Community College
Kevin Woods/Leonard Axelsson Quartet
Artist's BiographyTrumpeter/composer Kevin Woods is quickly emerging as one of the most melodic and emotive voices in improvised music on the west coast. His passion for performance and education has made him in demand as a leader and a sideman as well as a composer, arranger and clinician. Woods received his B.A. in Music from Western Washington University and his M.M. in Jazz Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Kevin has performed with Cuban saxophonist and bandleader Paquito D\'Rivera, trombonist Slide Hampton, tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano, trumpeters Randy Brecker, Brian Lynch, Claudio Roditi and many others. He has been a member of numerous award-winning and nationally touring musical groups and has performed at many national and international music festivals. Woods has been featured in both Downbeat and Jazziz magazines and in 2007 he participated in Betty Carters Jazz Ahead residency at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. Kevins debut album Ballad of the West received high praise and airplay on jazz radio stations throughout North America and Europe.
As an educator, Woods has taught at the University of Colorado, Boulder, Whatcom Community College, Western Washington University and Seakyung College in South Korea. He has given clinics and performances at public schools and colleges throughout the US and has served as adjudicator and clinician for many jazz festivals. Currently, Kevin lives in Spokane, Washington where he is active as a performer, educator and composer/arranger and serves as professor of jazz studies and trumpet at Spokane Falls Community College.