Much like the rest of the jazz world, J4JA laments today the passing of Saxophonist Phil Woods. Phil was a deft improviser and a great steward of his craft. Even beyond his virtuosity, technical skill and great contribution to bebop as a form he will live on through his presence in the canon of pop music on songs like Billie Joel’s “Just The Way You Are” and Paul Simon’s “Have A Good Time.”
Not only was Phil a legend at his craft, he was an advocate for justice and the humane treatment of his fellow musicians. He was a staunch supporter of the Justice for Jazz Artists campaign and fought for the rights of musicians in NYC and elsewhere, because he believed musicians deserve treatment commensurate with their very important cultural contributions.
We’ll miss you Phil.