Born in Southampton, Tony Woods grew up in Chilworth Old Village and began playing folk music with his father at the age of five. A graduate of Keele University, Leeds College of Music and The Guildhall School of Music Tony received awards for saxophone, outstanding performance and the soloist’s prize at the Dunkirk International Jazz Festival. In the mid 90’s, Tony Woods Project was formed. It has recorded three highly acclaimed albums of original, folk inspired compositions: High Seas (1997), Lowlands (2004), and Wind Shadows (2009). The band has attracted airplay on BBC Radio 3, Jazz FM, UK Jazz Radio and received a South East Music Schemes Award in 2007. Tony has toured the UK extensively and performed at festivals and venues across the country including Manchester Jazz Festival, the Royal Festival Hall, the Queen Elizabeth Hall and Ronnie Scott’s. He has worked as a session musician in many of London’s studios including Lansdown Studios, Angel Studio, Abbey Road and Maidavale. He has frequently performed with Michael Garrick, both live and on disc, in large and small ensembles, often with his wife: singer Nette Robinson. In 2010 Nette’s Little Big Band released its debut CD “The Little Big Band Plays” and in 2011 Tony’s Avalon Trio released its debut CD “Forlana” which resulted in air play and interviews on BBC Radio 3 and Jazz FM.
Saxophone tutor and ensemble leader at Richmond Jazz School.
Saxophone tutor at Brunel University.
Tutor on the Jazzwise Jamey Aebersold Summer School.
Small- band director at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, conducting his own compositions.
External examiner for the London College of Music.
Saxophone specialist for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music in the development of the board’s new jazz syllabus.
Director of the Strode’s Big Band.
Workshop and jam session leader at Jagz Club in Ascot