The Tony Woods Project

Album launch 'Hidden Fires'

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

In 1997 the Tony Woods Project released its first album 'High Seas'. Twenty years on, The Project is very happy to be celebrating this anniversary with the launch of its 4th album 'Hidden Fires' at the PizzaExpress Jazz Club. When it burst onto the UK Jazz scene many critics described the Project as being refreshingly different, and it still occupies its own place in the UK scene - drawing inspiration from the folk music of Britain and elsewhere as well as from rock and classical worlds, always with an emphasis on melodic narrative in the compositions and improvisations alike. The Project features the sounds of Tony Woods - saxes/wood flutes, Rob Millett - vibraphone, Mike Outram - electric guitar, Andy Hamill - double bass, Milo Fell -drums. 

Photo credit: Robert Goodhew

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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, has toured the UK extensively and performed at festivals across the country including Manchester, London, Swanage, Ealing, Ascot and Teignmouth.

To explore the possibilities of improvising on English classical music Tony formed the Avalon Trio with Pete Churchill and the debut album “Forlana” was released in 2011 to great critical acclaim resulting in interviews on BBC Radio 3 and Jazz FM.

Band Lineup

Tony Woods (saxes/wood flutes)

Rob Millett (vibraphone)

Mike Outram (electric guitar)

Andy Hamill (double bass)

Milo Fell (drums)