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The Renee Wood Trio

I’ve been making music all my life. I have a degree in Music Performance from Chicago Musical College of Roosevelt University, now Roosevelt University Chicago College of Performing Arts. I studied clarinet with Walter Wollwage of the Chicago Symphony and Marilyn Bass of the Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra. While I was doing that, I was playing in rocks bands and learning jazz on the job from other Chicago musicians. (That was back in the day when most university music departments didn’t have jazz programs. (Yup, a true fact, and one that certainly dates me, but a good thing in the long run because I don’t play like anyone else.) I’ve also played in musical theater orchestras, woodwind quintets and chamber music groups. For a while I even played tin whistle in an Irish band and clawhammer style banjo in a string band. Then twenty years ago, I became an exclusively jazz musician when I started the After Hours Big Band, and a few years later, the Renee Wood Trio. I’ve led a very diverse musical life and all of it influences how I play jazz.