JACK WOOD

Vocalist & Producer

Bringing You The Great American Songbook

Jack — Thank you for singing my songs so well.
Thank you for singing ALL the songs so well.

Bobby Troup

Singer-songwriter ("Route 66", "Girl Talk", "Daddy", etc.), jazz pianist and actor (Dr. Joe Early in the TV series "Emergency!")

It’s quite a good job! [–he said of Jack’s recording of his Oscar-nominated “Moonlight”, which he offered to send to John Williams, who composed the music.]

Alan Bergman

Oscar and Grammy award-winning lyricist, with his wife, Marilyn (“Moonlight”, “In the Still of the Night”, “Nice ‘n’ Easy”, “The Way We Were”, “The Windmills of Your Mind”, “What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life?”, “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers”, “Pieces of Dreams”, “Papa Can You Hear Me?”, etc.)

Jack Wood is a first class singer in every way.
One of the year’s best new CDs!

Ron Della Chiesa

Host of "Strictly Sinatra" and "Music America" on WPLM

What a fine vocalist. Where’s he been hiding?

Jack Ellsworth

WALK 1370 AM, Long Island, NY

Jack has a delightful, appealing style in honoring the the American songbook.

Chuck Niles

Renowned DJ with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Jack Wood is a singer of the old school where melody and lyrics are important and a story gets told.

John Tegler

Host of "Jazz Straight Ahead", heard on 14 middle Atlantic stations

Terrific! One of the best male vocal albums I’ve heard.

Ed Blanco

Program Director, WDNA, Miami, FL

Jack’s CD is a terrific listening experience.

Fred Jung

Publisher/Editor-in-Chief, "All About Jazz" magazine

The Jack Wood CD “Jazz And The Movies” is a winner. It’s outstanding! I love “One For My Baby”, Jack really does justice to this evergreen. Let’s arrange an interview!

Jim Stone

"The Big Band Swing Show", Lansing, MI

Jack Wood,  who is this… Mel Torme? Sure sounds like him.

Wayne Downing

"In The Mood", KMUN-FM 91.9, Astoria, OR

Jack’s relaxed and conversational style of delivering a lyric gets to the root of each word. Whether hopelessly romantic or relentlessly swinging, you won’t find anyone who can handle a tune with more confidence and control.

George Harris

"All About Jazz" magazine

I wanted to mention how much I’ve enjoyed Jack Wood’s CD. I hope other folks around the country are enjoying it as well.

Steve Williams

KUER FM, Salt Lake City, UT

I especially like Jack Wood and have been playing him on the air in the last couple of weeks.

Jeff Holtz

WIUM/WIUM-FM, Western Illinois University

Just have the wine and corkscrew ready, and a significant other who wants to snuggle. Jack Wood will do the rest. And you just never know what might transpire.

Steve Eddy

Jazz critic, Orange County Register

Frank Sinatra Tribute Concert

Vincent Falcone was Frank Sinatra’s Music Director for 10 years.  When Brigham Young University arranged with him to perform a Sinatra Tribute Concert in 2014, he asked Jack to be the featured singer.

Under Mr. Falcone’s direction, Jack performed a total of 19 of the original Sinatra arrangements, accompanied by BYU’s Synthesis Jazz Ensemble and Philharmonic Strings

Some highlights of that concert — which included two encores and three standing ovations from a standing-room only audience — are presented in this video.

ABOUT JACK WOOD

Jack Wood is a familiar face on the Southern California jazz scene, both as concert producer and singer. He has performed and recorded with many of the finest and best-known jazz musicians in the Los Angeles area.

Since his early days with the Ronnie Brown Trio (which included nascent jazz all-stars John Clayton on bass and Jeff Hamilton on drums), Jack has focused his talents on the classic standards of “The Great American Songbook”. His most important influences have been Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Mel Torme’ and Jack Jones.

He is equally at home singing an up-tempo jazz tune, a romantic ballad or a sensual bossa nova. He frequently works with musicians who have spent their careers backing such stars as Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Nancy Wilson, Natalie Cole and Diana Krall. These musicians often comment on Jack’s impeccable intonation and smooth, clean sound.

Some of the top-call musicians Jack has performed and/or recorded with include:

  • Ron Anthony —  guitarist for Frank Sinatra for 9 years
  • Page Cavanaugh — pianist, vocalist, arranger, band leader, long-time fixture on radio, TV and club dates
  • Buddy Childers — long-time lead trumpet for Stan Kenton, later for Frank Sinatra, Jr.
  • Pete Christlieb —  among the most recorded players in Hollywood, known for his tenor sax solos on Steely Dan’s “Deacon Blues” and “FM (No Static At All)”
  • Ron Eschete — guitarist and music educator, formerly with Buddy Greco, Ray Brown, Gene Harris, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Diana Krall
  • Vincent Falcone — Frank Sinatra’s music director for 10 years
  • John Ferraro — drummer, formerly with Rod Stewart, Boz Scaggs, Carly Simon
  • George Gaffney — pianist, Sarah Vaughan’s music director for 10 years
  • Tom Garvin — pianist and arranger, formerly music director for Jack Jones and arranger for Doc Severinsen’s Tonight Show Band for 19 of the Johnny Carson years
  • Warren Ham — saxophone, formerly with Ringo Starr, Olivia Newton-John, Donna Summer
  • Jeff Hamilton, drummer, formerly of Ray Brown’s legendary trio and now co-leader of the great Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra
  • Jim Hughart — bassist formerly with Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Joe Pass, Tom Waits; first call studio musician for more than 200 record albums, 300 motion picture scores, and many television shows
  • Luther Hughes — bassist, known for his work with Gene Harris, David Benoit, Carmen McRae, Jack Jones and the Cannonball/Coltrane Project
  • Joe LaBarbera — drummer, formerly with Bill Evans, Woody Herman, Chuck Mangione, and Tony Bennett
  • Marc LeBrun — pianist, formerly with Tom Jones, Olivia Newton-John, Sheena Easton
  • Joe Massimino —  pianist for Tony Bennett and Julius LaRosa, Emmy award winning band leader for the Mike Douglas TV Show
  • Llew Matthews — pianist, two-time Grammy winner and Nancy Wilson’s music director for 20 years
  • Bill Miller — Frank Sinatra’s pianist for 40+ years, best known for his soulful work on the classic “One For My Baby” (which he reprised on Jack’s 2006 album, Jazz and the Movies).
  • Barbara Morrison — Among the most highly regarded jazz vocalists alive today,  a 3-time Grammy award nominee known for her melodic voice, three-and-a-half-octave range and unique style of interpreting familiar jazz and blues classics
  • Rob Mullins — pianist, arranger, Grammy-nominated composer, music educator and author
  • John Pisano — one of the top studio guitarists in Hollywood, heard on albums with Tony Bennett, Michael Bublé, Peggy Lee, Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, Sergio Mendes, Manhattan Transfer, Joe Pass, Howard Roberts, Chico Hamilton, Barbra Streisand, Diana Reeves, Diane Schuur, Natalie Cole (including her Grammy-winning “Unforgettable.. With Love”) and with Diana Krall on two of her Grammy-winning CDs
  • Tom Ranier — pianist, arranger, and music educator with a list of studio credits that include such TV shows as The Simpsons, Moonlighting, Beauty and the Beast, Star Trek: Enterprise, Family Guy, and Dancing With The Stars, as well as films like Forrest Gump, Ted, and Frozen. He also recorded and toured with Barbra Streisand for her millennium concert series and is frequently a member of the Academy Awards orchestra.
  • Dave Stone — bassist formerly with Ray Anthony, Woody Herman, Stan Kenton, Harry James
  • Peter Woodford — guitarist for Doc Severinsen’s Tonight Show Band for 19 years, and studio artist with a long list of credits for album recordings, television shows, commercials, motion pictures, theatrical productions and concerts

Jack’s inimitable style has won over audiences of all ages and sizes, whether in small clubs, college theaters, large amphitheaters or jazz festivals. He has opened for such artists as Sergio Mendes and Maureen McGovern, and has shared stages with the likes of Nancy Wilson, Jack Jones, Barbara Morrison, and Eddy Daniels.

Jack is a frequent visitor to the Salt Lake City area. During the 2002 Winter Olympics there, he appeared at the famous Snowbird Resort. He has also entertained in Park City, Utah and at the Salt Lake City Jazz Festival.

His Sinatra Centennial Tribute with the Phoenix Jazz and Swing Band headlined the opening night of the 2016 Utah Arts Festival. A reprise performance a week later at Salt Lake City’s Gallivan Center drew a crowd of record-setting size.

A studio recording of that show is available on CD. Check it out, along with Jack’s 7 other CDs, (including his latest release) on his RECORDINGS page.