Jack Wood, a familiar face on the Southern California jazz scene (as both concert producer and singer), 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 John Clayton on bass and Jeff Hamilton on drums), Jack has devoted himself to performing and recording the great standards. 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. Top musicians who have regularly worked with stars such as Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Nancy Wilson, Natalie Cole and Diana Krall also work with Jack. The players often comment on his impeccable intonation and smooth, clean sound.
The late Chuck Niles, a renowned DJ with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, wrote of Jack's CD, Baby, Baby All The Time
"Jack has a delightful, appealing style in honoring the the American songbook."
Bobby Troup, who used to come to Jack's club dates, wrote regarding two of his songs that Jack had recorded:
"Jack, thank you for singing my songs so well."
Alan Bergman, Oscar and Grammy award-winning lyricist of Alan and Marilyn Bergman fame wrote to Jack regarding his recording of their song, "Moonlight," which had won them an Oscar nomination for Best Song, from the movie Sabrina:
"It's quite a good job," and then volunteered to send a copy of the recording to John Williams, who wrote the music for the song.
Jack has recorded five CDs, the latest being A Time For Love, Baby, Baby, All The Time and Jazz And The Movies. Bill Miller, who played piano for Frank Sinatra for some 40 years, guested with Jack on Jazz And The Movies. John Pisano, who has played guitar for Diana Krall, also played on that CD. Jack has recently recorded more great standards with a big band on a project soon to be released.
Performances for Jack have included small clubs, college theaters, large amphlitheatres and jazz festivals. He has opened for Sergio Mendez and Maureen McGovern, and has appeared in jazz festivals alongside of Nancy Wilson, Jack Jones and Eddy Daniels. Jack appeared during the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City at the famous Snowbird Resort and has also entertained in Park City, Utah.
Jack's clean-cut handsome image, his warm personal rapport with an audience and his superb engaging voice makes him a favorite among fans. He is an artist with class and style.
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Jack Wood specializes in singing songs from the Great American Songbook. He has performed and recorded with some of the finest musicians in the LA area, including some members of Doc Severinson's Tonight Show Band. Jack has sung in popular Jazz clubs in Southern California, Las Vegas, and Salt Lake City, appearing as a guest artist at their Salt Lake City Jazz Festival. He has been featured at Orange Coast College, where he performed with Frank Sinatra's rhythm section doing Mr. Sinatra's music. He released his first album "Baby, Baby All The Time" on the Cexton Record Label with a quote from Bobby Troup back in 1994. Jack most recently was the featured vocalist at a sold out concert at Brigham Young University where he was invited by Vincent Falcone, former Music Director for Frank Sinatra, to sing many of his hit songs with a sixty-six piece orchestra. (They received three standing ovations and performed two encores.)
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