My name is Will Wood (don’t worry about my website picture, I’m not in the habit of playing half-dressed!).
I’m Scottish, grew up in Edinburgh and moved to Basel, Switzerland when I was 20 years old.
My original musical upbringing consisted of classical piano, violin and theory lessons combined with daily choir singing and playing in diverse orchestras or classical formations.
During my classical studies in Basel (first singing and then choir-conducting) I discovered my unquenchable thirst and lust for jazz and improvising at the piano. A post-graduate certificate in Free Improvisation helped give me a somewhat other insight into improvising.
The next years I spent playing in various jazz-combos, accompanying jazz-choirs and singers, including my talented brother, Mark Wood (menu „Audio„).
In 2013, together with the equally diverse, inspired and motivated double-bassist, Hannes Fankhauser, I founded the Jazz-Trio „Woodville 3„: a trio in which we could live out all our musical ideas and fantasies with own compositions and under the motto „Standards verjazzt“ original arrangements of Jazz Standards and other music – spacey Take 5 with two-part vocal plus piano harmony, Straight no chaser in Kanon, Cherokee – peace-pipe on the prairie, Ds Heidi from the swiss Liedermacher Mani Matter in latin-style, Come Again from the Renaissance composer John Dowland jazzed up (hear me sing)… just to name a few.
Since June 2015 we’ve been playing with the talented young drummer, Tim Leiser, with whom we recorded our Debutalbum „Welcome to Woodville„, which has just been released on Unit Records and can be bought in itunes and listened to on Spotify.
I also play regularly in the Vibraphone-Quartet „Soniquete“ (See Videos and Website in the menu „Video„). We have created an original type of Jazz with influences from Flamenco and Avantgarde, also using classical composers such as Debussy and Messiean and much free improvisation.
Also check out (in „Links„) the Jazz-Funk-Disco-Soul Band „The Monotones„: groovy original funk music with occasional three-voice harmonies.
Of course no musicians‘ life is complete without ad hoc formations. Meaning, I also often play in other combos depending on whatever you need for your occasion.
And don’t forget to check out the vietnamese restaurant „Knock on Wood“ (Bruderholzstrasse 39, Basel, Switzerland) – see menu „Links“ – of my friends, Ngoc (pronounced „knock“) and her husband Roman, which I helped to set up and in which I regularly serve and perform – see menu „Upcoming Events„.