Woody Mann Group
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Woody Mann Group

New York City, New York, United States | INDIE

New York City, New York, United States | INDIE
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This is one of those names that should be uttered only in hushed tones. Not only was he taught by the peerless guitar picker the Rev Gary Davis, but Mann has played with Son House, Bukka White and John Fahey and has studied jazz under the great Lennie Tristano. In between giving lessons to Paul Simon and accompanying Dori Previn, he has also manged to cut some dazzling music, both by himself and in collaboration with performers such as Jo-Ann Kelly and bluesman John Cehpas. Don’t miss a chance to see him; you are unlikely to hear anything- or anyone – better in the fields that Mann has chosen to master.”
– The London Times.

“ With impeccable tone, gutsy phrasing, beautiful harmonies, and cool dynamics, Mann is in a class by himself. Phenomenal.” “Stairwell Serenade” CD Voted top ten “Guitar recordings of Destiny” -Guitar Player Magazine

“Connecting folk and blues, Woody Mann fingerpicks his acoustic guitar with complete assurance on a dozen songs that collectively take your breath away.” -Down Beat Magazine * * * *

.”..Dazzling and technically flawless finger style guitar at its most listenable. Mann’s wizardry on the fret board is matched by his ability to convey deep feelings with his songs- creating moods that incite, delight, or simply soothe.” “Throughout (the recording), Mann blurs the lines between jazz, blues, classical, and world music creating his own sound in the process. Attempts to categorize his music simply misses the point. This is brilliant playing that demands to be heard.” -Sing Out Magazine

“Mann is simply Spellbinding.” -Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine

“…This excellent instrumental set from one of the most talented and eclectic finger style guitarists on the scene can be heard, more metaphorically, as a recap of his musical journey. Mann has absorbed so many guitar styles that he can change moods on a dime, weaving lyrical single string lines and chord harmonies that can take his tunes across the musical divides between genres…” Acoustic Guitar Magazine

“ Mann’s concert was a mix of brilliance and intensity- moving and inspiring.
His music is a blend of so many styles, it becomes something different, something his own….Sweden National Times

“Every now and then, you hear a guitarist whose sound is completely his own and whose music flirts with several styles, never resting for very long with just one. Woody Mann is an artist who seems to have internalized many different genres and combined them in a way that is more than the sum of its parts. What is remarkable is how he can draw from several styles and techniques within a single song and have them blend without the feeling of inconsistency. Woody Mann’s performance is inspired from start to finish.”-Acoustic Musician Magazine

“You can hear classical, jazz, and blues approaches somehow converging into a single sparkling sound – a sound completely his own. Woody Takes a fresh approach to his blues re-creations and his own compositions defy category. If there was a category simply called “Great Music,” Woody’s C.D. would belong there. – John Fahey , from the liner notes to the C.D “Stories”

“…He nails very complicated stuff so cleanly that optimists will grab their guitars, thinking, “Hey, that’s humanly possible,” while pessimists will get drunk and spread dark rumors about moral turpitude. - Musician Magazine

” A brilliant convergence of guitar and song…completely original.”- Village Voice, New York

“Having studies., literally, at the feet of the Rev. Gary Davis and other blues ‘greats’, Woody has taken the traditional blues feeling and evolved it into his own highly personal, energized approach while practicing his teachers gift for telling powerful stories in the song form, as exemplified by his just issued Shanachie CD “Heading Uptown” -Boston Globe

“There are no rambling New Age guitar noodlings here: these tunes have vibrancy and life…an enormously talented and accomplished guitarist.” “Woody’s vocals are better than ever. Its always a pleasure to witness an artist who just keeps getting better. This (“Heading Uptown”CD) has to be Woody Mann’s best album yet. Positively inspiring.” -Folk Roots Magazine

“…Mann is a masterful player with a distinctly contemporary perspective in his songs.” - Acoustic Guitar Magazine

“He has certainly learned from the older players but he is giving back and pushing the boundaries even further…an exceptionally gifted musician.” - Blues and Rhythm Magazine

‘”In last nights concert he held a large audience spellbound for nearly two hours with a mixture of blues and jazz in addition to his original material.” – Manchester Guardian , UK

“The self effacing Woody Mann charmed his audience with a set that defies pigeon-holing even into a genre as wide as blues: his brilliant technique merges his jazz and classical ideas into something truly his own. The guitarists in the audience may have been inspired -or, more likely, made to feel like taking up another instrument altogether.” -Jersey Evening Post, UK

“Mann’s mastery of finger-style guitar is astonishing, and in person the precision of his playing is even more amazing than on his CD’s. His fingers are up and down the fingerboard, with every note of every chord loud and clear. The performance was at times introspective and at times exuberant, and the appreciative, knowledgeable audience responded loudly after each piece, leaving no doubt that Woody Mann puts on a great show.” -Concert review Blues Review Magazine

“Mann is a gifted musician.” – Living Blues Magazine
- various/ many


"Road Trip" Acoustic Sessions Records
"Heading Uptown" Shanachie Entertainment
"Out of the Blue" (Woody Mann & Susanne Vogt) Acoustic Music Records
"Donna Lombarda" Barecode Records
"Waltz for Joy" (Woody Mann & Susanne Vogt) Acoustic Music Records
"Stairwell Serenade" Acoustic Music Records
"Stories" Rounder Records
"Together in Las Vegas" (with John Cephas & Orville Johnson) Acoustic Sessions Records
"When I’ve Got the Moon" (with Susanne Vogt) Acoustic Sessions Records
"Been Here and Gone" (with Son House & Joanne Kelly) Acoustic Music Records
"Get Together "(with Bob Brozman) Acoustic Music Records
"Cat Burglar" Lee Haywood Recordings
"First Takes" Acoustic Sessions Records
Every Road I Take (compilation) Shanachie Entertainment
World of Fingerstyle Jazz Guitar (compilation) Grossman Guitar Workshop

Woody Mann in Concert... Acoustic Music Videos
Songs From The Blues – Guitar Artistry of Woody Mann
Stairwell Serenade... Acoustic Music Records
The World of Jazz Guitar... Vestapol Videos
New Dimensions and Explorations for Acoustic Guitar... Vestapol Videos
Art of Acoustic Blues Video Series:
- The Basics
- Fretboard Logic
- Ragtime & Gospel
- Do That Guitar Rag
- Handful of Riffs
- Early Roots Acoustic Sessions Inc. / Music Sales Inc.
Acoustic Blues Guitar Stefan Grossman’s Guitar Workshop
Country Blues Masterpieces... Mel Bay Publications
The Guitar of Robert Johnson... Mel Bay Publications
The Guitar of Blind Blake... Mel Bay Publications
The Guitar of Big Bill Broonzy... Mel Bay Publications
The Guitar of Lonnie Johnson... Mel Bay Publications
The Roots of Robert Johnsonn.. Mel Bay Publications

Lisboa, The Guitar of Woody Mann... Music Sales Inc. NY
The Anthology of Blues Guita...r Music Sales Inc.
Six Early Blues Guitarists... Music Sales Inc.
The Blues Fakebook... Music Sales Inc.
Bottleneck Blues Guita...r Music Sales Inc.
The Complete Robert Johnson... Music Sales Inc.
The Guitar of Blind Blake... Mel Bay Publications
The Guitar of Big Bill Broonzy... Mel Bay Publications
The Guitar of Robert Johnson... Mel Bay Publications
The Roots of Robert Johnson (co-authored with Stefan Grossman) Mel Bay Publications
The Gigbag Book of Alternate Tunings Music Sales Inc.
The Art of Acoustic Blues Guitar Series... Music Sales Inc.



Woody Mann received his first musical schooling in the living room of Rev. Gary Davis, the now legendary blues, gospel, and ragtime guitarist. Though Davis died in 1972, his guitar mastery proved to be an indelible influence on his young student and friend. The passion, energy and artistry of Davis’ early work became a lasting touchstone for Mann as he embarked on his own musical journey.

Mann soon went on to perform with modern day blues musicians John Fahey, British great Jo-Ann Kelly, as well as early masters of the genre, such as Bukka White and Son House. Mann complemented the tutelage of Rev. Davis with formal training at New York’s celebrated Juilliard School. In addition, Mann completed a period of intense study with noted Chicago-born pianist Lennie Tristano, who introduced him to the world of jazz and its infinite possibilities. During this time, Mann’s early musical grounding began to blossom into an improvisational style all his own.

Since then, Mann has pursued a rich and diverse career, which ranges from playing with jazz great Attila Zoller, accompanying songwriter Dori Previn, and teaching guitar to legendary recording artist Paul Simon. Mann has recorded extensively and performed everywhere from the orchestra pits of Broadway to festivals, clubs and concert stages worldwide. Mann’s reach as a teacher, producer, and writer has been just as sweeping; he has been a faculty member at the New School in New York City, conducted master workshops throughout the world, founded International Guitar Seminars and Acoustic Sessions Inc, and schooled countless guitarists through his acclaimed books and DVDs including the series “The Art of Acoustic Blues Guitar,” “The Complete Robert Johnson,” “The Blues Fakebook,” and the recently published “Lisboa – the Guitar Of Woody Mann,” a collection of his original compositions.

Mann’s remarkable ease and grace with which he blends a wide pallet of influences was summed up in a recent Acoustic Guitar Magazine review of his recent recording “Road Trip”… “Mann has absorbed so many guitar styles that he can change moods on a dime, weaving lyrical single string lines and chord harmonies that can take his tunes across the musical divides between genres...”

Mann has not forgotten those early lessons in the Rev. Davis’ living room, however, or the jazz traditions that were his wellspring. He has since become one of the world’s most renowned guitar masters and song story tellers - updating the past with his own unique contemporary improvisational style. “Don’t miss the chance to see him; you are unlikely to hear anything – or anyone – better in the fields that Mann has chosen to master.” -The London Times

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