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JAZZ AT MOCA: Featuring Ike & Val Woods

JAZZ AT MOCA Featuring Ike Val Woods

Friday, February 25th, 8 p.m. 

Grammy-nominated artists Ike and Val Woods have performed throughout the United States, Europe and the Caribbean. The Miamibased blues duo completed their most recent CD, “Movin’Up,” after returning from an eighteen city European Tour where they electrified their audiences with their high energy yet soulful Blues performances.

Band leader and lead vocalist/guitarist Ike Woods has enjoyed a long and productive career, first as a sought after sideman and later as the front man for his own band the Ike and Val Woods Blues Band. At the age of seventeen Ike auditioned for Jazz greats Nat Adderly and Curtis Fuller at a high school music workshop. They immediately offered this exciting and accomplished young guitarist the opportunity to travel to New York and play with them professionally. Ike, however, chose to remain in Florida to finish his education and pursue his career.

He went on to play professionally with Florida bands led by Dick Knight, Richard Strahan, Forest (Tex) Beverly, Joey Gilmore, Joe Orr, Betty Wright and Jimmy BoHorne. During this period in his career Ike was also a highly sought after studio musician due to his versatility and high skill level.

At the age of thirty-five he met singer/songwriter Valerie Hall (who performed in her own band “The Valerie Hall Band”) during a rehearsal of a local church choir. Val encouraged Ike to start his own band. Ike took her advice and asked her to join him as the co-lead vocalist. This was a match made in heaven as the two formed the Ike and Val Woods Blues Band and later married.

In 2007 the Ike and Val Woods Blues Band competed and won first place at the Monterey Blues Festivals’ “Battle of the Bands”. They have shared the stage with Buddy Guy, Gill Scott, Ramsey Lewis, KEM, Jerry Butler, Jeffrey Osborne, Bobby Blue Bland, the Whispers, Tommy Castro, Eddie Cotton Jr., Jonathan Butler, David Sanborne, Earl Klugh,Betty Wright, Nestor Torres, the Ruppingtons, Pancho Sanchez and the O’Jays.

The new LP “Movin’ Up” highlights Ike Woods’ virtuoso guitar performances along with Ike and Val’s soulful blues vocals providing the listener with a musical experience second to none. The LP was produced and engineered by Grammy-award-winning producer Gabriel Cifuentes. The first single release from the LP entitled “The Party’s Jumpin’” has held the number three spot on the Reverbnation local blues chart for eight weeks.

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