Josef Woodard

Josef Woodard is a veteran journalist-critic-author, writing for the Los Angeles Times for 25 years, is an ongoing contributor to DownBeat magazine, and has written for many other music publications, including Rolling StoneStrad, and Chamber Music, as well as the Santa Barbara Independent in his hometown. In addition to penning numerous album liner notes, he won an ASCAP Deems Taylor award for jazz writing and has published two jazz books, on Charles Lloyd and Charlie Haden for Silman-James Press, and published his debut novel in 2020. As an active musician/guitarist/composer, he has released many albums on the Household Ink Records label. Among other things, he is also fond of jazz festivaling and diner grub.

Articles By This Author

Josef Woodard - August 2, 2022

The first weekend back after a three-year hiatus is full of hope for the future of new music.

Josef Woodard - June 13, 2022

The collective of performers and composers more than kept its cool when one of the weekend’s big programs fell through.

Josef Woodard - June 6, 2022

The all-American program includes William Grant Still’s First Symphony and Peter Lieberson’s stirring Neruda Songs.

Josef Woodard - April 17, 2022

The violinist and bass-baritone give the world premiere of a genre-defying music-theater piece.

Josef Woodard - March 28, 2022

The adventurous program is a season highlight in Santa Barbara.

Josef Woodard - March 21, 2022

Guest soloist Randall Goosby is masterful in the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto.

Josef Woodard - December 21, 2021

At The Huntington, the group celebrates two decades of excellence with performances of Mozart and Schubert.

Josef Woodard - October 4, 2021

The “first mariachi opera” resonates with timely themes and timeless sentimentality.

Josef Woodard - September 21, 2021

Despite the homecoming theme, the limelight was on six emerging composers for this year’s welcome return to a live festival.

Josef Woodard - September 14, 2021

The West Coast premiere of Anthony Davis’s Restless Mourning highlights a chamber concert of memorial pieces.