Internationally acclaimed guitarist Woody Mann doesn’t fit into neatly defined categories. He plays everything from ragtime to folk, from classical to blues, from jazz to world – and he writes his own tunes that draw on all of those influences and more. That wide ranging curiosity, coupled with stellar technique and a deep pleasure in making music, makes listening to Mann a joy.
Mann was in Milwaukee last week at the invitation of the UW-Milwaukee fingerstyle guitar program, where he taught some classes and gave a concert. But he, and his custom-built Martin guitar, managed to fit in a visit to the Lake Effect studio to speak with us and play a few tunes:
When Woody Mann is not on the road performing, he teaches at the Berklee College of Music in Boston.