Dr. Woody Witt is a Professor of Music at Houston Community College and is the Instructor of Saxophone at the University of Houston Moores School of Music. Woody holds a Masters degree in Jazz Studies from the University of North Texas, where he taught saxophone and jazz methods. Witt received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in performance from the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston in 2000.
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Dr. Woody Witt’s doctoral dissertation, titled “Sonny Stitt: His Life and Music,” is a comprehensive exploration of the influential saxophonist’s legacy in jazz. Through interviews with individuals close to Stitt and fellow musicians, Witt sheds light on the compelling story of this underrated jazz artist.
Sonny Stitt: His Life and Music
A Doctoral Document Presented To The Faculty of the Moores School of Music University of Houston
By Woodrow Witt – May, 2000
Sonny Stitt was one of the most influential saxophonists in jazz. Stitt was born on February 2, 1924 and died July 22, 1982. Since so little information is available about Stitt’s life and music, the author conducted interviews with his widow, Pamela Stitt, and
various musicians who performed with him. These interviews were done in order to provide insight into the life and music of this neglected jazz artist…